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March 12, 2010

Ask a Book Question #78 (Resources to Get Started in Publishing) 9

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“What I’d like to ask you is if you have any reading suggestions for finding out about the ins and outs of book and magazine publishing.”

January 19, 2010

Ask a Book Question #77 (The Red and the Black in Translation) 6

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Modern Library’s rather sexy cover of translator Burton Raffel’s The Red and the Black testifies to his approach.

January 11, 2010

Ask a Book Question #76 (Good Readers, Good Readings) 7

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Suggestions for readers who really own a stage.

September 4, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #75 (Murakami and Books to Read in Japan) 9

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Murakami’s obsession with the West, rather than honing his eye for dissecting his own culture, has led him to cut it out of his stories almost entirely.

August 16, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #74 (Just One Book) 32

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If you could read just one novel, what would it be?

June 9, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #73 (Tuesday New Releases) 8

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Poornima writes in with this question: Why is it that new hardcovers seem to always release on a Tuesday? I have noticed this pattern a lot and I wonder if there is a reason. The Tuesday release date is an industry standard, and not just for books; new CDs and DVDs are almost invariably released […]

May 21, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #72 (Books on the Silver Screen) 10

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Kathy wrote in with this question: Our book club is focusing on books made into movies. We read fiction, no murder mysteries. I would like to keep either the book or the movie fairly current. Beloved is as far back as I would like to go. I thought about Wonder Boys and then heard The […]

February 23, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids) 4

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Betsy recently wrote in with this question: I’m looking for some good non-fiction titles about “People and Places That Interest Us” for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds […]

December 13, 2008

Ask a Book Question: #70 (A Florida Mystery) 1

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Daryll writes in with this question: I was recently browsing Amazon and happened upon a book that I would really like to read but I forgot to bookmark it or place it in my cart. I do not know the book’s title or author, but I have some of the plot. Can you help me […]

November 25, 2008

Ask a Book Question: #69 (A New ‘The Group’) 2

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Renee writes in with this question: There is a relatively new book (fiction) that has been compared with The Group by Mary McCarthy. What is it? I have done an exhaustive search and cannot find it. The Group, published in 1962, is described by some as McCarthy’s biggest success. “The group” is eight graduates of […]