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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
9:27 pm
HI! I'm new and I looove to read!
Also, if you're interested in selling/swapping books, you should join my new community, buymybooks!
Friday, August 24th, 2007
11:12 am
Chicago's oldest bookstore now has a blog!
Hi there! I work at O'Gara and Wilson, a crazy used and antiquarian bookstore on Chicago's 57th Street, and I'm here to tell you that we now have a store blog. (LiveJournal feed: ogarawilson.) We will certainly post about interesting items around the shop; I'll also get the owner to post some stories from his decades in the bookselling business, and I myself will post whatever ridiculous stories of the shop I can get away with.

Apologies if this post in any way disrespects this community. Moderators, please feel free to delete if I've crossed a line. This has been cross-posted to lots of places.
Monday, August 6th, 2007
8:26 pm
The Count of Montecristo online reading community
Hi everybody!

For those of you who read Italian, I just opened apuntate, a community where we read and discuss books together chapter by chapter.

The first novel running is The Count of Montecristo, Alexandre Dumas père’s most famous novel (starting today!), an engrossing story of love, betrayal and vengeance… if you’re interested, feel free to join us and spread the word! :)
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
7:44 pm
Has anyone read The Prestige? I've seen the movie, which I liked a lot. I was wondering if it'd be worth picking up the book.

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
9:29 pm

hello all.....

So i just got back from a book discussion, and the two books i'm about to talk about are Children's books, but they are very nice reads, and being black history month, it'd be one of those reading rainbow things, where you read a book, just for fun.

The first book is called "Grandma's Ashanti Cloth"  It's about a boy, Malik, finding out about his heritage, and the only thing he had of his ancestors from centuries ago was a cloth. And it goes on to say how it was actually a cloth from Ghana, and he found out how his ancestors once were there. It's a very well acclaimed book, and was put into the Smithsonian about a few years back.
The Second is "The Trip Back to Freedom"  where Nehemiah's class is studying black history month, so tey go to clean up a slave graveyard. Nehemiah ends up falling asleep and ending up back in the 18th or 19th century, and lives the life of a slave for a few days.

They're very interesting.

The Author is my best friend's mother, Maria McNaught. We live here in Merrimack, NH. And She is just an amazing woman, who has gone through a lot, and her books are amazing. So maybe sometime this month, if your library has any copies or if you can find it online, you all should definatley take a read. Two thumbs up from me!

-Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, January 29th, 2007
10:44 pm
To A Haggis
Took the B train midtown to St. Andrews on West 44th St. last Thursday night to celebrate Robert Burns' 246th birthday; whiskey, haggis, and bagpipes abounded: http://www.standrewsnyc.com/

Here's a smattering of what was served up on the B while on the way there:

1. September Child: The Story of Jean Dalrymple- Jean Dalrymple.

I believe Dalrymple is/was a Broadway producer. My Internet search yielded little information. Anyone with knowledge of who this person is/was please comment on this entry. Your insights will be greatly appreciated.

2. Beth Israel Employee Handbook

3. Executive Power- Vince Flynn

4. Wing It: Delectable Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Bar Snack- Christopher O'Hara

I was surprised to see a cookbook because, a.) reading such a book for leisure on the subway struck me as odd and b.) to cook for one's self in Manhattan is odder still. Perhaps that's why it was a cookbook on how to prepare "bar snacks."


Since Manhattan is a major publishing city, it wasn't surprising to see a hipster, "I'm not getting paid, but this internship will look killer on my journalism resume," college aged woman reading an advanced copy of this:

5. Little Pink Slips- Sally Koslow (Street Date: April 19th, 2007)

Now, I do admit, I read the "Entertainment" section of CNN.com. But, I was never one for "dishing dirt" or gossiping. And quite frankly, I've turned a blind eye (and a deaf ear or at have at least tried) when it comes to Rosie O'Donnell.

Seems like everyone is picking on "Rosie" these days. First it was Donald Trump. Now, it's Sally Koslow.

Koslow is the former Editor in Chief of McCall's before it was "reinvented" as the ill-fated "Rosie" magazine. "Rosie" was supposed to be tailored in the style of Oprah's magazine, "O." For whatever reason, Koslow was let go from her position at "Rosie." "Little Pink Slips" is apparently Koslow's fictionalized account of Rosie's alledged editorial board coup.

See for yourself. I'm staying out of it:



Here's the rest from today's A Train commute:

6. Children Playing By a Statue of Hercules: A Collection of Short Stories- David Sedaris

This looks like a pretty solid collection. It includes Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." I remember reading Hempel as an English major while an undergrad at Rutgers.

7. Housekeeping: A Novel- Marilynne Robinson

8. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death- Don Piper and Cecil Murphy

And I swear I'm not making this up. This was the next book I spotted after "90 Minutes..."

9. Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife- Sylvia Browne and Lyndsay Harrison.

