Monthly Archives: December 2012

Issue of December 30, 2012

We at BiblioBuffet wish all of you, our readers and readers everywhere, a wonderful, safe, healthy and peaceful transition into the new year.


As the end of the year hovers, Lauren Roberts takes stock of what 2012 brought her, how it affected her, and what she plans to take (and not take) into the new year in Changes: From 2012 to 2013.


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Issue of December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! We wish you not only a good holiday season but a personally satisfying one too. Remember to take care of yourself, and enjoy some peaceful reading time too. Your body and mind will thank you.

Three diverse books captured Gillian Polack’s attention this past week. Three diverse books that might have little in common except that they all involved a very loose definition of “travel.” See what she found in Armchair Travel.

Reading and pets just seem to go together. Most of the time it is quietly, a nap to match the reading. But in Nicki Leone’s case a new rescued puppy has turned that former quietness on its head, and her reading has been altered in ways she never anticipated in How to Read a Book (With a Puppy on Your Lap).

Especially in comparison to their small sizes, bookmarks tend to carry very large histories. This week, Laine Farley finds a weighty background to a bookmark that initially offered not much more than a question as to where the “credit” was good at. But she found out and in doings so learned a great deal about a fascinating company and symbol in Priscilla, the Mail of New England.

Personal memoirs run the gamut from self-indulgent to historical. But rarely do they reach such a level of penetration as Lev Raphael’s story of his reconciliation between his family’s past and his own present. Even further depth was probed by the perceptive questions posed to him about his experiences and this book in Looking Back.

With two holidays in one week, Lauren Roberts decided there wasn’t time to do much but bring out her annual Christmas “poem” for your amusement. Therefore, please enjoy her personal take on the old and more famous one in ‘Twas That Night Before Christmas.

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Issue of December 16, 2012

We at BiblioBuffet hope that your holiday shopping is not taking a toll on you. If you ever feel it is, the best cure is a couple of hours (or more) buried in the pages of a good book.

With airline travel growing more unpleasant by the week—it can easily be described as a flying bus—it is with no small irony that this week Lauren Roberts takes a look back at the history of Continental Trailways (“Big Red”), an intercity bus system that served a major portion of the U.S. middle class for fifty years in Going My Way? (in the editor’s letter).

Still looking for gifts? This week, Lauren Roberts presents the last of her four-part list of ideas for the bibliophiles and readers in you life. Books are not a part of it because of the vast number of them and the wide array of individual interests, but you’ll find plenty of other suggestions in Literary Gift Guide, Part 4 (in On Marking Books).

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Issue of December 9, 2012

The holiday season is in full swing. Regardless of whether you are immersed in parties, working hard, or able to nestle into your home’s warmth we hope that you are finding time to indulge yourself in some good reading. This week, we have two wonderful essays that explore the meaning of books, which you will find over at BiblioBuffet.

Our experiences while reading as children often have a large impact on our adult reading. Probably no one has been more impacted than Nicki Leone, who shares the books she read and the things she learned from them—more, much more, than the stories themselves—in On Reading Books That Are Too Old for You.

In an unusual departure from her usual book-centric columns, Gillian Polack explores the connection between types of music and types of author voices and what they teach her. “My taste in music and my taste in books becomes a window onto a far wider and more interesting landscape than I previously saw,” she says and that fuels her thoughts for Music and Modulation.

Still doing your holiday shopping? Then check out Lauren Roberts suggestions for more gifts for booklovers and readers. This week, she goes international in some ideas while others are closer to home in The Literary Gift Guide, Part 3.

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Issue of December 2, 2012

As the cold and rain settle in here in Santa Barbara, I am thinking of soups, hot apple cider, and warm reading. I have no doubt for most of you it is the same. So enjoy those books.

In The Literary Gift Guide, Part 2, Lauren Roberts shares more of her select gift suggestions for booklovers and readers along with a short reminisce of what her current reading is doing for her.

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