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More Good Books – Winter 2015 Edition

The readers among us know that any excuse to stay in bed and read will do.  So snowpocalypse or just a regular old winter day, here are some thoughts and recommendations from my recent reading encounters. Get (or download) a stack … Continue reading

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Good Books, Fall 2014 Edition Part 1

In the last few years I’ve tried to read through the Man Booker Shortlist before the winner is announced. This year I managed to read four out of the six of the shortlisted titles – not bad given the timing … Continue reading

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Some Good Books, Summer 2014 Edition

The most recent batch of books I’ve read have been mostly outstanding.  One place I regularly turn for recommendations of new books is the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize.  Some of the book below were discoveries on … Continue reading

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More Good Books, Part 4

Here are some recommended titles from my recent reading list.  As always, it’s a mixed bag of literary novels and more plot-driven stories.  Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat Of all the books I’ve read recently, this is … Continue reading

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Good Books Part 3: Five Out of Six from the Man Booker Shortlist

Some people run marathons, other people read (almost) the whole Man Booker shortlist in two weeks.  I’m in the latter category. A friend posed a challenge – read the whole Man Booker Shortlist before the winner was announced.  It sounded … Continue reading

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Fish Forks and Beer Mugs: Choosing the Right Technology for Publishing

The nature of the book has changed dramatically in recent years. From the old standard of signatures of paper, in multiples of 16, 24,or 32, bound between covers and filled with typeset text, we now have ebooks, and PDF’s, and … Continue reading

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Good Books: Some Suggestions for Summer Reading

What’s a good book?  Seems to be a question I discuss a lot.  People are always asking me for recommendations.  And there’s almost nothing I like better than sitting with a fellow-reader and talking about books – what we loved … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day: Thank You for Making Me a Reader

I come from a long line of reading mothers.  Forget mom and apple pie – for me it’s mothers and books that go together. All of the mothers in my life, past and present, are (or were) huge readers and … Continue reading

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The Books of Passover: An Ode to Cookbooks

Books are a central part of my ongoing Passover education.  I don’t mean haggadot, though those are of course also essential and beloved, and I don’t mean our traditional texts dealing with Passover, though I study those as well.  What … Continue reading

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Introducing Fact/Fiction: A Blog About Books, Stories, and Publishing

I spend my days with non-fiction: editing and publishing books of liturgy and essays, managing numbers and words, spreadsheets and strategy.  And when my work days don’t spill over into the nights, I spend my evenings reading and writing and … Continue reading

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