5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Norma Hawthorne

December 7, 2010


I travel to Oaxaca, Mexico regularly and someday, hopefully soon, I will be there more frequently for longer periods of time.  I am fascinated by the richness and vibrancy of the culture, archeology, history and art.  Art is everywhere.  From the food in the markets, to the textiles and crafts, to fine art expressed through […]

What I’ve Been Reading About Books: A Noticeable Absence, Google’s New Bookstore

December 7, 2010


While the book world has been all abuzz today about the launch of google’s much awaited ebookstore, the story that really got my head to nodding and made me want to stand up and cheer, issue a rallying cry, and feel a personal sense of validation in my desires for WorldView Booksellers store and blog, […]

5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Tim Keim

December 5, 2010


The books I’ve chosen to share with you are Shaman: Roots of the Rig Veda by Major General GD Bakshi,  The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, The Long Emergency by James Kunstler, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, and Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, whom I […]

5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Diane Lanevi

December 3, 2010


Books often reflect not only our interests, but where we are in our life’s journey.  I suppose if we compiled a list of every book we’ve read during the course of one year, it would say quite a bit about us. In the last few months, these books particularly touched me: 1.   One Day […]

5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Dr. Belinda Chiu

December 2, 2010


In the first of our end of the year roundup on 5 books enjoyed in 2010 by ordinary people doing the extraordinary, we begin with Dr. Belinda Chiu, an educational entrepreneur.  Dr. Chiu runs Hummingbird research, coaching, consulting, which focuses on global education and professional development.  She is also Executive Director and founder of Zomppa, a non-profit raising […]

The Year’s Notably Best

December 1, 2010


This weekend The New York Times Book Review will release its list of 100 Notable Books of 2010.  Ever since the list’s release online,  complaints about what was included or omitted have been rampant amongst the blogosphere’s literati. However, as I’ve trolled the internet checking out lists published by others, I’ve yet to feel satisfied by […]

What I’ve Been Reading: Searching for Twain on Cyber Monday

November 30, 2010


Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s famous atheists,  squared off with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to debate whether or not religion was a force for good in the world. Tony Blair took up the side of God, while Hitchens, author of “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” and who, with cancer of […]

2010 National Book Award Winners

November 18, 2010


This year’s winners of the National Book Awards were announced last night. Fiction Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.) Nonfiction Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) Poetry Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Penguin Books) Young People’s Literature Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) Author Tom Wolfe was presented with the […]

Hispanic Literature & Culture Catalogue

November 9, 2010


The catalogue on Hispanic Literature & Culture is completed — though it will continue to be a work in progress as new works are added. I made the editorial decision to create an annotated catalogue providing a description/review of each title (unless I couldn’t find one).  In the process, I actually learned quite a bit […]

After Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez

October 26, 2010


Hispanic literature has long held a special place in my heart.  It began when I first discovered the work of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, which for me was and still remains some of the most strikingly sensuous poetry I’ve ever read written by a man about a woman. This was not the only style of poetry […]