September 2008 archive

House and Home – Book Review

She had conceived children in that house, suffered a miscarriage in that house, brought her babies home there, argued with her husband there, made love, rejoiced, despaired, sipped tea, and gossiped and sobbed and counseled and blessed her friends there, walked the halls with sick children there, and scrubbed the worn brick of the kitchen …

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Ships Without A Shore – Book Review

We must set our children free from our adult agendas and our frenetic, goal-oriented pace. The path that we have accepted for ourselves is the wrong path for children. Children do need a foundation upon which to grow and children do need their parents. They need to belong to a community, not an interest group. …

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Guernica – Book Review

From medieval times, Guernica was a crossroads of the old Roman Way and the Fish and Wine Route that wound through the hills inland from the sea. Intersecting them both was the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela. For centuries, representatives of the region met under the Guernica oak to shape laws that outlawed torture …

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Mailbox Monday – September 15, 2008

I hope this week found lots of books arriving in your mailbox. Here’s what came to my home: Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur, by Halima Bashir (with Damien Lewis). This arrived through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program and was released by Ballantine Books on September 9, 2008. This memoir is …

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Sunday Salon – September 14, 2008

September 14, 2008 8:00AM There is a decided nip in the air this morning – a sure sign that Fall is fast approaching. Ann from Table Talk (all the way across the pond in England) wrote about her love of cold days and reading in front of the fire. I love that too – and …

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Supporting Independent Booksellers

I read an interesting article today titled: What Are Independent Bookstores Really Good For? published on Slate.com in May 2006. It might have been two years ago, but writer Tyler Cowen’s article is still relevant in 2008. He writes: Ever since the rise of the book superstore in the 1990s, we have been flooded with …

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BBAW – Need Another Reason to Participate?

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is loaded with giveaways and prizes. And all you have to do to play is visit My Friend Amy’s Blog frequently from September 15th through the 19th. Here is the “official” list of goodies: A HUGE thank you to Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USA, Harlequin, The B&B Media Group, Shera …

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BBAW – Finalists in Three Categories

Caribousmom will be presenting the winners in three categories this week for BBAW: Funniest/Most Humorous Blog Most Eclectic Taste Best Non-Fiction Blog All the nominees are wonderful – but I’ll let you judge for yourself! Below are highlights of each of the blogs nominated in all three categories. 1. There are five wonderful finalists in …

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BBAW – Schedule of Award Announcements

The winners in all categories will be announced this week. Below is the schedule of announcements and where to find them. Wednesday, September 17th by 10:00 AM PST Visit Age 30+: A Lifetime in Books to see who won for: Best Meme/Event Best Commenter/Best Commentator Visit Booking Mama to see who won for: Best Design …

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Guernica – Book Giveaway

Guernica, by Dave Boling Published September 2, 2008 by Bloomsbury I was lucky enough to not only receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of this entralling debut novel, but Bloomsbury also sent me a finished hard cover edition. I’ve decided to keep the hard cover (I know I’m being selfish, but I want it!) and give …

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