Jan 01 19:08

Moving over to Tumblr

I'm giving Tumblr a whirl for a while, so please follow me over there to see my book reviews, LCSH analysis and whatever else I bother to post on.

Dec 28 15:15

LCSH & SACO Month 11: LC goes glocal

Highlights from the November 2013 SACO editorial meeting and LCSH monthly list.

From Ashton Salazar blog

Dec 28 13:52

LCSH & SACO Month 10: LC welcomes Gays, Black and Lesbians, Black

Highlights from the October 2013 SACO editorial meeting and LCSH monthly list.

Dec 27 16:36

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, the

Flagg, Fannie

Fannie Flagg novels always go down easy and are southern charming as all get-out. All-Girl centers on a 60-year-old woman who finds out she's not southern, at least not in the southern way of knowing who your people are a few generations back. It's also about Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Unless you're a real crankypants, you should be moved by protagonist Sookie Poole's evolution, the WASPs accomplishments, or both. I sniffled quite a bit reading about the titular event while riding a New Jersey transit train home from Jewish Christmas.

Dec 25 2013
Dec 26 21:10

Teatime for the Firefly

Patel, Shona

The publisher is Harlequin MIRA, but it didn't occur to me when I originally read a review of this book that it was a romance. I'm still not sure if that was the intent, because, finding the protagonist and her love interest annoying, I put the book down 200 or so pages in. The MIRA imprint is meant to encompass literary and genres aside from romance, for women.

Dec 23 2013
Dec 22 15:25

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Knisley, Lucy

I'm not much of a foodie, but I do love graphic memoirs, so I was happy to receive Knisley's book from my homie C-Dog as a solstice (or whatever) gift. I found myself envying how Knisley's love of food and cooking shored up her relationships with parents and friends. As you may know, I also have a soft spot for anything period related, so I loved this passage:

A woman's body craved protein and iron.

< copyrighted image I can't reproduce >

I grew into my mother's cravings - the demands of my inherited body chemistry.

< copyrighted image where Lucy says, "Once a month I need spinach." and "Like a were-rabbit." >

Dec 21 2013
Dec 22 15:02

Behind the Mountains

Danticat, Edwidge

Danticat tells a story similar to her own, but set about twenty years later and with plenty of other elements to differentiate it from a fictionalized memoir, about a Haitian girl, Celiane, moving to the US and reuniting her family.

Dec 19 2013
Dec 22 14:35

Bone Season

Shannon, Samantha

In an alternate history clairvoyance is unnatural and a crime. Clairvoyants have to hide their power or risk being consigned to The Tower. It turns out there's something even worse than The Tower, an alternate government in Oxford, run by Rephaim, which Wikipedia and other sources define as giant spirits from the netherworld.

Dec 17 2013
Dec 15 2013

Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy

Crawford, Lacy

She was already the daughter of a celebrity; an alumni connection could help only so much more. Why on earth hire an independent consultant, too? But then, there were Anne's clients: the parents who left nothing to chance. They refused to play with a deck that wasn't stacked. They'd raise a child unvaccinated before they'd consider letting him apply to college unaided.

Anne helps privileged (and one unprivileged) students get into college, mostly by working with them on their applications essays, but also a little bit by handling their families.

Dec 11 2013


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