Category Archives: Books

I’ve always thought that a library fine was a good thing. Unexpected income. Some librarians have disagreed. Am I wrong?

From a piece in the Hartford Courant entitled Wethersfield Library Begins ‘Food For Fines’ Program: For a limited time, Wethersfield Library patrons can pay their overdue fines with a can of beans or a jar of spaghetti sauce. The library’s … Continue reading

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Clara’s deep thoughts while reading Neil Gaiman’s Instructions

Comments uttered in whispers: “I trust my story.” “I always betray my heart with my tongue.” 

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Pressure is a privilege

Author Susan Schoenberger posted this quote to her Twitter feed: “Pressure is a privilege.” – Billie Jean King as heard on Fresh Air. I love this idea. It’s so true. Many of the things that I choose to do involve … Continue reading

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I had problems with the ending of The Lord of the Rings, but it had little to do with Frodo and Sam’s fate.

Quora recently asked the question: Would the Lord of the Rings have been more satisfying with a different ending. Specifically, what if the eagles hadn’t rescued Frodo and Samwise from Orodruin after the destruction of the One Ring? In other … Continue reading

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Good news! America’s second favorite book is an actual book.

More good news about the publishing industry. In 1900, America’s second favorite book (after the Bible) was the Sears Roebuck Catalogue. In the most recent Pew poll, America’s second favorite book (still trailing The Bible) was Gone with the Wind, … Continue reading

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An unexpected silver lining (including butts with wings) in this brave new publishing world

In the last five days, I have: Corresponded with my French translator about the French edition of my book and future books. Responded to questions from readers in Mexico, Thailand, Argentina, Germany and Turkey, as well as four states within … Continue reading

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My very first library book found!

In March of 2012 I wrote a post about the important role that my  hometown library played for me when I was a child. As a person who grew up with very few books in the home and no age-appropriate … Continue reading

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My greatest treasures

   

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Babes with books

Just imagine how much better it will be when they can actually read. I hope.    

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About to purchase a book from Amazon? Don’t. Do this instead.

I posted something similar to this (but with only 140 characters) on Twitter yesterday after doing almost exactly what I describe here. I suggest you do the same. About to purchase a book from Amazon? Stop. Do this instead. Sincerely. … Continue reading

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