Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Salon - March 21

It's a beautiful, sunny morning here with the promise of warmer temps to come! I've got some bookish links for you today and one link that's just plain eye candy that has nothing to do with books but I just loved it and wanted to share!

The Reader's Advisor Online has come out with a list of discussable women's literature for book clubs that they say are under the radar. The books were all so familiar to me from reading blogs that I found it hard to believe they could be considered "under the radar." I guess that may say something for our reach as bloggers.
  • Robin Antalek–The Summer We Fell Apart
  • Lisa Genova–Still Alice
  • Heather Gudenkauf–The Weight of Silence
  • Cristina Henriquez–World In Half
  • Beth Hoffman–Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
  • Lori Lansens–The Wife’s Tale
  • Joseph Monninger–Eternal on the Water
  • Cathleen Schine–The Three Weissmanns of Westport
  • Gwendolyn Zepeda–Lone Star Legend
BookBrowse has an interesting article about the author as advocate. Cathy Buchanan, author of The Day The Falls Stood Still, has become passionately involved in the fight against a high rise development that's being proposed on property right next to Niagara Falls. For those of you who have read the book, the development would be on the land currently occupied the Loretto Academy. The hotel would be so tall that it would cast a shadow over the falls and increase the number of rain-like days in the area. If you're interested in learning more, check out Friends of Niagara Falls.

NPR has come out with a list of the 100 Best Fictional Characters Since 1900. Interestingly the list comes from Book magazine's March/April 2002 but is only just coming to light. Topping the list is Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Three of James Joyce's characters appear in the top ten. Also appearing--Toad from The Wind In The Willows, The Cat from The Cat In The Hat, Pooh and Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh, and Charlotte from Charlotte's Web.

From The Millions, comes a comparison of book covers. I find it so interesting that publishers think that a book will have universal appeal but that covers won't. I found that I was often drawn more to the covers as published in the U.K. What do you think?

Sorry guys, this last link isn't really for you--well, unless you're looking for some style icons to emulate. It's GQ's list of The 50 Most Stylish Leading Men of the Past Half Century. The list includes everyone from Cary Grant and David Niven to Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Depp.


  1. Cool Salon this week.

    I like novels that are set around Niagra Falls. the Falls by Joyce Carol Oates is one of my favorite books!

    Of the Under the Radar books, I've only read Still Alice and found it to be quite good, though depressing.

  2. Is that Robert Redford? Damn!

  3. I find the "under the radar" list interesting too, since I know CeeCee has been on several bestseller lists and is in it's 5th or 6th printing.

  4. Great post. I find the under the radar interesting too. CeeCee Honeycutt is the rage right now and The Weight of Silence made a pretty big splash a while back. I read it and loved it. I have a few of those still to read though- Still Alice and The Summer We Fell Apart.

    Hope you have a great Sunday Lisa!

  5. Thanks for posting these links! I'm amazed by how different some of the U.K. vs American covers are. The first time I realized that they could have different covers in the U.K. was when I bought U.K. versions of the first two Harry Potter books - I already had the U.S. versions, but the U.K. ones appealed to me more :P

  6. I agree that the "under the radar" list was interesting, and book bloggers would have a different take on it. We tend to notice certain books way before the mainstream media picks up on them, and we read more than a lot of mainstream people do, so I guess I'm not surprised that these books wouldn't be under OUR radar. There's only one book on that list that's new to me; I've read two of them, and a couple of the others are in TBR.

  7. Almost none of the books on that list are under my radar. There are just so many books that you can choose to read at any given time, from all time periods hat it is hard to say what a large group of people should know about and be reading.

  8. I love lists of any kind. I wish I had more time to make my own :)

  9. great list lisa. i have read 4 on that list and each would make a great discussion book.

  10. Wow, that last link is the best ever! I loved how young some of those guys were in those pictures! Thanks for sharing i!

  11. How splendid that Eeyore made the cut!! Wouldn't he be surprised? He certainly is my favorite and would definitely be my pick. ;-)

  12. I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather, Lisa! It was overcast here most of the day, but still pleasant temperature wise.

    Thanks for sharing the list of women's literature that is flying under the radar. I'm surprised by some of the titles on the list too, for the same reason you mention. I'll have to check out the titles I am not familiar with now.

    Thank you for the links! I hope you have a great week!

  13. I haven't heard of all of the books on the list of the "under the radar" books. I thought that Still Alice was excellent though.

    And of course Gatsby is an excellent character!

  14. I loved the Wife's Tale (if I still had my copy I would give it to you).

    This is not an under the radar list, I agree with you.

  15. Some cool things to check out. Thanks Lisa!