Category Archives: Book Reviews

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Christopher Morley’s 1918 The Haunted Bookshop.

As always, my thoughts are cross-posted here and on LibraryThing.

This was an enjoyable book. It’s very “classic”, in that American Movie Classics Channel Jimmy Stewart kind of way. Everyone is soooo polite and proper. Everyone blushes and women drop their handkerchiefs.

The whole WWII-era spy plot is a bit flat. True, I was always wondering what was going on, but I almost didn’t care, that’s not what kept me turning the pages. The few spots of book talk made it worthwhile for me. There’s a part where the owner of the Haunted Bookshop (which has no ghosts what-so-ever) meets with all the other crusty educated book-ish types around a roaring fire with their pipes and some toddies.

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Title trivia and other tid-bits

Four days of BookTV has been great! The best segment I saw was Morse talking about the Dictionary. Fascinating! But I still have three shows to watch on the old dvr (including Isaac Stern!)… so that may change.

Just wanted to let you guys know about the fun Title Quiz the New York Times has posted right now. It was pretty fun and I picked up some neat facts.
Also,  I had The Fellowship  by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman on my Christmas Wish List. But after reading the NYTBR I’m thinking about dropping it. Just not interested if all the book as to offer is re-hashing the sex drive and decades old gossip of one of our nation’s most talented designers.

Let me know if any of you have read it and disagree with the NYTBR. I’d love to be persuaded to buy and read it! I’ve always enjoyed Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.

Just finished…

Juan Williams’ Enough. I picked up this book after a great post by one of Birmingham’s more prominant bloggers.

I thought this critical look at racial divides in our country was very logical and clearcut, which (as I understand it) is one of the reasons Williams has come under attack for his statements. Too much cold logic and not enough emotion and historical perspective.

As always I posted my thoughts over on LibraryThing.

My advice: Read the book and decide for yourself.