Friday, November 30, 2007

The Last Breed

In our November book selection, The Last Breed by Louis L'Amour, remember the similarities between the character Major Joe Mack, part Sioux Indian, and his Yakut enemy, Alekhin from Siberia? Well look at this article showing that Native Americans share similar genetic traits to people of Siberia.

Also, read this interesting article about A New Way of Publishing Cookbooks.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Eat, Pray, Love

I am still reading, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. So far I am finding it a very honest and gutsy memoir. The writer is honest about her flaws and her issues with men, intimacy and love.

The book was named by The New York Times as one of the 100 most notable books of 2006, and was chosen as one of the best ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. See more on Gilbert's website.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

What are you reading this fall?

I am now reading, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Here are some ideas from People magazine, November 12 issue:

Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig.

What Is the What by Dave Eggers

Breakable You by Brian Morton

Born on A Blue Day y Daniel Tammet

Friday, November 09, 2007

Random House Podcast

Remember our past book selection, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi? Well listen to the voice of Azar on the Random House podcast.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Lad Lit

Well who knew? If I had not attended that library conference I would not have heard about Dick Lit also known as Lad Lit and Guy Lit, a subgenre of fiction written by men for men. It appears that they are not as attractive as the Chick Lit subgenre if I am to go by this article.

I had heard the expression Chick Lit and figured, correctly I might add, that it was related to the movie equivalent, Chick Flick. Now that I have been enlightened I can see that my favorite fictional character Agatha Raisin, created by MC Beaton, is a middle aged version of the typical Chick Lit protagonist. She is smart, sassy, humorous amateur detective with romance issues. Dead bodies pop up whenever she's around and she always fumbles through and manages to get the bad guys.