>Support your local superstore!

>A. Bitterman has some tips! He does bring up a moral question that vexes me, though. If I want a copy of, say, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which Betsy Hearne says I do), am I morally required to go out of my way to purchase it at an independent bookseller? There […]

>Oscar bait?

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>Librarian superpowers

>This morning, at an unbearable point in Middlemarch–Dorothea is, I think, about to make a Very Big Mistake–I switched off my iPod and turned my attention to what my fellow Orange Line commuters were reading. It can be very tricky to not be caught staring while waiting for someone to give you a flash of […]

>Who knew Beezus had it in her?

>Peter Sieruta shares a valuable report about a new Ramona book!

>And how!

>I was happy to see Debbie Reese confirm my impression of American Girl World as hostile territory. Why people continue to see this empire as good for children is beyond me. If you want to educate your children into the joys of brand loyalty and conspicuous consumption, at least Disney is more affordable. And the […]

>Susan Patron has company.

>from the copyright page of Sweet!: The Delicious Story of Candy (Tundra, 2007): This book is dedicated to the sweet memory of our mother [name redacted because otherwise mine would come down from heaven and KILL me], who liked her black balls two at a time.