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 Writers who passed away in 2007JennJan 08, 20080 Comments
This is always a sad chore that I endure every year: the listing of writers who passed on in the previous year. I do this because I want to make sure that I remember ...[ more ]
 New Books to the StoreJennDec 20, 20070 Comments
Since it's getting to the end of the year I've been trying to tie up as many loose ends in the store that I can. One of the loose ends, as you can image, are books. Or rather the books that I neglected to put into the store until now. Here they are: Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis -- This bio received some mixed reviews when it came out a few months ago, but ...[ more ]
 Tonight's Indigo MeetupJennDec 18, 20073 Comments
I can't tell you how wonderful tonight's Meetup was! I has such a wonderful time. While siting here programing by myself it is often easy to forget why I do this. It was because I love meeting people and talking about books. And we sure did that tonight. What a great time! Thank you to everyone that showed up. I really look forward to next month. And thank you to McNally Robinson for hosting us. We will be ...[ more ]
 Book Review: Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel GilbertGeoff WisnerDec 10, 20071 Comments
What makes us happy? And why do we do such a poor job answering that question? These are the topics addressed with considerable insight, and a lot of jokes, in 'Stumbling on Happiness' by Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard. Rather than try to reproduce Gilbert's argument, I will just touch on some of the observations and conclusions that I found most interesting. The wisdom of a decision, the Dutch thinker Daniel Bernoulli once proposed, can be calculated ...[ more ]
 Book Review: Erasure by Percival L. EverettGeoff WisnerDec 10, 20071 Comments
I found out about 'Erasure' from a reading list that accompanied the article Writers Like Me by Martha Southgate, about the obstacles that face black writers in America. The list included David Bradley and Reginald McKnight, two of my favorite authors, so I figured it was worth digging deeper. 'Erasure' is so good that I was embarrassed not to know about it already. It was doubly embarrassing to find that the author has published thirteen previous books that I also ...[ more ]
 Bogus BooksGeoffDec 07, 20070 Comments
When people recommend books to me, I listen, but I pay attention to who's doing the recommending. A couple of people told me I should read 'The DaVinci Code', for instance, but they weren't people whose literary taste I trusted. On the other hand, 'The Kite Runner' came with an enthusiastic recommendation from several of the most serious readers in my office. I borrowed a copy, and I was soon absorbed in the life of Amir and Hassan, two boys ...[ more ]
 Books from October 16 Indigocafe.com MeetupJennDec 04, 20070 Comments
These are the books the group has been reading and that we discussed in the last Meetup. The were varied, interesting, and great fodder for the thought provoking discussion we shared. It was great meeting with all of you. Please feel free to add any comments to the books on the Indigocafe.com site. Thanks to everyone that made it to the Meetup! And to all those who couldn't come I hope we will see you next time! We will meet ...[ more ]
 Book Review: Thoughts on "The Road"Jennifer BrissettNov 02, 20070 Comments
I read this during my vacation. It wasn't quite a downer, but it wasn't the spirit lifter that I would suggest for leisure vacation reading either. The one thing that I can say about this title is that it is one amazing book and I am really glad that I read it. I'm not sure that I can add anymore to what has been already said about this book. After all, it has racked up a lot of critical acclaim ...[ more ]
 Book Review: The Dip by Seth GodinGeoff WisnerSep 13, 20070 Comments
'The Dip' is Seth Godin's shortest book yet. It doesn't give you a whole new way of looking at marketing, the way 'Purple Cow' did, but it does address an important question: When do you quit what you're doing and try something else? Achieving anything valuable is generally hard. If it weren't hard, everyone would do it and the prize would no longer be scarce and therefore valuable. In the quest for the prize, the fun of getting started ...[ more ]
 Soul Sister Zora Neale HurstonJennSep 10, 20070 Comments
Zadie Smith wrote this really nice piece on Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God for the 'Guardian'. It reminded me how I discovered the book. When I was a teenager a woman named Alta Star (yes, her real name) gave me a book of collected writings of Hurston's called I Love Myself When I am Laughing. I didn't know what to make of it, so it sat on my shelf until I went ...[ more ]
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