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Too liberal for Oklahoma!

So I am a little late for Banned Books Week. oops. It snuck up on me and then I forgot. I was looking for information about collections of banned book and found some great sources. Not surprising though.  The first is Banned Books Online where you can find links for the full text of banned publications (if available). It’s not the prettiest site but it contains some really interesting information. Warning: Some publications can not be viewed in the United States as they are still under copyright. I only came across that warning when trying to access Gone with the Wind but I didn’t check every link.

The second source i came across was the Banned Book exhibition by the Beacon for Freedom of Expression.  While looking at that I saw that there is a database of censored materials on the site as well. It gives information about country of censorship, reasons,and censoring bodies. Did you know that Huck Finn was banned from the Brooklyn Library Children’s Room because Huck says sweat instead of perspiration?

Ah, babies are calling “help” so I must go. Really, she learned to say help a few weeks ago and it’s now a favorite word. But not always in the right context.

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From the page to the screen…but not that bad this time

It’s common knowledge that when comparing book and tv/movie versions of stories the book almost always wins out. Well, it’s my common knowledge at least. Some people may not hold the same view. Anyway, I recently discovered a case where I’m pretty satisfied with a tv version of a book. I was watching tv the other day and came across a cartoon. It was bright and flashy and looked like every other Nicktoons cartoon. The only reason I lingered on it was because the scene was in a school and people were being turned into apples. It reminded me of Wayside School books by Louis Sacher. And that’s what it was! Wayside is now a Nickelodeon cartoon! Well, I guess it has been since June. I watched it again the other day and it was a story about Myron, the wanna be class president. The show looks pretty good. Granted, I haven’t read those books in years so I’m not sure how to the letter accurate they are but I liked it anyway. I remember reading those books in, I believe, 2nd grade and my class thought they were so funny. I’m so glad they are still around.

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Note to Self

I Like You
The holidays make me want to cook. Unfortunately, since we are going out of town for the weekend I won’t be able to cook anything fun. I got to bake some mini pumpkin muffins last night for Frank’s Mother’s Day Out class today and the house smelled wonderful. By the way, that recipe is fantastic. Anyway, I had the greatest idea so I’m sure it already exists. Is there such thing as a Cookbook Book Club? Picture it, a group of people and one cook book. Everyone makes something out of it and gets together. It’d be so fun! It would be more like a book club if you used a cookbook that’s more like a book e.g. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. For what it’s worth, I Like You has a lot of great recipes and is quite funny. A+.

So that’s my idea. It makes me hungry just to think about it. I need to find some more friends in Norman so I can make this happen.

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It’s like I run a book rescue

 bookshelf

We moved to a new house last weekend and unpacking is going pretty slowly. The other day I unpacked a box of my books that I haven’t seen since we moved from Arkansas 8 months ago and realized how thrifty I am.  My book collection looks like a bad paperback sale. Which is exactly where I bought most of them, I believe. It’s almost embarrassing, not just because of the condition of some of them (what do you expect for 10 cents?) but because of the quality of books (I swear I haven’t read some!). Let’s take a closer look.
trashy book shelfBeaches II? Mommie Dearest? VC Andrews? The sequel to Love Story (I’ve also got that)?  I’ve actually read all those too. I can’t resist a book for a quarter. It’s my weakness. The only problem with not being very picky and being VERY cheap is that you end up with collections like this.

a little better shelf

This shelf is a little better. It’s at least got some better titles. Look that the book on the far left. It’s my battered copy of The World According to Garp. Yeah, it looked like that when I got it. The best quarter I ever spent. In another box somewhere is a gross copy of The Cider House Rules. Also a fantastic find. Oh, see the red book near the middle of the shelf? One of my favorite books ever. Awful awful topic though. It’s Small Sacrifices, the story of Diane Downs. I also have (probably with Cider House Rules) The Stranger Beside Me, another favorite of mine. I’m not even a huge fan of true crime, besides In Cold Blood, but I highly recommend these two. especially if you find them at a library book sale. Well, I guess I’m lying a little. For a while I was a little hooked on serial killers, namely Ted Bundy. But that phase passed when I read Helter Skelter and couldn’t finish it. Too gruesome even for me.

Where was I? Oh, my love of a cheap book. I guess I’m in it for the story and not for looks. Plus, why let a perfectly good book get thrown away? Not on my watch.

Old books make me wonder about who used to own them. Why did someone buy Beaches II? Were they just a big Bette Midler fan or did they like the original book? Why did someone get rid of their copy of Garp? Was it too ugly? Did they replace it? Why would you get rid of Cujo (so much better than the movie, by the way, but oh my goodness Stephen King was on something when he wrote it)? Who knows but I’m glad they did. Book sales have introduced me to lots of authors I’d never read before. I’m forever thankful that I saw Naked at a bookstore for 3.50 because I now love David Sedaris more than I can express. Cider House Rules introduced me to John Irving and he’s taught me lots about wrestling and New England boarding schools. Patty Duke taught me all about manic depression in Call Me Anna. That last one wasn’t a book sale though, it was just swiped from my mom a long long time ago.

Embarrassing collection or not, I’ve learned to love my nasty paperbacks. You can bet I’ll pass them along if I ever feel the need to declutter.

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It’s just a hot dog, ok??!!!

Oh I want this and this

Pigeon books are so hilarious. We’ve only checked them out of the library but I think I’d like to own them. That’s a good non-lead containing present for Christmas.

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Grab a cup of coffee while you wait

How fun is this?! For those of you too lazy to click, it’s a machine available to retailers and libraries that prints and binds entire books in just a few minutes.  It made its library debut earlier this year in the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library. From what I’ve gathered via Google, the New Orleans Public Library currently has the prototype machine.  This machine really does sound like the coolest thing ever. It has access to over 200,000 public domain titles in almost any language and you get your book in ten minutes or less. How exciting for libraries, book sellers, and bibliophiles!

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Listen up, boys! Reading is cool!

A few days ago on Library Stuff there was a link to an article about the gender gap in reading. Apparently boys have fallen behind in the last few years. The best way to combat this, according to David Cole, is having boys see their relatives and heroes read as well. The article goes on to give some resources that either address the issue of boys and reading or are simply good books for boys to read. Good stuff to file away. I have a two year old son and I would be crushed if he said he didn’t like to read. Right now he lets me read to him occasionally without slamming the book shut (apparently very fun to do). Today, in fact, he wanted me to read Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly-Pie twice. I hope he’s always interested in reading but I’m definitely read to pull out the big guns if he decides otherwise. I am not above decorating my house in these posters.
HSM read poster

 This website looks like a pretty good resource for finding boy books. I’ll definitely be adding it to my delicious account. yay readers’ advisory!

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