Issue of January 16, 2011

Here’s hoping all of you are having a safe, warm January!

When in the early part of the twentieth century a New Zealand writer fell in love with an Australian writer and moved her life and home to be with him, it was a love story that altered Australian literature. Together and separately, they wrote books that altered Australian literature for children, young adults, and adults. Gillian Polack shares their story and their books in Celebrating Australian Literature.

We know what Pete Croatto reviewed during late 2009 and all through 2010, at least for BiblioBuffet, but what other books did he did read cover to cover yet didn’t review? (And it wasn’t because they were bad.) Discover what those books were and why he didn’t share his thoughts on them earlier in Filling in the Gaps

People who don’t collect bookmarks often don’t understand that behind these simple and relatively small pieces of ephemera can be fascinating histories, complex characters, wrangled plots, and storylines that rival the best fiction. Laine Farley takes one bookmark that uses a common theme in early twentieth-century paper memorabilia—“languid beauties”—and finds a tale worth telling in Selling Sentiment.

There’s no question that the books we read affect our lives. Some are more memorable than others, but when a book comes along that has such a powerful effect it leaves the reader reeling from emotions then the book is worth talking about. But Lauren Roberts finds that need stifled with her latest book because the words she would use to explore her feelings are difficult and ugly. Is there a way to reconcile such feelings when one is Ripped Apart by a Book?

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