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One Book, One Tulsa: The Great Gatsby by Cindy Hulsey

What makes The Great Gatsby such an enduring work of literature? It was not, after all, a bestseller when it was published, yet it is still in print 90 years after its original publication. It has sold millions of copies, and is taught in high schools and universities as an American classic. The novel holds up well to re-reading, each time revealing more depth and richness than the time before.

Hard Books by Rebecca Howard

There are all kinds of reasons why people read, all of which are equally valid and important.  Some read for escape and entertainment.  Others want to experience historic, futuristic, or fantasy settings and characters.  A lot of us read for the sheer appreciation of language and story as art.  Still others want relatable characters that are so well formed they seem like real people. 

A Galaxy of Authors, with Planets Named Pynchon, and Bolano, and Wallace, and Gaddis Orbiting the Imploding Star Called Melville by Nick Abrahamson

…And now what have we here?  Cadres of discerning readers, mostly male, incisive in their book sale crate digging, adherents supplicating at the altar of postmodern sprawl, have trained their eye on a forming planet still in its infancy within our authorial galaxy of ambitious doortstop novels. The planet’s name?  Sergio de la Pava.

Peeping Again by Cindy Hulsey

At the risk of sounding like a Peeping Tom I recently wrote about the allure of viewing other people’s lives through lit windows.  As a fan of Hitchcock’s Rear Window I’ve watched it numerous times and never tire of the initial premise; observing people surreptitiously, imagining their lives, consumed by a vague longing based not on reality, but some sort of

Sure Bets by Rebecca Howard

I recently participated in an online conversation with Readers’ Advisory librarians across the country.  One of the things we discussed was sure bet books.  Sure bets are those tried and true titles that we find ourselves suggesting to readers over and over.  A librarian from Seattle Public challenged us to come up with ten titles that are—generally speaking—crowd pleasers.  There were quite a few overlaps and some titles that were brand new to me, but it was a great exercise.

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