Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Paperback Best Sellers

In the New York Times Book Review I see that Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond has been on the Paperback Best Sellers list for all of 191 weeks. Angels and Demons has been on the list for 142 weeks.

New on the Paperback Best Sellers list (one week) are People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg, Lost Lake by Phillip Margolin, and Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.

Monday, June 26, 2006

"Not-Quite-Write" Writers' Meeting

The Not-Quite-Write Scribblers (love that name) will meet tomorrow at 6:00PM at the Johnston Lakes Library, in Lake Park, Ga. to share scribblings and learn techniques in editing manuscripts,and publishing.

Life is but a dream ... or nightmare

Row row row your boat was one of the songs my Uncle Eric taught me as a child. Interesting lyrics for a child to learn:"Life is but a dream". Today's post is not about a book; it is about a newspaper column I read on Saturday. Take a look.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Anne Perry

My friend from Toastmasters (Holiday Inn on Wednesday mornings) is reading a book by Anne Perry. I decided to check the internet to see what I could find out about this author since I had never read any of her novels.

What a life she has lived! She was convicted of murdering her best friend's mother at age 16. Her real name is Juliet Hulme, born 1938.


Friday, June 23, 2006

Two Templar Books

I found this interview, dated April this year, on Bookreporter.com interesting. Two writers were being interviewed about their bestselling books: THE LAST TEMPLAR and THE TEMPLAR LEGACY. The writers of course are Raymond Khoury and Steve Berry. READ MORE.

Some of us met Steve Berry through our bookclub or met him while he was at the public library in April.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Book Club selection for July

Linda wanted to know what else Christopher Paul Curtis had written besides Bud, Not Buddy, the book we selected for July.

Here is the answer. CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Unusual History

Many young people don't like history because history for them means learning about some dead people and memorizing dates. I wonder what they'd think about these history books:

Ice Cream : The Delicious History
by Marilyn Powell

Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America
by Tom Lutz

The Bikini Book
by Kelly Kill Bensimon

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Pig Book

Well I highlighted books about man's best friend in other posts. It is only fair to highlight one woman's best friend, the pig.

READ the Extract for The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Interesting new titles

Some interesting new titles were highlighted in the ARTS & BOOKS section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution yesterday. Check these out by clicking on the links:

Baby Proof
by Emily Giffin

Swapping Lives
by Jane Green

Talk Talk
by T.C. Boyle

There Will Never Be Another You : A Novel
by Carolyn See

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Oke Book Club Selections 2006

We had a visitor this month to the book club so I am posting our selections so far for 2006. You will notice I made in a change since the last posting.

January 20
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

February 17
All over but the shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

March 17
Zorro by Isabel Allende

April 21
Blind Obedience by Bill Boyd

May 26
The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum

June 16
Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton.

July 21
Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

August 18
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

September 15
Reflections in the Nile by J. Suzanne Frank

Saturday, June 17, 2006

What are you reading?

Charlotte just finished reading How to be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward and passed her copy to me. This is Ms. Ward's second book. I am on page 78 and can hardly put the book down. The setting is New Orleans, New York City and Montana. Reviewers are comparing it to Lovely Bones because this novel is also about a family that falls apart due to the loss of a child. In How to be Lost the family members don't know if the youngest child of the family was kidnapped and murdered or kidnapped and alive in some unknown place. Fifteen years later the family is still hurting and tormented by guilt.

Strong language used occasionally.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Father's Day: Book Selections

That picture has nothing to do with Father's Day unless your father likes birds. It's just a collection of books about birds on display at the college library. I thought it would make a pretty picture.

Anyway, remember Father's Day is coming up. USA TODAY has book suggestions for Dads who read. Read "Four Fine Father's Day Reads".

Also, we meet again tomorrow at 6:00PM to discuss Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Book Club Suggestion: Newberry Medal Winner 2000

Here is a book club suggestion from one of our members. It's a children's book that apparently covers some adult issues: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

See excerpt on amazon.com.

We've discussed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so it is not unusual for us to read and enjoy this genre.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Scary books for 6-6-06

For those who like this genre see New York Times Book Review (June 4, 2006) for the Thinking Reader's Guide to Fear. Some of the books mentioned are:

Ghost Writer by John Harwood.

The Farm by Scott Nicholson

Headstone City by Tom Piccirilli

Monday, June 05, 2006

What are you reading now?

One club member is reading Reflections in the Nile by J. Suzanne Frank. I am reading The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer.

Today I looked at page 44 of the New York Times Book Review, June 4, 2006 issue. At number one, under The New York Times Bestsellers for Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous, is Cesar's Way by dog behavior expert Cesar Millan. This was not a career option 10 years ago. Now somewhere some little boy or girl is saying, "I want to be a dog behavior expert like Cesar."

Just goes to show that we can find our passion and make a living from it.