RIP Ann Rule

by kara on July 27, 2015


I don’t care what you say, the woman wrote FORTY-THREE books. FORTY THREE.

October 22, 1930 – July 27, 2015

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by kara on July 21, 2015

E.L. Doctorow, 1931 – 2015


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The Big Cheat: Goodbye Columbus

by kara on July 20, 2015

The Big Cheat focuses on the movie versions books.

Goodbye Columbus , Philip Roth’s scathing satire of a nouveau riche Jewish family, was made into a 1969 American romantic comedy drama film starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. Let’s explore the Neo Colonial splendor that is the Patimkin family house. Sets designed by Emanuel Gerard (1926 – 1973)

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by kara on July 5, 2015

Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson
July 10, 1905-May 28, 2002

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things no man has ever said, ever.

by kara on June 17, 2015

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66 Bookstores on Route 66

by kara on June 9, 2015

from AbeBooks

It’s arguably the most famous road in the world. Route 66 – just saying those words makes you want to hit the road. But did you know there are many wonderful used bookstores along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles? We have plotted the ultimate bibliophile’s road trip where you can visit 66 bricks and mortar used bookstores – who all sell on the AbeBooks marketplace – while driving from the shores of Lake Michigan to the beaches of Santa Monica. We are talking about two thousand miles and hundreds of thousands of books. It’s a booklover’s paradise – and worth the trip for that alone. Some folks travel for culinary adventures, some travel for landmarks and museums, but bibliophiles travel for the finest in literary offerings. It’s called Bookstore Tourism, and yes – there’s a book about it.

The bookstores we’ve featured vary in size, and range from quintessential neighborhood used bookstores to specialists dedicated to subjects like children’s books, history, mysteries, architecture, theology, alternative religions and cooking. Get your motor running, head out on the highway and discover some amazing used and rare bookshops in America’s heartland.

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Happy Birthday, Daphne du Maurier

by kara on May 13, 2015

Rebecca is one of my favorite novels, ever.


via the Paris Review

The moment of crisis had come, and I must face it. My old fears, my diffidence, my shyness, my hopeless sense of inferiority, must be conquered now and thrust aside. If I failed now I should fail forever.
―Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

It must be wonderful to be one of those pedestrians who own the streets. To be one of those people who walks where he likes with Ratso Rizzo–like entitlement, or, better yet, is gracious enough to usher a car forward when, in fact, the car has the right of way. Such people, of course, never give a timid wave of appreciation—a tacit “thank you for not killing me”—when a car lets them cross.

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by kara on May 2, 2015

Ruth Rendell died today and the world feels emptier already. I probably spent 2.5 solid years reading all her books. And i keep thinking it she’d had more time (she was 85), there would have been more. She was writing right up to the end. Some writers run out of steam. Not Ruth.

Ruth, deservedly the most decorated of British crime writer, transformed what had become a staid and formulaic genre into something that offered scope for a different kind of crime novel. She turned it into a prism for examining the world with a critical eye.

Two lines from one of my favorite of her novels, A Judgement in Stone: the opening with line: “Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read and write”

and “She was happiest when sitting about and reading. She had read thousands of books, seeing no point in doing anything else unless you had to.”

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Lady Rendell of Babergh, writer, born 17 February 1930; died 2 May 2015

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by kara on April 21, 2015

Françoise Sagan

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my new book just arrived.

by kara on April 16, 2015

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