Monthly Archives: December 2014

Lagniappe

Mental Floss gives their list of 30 of the best parents in literature. _ _ _ Yet another recent study focused on the impact that reading literary fiction has on our ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others.  … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Self-publishing is not new, it’s just much easier now.  Here are a few examples of books that were self-published years ago, and have done quite well – even being picked up by major publishers in some cases. A cookbook that … Continue reading

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The Hays Code

The Letter is a 1940 film based on the 1926 W. Somerset Maugham short story of the same name.  In the film Leslie Crosbie, the wife of Robert Crosbie, a rubber tree plantation owner in Malaysia, shoots and kills Geoff … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Have you ever heard of Grumpy Cat?  If you haven’t, you’re woefully behind the times.  He is a star with two books and a 2015 calendar to his credit, a recently released Lifetime movie under his belt (or fur), and … Continue reading

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The Roosevelts

Ken Burns had another solid hit with the recent seven-part PBS series The Roosevelts.  The story centers around  three people born with the surname Roosevelt – Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor.  The story begins in the 19th century and takes us … Continue reading

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Gift Book Ideas for the Holidays

Here are some holiday gift ideas for the book lovers in your life. The New York Times has a list of 100 notable books of 2014.  The list is broken down into two categories: fiction & poetry, and nonfiction. The … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“You should always write your best against dead writers . . . and beat them one by one. Why do you want to fight Dostoevsky in your first fight?  Beat Turgenieff—which we both did soundly . . . Then nail … Continue reading

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