August 2010

monkey saves puppy

  • About the author EB
  • August 04, 2010

YOU GUYS. you need to see this.

A monkey saves the life of a puppy in China after a pipeline explosion:

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YES.

joyce maynard on video

  • About the author EB
  • August 03, 2010

We’ve got some great stuff on sale today: The Blessings of the Animals, Numb, and, the subject of this post, Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day!

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Somehow I haven’t read this one before now, but I’m taking it home tonight! I’ve been looking forward to it, especially after the reviews from Ti at Book Chatter and Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves. Here’s a description:

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his emotionally fragile, long-divorced mother for company. But everything changes on the Thursday before the holiday weekend when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons, about the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting those we care about above ourselves—and that real love is worth waiting for.

From acclaimed author Joyce Maynard comes a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenager—and the man he later becomes.

Does that sound good to you? For more on Joyce, check out these two videos. The first is from Borders, where Labor Day will be featured all this month! The other is a teaser for Joyce’s next novel, The Good Daughters.

And don’t forget, Joyce will be on Book Club Girl on Air on August 30th!

the pleasures of re-reading

  • About the author EB
  • August 02, 2010

As a kid, I re-read books a lot. I’m not talking about classics, either. I’m talking about every Baby-sitters Club book, every Sweet Valley High book, every Nancy Drew book, and on and on to lesser series that no one remembers anymore like Sleepover Friends and The Fabulous Five. The library in my neighborhood was not the greatest (more than once I got books with mysterious smells and substances clinging to them, like the biography of Winnie Mandela that had to air out on my windowsill for several days before I could read it), and my mom put a limit on my book-buying, so it wasn’t unusual for me to read these books two, three, or ten times.

Now, it is extremely rare that I get to re-read a book. Sometimes I’ll read the occasional classic over again for work purposes (this year, I’ve re-read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mockingbird), but with so many new books on the horizon that I want to read both for work and for fun, it seems oh-so-decadent to re-read a random novel that I remember enjoying a year ago. But that’s what I’m doing right now with Emily Gray Tedrowe’s COMMUTERS, and it’s awesome!

I first read this book in manuscript form last fall, mostly on a bench at a park in Brooklyn. I didn’t know all that much about it except that one of the narrators was 78, and I wasn’t sure if I would get into that (being honest here!), but I remember being drawn further and further in to this story of three generations of a family, to the point where I kept adding more layers of clothing so I could stay out and finish it. And, of course, it turned out that the 78-year-old was my favorite character.

I picked it up again because I’m interviewing Emily tomorrow night for Book Club Girl on Air and I wanted to have the book fresh in my mind when I came up with my questions. I figured I’d speed through it, jotting down a note here and there. But I’ve totally been savoring it, forgetting to write stuff down because I’m so wrapped up.

This, of course, is making me wonder: should I say to hell with my TBR pile and do more re-reading? What books have you re-read and enjoyed?

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