Kinda creepy, eh?
Friday, January 19th, 2007
9:06 pm
Novel Finds
I've been keeping tabs on what commuters are reading on the subway for about a month now. So it's understandable that I'd be curious about some of the more interesting or colorful titles that I see on the A Train. Today, three of the books that I spied merited a few minutes of research on Amazon. Here are the featured titles:

1. A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment- Laurel Parnell, Ph.D*

EMDR? Newly christened in the corporate world, I've come to learn that anagrams play a huge role in communicating many big ideas in a limited amount of space and time. Sometimes I receive emails what are so heavily peppered with them, I feel like I'm a member of the French resistance who's trying to crack the secret code for the rendez-vous at dawn. Anyhoo, here's the skinny on EMDR:

"The theory behind EMDR is that stimulated rapid eye movement may help in the psychological processing of trauma. It is thought that the day's events and our reactions to them are processed during REM sleep . In a controlled EMDR session, moving light is used to induce rapid eye movement."

The good people at healthyplace.com clarify it even further:


For those of you who prefer escapism to therapy (you know who you are and I unfortunately know quite a few of you), a good, trashy romance might be just the dose of denial needed while winding your way underground toward Columbus Circle.

2. Pleasure for Pleasure- Elosia James*

It’s as good as it sounds. "Pleasure for Pleasure" is A Victorian Romance novel whose female protagonist is nicknamed the “Scottish Sausage.” (Insert Freudian quip here.) And who ever said, "don't judge a book by its cover" was wrong:


I guess Fabio retired?

Ah, love.

And finally,

3.) The Amber Spy Glass: His Dark Materials, Book III- Philip Pullman*

Never mind the cover, I always believed one can tell a great deal about a story from its first line:

“In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.”

I swear one of my former creative writing students must be ghost writing.

Here's the rest:

Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport Mysteries)- John Sandford*
Futureland- Walter Mosely*

Please send your novel finds to maria_calendar@yahoo.com

Be sure to include:

Your Name
Subway Train # or Letter

State whether you read the book or saw someone reading it.

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
7:39 pm
Just Joined
Hi everyone! I just joined this community, I'm 24 and I love to read. So I thin I might be in the right place.

My favorite authors include Stephen King, JK Rowling, Dean Koontz, Tamora Pierce. My top ten books (series counting as one) would have to be (in no order what so ever)

1. It--Stephen King
2. The Harry Potter books--JK Rowling
3. The Three Sisters Trilogy--Nora Roberts
4. The Song of the Lioness Quartet-- Tamora Pierce
5. The Immortals Quartet -- Tamora Pierce
6. Through Wolf's Eyes-- Jane Lindskold
7. Cell--Stephen King
8. Life Expectancy-- Dean Koontz
9. The Cutler Family Series by VC Andrews
10. Pet Semetary -- Stephen King

Right now I'm reading Eragon -- Christopher Paolini. I'm really enjoying the story and I think it is incredible that he was only 15 when he started writing the book.

I really hope to become an active member of this community. So if anyone has any recommendations of books that I should read I would welcome them.


Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
7:14 pm
could you help??
Ok, I need to have "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer read by...Thursday. As you can see, I have little time to read it and I have not even picked the poor book up yet. It's not for an assingment, but for a club that I'm a very large part of, so it's still very important for me to have it read.

Could someone please give me a brief, but thorough, summary of the plot so that I'm not walking into the meeting completely cold? I'd appreciate it to no end.

I'm going to start reading it as soon as possible (most likely tomorrow when I get it from the library at school) but I need to be familiar with it very quickly.

Thank you so much!!

Current Mood: distressed
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
10:36 pm
new community about bookbinding and their genius authors =)
Hi, everybody who like beautifull bookbindings! I made a community where you can see the most intresting and amazing bookbindings of the history of book art.(in english and russian) Enjoy!=) </a></b></a>ru_pereplet
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
5:33 pm
I am becoming a bit of a comic-book geek.

in the past fortnight, I have consumed 26 issues of Fables, 24 of Y: The Last Man, and 12 of The Walking Dead; Black Hole, Persepolis, and a couple of Tokyopop books: Princess Ai, Bizenghast and Model.

next up is Sandman (of course), Blankets, some Love and Rockets, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Bone, Sin City, Maus, and some more Marjane Satrapi.

so I ask: is there anything that I absolutely must read?
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
10:20 pm
what are your favourite kids' books?

lately I have been thinking that many children's books are vastly superior to adult books. of course, that may be my children's bookseller bias, but I have been really enjoying my children's reading.

so what are your favourite modern and classic kid lit books?

my top five classics:
#1. the professor branestawm books by norman hunter. funny, quirky and brilliant. I must have read them twenty times and I still love them.
#2. a little princess by frances hodgeson burnett. because every little girl needs to be a princess.
#3. where the wild things are by maurice sendak. my favourite illustrations in a kids' books ever.
#4. the just william books by richmal crompton. the dated language just adds to the charm.
#5. matilda by roald dahl. the heroine of bookish children everywhere.

