Issue of September 18, 2011

Here in Santa Barbara, California, I am relieved that it appears unlikely to be one of those horrid Septembers (and Octobers and possibly Novembers) with temperatures more suited to bathing suits than sweaters. We’re not quite at the sweater stage yet, but it’s coming. And I, for one, am rejoicing. Books always feel just a bit cozy to me, as if they mix better with boeuf bourguignon than gazpacho. Plus, the holidays are coming, which ramps up my excitement level. I begin to look through magazines for recipes and decorating ideas even though I am pretty much set for menus for the two big days.

But we have a bit of time to go before that so with books and reading in mind I encourage you to check out all our columns this week. Perhaps you’ll get some ideas of things to do, evaluate, and even win (hint: bookmarks). Have a great week!

A message board question about why she keeps books she’s read, and, even more, what drives her to hold on to a book, was the opportunity for Nicki Leone post a caffeine-fueled series of quirky responses. But she used that as a springboard for a more in-depth exploration of why she really does accumulate books at a brisk pace in My Cabinet of Curiosities.

When you’re writing a memoir and striving for accuracy, how do you find it?  Especially if your memory of events is very different from what your family remembers? Lev Raphael explores a traumatic event in his family and how it’s been talked about and recalled by himself, his brother, and his mother in Family Mysteries.

Less than a week away is the annual Banned Books Week celebration. Or memorial. Lauren Roberts leads off with a look at some books we’ve probably all read—and had the opportunity to read—in Coming to a Bookstore Near You. Maybe.

“What is it that drives us to choose our long-term partners and, more importantly, what keeps us with them, especially if it turns out they disappoint us?” asks Katherine Hauswirth as explores two books, one memoir, one fiction, that look at the roles partners assume in relationships in Lost Light: Words from the Overshadowed.

When artists turn their creative eye (and hands) to bookmarks, the result is often extraordinary. In Bookmarks IX: Infiltrating the Library System, Laine Farley describes the individual take each artist brought to her or his project and found that even though many of the bookmarks can be set into general themes they are indeed unique and wonderful. (BiblioBuffet is giving away a number of these bookmarks; details can be found in the article.)

Lauren Roberts encourages BiblioBuffet’s readers to get away from their computers (after reading our columns, of course), and to renew their acquaintanceship with their selves through a book in Title to be Forthcoming.

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