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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Loathsome Ladies


Writing in The Huffington Post, author Warren Adler has revealed his list of top wicked females in fiction (Female Villains: 10 Evil Women in Literature). Among them are Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth and Euripides’ Medea. Others include Annie Wilkes in Stephen King’s Misery and Nurse Ratched in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  If you want to sample more villainous women in literature, try these:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Cathy Ames)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Mrs. Danvers)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Abigail Williams)


Double Indemnity by James M. Cain (Phyllis Dietrichson)



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Underrated


A few weeks back Publishers Weekly asked its followers on Twitter which books they loved and wished others would read. The magazine’s editors gathered the results and then published the best readers’ picks (“14 Underrated Books”).  If you’re looking for something new to read, try these:

In Pharaoh’s Army by Tobias Wolff


The Believers by Zoe Heller

The Flamenco Academy by Sarah Bird

The Long Walk by Brian Castner

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Teachers in Print


Fall is the season when students of all ages and their teachers return to the classroom.  Whether you are a pupil or a mentor, you may enjoy this list published in the Online Colleges blog earlier this year ( "The 20 Best Novels About Being a Teacher"). Here are a few to try:

Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum


Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

Good bye,Mr. Chips by James Hilton

Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov



Thursday, September 06, 2012

Grandparent Heroes


With Grandparents Day (September 9) just around the corner, Jennifer M. Brown, the children’s editor for Shelf Awareness, has published a list of her favorite grandparent books ("Grandparents We Can Count On").  Among them is The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas! by Sally Lloyd-Jones which offers such advice as “when you have a grandma or a grandpa, you need to scream and run away when they pretend to be a monster” or “you need to hold their hand when they cross the street.”

Here are a few others kids may enjoy:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

There’s Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham