Book Reviews


The Rationality of One-Star Reviews

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 07:49

The Rationality of One-Star Reviews
But how did customers respond to this pricing decision? They were outraged! As you can see on the product page, the book has been overwhelmed with one-star reviews based not on the quality of the book itself but instead on the perception of greed and unfairness on behalf of the publisher. “junk,” writes Amazon reviewer Juan M. “It’s ridiculous that the E-BOOK is as much as the physical copy. Greed indeed.”

West Of Here': What Happened To The Frontier?

Submitted by Bearkat on Fri, 03/04/2011 - 17:35

From NPR's Morning Edition:

In his new book, "West of Here", novelist Jonathan Evison takes readers back to one of the last unexplored territories of the American West: Washington state's Olympic Peninsula ... In essence, the book is a conversation between past and present, between hopeful settlers and modern-day strugglers.

Newbery & Caldecott Medals Awarded at ALA Midwinter

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 14:16

From the LA Times/ Jacket Copy Blog: The American Library Assn. presented its top honors for books for children and young adults at a ceremony in San Diego Monday morning. The highest award, the Newbery Medal, is awarded each year to the most distinguished book for children; it went to "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool. The Caldecott Medal, the top award for illustration, went to the book "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead.

Non-Book Items (That Don't Exist) But Would Make Great Gifts!

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 08:16
Ron Charles has several non-book items to recommend as gifts; "the booklie" (super-size one-size fits all, made from the pages of remaindered novels), "spine" (the scent of reading) and the "doogk" (an ereader for our canine friends) among them. Special author appearance by Julie Klam and her doggie.