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Witches of East End

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 5:22pm
author:  de la Cruz, Melissa

I put this book on hold at NYPL after watching the first episode of the TV series. I only made it through one and a half more installments of the show, but when my copy of the book became available, I figured I'd see how it compared. It's better, but not great. Some major plot points are surprisingly different.

reviewdate:  Nov 12 2013 isn:  978-1-4013-2390-5

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LC: teenaged fathers affect kids, too

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 9:26pm

I recommend adding terminology to http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh97008221 "Children of teenage mothers" to: "Children of teenage parents."

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Dear LoC, Pregnancy, Unwanted is an unwanted subject heading, Love Laura Crossett

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 2:38pm

My friend Laura Crossett suggested terminology to the nice folks at LC.

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Ghost Bride, the

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 8:57pm
author:  Choo, Yangsze

It is the rare piece of literary fiction that I can get through these days, but I sailed through The Ghost Bride. It's literary, also historical and magical. The story takes place in 19th century Malaysia and in heavenly realms.

reviewdate:  Nov 7 2013 isn:  978-0-06-222732-4

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Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing About Menopause

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:07pm
author:  Lynch, Lee Woods, Akia

My menopause book club with Kate Haas is about as regular as a perimenopausal woman's period, since we're on our fourth book since February. This mostly non-fiction anthology is my favorite entry so far. I liked one of the novels quite a bit, but Off the Rag is the first to get into what menopause is like, which is what drove Kate and me to start our club.

Quotations: 

I miss being a fertile woman about as much as I miss my wisdom teeth.

As a feminist I couldn't accept that I was a chemically-driven being!

It is my belief that a woman my weight (a little under two hundred pounds) could go into an emergency room with a bleeding stump and her detached leg in her arms and the doctor on call would prescribe a diet.

reviewdate:  Nov 3 2013 isn:  0-934678-77-4

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Alex #s 1-5

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 3:13pm
author:  Hays, Anne

On Friday I cataloged the first five issues of librarian Anne Hays' pretty gender and self-exploration zine. It started off as a compilation zine, focusing exclusively on gender. In number two, Anne shares a bunch of her friends' responses to questions about how they feel about bras, and the zine continues to evolve into a personal zine on multiple topics with each issue.


Cover image from Stranger Danger zine distro

reviewdate:  Nov 1 2013

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Hot Blooded

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 2:29pm
author:  Carlson, Amanda

In part two of Carlson's Blooded series, the only female werewolf in the world is on a mission to rescue her mate, a werecat (of an as yet unidentified genus) with barely a cameo role in this installment. She's fighting a powerful goddess and there are stakes beyond saving her dude, like preventing a war between supernatural sects.

reviewdate:  Oct 27 2013 isn:  978-0-316206396

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PhD in LIS

Sun, 10/27/2013 - 6:48pm
author:  Lingel, Jessa

Last year the note on Jessa's copy of my Winter Solstice Shout Out zine asked if she was going to make a dissertation procrastination zine. On the first page of Jessa's new zine she answers me, "Yes, Jenna. Yes, I am."

reviewdate:  Aug 13 2013

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Attachments

Sun, 10/27/2013 - 12:26pm
author:  Rowell, Rainbow

Rowell's first book is an adult romance novel. Yeah, a romance novel (set in Iowa), but for a geek set. Since I don't read many romance novels, outside of paranormal fiction, I don't know what they're like, but can they possibly be as smart and funny as this?

reviewdate:  Oct 24 2013 isn:  978-0-525-95198-8

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I Am My Own Stereotype: the My Small Diary Collection

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 8:58pm
author:  Green, Delaine Derry

I was DEE-lighted to receive Delaine's book in the mail, a signed donation from the author to the Barnard Library. Somehow I had never read her zines, but I'd seen her always-adorable comics in A.j. Michel's compilations and maybe others. I always meant to… Well, her My Small Diary zines seem to be out of print, but you can still buy Not My Small Diary. Back to being delighted, the MSD collection is comprised of nearly a hundred one-page comics, similar to a daily comic. What's different, aside from the fact that the comics aren't dated to a single day (they're generally labeled with a season and year), is that the four to six images on each page aren't linear or even necessarily connected. They're more like a handful of illustrated Facebook status updates. (Forgive me for saying that.)


