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I’m pleased to welcome Lisa Dale to She Is Too Fond of Books!  Lisa is the author of Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier, which was published in April by Berkley/Penguin.  A little about the novel:

Thea Celik has devoted herself to running her Newport coffee shop, to parenting her daughter, and to being a [...]

Book Review: *The Paris Wife* (guest review)

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0345521309

Note from Dawn: My neighbor, Sue, read The Paris Wife and wrote this review while in Paris (go ahead, admit it, you’re thinking “how cool is that?!”); I’ll have to ask her if she visited any of the (still-standing?) cafés [...]

An Unbridled Holiday Dinner with John Addiego and Italo Calvino

There are books from a handful of small presses and imprints that I can pick up and read without any hesitation.  As soon as I see the logo on the spine, I know I’m in for a good read, one that has been ‘pre-screened’ if you will.  Unbridled Books is one of these, “a premier [...]

“Believe You Can Make a Difference” guest post by Hannah Salwen, co-author of *The Power of Half*

Note from Dawn:  This insightful essay from Hannah Salwen is excerpted with permission from The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen.  In the book detailing their family project, Kevin’s longer chapters are followed by “Hannah’s Take,” shorter pieces from Hannah’s point of view, including a suggested activity for the reader.  Remember that Hannah was age [...]

Guest post (with recipes!) from Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

Yesterday I reviewed a delightful cookbook with a long name, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.  My review offered some photos of our family’s experience making one of the delicious pasta recipes in the book (that’s J adding the baked tomatoes to the [...]

My niece reports on meeting Beth Hoffman ... and an adventure with a big red chicken?!

When I learned that Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt had been selected for the first Sam’s Club Book Club, I was so excited!  I had read an early copy of the novel, and knew that this warm southern story deserved a big spotlight – this connection with Sam’s Club would help do that.  I emailed [...]

Book Review: *Speak* by Laurie Halse Anderson (guest post)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin USA (March 19, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0142414736

I’m pleased to welcome my friend Denise as a guest blogger today!  Denise left the corporate world to return to school for an advanced degree, and is now working in the alternative program at a local high school.  She is the mother [...]

Thoughts on *Swimsuit*(audiobook) by James Patterson

Swimsuit (audio) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (June 29, 2009)
6 CDs (approx. 7 hours running time)
ISBN-13: 978-1600245916

My neighbor Sherry is back with another audiobook review.  I think this might be a good candidate for a treadmill audio for me – lots of action (OK, gruesome murders) to keep me moving, [...]

Advice for NaNoWriMo participants (vlog)

Day 11 of NaNoWriMo: If I want to WIN the challenge by completing a 50,000 word novel (ha!) by midnight on November 30, I have to write an average of 1667 words a day.  That means I should have …. 18,337 words written by the end of the day today – yikes!  As of this [...]

Guest post: David Levithan on censorship

Welcome to Banned Books Week!  The American Library Association is celebrating the freedom to read, September 26 – October 3, 2009.  Read all about Banned Books Week at the ALA website.

I’ve invited David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Love is the Higher Law to write a guest post [...]