Article: Help, I’m Surrounded by Jerks

by Stephanie Rosenbloom for NY Times Books (Jan. 18, 2007)

“CERTAIN mortals have the power to sink hearts and sour moods with lightning speed. The hysterical colleague. The meddlesome neighbor. The crazy in-law. The explosive boss. A mélange of cantankerous individuals, they are united by a single achievement: They make life miserable.”

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Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: A House Built Around A Tower of Books

by Elaine Louie for NY Times Books (Jan. 18, 2007)

“FIRST came the books. Then came the architecture.

Seven years ago, when Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon, partners at Office dA, an architecture firm in Boston, were asked to renovate a five-story town house in the Back Bay neighborhood, they faced a singular design challenge.”

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Article: In With The New…

In With The New

by Robert McCrum and Hephzibah Anderson for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 31, 2006)

An extraordinary number of the novels coming our way in 2007 deal with war. As for non-fiction, the war in question is between weighty biographies and skimpy celebrities. So choose now between sex with Davina and 16th-century feminism with Germaine …”

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Article: Wordsmiths: They Also Serve Who Only Vote On ‘Ain’t’

Wordsmiths: They Also Serve Who Only Vote on ‘Ain’t’

by Andrew Adam Newman or NY Times Books (Dec. 23, 2006)

“Last year, within a three-week period, Justice Antonin Scalia, Joan Didion, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Molly Ivins, sitting in their respective offices, looked up from a piece of paper and spoke a single word.

Coitus.”

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Published in: on December 24, 2006 at 7:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Discussion: Max Boot and Geoffrey Wheatcroft on American Foreign Policy

Max Boot and Geoffrey Wheatcroft on American Policy

with Barry Gewen. from NY Times Books (Dec. 19, 2006)

“Last weekend’s Book Review devoted most of its pages to recent books on war. To continue the discussion, NYTimes.com invited two foreign policy writers to join Barry Gewen, an editor at the Book Review, in a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges facing the U.S. in Iraq and beyond”

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Published in: on December 21, 2006 at 12:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: The Gifts to Open Again and Again

The Gifts to Open Again and Again

by William Grimes for NY Times Books (Dec. 15, 2006)

“I’ve made my list, and I’m checking it twice. It’s a list of the qualities that make the ideal holiday book, and after carefully considering the books of Christmas past, I have come up with some guidelines. A gift book should either be no surprise or a big surprise: the one you always wanted or the one you never knew you wanted. It should either be expensive and large, or cheap and small. It should be high-minded or totally frivolous. And no matter what, it should not require sustained attention, which is impossible during the yuletide season.”

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Published in: on December 19, 2006 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: Write A Book In 30 Days? What A Novel Idea.

Write A Book In 30 Days? What A Novel Idea

by Carmen K. Sisson for The Christian Science Monitor/Books (Dec. 8, 2006)

I worry I won’t recognize author Christee Gabour Atwood in a mall full of soccer moms and sweat-suited octogenarians, but she’s hard to miss. She’s the woman skipping into a Waldenbooks here with an enormous white hairball slung over her shoulder. The orange beak jostling against her ankle is a giveaway, too – the lady who calls herself “The Rubber Chicken” is on the premises, prepared for battle with a keyboard.

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Published in: on December 16, 2006 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: John Mullan on EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES

Comma Chameleon

by John Mullan for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 16, 2006)

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves presents itself as a last-ditch defence of the subtleties of English punctuation. “Despair was the initial impetus for this book,” writes Lynne Truss, and she begins by mustering illustrations of contemporary carelessness about the use of apostrophes or commas.”

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Published in: on December 16, 2006 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Former Diplomat Winner of Nestle Children’s Book Prize

Former Diplomat’s Sparkling Debut Wins Nestle Prize

by Nick Tanner for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 13, 2006)

“A debut novel set in London’s theatreland in the 1790s, The Diamond of Drury Lane, has won this year’s Nestle Children’s Book prize. Written by a former diplomat, Julia Golding, the book has already been awarded the Ottakar’s Children’s Book prize. Golding collected her latest award at a ceremony at the British Library today.”

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Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: The Prose Path To Political Primacy

The Prose Path To Political Primacy

by Nick Tanner for Guradian Unlimited Books (Dec. 13, 2006)

“What do you need to become president of the United States? Many theories have been advanced over the years, ranging from the simple (money) to the more complex (candidate’s height). But for the moment one answer is ringing out loud and clear: you need a book.”

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