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7:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Someone to Watch Over Me

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hides out in the country with Jerrie Alexander’s short romantic thriller, Someone to Watch Over Me.

Title: Someone to Watch Over Me

Author: Jerrie Alexander

Pages: 71

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press 

ISBN: 978-1-61217-966-7

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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1:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Medical Magic Leads To Terror In 'Parasite'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:37 pm

Welcome to SymboGen, your friendly neighborhood medical company; have you stopped by for your tapeworm implant? Fair warning: There have been some unusual side effects ...

Health care has swallowed American headlines in recent years; besides the arguments over who deserves treatment to begin with, issues are emerging in pharmaceutical brand ethics, anti-vaccination activism, and the overuse of antibiotics. The war against disease is spreading against the smallest enemies of all.

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1:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Divide By D'oh! The 'Mathematical Secrets' Of The Simpsons

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 11:19 am

Most people watch The Simpsons to laugh. And, perhaps, feel a little superior to the animated family who are Springfield's best known, if often most dysfunctional citizens.

But Simon Singh, the Cambridge-trained physicist and best-selling author, watches the show not just for laughs, but also for the ... math? In his new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, he argues that the writers and producers have woven a lot of math into The Simpsons — and into a highly honored show from the same team, Futurama.

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12:44 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Oct. 28-Nov. 3: Flights From England, Persia And Polite Conversation

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:55 am

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12:44 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Rebecca Walker Hurries Love In 'Adé'

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:05 pm

Rarely as the rush of romance felt so, well, rushed as it does in Rebecca Walker's maiden novel Adé: A Love Story. It's a wild ride along with an unnamed (more on that later) biracial college student who's traveling through Africa with her white best friend. Our unnamed narrator falls in love with a Swahili man she meets on an island just off the Kenyan coast, grows apart from her friend and closer to her lover's family, and must struggle with the brutal realities of life under brutal Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi — all in 112 short pages.

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12:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

'Hyperbole' Creator Considers All The Things

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:35 pm

The drawings are MS Paint-style doodles, and the stories are about everyday things like cake, poor spelling and dopey dogs. And yet each month, millions of people visit Hyperbole and a Half, the hybrid Web comic and blog created by 28-year-old Allie Brosh, who says she "tries very hard to be funny." Hyperbole has just come out in book form with a mix of old and new material featuring Brosh's absurdist take on the world and her author avatar, a stick figure with a pink dress and what might be a blond ponytail — or might not.

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5:48 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon

Barnes & Noble is one of several stores that have refused to carry Amazon Publishing's books.
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Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:24 am

When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. You might even call it brick-and-mortar booksellers' revenge.

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2:01 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Biography Doesn't Hold Back On Darkest Years Of 'The Man In Black'

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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 7:49 am

In early 1968, country singer Johnny Cash gave one of the defining performances of his career when he played for inmates at California's Folsom State Prison. Robert Hilburn, a music critic early in his career at the Los Angeles Times, was the only reporter to cover that legendary concert.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Falling for You

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin searches for the reality in Heather Thurmeier’s reality TV romance, Falling for You

Title: Falling for You

Author: Heather Thurmeier

Pages: 200

Publisher: Crimson Romance     

ISBN: 978-1440552045

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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5:36 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

'We Walk In Circles,' Pursuing Dreams And Finding Creativity

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Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 5:59 pm

At Night We Walk in Circles is set in an unnamed, war-scarred Latin American country. The book follows young actor and aspiring playwright Nelson as he traverses his nation, performing in a provocative play called The Idiot President.

It's Daniel Alarcon's second novel — his first was Lost City Radio, published in 2007. The Peruvian author says there are some parallels between him and his protagonist, dreaming of a life as an artist.

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4:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Wimpy Kid" author talks embarrassment

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What makes Jeff Kinney look down and close his eyes because he can't bear what he's done? Check out his answer in our interview ahead of the November 5 publication of the 8th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Hard Luck.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 Shelf Discovery: The Impersonator

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back in time to the Roaring Twenties with Mary Miley’s The Impersonator.

Title: The Imperstonator

Author: Mary Miley

Pages: 354

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250028167

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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10:34 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Book News: Health Woes Will Keep Munro From Nobel Ceremony

Canadian author Alice Munro in June 2009.
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Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 7:11 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

October 14, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Family Pictures

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks through Jane Green’s Family Pictures.

Title: Family Pictures

Author: Jane Green

CDs: 8 (10 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio        

ISBN: 978-1427229069

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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9:29 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Book News: Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

The Nobel Prize committee called Canadian author Alice Munro, seen in 2009, a "master of the contemporary short story."
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Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:42 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m.

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8:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ohioana Book Award Winner Louise Borden

Ohioana Book Award winner Louise Borden
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  Ohio author Louise Borden will receive the 2013 Ohio Book Award for Juvenile Literature for her book His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. Listen above as she describes the story that inspired the book and her belief that one person can make a difference.

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7:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Beluga

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to the Mississippi Delta with Rick Gavin’s Beluga.

Title: Beluga

Author: Rick Gavin

Pages: 298

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250028761

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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10:08 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book News: Novel By Michael Hastings To Be Published Posthumously

Michael Hastings, who wrote a candid profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for Rolling Stone, died in June in a car crash in Los Angeles. He was 33.
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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 7:23 am

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4:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.

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11:47 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You

Lizzie Skurnick wrote several books in the Sweet Valley High series. Her new imprint aims to celebrate and preserve classic young adult books from the 1930s through the 1980s.
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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:09 pm

Young adult literature is big business right now; bookstores and movie theaters are full of titles like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.

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