my top five modern books:
#1. north child by edith pattou. based on the fairy tale 'east of the sun, west of the moon', this book had me hooked from the start. it is so beautifully written and I really got to love the characters.
#2. the cairo jim books by geoffrey mcskimming. these are so funny and self-aware. they're like a take-off of indiana jones, the writing is genius.
#3. I, coriander by sally gardner. this book is so beautiful and magical. it was not what I expected at all. it's a mixture of fairy tale and a contemporary search for self-identity.
#4. feeling sorry for celia by jaclyn moriarty. it is actually impossible to stop reading this once you've started. when you're reading it it's just funny and entertaining, but once you finish you realise how sad and wide-ranging it is.
#5. the fearless series by francine pascal. this is my total guilty pleasure. when I get a pile of these from the library (I refuse to pay actual money for them), nothing else gets an inch of my attention until I've read them. they're cheesy, predictable and OH SO GOOD.
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
9:38 am
Oh, I like this!
Post the first sentences from ten of your favorite books and have your friends guess what they are from. (in no particular order)

1. It was five o'clock on a winter's morning in Syria.

2. She stands up in the garden where she has been working and looks into the distance.

3. It all began with a glance, a glance that grew into desire, as the ship pushed its way against the calm, strong current at the end of the flood season.

4. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

5. Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith.

6. Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians.

7. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

8. It's hard being left behind.

9. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

10. It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.


Current Mood: calm
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
4:06 pm
Post the first sentences from ten of your favorite books and have your friends guess what they are from.

1. She is plucking her bird of paradise of its dead branches, leaning around the plant every time she hears a car.
2. By ten-fourty-five it was all over.
3. I first heard of Antonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America.
4. My name is Boris Balkan and I once translated The Charterhouse of Parma.
5. It's true; Tsugumi really was an unpleasant young woman.
6. The old aunts lounge in the white wicker armchairs, flipping open their fans, snapping them shut.
7. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
8. They called him Moshe the Beadle, as though he had never had a surname.
9. Celia del Pino, equipped with binoculars and wearing her best housedress and drop pearl earrings, sits in her wicker swing guarding the north coast of Cuba.
10. In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.
2:23 pm
Book Meme!
This is fun... we should each do one!

The Book Meme

Post the first sentences from ten of your favorite books and have your friends guess what they are from.

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Thursday, June 1st, 2006
3:06 pm
Run that by me again?
"As a speaker and corporate entertainer for the world's largest organizations, he is in constant demand. Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States preseidents and toured military bases around the world, speaking to troops at the request of the US Department of Defense. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle, yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue - both on paper and on stage." - from the author blurb of The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews.

Not only is this irritatingly arrogant (single person on the planet!?), but it also essentially says nothing. "Subtle life-changing lessons?" Useless. I will now never read this book. Is there anything you've read either in the blurb or author bio that made you say "NEVER!"? Sometimes I wonder what publishers are thinking...

Crossposted to me, bookish
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
8:53 pm
boycott of the code?
I just wanted ot know, since this is a literary based group, what your thoughts were on the film version (and book version) of the Da Vinci Code being protested, boycotted, and even burned.

I understand that everyone has there own views and although I feel like the people who are protesting the book are doing so because they don't know enough about it, I think that burning the book is going too far. It wreaks of Farenheit 451 and that freaks me out to no end. That has to stop.

The fact is the Dan Brown never claimed that his book was fact. He said it was based in fact (and it is: the places, organizations and basic biblical stories are real) but it is his own interpretation of theories and allegories he's heard over the years. The fact is that it is a novel in the fiction section of Barnes & Noble and Brown never claimed it shouldn't be. He never said it was a documentary or non-fiction or a memoir. He said it was a suspense novel, and quite a good suspense novel it is, too.

Making too much of it is just that: making too much of it. Personally, I can't wait for the movie because it's one of my favorite novels (I repeat: novel, not documentary).

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
8:39 pm
Required reading
Do you ever finish reading something and believe that it should be required reading for the rest of the world? These books have all made that impression on me:

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.

I'm also looking at Darfur: the Ambiguous Genocide by Gérard Prunier for my next read (after I finish the giant stack by my bed).

I highly recommend all of them. Are there any books (I'm thinking specifically social/political issues, but feel free to chime in with anything else) you would make required reading? I'm asking for general interest, but also because I'm glad I read these books and would like to read other similar books, if anyone had recommendations.

cross-posted to several other communities
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
4:17 pm
Kong Unbound
This morning I posted my thoughts about Kong Unbound, a new collection of essays (edited by Karen Haber) dealing with one of my favorite fictional characters, the original King Kong (1933), over at my blog Mere Words. Your comments are welcome. Enjoy!

Current Mood: anxious
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
2:23 pm
persuasive essay
In English recently we had to write a persuasive essay and my teacher made the mistake of telling us that it could be about anything we wanted. Now, I didn't go as low as one of my class-mates (who wrote an essay about how he should be President...it was surprisingly good, actually) but I did write an essay that is kind of off the wall.

It's called
and I understand that it takes kind of a...."strong" stand on the subject, but I had to pick a side and stick to it no matter what. I had to convince you. I figured I'd post it on here because of its subject matter. Tell me what you think!

Also: I'm reading Thud!, the newest Terry Pratchett book. It's quite good, I'm enjoying it immensly. Along with The Crucible in English class.

Current Mood: stressed
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