January 2010 archive

Sunday Salon – January 31, 2010

January 31, 2010 10:00 AM Good morning, fellow readers and bloggers! I have been delinquent in posting a Sunday Salon for a few weeks now (my last post for this event was way back on January 3rd). I made an unplanned trip back east and was there for much of January…but now I’m home and …

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May in New York City…

May 28th, 2010 Have you all seen this? Thanks to some motivated and energetic bloggers (Trish, Amy, Natasha, Rebecca, Michelle, Nicole, and Pam) the Book Blogger Convention is a go. Scheduled to coordinate with the Book Expo of America in New York City (May 25, 26, and 27) this is an event you really don’t …

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The Basic Book of Digital Photography: Book Review

Digital photography is fascinating, fulfilling, and  just plain fun. Little wonder that in relatively few years it has become far more popular than film photography. (It was 1994 when the first consumer digital camera appeared.) In our fast-paced times, we all want instant gratification – and that’s what you get with digital photography. There’s no …

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Friday Finds – January 29, 2010

Welcome to Friday Finds hosted by Jenn at Should Be Reading. It has been a long time since I’ve participated in this meme and I have quite a few *starred* items in my Google Reader…books which have caught my attention through fantastic reviews and ticklers. Clicking on book titles will take you to Amazon where …

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NBCC Announces Finalists…

Do you haunt the prize lists like I do? Well, if you do, then you’ve probably already seen the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle. If not, I thought I’d share them with you: Autobiography: Somewhere Towards the End, by Diana Athill (Norton) Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed …

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The Classics Circuit: Edith Wharton on Tour

Welcome to my tour of Edith Wharton (1862-1937) for this month’s Classics Circuit. I read two books written by Edith Wharton for this tour: The House of Mirth (read my review) and The Writing of Fiction (read my review). I am really glad I read these books back to back as Wharton’s guide to writing …

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The Writing of Fiction – Book Review

Since Balzac and Stendhal, fiction has reached out in many new directions, and made all sorts of experiments; but it has never ceased to cultivate the ground they cleared for it, or gone back to the realm of abstractions. It is still, however, an art in the making, fluent and dirigible, and combining a past …

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The House of Mirth – Book Review

“Ah, there’s the difference – a girl must, a man may if he chooses.” She surveyed him critically. “Your coat’s a little shabby – but who cares? It doesn’t keep people from asking you to dine. If I were shabby no one would have me: a woman is asked out as much for her clothes …

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Mailbox Monday – January 25, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Each Monday readers are encouraged to post about the books which arrived at their homes in the last week…and then share those posts by linking up through Marcia’s blog. This week proved to be another good week in books… A …

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Winners: Shanghai Girls

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for Shanghai Girls. We had over 45 entries and the two winners were chosen randomly using Random.Org Congratulations to: Victoria who wrote “I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in a weekend… I couldn’t put it down I loved it so much! Thanks for the chance.“ …

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