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  • The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry

    Wendell Berry is by now surely the “elder statesman” of living responsibly in a sustainable fashion, with strong local allegiances to a place in every sense of the word: the local ecology, culture, community, and people. He seems to be aware of the fact that, if not a statesman, he certainly...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 04-26-2009
  • My Land is Dying, by Harry Caudill

    Why review a 38 year old book? When I spotted this book, I remembered the name Harry Caudill because of his book Night Comes to the Cumberland s . I read that book after reading a chapter about Harry Caudill in a book of essays by Wendell Berry called What Are People For? Now, I've been an admirer...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 04-14-2009
  • The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano

    A captivating and bittersweet debut novel, The Girl She Used To Be grabs ahold of your senses in its first few pages and doesn't let you go until the very last sentence. With its thrilling tug-of-war storyline and writing style this was the first book in quite some time that I simply could not put...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Guatemama@evpl on 04-14-2009
  • The Nightingale by Morgana Gallaway

    In her stunning debut, Morgana Gallaway delivers big with The Nightingale , a story of love and hope amid the horror of war torn Iraq. Simultaneously giving a glimpse into the daily lives of Iraqi citizens and shining a spotlight on the atrocities and inhumanity unleashed by Americans upon the detainees...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Guatemama@evpl on 02-28-2009
  • Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

    Written in her 89th year, Diana Athill writes in Somewhere Towards the End not so much about getting old, but reflects on her life and, especially as the book goes on, about being old, and the matter-of-fact changes age imposes on one. It gives me great hope to read something written by a 90 year old...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 02-25-2009
  • Lucky "Thirteenth"

    I'll admit when it comes to literature, I am something of a late bloomer. It took a book group assignment last year for me to finally read Jane Eyre , and of course, I fell in love with it. Recently I followed some friends' recommendations of a book that's reminiscent of that classic novel...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 02-25-2009
  • A History of Personal "Trials" and "Attempts"

    The essay is one of my favorite literary forms, so imagine my delight in coming across The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present . What a wonderful survey - even though it has a distinctly Anglo-centric bias - with some of the most outstanding writings! The word...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 01-22-2009
  • Literary world lending Hollywood its best material

    It's interesting that all five of the nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe Best Drama award were based on books or short stories. What is significant is that few of the movies nominated in other Golden Globe categories, as well as for other annual film awards, were! If this year is any indicator, we'll...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 01-18-2009
  • Most anticipated books of 2009

    The Millions, a blog on books, arts, and culture, has published a list of the year's most anticipated books that will make any reader's mouth water. It's in chronological order, so you can plan what you'll want to read month by month. Each title has a short description, plus a link to...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by googler@evpl on 01-08-2009
  • "Where has Tillie laid her egg?"

    Tillie Lay an Egg by Terry Golson is a delightful book about a hen who likes to do things a little differently than the other hens. Wait her turn to lay an egg? Bah! Tillie has more important things to discover. You can discover them too as you read this story and look for the eggs Tillie has laid in...
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by bookchick@evpl on 01-05-2009
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