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Penguin Books 75th Anniversary Giveaway

July 29, 2010 – 11:29 pm | 16 Comments
Penguin 75 ann logo

When I was new in the U.S. and first started reading classics, I noticed the penguin logo was on every paperback I read (couldn’t afford hardcovers back then) and assumed it was on all paperbacks. …

The Right Girl

July 29, 2010 – 3:21 pm | 10 Comments
rooney-mara

As announced earlier this week, Daniel Craig is confirmed as Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher’s version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the two sequels in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy. I whooped for joy …

Book Review: John Verdon’s THINK OF A NUMBER

July 28, 2010 – 12:12 am | 13 Comments
think of number

John Verdon’s Think of a Number hooked me quickly with an intriguing premise, but its need for editing prevents it from being more enjoyable.
Retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney is contacted by an old acquaintance, Mark …

Movie Review: DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

July 25, 2010 – 8:42 pm | 18 Comments
dinner rudd frustrated

With the title Dinner for Schmucks and Paul Rudd and Steve Carell as leads, you might think the movie (opening July 30) would be a laugh riot. Turns out, I barely cracked a smile.
Rudd plays …

Best Pre-SALT Female Action Heroes

July 23, 2010 – 12:09 am | 24 Comments
yeoh-Supercop

My parents are in town so I probably won’t get a chance to see Salt this weekend, but I’ve been reading about how amazing Angelina Jolie is in the movie. I’m a big fan of …

Winners of Aimee Bender’s THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE

July 19, 2010 – 6:56 pm | 5 Comments

Random.org selected the following winners:

A Bookshelf Monstrosity
jenn (aka picky_girl)

Please click on my contact form and let me know where you’d like Doubleday to ship your book. If I don’t hear from you by 7 p.m. …

Writing Tics That Bug Me

July 19, 2010 – 12:05 am | 24 Comments
Frustration_Relief

While reading, I’m willing to overlook many minor flaws if what I’m reading is interesting enough. But lately, I’ve come across the following issues so often, they’re beginning to feel like a shiv in my …

I Want to Go to There

July 16, 2010 – 5:43 pm | 21 Comments
SwimmingPool

It’s been 9000 degrees here in L.A. and my A/C has been running around the clock just so I can breathe and not look like I’ve been hit by Super Soakers loaded with sweat. Terrified …

INCEPTION’s Inception: Review and Conversation with Christopher Nolan & Creative Team

July 15, 2010 – 4:35 am | 23 Comments
INCEPTION

Watching Christopher Nolan’s Inception (opening July 16), I thought of my college Japanese instructor during my second year of studying the language, the hardest I’ve ever learned. The teacher had just transferred from Yale and …

TV Review: RIZZOLI & ISLES

July 13, 2010 – 1:56 am | 19 Comments
Courtesy TNT

It’s hard for me to review something I neither love nor hate, which is how I feel about the pilot for this new TNT series (Mondays, 10 p.m.) starring Angie Harmon as tough-talking homicide detective …

Book Review + Giveaway: THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE

July 11, 2010 – 10:49 pm | 21 Comments
particular sadness

Aimee Bender‘s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a bittersweet piece of literature that is both filling and light, with a satisfying secret ingredient I’m not sure I can identify but am happy to …

Movie Review: THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

July 9, 2010 – 11:11 pm | 5 Comments
m nyqvist

I loved this book, thought it was better than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because there was no opening exposition; it just hit the ground running. Since the Tattoo movie blew my pants off, …

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