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Here is a compilation of tidbits ~ articles, booklists, blogs, etc that I have been storing up through Christmas week; some are now outdated,  and also perhaps repeated elsewhere, but here they are ~ all things books, libraries, bookstores and blogging:

*An essay at the The New York Times  on “You Never Know What You’ll Find in a Book” by Henry Alford

*An article on cookbooks in The Economist“Pluck a Flamingo:  What Cookbooks Really Teach Us”

*An article in the Wall Street Journal on “Rare Reads of the Green” about collecting golf books

*Another NYTimes article by David Streitfeld from Saturday December 27 on “Bargain Hunting for Books and Feeling Sheepish about it” – all about everybody and their grandmother buying and selling online.

*Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library has posted 500 images on Flickr:  The Beinecke Flickr Laboratory’s Photostream, a project to provide open access to public domain images.  See also the Library’s blog

*The BiblioHistoria blog lists the Globe and Mail’s choices for the 50 Greatest Books of all time with links to reviews

*A post from the New York Public Library Blog on The Creation of Christmas” about Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol

*As listed in USA Today article by Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY: For those who like to read about reading, here are five recommendations for books about books:

  • Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard S. Marcus (Houghton Mifflin, $28): How a 300-year-old question – What should kids read? – became big business.
  • The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac, illustrations and foreword by Quentin Blake (Candlewick, $16.99): A graceful translation of a 1992 French best seller that celebrates the subversive pleasures of reading.
  • Between the Covers: The Book Babes’ Guide to a Woman’s Reading Pleasures by Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzel (Da Capo, $16.95): Two critics assess 600 books in lists that include “books about families more dysfunctional than yours.”
  • The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller (Little, Brown, $25.99): A critic re-examines the first book she fell in love with as a 9-year-old, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and “the great reader” who wrote it, C. S. Lewis.
  • Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America by Jay Parini (Doubleday, $24.95): A cultural history that rounds up the usual suspects (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, On the Road) as well as Mary Antin’s Promised Land, a 1912 memoir by a Russian immigrant.

and another two titles of books about books are sited in this article at The Morning News

*Very Fine Books, a blog for the Easton Press books, posts on “The ‘Why’ of Book Collecting” and offers several must-have reference books for the collector, whether you are new to the game or a seasoned bibliophile [this blog has also changed its format and continues to add new articles daily:  see the latest posts on the history of the book and printing…]

*A article by Hannah Merker at The Working Waterfront  on Maine Books to Give (or receive) during the Holidays offers a fine booklist of books about or set in Maine

*Library Postcards, a blog that “represents a collection of postcards that focuses on libraries in the United States and throughout the world” ~ a great resource for the lover of libraries!

*Tate London will display William Blake’s 1809 show, a retrospective on the original 1809 showing

*Bizarre.com has posted Most Interesting Bookstores in the World

*Head over to GoodReads for quite a fine list of 627 “books about books”

*Join in on the Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge at the  Book Nut blog (you must read books about food or travel)

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