Challenges of growing up

Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall offers insight into growing up through her advice-filled personal narrative of Being a Girl. Candid discussion is offered on topics such as developing self-esteem and a positive body image; discovering one's own sense of style; the importance of good nutrition, exercise and sleep; plus coping strategies such as understanding dynamics among family members and friends, dealing with "toxic cliques" and the "queen-bee mentality," and dating and sexuality.

2007 Orange Prize for Fiction - Shortlist

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Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announces the 2007 shortlist

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk (A perosnal favorite)

The Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

The Observations by Jane Harris

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

This year’s shortlist honors both new and well-established writers and reflects the international reach of the prize with authors from Nigeria, China, India and America represented. Your vote?

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/15/07)

The allure and mystery of Shakespeare. The world's most famous playwright. THE genius of Western literature. And we know almost nothing about him. A few years ago Stephen Greenblatt wrote a speculative biography Will in the World, lively and informed by years of scholarship. Now Michael Gruber has written a fantastic thriller about a lost, unknown Shakespeare play. Critics have lobbed a few beanballs at The Book of Air and Shadows but many readers are loving it. It enters the List tied for #15 this week.

The four other new entries are all thrillers, too (Obssesion by Jonathan Kellerman, The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag, Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson, and Hunter's Moon by Randy Wayne White)

2007 Pulitzer Prizes announced

2007 Pulitzer Prizes announced2007 Pulitzer Prizes announced

The much-coveted Pulitzer Prizes for 2007 were announced Monday, April 16, 2007.

Among the winners in more than a dozen categories are:

Cormac McCarthy for The Road, his dark post-apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad, as a man and his young son journey to the sea, with only their wits, two bullets, and a devolving immorality standing between them and destruction.


Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, co-authors of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation won for their riveting account of the best that American journalism used to be, when reporters dug out the truth and brought to light wrongs that needed to be righted.

Biography or Autobiography

Debby Applegate wrote The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother, Henry, was a powerful minister, abolitionist, and intellectual who gripped the public’s interest as much for his beliefs as for his weakness for women.

General Non-Fiction

Lawrence Wright, for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Stunning, carefully researched masterpiece that highlight’s one desperate FBI agent’s desperate race to stop 9/11 before it happened.


* Patrick the Wolf Boy

Patrick is a young boy who likes to do all the things that young boys do, only with his own flair—Patrick is a werewolf. He communicates by growling, but his parents and friends understand him just fine. Artist Art Baltazar and writer Franco Aurelian have created a cute and amusing character drawn in a style that pays tribute to 1950s Charles Schulz (Patrick’s shirt is even an invert of Charlie Brown’s).
If you would like to meet the artist, Art Baltazar will be making an appearance at the Motor City Comic Con May 18-20.

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

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Kurt Vonnegut, the unofficial grandfather of the unofficial ‘disruptive group’ of 1970s literary mavericks, such as Richard Brautigan, Jerzy Kosinski, and Donald Barthelme, died April 11, 2007, from complications of a brain injury due to a fall.

Author of fourteen novels (Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or, Pearls before Swine (1965), and Mother Night (1961), to name a few), Vonnegut used his experience as a WWII prisoner of war and his disdain for modern society's blind devotion to technology to craft novels that were a wholly unique blend of science fiction, fantasy, and sheer raw vision.

Vonnegut was 84.

Vonnegut factoid

The complete official title for Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse Five, is:

Slaughterhouse Five; or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a Fourth-Generation German-American Now Living in Easy Circumstances on Cae Cod (and Smoking Too Much) Who, as an American Infantry Scout Hors de Combat, as a Prisoner of War, Witnessed the Fire-Bombing of Dresden, Germany, the Florence of the Elbe, a Long Time Ago, and Survived to Tell the Tale: This Is a Novel Somewhat in the Telegraphic Schizophrenic Manner of Tales of the Planet Tralfamadore, Where the Flying Saucers Come From

Now Filming

The movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Prince Caspian is schedule to come out on May 16, 2008. Be sure to check out our wide selection of Narnia books as you get ready for next year's movie release.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #59

Set in a poor and crime infested housing estate in Nottingham, England, The Killing Jar* by first-time novelist Nicola Monaghan is a compelling read and recipient of several literary awards.

Young Kerrie-Ann Hill was abandoned (by a drugged-out prostitute mother), abused (by a teacher), coerced into running drugs at nine, and graduated to violent crimes as a sly and ruthless teenager.
Amidst the ugliness were moments of joy like an old neighbor who taught her about butterflies (and the killing jar), caring for her younger brother, and first loves.
Unapologetically realistic and bleak, the portrayal of the drug culture in urban England is spot on, while fiesty Kerrie-Ann as the flawed heroine will earn your respect and sympathy.

Nicola Monaghan grew up at Broxtowe, the same council estate she set The Killing Jar. She is the first person in her family to go to university, and is currently at work on her second novel Starfishin, about a woman working hard to fit into the edgy London lifestyle.

* = Starred Reviews

FairyTale Bits - NEW !

Jan Pienkowski's The Fairy Tales is a stunning and dramatic visual treat! "Exquisitely beautiful silhouettes ... complete the atmosphere of magic and enchantment". There are Four traditional tales that have been faithfully translated from the German Brothers Grimm and the French Charles Perrault. Danger and Romance exist in the words and the pictures on every page. Very sumptuous indeed !

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