Posted by Dana on 02.13.2009 at 7:20 am
So here we are again…another Valentine’s Day. For the record this is not my favorite holiday (not that I’m bitter or anything!). For that reason I decided to include some lovey dovey mushy gushy stuff for those of you who already have love (or just like to read about it) and some more practical stuff (and chocolate) for those of us who are still looking!
1. SIX-WORD MEMOIRS ON LOVE & HEARTBREAK by Writers Famous & Obscure
by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser
My local radio station was reading some of these on the air. It’s a really cool concept and can be kind of an addictive little game.
From the editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes another collection of terse true tales—this time simple sagas exploring the complexities of the human heart. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak contains hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and pitfalls of romance. Brilliant in their brevity, these insightful slivers of passion, pain, and connection capture every shade of love and loss—six words at a time.
2. WHY HIM? WHY HER? Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type
by Helen Fisher
Why do you fall in love with one person rather than another? In this fascinating and informative book, Helen Fisher, one of the world’s leading experts on romantic love, unlocks the hidden code of desire and attachment. Each of us, it turns out, primarily expresses one of four broad personality types—Explorer, Builder, Director, or Negotiator—and each of these types is governed by different chemical systems in the brain. Driven by this biology, we are attracted to partners who both mirror and complement our own personality type.
Dr. Fisher was featured on 20/20 about two weeks ago and here in our office to talk to earlier this week. I’ll be posting my podcast with her shortly! Read more…
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Posted by admin on 01.07.2009 at 3:04 pm
Today’s question is about the Commander-in-Chief: Do you believe Karl Rove when he says that G.W. Bush has read almost 100 books in 2006 and about 50 each in the last two years?
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Posted by Jack on 01.07.2009 at 2:59 pm
Karl Rove, courtesy of the WSJ:
With only five days left, my lead is insurmountable. The competition can’t catch up. And for the third year in a row, I’ll triumph. In second place will be the president of the United States. Our contest is not about sports or politics. It’s about books. It all started on New Year’s Eve in 2005. President Bush asked what my New Year’s resolutions were. I told him that as a regular reader who’d gotten out of the habit, my goal was to read a book a week in 2006. Three days later, we were
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Posted by Jack on 12.24.2008 at 1:12 pm
Have you checked out the Betterworld.com $5 Challenge? Going on over at our facebook fan page (search for Better World Books) and our twitter account (@BWBooks) you can win a $5 Gift Certificate everyday to betterworld.com! Just in case your family forgot to get you the books you wanted, get some money towards what you really were looking for!
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Posted by admin on 11.24.2008 at 10:52 am
What you missed while you were getting dominated by Ling Ling
-We had a big week, and so did National Book Award Winner (for non-fiction) Annette Gordon-Reed (did you listen to our interview with her yet?)
-We embraced the new Google Books
-Tara described “The Obsession” of Antiquarian, Rare and Collectable books
-We polled you about comics and movies
-Destinie dabbled in DC and Delta Airlines. Oh alliteration and Greenfest!
-Chip was flabbergasted by dating sites
-Dana interviewed Karen White, maybe she’ll win an award now(!)
-We showed you the Top 10 bestsellers of all time… in 1978.
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Posted by Jack on 10.28.2008 at 1:18 pm
The White Tiger, written by Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize. From the website: “The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. Adiga is the fourth debut novelist to win the prize.
Also from the site:
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Posted by Jack on 10.22.2008 at 12:01 pm
In light of the coming Stephen King pre-order (coming to you via mail soon, if you don’t get it drop me a line at jack [at] betterworld [dot] com) let’s talk books and movies. Can the movie ever eclipse the book? Is the book always better?
Top Ten list coming Friday!
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Posted by Chip on 10.13.2008 at 12:44 pm
I have come to the right place. I understand the value of a book. I don’t keep my books on a book shelf. I give them to the next person I feel truly deserves the book. The only thing better then a good book is finding the next person who truly deserves the book.
Who will fully appreciate the brilliance of this book? It’s not until someone says that right thing at that right time that it strikes me. You would appreciate this book. You have proven yourself worthy. You deserve my book.
When I hear a guy go on about a girl, song, and movie in one breath, I know he deserves to read High Fidelity. When some Dude says “I feel like the only manly thing I do is open jars and replace the water cooler jug in the office,” I say you deserve to read Fight Club.
Some people appreciate geysers. Some people are fascinated by geysers. I spent a summer working in Yellowstone National Park and I saw Old Faithful. Watching Old Faithful erupt is like watching water shoot out of the ground. It just didn’t appreciate the science and the reliability of the matter.
Posted by Jack on 10.09.2008 at 11:56 am
Pretty straightforward, what’s your primary source for info about the US Presidential election?
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Posted by Jack on 10.03.2008 at 10:57 am
On our facebook fan page, I’ve been having a conversation with several of you. That convo prompted this poll, which as of the time of this writing stood at this:
To see thoughts from our conversation, note the comments below, and feel free to join in!
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