Note that the image above pictures page 45. If you're up on your memes know that the first sentence on that page describes your sex life. "What will YOUR fortune fish say?"

reviewdate:  Oct 21 2013

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Cooked Seed

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:10am
author:  Min, Anchee

You may recall that I was enthusiastic about Min's first memoir, Red Azalea and her novel Wild Ginger. I expected to like Cooked Seed twice as hard. It starts more or less where Azalea leaves off--at Min's emigration to the US. Somehow, even after the stories of Cultural Revolution privations, cruelties and humiliations in the first part, Seed is harder to take. I guess because you can blame Min's problems on her, or maybe because you have to blame some of her problems on the United States.


reviewdate:  Oct 19 2013 isn:  978-1-60819-424-7

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Fangirl

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 3:44pm
author:  Rowell, Rainbow

Identical twin Cather (sister's name is Wren--get it?) writes popular slash fiction in the world of a Harry Potter like series where the lovers are the Harry-like character Simon Snow and his enemy, a Draco Malfoy stand-in Baz (who is also a vampire). Cath is also an introverted college freshman and virgin from Omaha at college in Lincoln. Her twin sister/best friend is blowing her off, their estranged mother is poking her head into their lives, and their dad is fragile. Plus there are some boy issues, what might be an anxiety disorder and a little schoolwork to worry about.

reviewdate:  Oct 15 2013 isn:  978-1-250-03095-5

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Sun, 10/13/2013 - 2:12pm
author:  Fowler, Karen Joy

Fowler's first-person narration is like a lucid dream. The protagonist, Rosemary Cooke, is caught up, but self-aware and conscious of various versions of the past and present. This is kind of a spoiler, but if you read the book jacket you'll find out the same thing--that Rose spent the first five years of her life with a chimp for a sister. The two (two months apart in age) were raised together until the chimp, Fern, was sent away.

Quotations: 

Fair warning, as it turned out--kindergarten is all about learning which parts of you are welcome at school and which are not.

I can't believe that being called Fredericka my whole life wouldn't have taken a toll. I can't believe it wouldn't have mind-bent me like a spoon. (Not that I haven't been mind-bent.)

"When I get married," I say, "I want the wedding to be in a car in a car wash."

When I run the world, librarians will be exempt from tragedy. Even their smaller sorrows will last only for as long as you can take out a book.

reviewdate:  Oct 12 2013 isn:  978-1-101-59568-8

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Paper Life, a

Sun, 10/13/2013 - 2:07pm
author:  O'Neal, Tatum

I love all of Tatum O'Neal's child-star movies and her in them--especially Paper Moon (well, yeah, the book was better, but what can you do?), The Bad News Bears and Little Darlings. O'Neal's autobio fills us in on the horror behind her success. The nine-year-old youngest-ever winner of an Academy Award went to the ceremony sans her selfish, druggie parents. If this tell-all is even half-true, O'Neal's parents, stepmother Farrah Fawcett and husband John McEnroe were serious douches to her.

reviewdate:  Oct 8 2013 isn:  0-06-054097-4

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Astronaut Wives Club: a True Story, the

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 12:44pm
author:  Koppel, Lily

I'm in a bad mood and don't have a descriptive review in me. Basically, Lily (I can call her Lily because she interviewed me for a story once) provides a bio-history of the 1960s and early 70s space program from the point of view of the women married to the astronauts. The wives always had to be perfect and patriotic, and any display of insecurity or anger could threaten a husband's job and what assignments he might get. Indeed one astronaut did get fired after he left his wife for a Susie. (Susie was a popular name for Cape Cookies, it seems.)

reviewdate:  Oct 6 2013 isn:  978-1-4555-0325-4

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Unbreakable

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 12:13pm
author:  Norris, Elizabeth

In the follow up to Unraveling, teenager Janelle Tenner is once again called upon to race a clock to prevent deaths. I was less into this version and annoyed by the romance angle, which felt thin and inorganic. Upside: Janelle is a powerful badass, taking out adult men with her weapons and even her bare hands.

reviewdate:  Oct 1 2013 isn:  978-0-06-210376-5
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Full-Blooded

Sun, 09/29/2013 - 12:47pm
author:  Carlson, Amanda

When the first-ever female werewolf is born, the boys are not excited to share their toys with her. There's even some legend about a female wolf causing the destruction of werekind. Dudes can be so lame!

reviewdate:  Sep 28 2013 isn:  978-0-316-20566-5

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Unraveling

Sun, 09/29/2013 - 12:43pm
author:  Norris, Elizabeth

A San Diego teen gets hit by a car and killed. Then she is brought back to life and learns she has about three weeks to stop the world from being destroyed. Yes. I've hit the point in the academic year, when I can really only handle YA dystopias and novels about werewolves.

reviewdate:  Sep 24 2013 isn:  978-0-06-210373-4

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