Monthly Archive for August, 2009

: August, 2009


Reading Rainbow, a favorite from my childhood, is to end its 26-year run, NPR reports. I’m so sad. How will kids know what to read without LeVar Burton?

Book Browsing

Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time wandering Barnes and Noble, a favorite activity, trying not to succumb to my rapacious appetite for all those lovely new reads lining the shelves, their

Nudging on health care

Two books I’ve read recently provide pretty good perspective on the health care debate — “Nudge,” by Obama advisor Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler and “Better,” by Atul Gawande. Gawande, a New

Listening to the Good Book

I’m not a huge audio book fan, but I often find myself driving between 6 and 8 on Saturday evenings. That might not mean much to you, but to me it means tyranny: every public radio station between New

Guilty pleasures in fiction

Before we started reading “The Nine” I unsuccessfully tried to cram in one of my favorite guilty pleasures: “Wicked Prey,” the latest in a series of mysteries by a former Twin Cities journalist who

“Dune” authors land in Greenwich

For all of you science fiction lovers out there, authors Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson will speak on their new book in the popular “Dune” series, “Winds of Dune,” tonight, 7 p.m. at Just Books in

Eat your words

As the summer melts blissfully into the thick, sultry humidity of August, the library can become a delicious oasis of cool; the air-conditioned stacks of arid-smelling books and chilled silence of the

The Supreme Court lag

As Chris pointed out in his first post about “The Nine” by Jeffrey Toobin, the battle over the Supreme Court has been framed by a for the last three decades by an ideological debate between those who