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Monday, June 22, 2009

Got word from the vet on Friday afternoon that the dog doesn't need surgery--at least not yet--which made me and my husband very happy! (The dog, predictably, slept through the phone call, just as she sleeps through much of everything. Except for now, when I'm typing this and she has decided I'm not paying enough attention to her and is giving me *the stare*--you know, the "why-don't-you-come-pet-me" one.

Will I fall for it?

Of course I will. (puts blog on hold)

Okay, back. Dog is satisfied and is now snoring. I envy that about my dog. She can be wide awake one minute and wham! fast asleep the next. I have never been able to fall asleep easily.

Now for the links:

The New Yorker (weeks of June 22, 2009) has a great article about Nora Roberts--one of the most prolific and popular authors out there. It's not available on the New Yorker website, but you can listen to a podcast about the interview here

Interesting blog post from Elizabeth Bluemle over at Publishers Weekly about what booksellers want to get from publishers/authors--and what they don't.

YA New York
wonders about this article in the New York Times, which says that Catcher in the Rye is no longer something teens find all that relevant. If you're under age twenty, have you read Catcher in the Rye? Did you like it?

I have a confession to make regarding the whole thing--I've never read Catcher in the Rye. It never made the reading list on any of my high school English classes (let's just put it this way: I read a lot of Pearl S. Buck. A LOT--and do you know how much I remember about it? Not. a. thing.), and when I was in high school, the last thing I wanted to read was something else published in or prior to the 1950s (that was all we read!), and when I got to college, it was never discussed in any of the English classes I took (maybe because it was assumed I already read it?)

Finally, congrats to H, who won last week's guest blog contest, and if you live in the DC area, I'll be signing books this Saturday, June 27th, starting at 1 PM in at the Barnes & Noble in Tysons Corner with New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Gray!


Blogger Thao said...

Great to hear about your dog. It was such a relief wasn't it?

June 22, 2009 11:34 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

I'm glad your dog doesn't need surgery. Pets can make you so scared sometimes.

June 22, 2009 2:43 PM  
Blogger paperback.pixie said...

So glad to hear about your dog! Having a pet can be so stressful, but they're worth it and more.

June 22, 2009 4:43 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Yay! Glad to hear your dog doesn't need surgery yet!

Oh hey, it's not just me! I've never read it either! Catcher in the Rye wasn't on my high school reading list and I've never felt the urge to pick it up on my own. Er, I'm not under 20, though.

June 22, 2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger Book Spot said...

That's great about your dog :D (and I do envy the way they can be up and crazy one second and sound asleep the next, too)

and I'm this much not under twenty but we had to read Catcher in the Rye for...I think 10th grade summer reading. I didn't like it (not because of it's age I don't think, just because) but most of the rest of the class did

June 22, 2009 5:35 PM  
Blogger prophecygirl said...

I love the bookseller article you posted a link to. Very interesting -- we do love author event promo stuff!

June 22, 2009 6:12 PM  
Blogger TheBookworm said...

Catcher in the Rye is a very good book! If not, a little depressing. I don't know what else I can say without rambling on about how much I like Holden and how the book is great... ;)

June 22, 2009 6:13 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

So glad your dog is alright. And I know that look, it reads "If you don't come over here and give me snuggles it means you don't love me" guilt look, right? I've got a Golden Retriever/German Shepard mix, so I know all about cute :) Glad to hear that everything is going to be alright with your dog. Losing a pet is too hard, just like losing a family member.

June 22, 2009 7:43 PM  
Blogger Amee said...

I think college professors assume their students have read it. I just read it earlier this year because I figured as an English major, I probably should. I still need to get my hands on The Great Gatsby, but I just graduated so I probably won't read it for a while still! Anyway, I didn't find Catcher in the Rye to be anything profound, but that may be because I read it when I was 22 instead of 16 (oh, and I'm not a boy). My dad raved about it which is another part of what prompted me to finally read it.

June 22, 2009 8:12 PM  
Blogger iamliterate said...

It's good to hear your dog doesn't need surgery. Also, I've started The Catcher in the Rye, but it's always been at the worst times. You know, right before a five-page report on transcendental numbers and crap like that. Maybe it'll make my summer reading list. I just finished Love You Hate You Miss You yesterday and it was AMAZING. I can't wait for your next book.

June 22, 2009 9:51 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What kind of dog do you have?

June 22, 2009 10:54 PM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

Catcher was required reading in 10th grade for me. I actually read it before the class because I always found out that whenever we'd dissect a book, I'd end up disliking it. However, in this case, I ended up hating it no matter what. I'm in the minority. Most of my friends LOVE the book and I've never had a teacher say anything bad about it. I, however, hate it. I can't stand it. AND, I've read it 6-8 times. I know why I *should* like it but I just don't. I understand what the important themes and impact it had but I still don't care for the story or writing. I've had a lot of people that have been very upset when I said that I don't like it, but I've tried. I really have. The funny thing is I've loved books that were patterned after Salinger's writing, I just don't care for Catchre in the Rye. Anyways, I think that it's one of those books that everyone should read (and come up with an opinion for themselves). It was very important in forging a path in literature today.

June 23, 2009 3:25 AM  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

See you this weekend, Eliabeth!

June 23, 2009 2:04 PM  
OpenID alatarielsun said...

I'm not under 20, but I am close. 22. It counts... kinda. I did read Catcher in high school, but it wasn't a part of the teacher's reading list. She had a project that we had to do after choosing a book that was on the banned book list. I chose Catcher. At that time, I felt as though many people do- that I was annoyed with Holden, and that he was a whiny teenage boy who needed a hobby. This last semester of college, I was in an American Literature class where we read it as a part of the class. As a more mature college student, I actually enjoyed the book a lot better. There are parts of me that still thinks of Holden as whiny, but I understand him a lot better too.


June 23, 2009 10:31 PM  

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