Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more

Going Bovine: A Good Kind of Weird

When the 2010 Printz Award was announced in January, I was surprised that Libba Bray's Going Bovine had won. The Printz Award, for excellence in young adult literature, rarely goes to a book that you'd expect -- but, for me at least, Going Bovine was a particularly unusual choice. ...more

To my great surprise, my library had it and it was not ready yet or it was loaned so I ...more

Four Ways of Looking at J.D. Salinger

After dinner, my uncle pulled out the letter J.D. Salinger sent him with his favorite book, The Landsmen by Peter Martin. The letter was typewritten, brief and thoughtful. It read exactly like a Salinger short story, a worrisome tone from a man who wanted to make it clear that he needed his beloved copy of the book back afterward, as if he was fearful that my uncle would love it so much that he would abscond with this out-of-print, seldom-read book. ...more

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J.D. Salinger, Dead at 91

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger, best known for his 1951 disaffected-youth novel, Catcher in the Rye, has died at age 91, according to the Associated Press. Did you love the book? Hate it? Share your favorite Salinger moment or memory in the comments. What did you take away from Catcher in the Rye?(surveys) ...more

That book gave me angina in the same way that Camus' The Stranger and Rand's The ...more

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

I fell in love with Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series four years ago and I haven't shut up about it since. The latest release, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, did certainly not disappoint me. I wouldn't have put it down at all if not for the temptation of a Friday night Thai dinner out, and I promptly picked it back up the minute I walked back in the door. Blood Lily may even be one of the best in the series so far. ...more

I'm convinced of it. I refuse to believe that anyone can be that stupid, at least not in ...more

Help Choose Nine Women To Run the World

By Carol Muske Dukes...more

“100 Years of Solitude” - Escape From Reality

I found an old copy of one of the most fascinating fantasies ever – “100 Years of Solitude” by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...more

“A Mercy”, by Toni Morrison

“Writing was … the most extraordinary way of thinking and feeling. It became the one thing I was doing that I had absolutely no intention of living without.”  Toni MorrisonA book reviewer in my local paper, “San Francisco Chronicle”, Joan Frank described the most recentToni Morrison novel, “A Mercy”, as “ferociously beautiful”. (Actually, you can describe many of her books this way.)...more

Why you might wanna latch on to a few favorite book bloggers

Anyone who doubts the future of reading should digest what author John Green has to say on the subject in the January issue of School Library Journal. Although this periodical is written for public and school librarians, readers might want to take note. Green says librarians (and I say book bloggers) have a wonderfully important role in the future of reading, especially for children’s books. ...more

Denise, thanks for the comment! I am new to the BlogHer community and am still trying to ...more

A Decade of Books

When I sat down and started thinking about the last decade and what it's meant for books, publishing and libraries, my first thought was that it was a heck of a decade. In the past ten years, the internet exploded, and I really cannot get over how so much of what I associate with these topics is all online -- or influenced by what I read or how I interact on the internet. Granted, much of what I remember is heavily weighted to post-2005 events, because that's when I started book blogging. Here's what springs to mind for me when I reflect on the last decade. ...more

but I do feel the desire to hide it under a bushel at the moment. But thanks for the ...more