A set criteria. Or not.

Following the recent announcement of the National Book Award nominees, literary critics and bloggers voiced their frustration and dissatisfaction with the nominees primarily in the fiction category. Most of the nominees were books that few have heard of, while other well-known and respectable books were left off the list. The question remains as to what […]

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Reading about Ourselves

Ask one of your friends about a good book they have read recently and most will talk about how they are either like one of the characters in some way or have found themselves in a similar situation. “I felt a special connection,” one will say, while another might comment, “I really understood how she […]

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Bibliophilia

bib·lio·phile: a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also : a book collector I love books. And I’ve come to realize that it’s not just the stories inside or the way they make me feel. I just straight up love books- old or new, dusty, yellowing paperbacks, hardcovers right off the press, thick […]

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From Small Font to the Big Screen

Since the turn of the last century books have been adapted into screenplays and onto the big screen with adverse results. In recent years, book to movie adaptations seem to rule the box office. Films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter, Twilight, Watchmen and, most recently, The Help have been box office […]

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When Fiction is Fictional

I was first introduced to Dave Eggers through his memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and his work in the innovative publishing house, McSweeney’s.  This summer, I got my hands on Egger’s first novel, You Shall Know Our Velocity!  The majority of the story is told from the point of view of Will, a […]

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