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My Wife Becky and “My Friend Rabbit”

Becky’s gotten a few illustrators with honorable mentions but it took years for a Caldecott Winner to grace her arm.  So when it finally happened, it naturally happened back-to-back: first Kevin Henkes, then Eric Rohmann.  Rohmann was touring for Oh, No! a book he’d illustrated for his wife, author Candace Fleming.  Since Becky prefers that the…

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Recommended Reading: Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

Sometimes it’s good to be in the book business.  Mention you love an author’s debut, for example, and you might find yourself lucky enough to be reading his follow up months before it comes out.  I make this promise to fans of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One: when your four-year wait is over, you won’t be disappointed.…

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Recommended Reading: Dudes Doing Domestic Fiction

When Jeffrey Eugenides or Jonathan Franzen tackle relationships the literary establishment goes a big rubbery one, while thrillers from Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins rake in all the dough.  Yes, writers can write whatever the hell they want, but let’s face it – authors writing against their gender bring an edge to their work.  When tackling family life,…