Posts By: Anmiryam

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Feb 22
A Poetic and Moving Portrait of A Village

A Poetic and Moving Portrait of A Village

Donal Ryan’s exploration of village life after the collapse of the Irish economy is full of beautiful writing and interesting characters. It’s easy to see why this debut made the Booker Prize longlist last summer as well as being named the Book of the Year by the Irish Book Awards…. Read more »

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Feb 10
Learning the Ways of the World

Learning the Ways of the World

Moral ambiguity, shifting allegiances, murky motives, global politics, ruthless ideologues — these are phrases that usually bring to mind the work of John Le Carre, not a work of Young Adult fiction. In this case, they are all evoked by the excellent YA debut by another former intelligence officer, “The… Read more »

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Feb 10
Just a Teaser

Just a Teaser

Last week was more than a bit disrupted for me, and for any number of other people affected by the ice storm in the mid-atlantic. We were out of power for a mere 48 hours while some of our friends just got service restored last night and at least one… Read more »

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Feb 03
This is the Week That Will Be

This is the Week That Will Be

I can’t believe it’s February already. I’m not sure how that happened. I did manage to read ten books in January, but given how quickly they pile up around here, I don’t think that even kept me at shelf stasis. Now we head into that worst of months, the one… Read more »

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Jan 27
ALA Awards and Weekly Event Listings

ALA Awards and Weekly Event Listings

This morning the American Library Association announced the winners of a slew of young people’s literary awards, including the Newberry, the Caldecott, the Printz, and the Alex, at it’s midwinter meeting here in Philadelphia (this gathering didn’t make last week’s listing of literary doings because it’s really a conference for… Read more »

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