Monday, February 07, 2005
Heard Any Good Books Lately?

I listened to a great piece on National Public Radio recently. It was on Morning Edition and was all about audio books. This way of "reading" a book has been around for a long time, but in the last couple of years more and more people are starting to buy and rent them. Some people listen on the drive or ride to and from work each day; I love them when I have a long car trip to make.

Right now I'm listening to an oldie, The End of an Affair by Graham Greene.
It was years ago that I first read this book and would never invest the time it would take to read it again~too many books, too little time, you know~but listening to it has been a trip down memory lane that I've really enjoyed.

If you are at all interested in audio books, I recommend that you listen to the whole report on NPR. They also mention digital downloading of audio books which may be the most popular method of hearing a good book in the future.

Click here to read the NPR piece -- and also to find links to soundbytes from current best-selling audio books.

Happy Listening!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
A Great Book

I just finished a terrific book called The Kite Runner. It's on a lot of best seller & book club lists. I don't know how I missed it when it first came out in hardback in 2003; maybe it was because this debut novel was published the very month I closed my store-front bookstore--not a great time in my life.

Oh well, no need to dwell on that--life goes on. And this great book is proof of that! Published in English & five other languages, the film rights have gone to DreamWorks. The author, Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American who emigrated to the US nearly 25 years ago. He left Afghanistan as an 11-year-old 7th grader.

The Kite Runner begins in Kabul. I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm not terribly geographically literate and had only a vague idea where Kabul was before I started reading this book. The writing is so good that I felt I was right in his city once I began reading. The story begins just before the Russians seized control of Afghanistan in 1980. It is about two boys who grow up together & their fathers, but each family follows a very different path half way through the book. More importantly, it is a story of transformation & redemption, dramatic events & larger-than-life characters.

I want to pass on to you the only reservation I had with this book: at times I had to put it down, take a break because certain passages were quite violent, however never gratutious.

If you want to read more about this book and author, take a look at his website. He is autographing & speaking at a number of places around the country and list these on his site.

Thanks to all of you who have visited my blog. I'm very new to this & don't know exactly what I'm doing. I'll try to respond to each of you personaly in the next day or two. If any of you have also read this book, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Books have been my life -- from reading them to selling them to recommending them to letting them teach me how to lead a better life. I owned and managed an independent bookstore for over 15 years, but it fell victim to a big-box store, which opened in our small town two years ago. Since that time, I've kept my hand in the book business by opening a small special order service. If you see any books you like on my blog, just click on the Want A Book icon, and you can order from me. I'm passionately committed to the survival of independent bookstores.

Consistent with my thinking, I recommend the following title by a well-known author:
In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World: by Wendall Barry, Orion Society

This is a very small book that packs a powerful message -- the conservation of communal resources.

I love to discuss books and welcome any comments or recommendations that you may have. I have definite political, social, and religious views that will probably show up in my postings. Feel free to respond.

Monday, January 12, 2004
Coming Soon!

Please check back near the end of the week -- more content coming soon!

This is the future blog of a past bookstore owner... thoughts on literature, reviews of books, political musings, and more.

Can't wait to meet you!