Monthly Archives: February 2011

Teaser Tuesday 3/01/2011

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Old School by Tobias Wolff

My two teasers

And hearing her voice, I saw her face; to be exact, the face she’d turned on me when I sneezed. Her disgust had power.

SF Booklist (Adult) – Memoirs

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The Bay Area is home to many experiences, many lives and many famed and fabled individuals. This list features memoirs written by Bay Area residents. Dave Eggars and Brian Copeland have made a number of appearances in San Mateo and San Jose. Brian Copeland was last year’s Silicon Valley Reads selection for his memoir.

  1. Dave Eggars
    1. A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
  2. Rudyard Kipling
    1. American Notes
  3. Beth Lisick
    1. Everybody in the Pool
  4. John Simon
    1. The Sign of the Fool
  5. Brian Copeland
    1. Not a Genuine Black Man


Noteworthy links #11

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  • Everything But Urban interview with author Christopher Moore (Bloodsucking Fiends, Fool, etc). The hilarious author discusses his favorite authors and his new graphic novel The Griff.
  • The Guardian has yet another fabulous list of things book-related. This time its the greatest library scenes in movies.
  • A trove of Thomas Jefferson’s books (28 titles in 74 volumes) were discovered at the Washington University in St. Louis. Jefferson, as you may know, sold his entire library of books, some 6,700 volumes to the nation after a fire burnt the original Library of Congress.
  •  Raise your own little librarian with the Little Librarian Kit. This adorable little kit includes: Book pockets, check out cards, library cards and bookmarks just like the ones you’d find in any local library.

Paris Was Ours – Review

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Paris Was Ours: 32 Writers Reflect on the City of Light – Penelope Rowland

Age: Adult

Paris was ours : thirty-two writers reflect on the city of light by Penelope RowlandsThirty-two authors reflect on a special memory or time spent in Paris in this wonderful collection about the City of Light. Each story is about 2-5 pages and tells the story of love, childhood, innocence, growth, education, immigration, racism, sexism, feminism, patriotism, etc. The topics are endless. The writers are either born in France, or were born elsewhere and moved to France for a set amount of time in their lives.

I’m not exactly sure if I requested this book, or if Algonquin just read my mind and sent me this book on their own. Since I am going to Paris for my honeymoon this Spring, this book was absolutely perfect for me. It was a great way to get myself mentally prepared for the trip and to be more aware of the French nuances that often trip up tourists and result in angry diatribes or get American’s ignored by the French. From these stories, I know that I should at least try to speak French before reverting to English. I should expect a slower paced lifestyle, I should always wear a scarf, expect the Metro to always be late, to never discuss money or politics in any social setting, and to speak quietly in restaurants. There is much more to the book than that. Each author has a love, or love-hate relationship with Paris. They may have hated living there, but they missed in indefinitely once they moved away. It seems like Paris is the city that haunts you and your haunts after you leave its city borders.

As is the case with any collection of essays by a variety of authors, some stories were more poignant than others, and others seemed to drag on. Regardless, this collection is a perfect bag-book for train commutes, or while waiting in long lines at the store. I spent almost all of February reading this book, taking my time to ingest and fully comprehend the Paris laid out for me by each author. Many opinions overlapped, many diverged and together I got a well-rounded idea of Paris as a home, not just Paris as a tourist-location.

You might like these titles:

It seems I have an obsession with reading books set in France. Here’s a collection of titles I’ve reviewed that are set in various regions of France.

Book 8 in 2011

Paris Was Ours: 32 Writers Reflect on the City of Light
By Penelope Rowlands
Algonquin Books, 2011
ISBN 9781565129535
276 pages
Sent for review by publisher


Find this book at your local library

Teaser Tuesday – 2/22/2011

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My two teasers

Giving you the benefit of the doubt, you’re on the wrong job site, you. Worst case scenario, you’re an enemy agent pretending to be a moron. Now get lost before I beat you up.

What The Dickens by Gregory Maguire

SF Booklist (Adult) – Romance

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San Francisco has some of the most breath-taking views, the most curious bookshops, cafes, shops and streets. You can fall in love with the city the instant your foot steps on San Francisco soil, and you can fall in live in the city just wandering the streets, exploring its gems.

This week’s list features romance novels (some erotica, some romance, some just love stories) set in San Francisco.

