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September 2008

lunchtime reading: who by fire

It’s almost lunchtime here at the Harper Perennial offices, and since I left the book I’m reading (State by State, see yesterday’s post for all sorts of cool info on that one) at home, that means I have to pick a new book for my lunchtime reading. I’m thinking it’s going to be Who By Fire, which just went on sale yesterday. To sum it up very, VERY quickly, it’s about a family where the younger daughter disappears and years later the son moves to Israel to become an Orthodox Jew and the older daughter messes up her own relationships. And when the younger daughter’s remains are finally found, the older daughter goes to Israel to bring her brother home.

Anyway, I decided to pick it up today after reading this interview with author Diana Spechler. She’s also the subject of the latest Harper Perennial podcast and, as I discovered at our party at Word a few weeks ago, a good friend of a high school acquaintance of mine.

January 2009

NYR: diana spechler

Just when you thought it was over, we pull you back in. Here’s another set of resolutions, this time from Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire.

What was the best book of the year?

The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block

What was the best movie?

Burn After Reading

What was the best song/album?

I don’t know…I like the oldies.

Favorite Blog?

Post Secret. Is that a blog?

Who was the person of the year?

If I said anyone but Obama, I would be striving for uniqueness, rather than for honesty. So Obama. But Huckabee is up there, too, because he was so scary. He wound up being a person of the moment, rather than of the year, but it was a scary, scary moment.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

I want to do more selfless acts. Does that sound like a lie? I just read it over and it sounds like a lie.

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