Friday, January 30, 2009

Author Buzz

Valentine's day is approaching so you may want to check out these books on Dear Reader's AuthorBuzz here . Love in 90 Days sounds intriguing. Also, Second Chance Pass in Author Buzz by Rita-Award winning author, Robyn Carr ,was just published.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Freebies

Hey readers let me introduce you to, Hey, It’s Free! one of the leading sites on the internet for freebies. They filter out all the spammy freebie offers. I got a free detergent sample and address labels. Now the man who runs it, Goob, is giving away a $50 giftcard to Walmart this week! All I have to do is help him promote this really cool site. You can try to win a gift card too so check out HIF and start getting some freebies in your mail! Since this is a site promoting reading, check out HIF's post about getting a free Martha Stewart magazine.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Inaugural Poem

I still remember how fascinating Maya Angelou's poem, On the Pulse of Morning, was at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

I was at work so I did not hear all of Elizabeth Alexander's poem at President Obama's inauguration. I found it at poets.org the title is Praise Song for the Day. According to shmoop.com a praise song is a traditional form of African poetry. Apparently, Alexander was praising the day as well as the people of America who built this country: those who laid the train tracks - the Chinese, those who picked the cotton - the Africans, those who picked lettuce - the Mexicans. Read the interesting interpretation on shmoop.com.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Inauguration Sermon

This is going to be an unusual post but it's been an unusual week. This post is not about a book or an author but about a sermon and a prayer. I heard in church this morning that the sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, from the Disciples of Christ Church, the day after the inauguration of President Obama was really good. I looked for it, read it, and am posting it for all to read here.

I also came across an article in the Jamaica Observer on Friday written by Barbara Gloudon, Jamaican journalist and radio talk show host. She had this prayer in the article for the new President:

"Not this time. Let us hear out this one, this time. Let us see the fulfilment of this dream. Let us step away from the ugliness... too much death, destruction, and dishonesty...too much loss of dignity. Time to respect ourselves and others. Time to sing a song of change, change to something better, cleaner, more life-affirming... Keep him safe".

Friday, January 23, 2009

Books into Movies

A wide range of popular books were adapted for the big screen in 2008-2009 and the Waycross College Library has got some of the books in its collection:

Young Adult Shelf
Chronicles of Narnia, YA PZ7.L58474
Inkheart, YA PZ7.F96624 In 2003
Tale of Despereaux, YA PZ8.D525 Tal 2003

Main Collection

Revolutionary Road, PZ4.Y335 Re6
Secret Life of Bees, PS3611.I44 S38 2002

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Love in Six Words

I think I'd like to read this book which is hot off the press: Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak by Writers Famous & Obscure, from Smith Magazine, edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith.

Let's see if I can get one of my own: Beloved, man with intelligence and integrity.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Political book

Congrats America! Congrats Mr. President! A new era began yesterday.

In view of all this political change that will affect world politics, here's a book I'd love to read by political journalist, Gwen Ifill, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. If you followed the political debates during the 2008 campaign, you will recognize the name Gwen Ifill. She moderated one of the debates. Because of the title of this book, some people thought she ought not to have been the moderator.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Free Book - 2009 Action Plan

If you want free financial advice then download a free Suze Orman book on oprah.com. This is the last day to access the book for free on this website.

The book is also mentioned in the book buzz on USA Today.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Book Club Meeting

I just wanted to have a picture of the tree that was in my front yard on my post. I love this silhouette of the tree. My neighbor hated my tree, all the leaves were shedding on her side. In the name of neighborliness I gave permission for my tree to be cut down. It's gone, gone, gone but my photo will be in cyberland forever.
We meet tomorrow bookclubbers for the first time this year. Our book for next month is Dewey: the Small- town library Cat.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ann Coulter on the View

I watched a bit of the View yesterday with the very controversial Ann Coulter. I had to look for the transcript for the View and post it here for those who missed it. Transcript.

Of course Ann's books have been best sellers, here is a list of her books found on amazon.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

New Book by Azar Nafisi


Hey there book lovers and book clubbers,
Thought I'd upload my beautiful photo of the entrance to Waycross College taken on December 6, before the leaves all shed.
Remember Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi? We read, enjoyed, and discussed this book ages ago. Well there is a new book out by the writer about Iran called, Things I Have Been Silent About.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

USA Today Staff's 10 Top Book Picks

Happy New Year readers! It is two thousand-and-mine (2009); my year to do whatever I want.

Take a look at USA Today's Top 10 Books for 2008: Click here. What was your favorite book last year? Share your thoughts with us and with USA Today. USA Today has also chosen Stephenie Meyer, writer of the Twilight series, as the Author of the Year.