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Video review of On Golden Mountain by Lisa See

Lisa See is an acclaimed novelist these days but her break-through book – On Golden Mountain – was non-fiction and told the story of how her family moved from China to California. This is a very well researched family history that shows racism, miscommunication, love and pain, and much more as her family struggled to […]

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Three in 10 British households are bookless

There is a very depressing news story from the UK today where a survey of 18,000 young people has revealed three in 10 children live in households that do not contain a single book – not even a cookery book or a road atlas or a bible/Koran etc. Somebody should have a word with the […]

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Knocked up? Don’t read these books

The Millions blog tells us about books that should not be read when you are pregnant. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin: I admit, I haven’t read the novel, but I love the movie, starring the bewitching Mia Farrow. I have purposely kept my blonde hair very short these last 8 and a half months because […]

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Twins in Literature

If you are a fan of Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger or Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much is True, then you might enjoy our latest selection of reading recommendations relating to twins. It was actually surprisingly easy to find twin-themed fiction – Pat Conroy, Ken Follett, Arundhati Roy, V.C. Andrews and Madeleine L’Engle […]

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Brides’ Books Revisited

Apparently, there is a wedding tomorrow…. a royal wedding at that. With all due respect to the Prince William, weddings are really about the bride. Authors agree. There are few novels about bridegrooms but there are thousands about brides. In fact, AbeBooks has almost 150,000 listings where the word ‘bride’ is mentioned in the title. […]

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Reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s Chronicles of Robin Hood

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old came home from her elementary school with a book from the school library. It was The Chronicles of Robin Hood by Rosemary Sutcliff. I did not know that Sutcliff, famous for writing the wonderful adventure story, The Eagle of the Ninth, had ever written about Robin Hood. My daughter […]

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The literature of the mid-life crisis

I find it very hard to get excited about the slew of books concerning the mid-life crises of various women. The Independent analyses this phenomenon. Apparently, the term ‘mid-life crisis’ was invented by Canadian psychoanalyst Elliot Jacques in 1965 who probably never thought millions of women would be reading Eat Pray Love 45 years later. […]

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AbeBooks Review of When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary

We hope you enjoy our video review. Find copies of When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary at AbeBooks

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Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

More madness from Britain! Or is it? This could be best piece of literary marketing seen in decades. Knit Your Own Royal Wedding could be the book of 2011. Well done to the Ivy Press. Look at Kate and Wills on the cover, and there’s two little corgis too.

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Goodnight Dune

I like this mashup of Dune by Frank Herbert and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I feel so fashionable when I use words like “mashup.”

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