  1. Jane Abbott
    1. Yes is Forever
  2. Susan Amarillas
    1. Scanlin’s Law
  3. Kristen Billerbeck
    1. San Francisco: Four Romances Blossom in the Bay
  4. Georgia Jensen Blosil
    1. Gifts to a Hearing Heart
  5. Catherine Brady
    1. Curled in the Bed of Love
  6. Millie Criswell
    1. Wild Heather
  7. Susan Crosby
    1. His Seductive Revenge
  8. Janet Dailey
    1. WhenYou Kiss Me
  9. Eric Jerome Dickey
    1. Between Lovers
  10. Debra Dier
    1. Surrender the Dream
  11. Stephen Elliott
    1. My Girlfriend Comes To the City and Beats Me Up
  12. Mark Evans
    1. Metropause
  13. Tim Farrington
    1. The California Book of the Dead
  14. Christine Feehan
    1. Dark Gold
  15. Janis Flores
    1. The Reluctant Bride
  16. Kristin Gabriel
    1. Engaging Alex
  17. Carol Grace
    1. Pregnant by the Boss!
  18. Valerie Hansen
    1. The Doctor’s Newfound Family
  19. Donna Hill
    1. Temptation
  20. Leona Karr
    1. Obsession
  21. Alison Kent
    1. Infatuation
  22. Susan Krinard
    1. Luck of the Wolf & other works
  23. Kristin Kyle
    1. The Last Warrior
  24. Elizabeth Lane
    1. His Substitute Bride
  25. Valerie Lee
  26. David May
    1. Madrugada
  27. Barbara McMahahon
    1. The Boss’ Little Miracle
  28. Mary Anee Mohanraj
    1. Kathryn in the City
  29. Kelley Nyrae
    1. Getting Lucky with Luciano
  30. Judith Pella
    1. Blind Faith
  31. Michael Perkins
    1. Dark Matter
  32. Carol Queen
    1. The Leather Daddy and the Femme
  33. Miriam Raftery
    1. Apollo’a Fault
  34. George Rathmell
    1. The Pickle Girl
  35. Paul Reidinger
    1. The Best Man
  36. Francine Rivers
    1. Redeeming Love
  37. Nora Roberts
    1. Sullivan’s Woman
  38. Jenna Ryan
    1. Belladonna
  39. Jennifer St. Giles
    1. His Dark Desires
  40. William Saroyan
    1. The Time of Your Life
  41. Anne Stuart
    1. Catspaw
  42. Tiffany K Shipp
    1. Send Me A Stranger to Love
  43. Jamie Sobrato
    1. Made You Look
  44. Danielle Steel
    1. The House & Other Works
  45. Katherine Stone
    1. Promises
  46. Amy Wallace
    1. Desire
  47. Mary Ann Wilson
    1. The Christmas Husband

Noteworthy Links #10

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Links and such items that I found amusing this past week.

  • The smartest machine on Earth – Meet Watson Did you watch Watson compete on Jeopardy Feb 9th, and see him outsmart his competition? Did you see him blank on the Harry Potter question, in which Voldermort was the answer? I did and I was highly amused. You can watch Watson on Jeopardy’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night’s games via Nova.
  • Library Mail!! For all librarians, there is now special USPS postage rates for packages
Content is limited to books, sound recordings, academic theses, and certain other items.
Advertising restrictions apply.
Each piece must show in the address or return address the name of a school or nonprofit organization.
  • If you’ve heard of the Library Hotel in New York, then I’m sure you’ll want to add its Parisian version Le Pavillon Des Lettres. I maybe not get to spend the night at this ritzy place ($300 Euros a night!) but I will definitely be traipsing through the lobby and various other rooms during my stay in Paris for my honeymoon this year.

In the image of the 26 letters of the alphabet, the rooms and suites of the Pavillon des Lettres reveal the beauty and poetry of the various authors.

  • Border’s filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this morning. They are stated to close over 300 stores across the US. Click here to see if the one near you will make the cut.

Pocket Poem – Ted Kooser

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Many, many years ago, my boyfriend and I went our separate ways for Spring Break during college. I talked him into sending me a hand-written letter because I only had WebTV at home, instead of Internet on the computer. (Ancient times, I know).

In that letter, he included, a carefully written copy of the famous and wonderful Ted Kooser poem “Pocket Poem.”

A wonderful poem, cherishing love, and persistence . This is a poem I read over and over while we lived across the state for 2 years, and one I have to look upon every Valentine’s Day.

Pocket Poem – Ted Kooser

If this comes creased and creased again and soiled
as if I’d opened it a thousand times
to see if what I’d written here was right,
it’s all because I looked too long for you
to put in your pocket. Midnight says
the little gifts of loneliness come wrapped
by nervous fingers. What I wanted this
to say was that I want to be so close
that when you find it, it is warm from me.

SF Booklist (Adult) Science/Technology

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The San Francisco Bay Area is home of Silicon Valley. Although the South Bay (San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View) are home to such technology giants such as Adobe, Apple, and Google, San Francisco is not far behind on its Science and Technology. There is Cal Academy of Sciences with its amazing living roof, not to mention the De Young Museum, WordPress, Zynga and more.

Here are the books that explore the science and technology of the city.

  1. John Robert Marlow
    1. Nano
  2. Todd A Shimoda
    1. The Fourth Treasure
  3. Colin Forbes
    1. Year of the Golden Ape
  4. Bharti Kirchner
    1. Shiva Dancing
  5. Robert Alan Burton
    1. Cellmates
  6. John Keane
    1. The Business Plan: Perpetual Life for the Rich and Famous
  7. Maureen Robb
    1. Patterns in Silicon
  8. Mary Tomasi-Dubois
    1. The Mariner’s Secret


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Riding on the coattails of my Search Terms post, I thought a funnier and more quirky version would be to list the most intriguing spam comments that get filtered through the WordPress machine. Some of these just leave me speechless. Do people really fall for these??

It should be noted that most of these are directed at my Contact/Review page and the Rory Gilmore Reading List. Color commentary is in purple.

  • I shall afford will disagree with you Are you sure? I charge by the minute for arguments
  • You recollect 18 more century I have never been more confused…

  • At you a migraine today? At? Ate? Am I a migraine? I don’t know…

  • You made some fine points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found the majority of people will go along with with your blog. I’m glad the rest of the Internet agrees with my Rory Gilmore Reading List.
  • first! The worst?
  • The volume of your place is really created with tending, Who is your team? Teams? When did we choose teams? I always get picked last. *kicks sand glumly*