The Week’s Most Popular Posts: September 14-20, 2013

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….

Love in the time of cholera featuring James Franco

-from Let’s Put James Franco on All the Book Covers by Minh Le


If you’re plugged into the bookosphere, by now you may have heard of the craziness that is Rainbow Rowell being uninvited to speak at Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin school, after members of the district’s Parents Action League deemed the Rowell’s breakout YA novel Eleanor & Park “dangerously obscene.” The”too hot for teens and taxpayer money” novel was ordered off school library shelves and there was a call to discipline the school librarians who chose the book…..

The “dangerously obscene” refers to the foul language Eleanor and Park experience in the form of bullying at school, and in Eleanor’s case, also at home. The “too hot for teens” refers to Eleanor and Park going to second base… and then making a mutual decision not to run for home.

-from Don’t Ban Books like Eleanor and Park, Teens Need Them by Kit Steinkellner


10. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

No one does vaguely European accents like Streep, and we’re going to have a bunch of them on this list. Here, Streep gets to play young, sexy, and outcast. She hasn’t yet accrued the Streep patina of seriousness, and it’s great to see her free and….easy.

(Based on the The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles)



-from Meryl Streep’s 10 Best Literary Roles by Jeff O’Neal


Books on Tap

Books on TapThe multi-generational Chicago group led by two fearless librarians who bring strangers together over IPAs and paperbacks. Photo credit: Celina Preston.

City: Northbrook, Illinois near Chicago
Favorite read: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Most divisive read: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
On the web: Facebook: Books on Tap

In the Chicago area, you can hardly throw a stick these days without hitting a public library group in a bar. A few years ago, Monica Harris of Oak Park Public Library created Genre X, Chicago’s original book club in a bar. Shortly after, librarian Leah White headed up LitLounge, a dual-library book club offered by Skokie and Morton Grove public libraries. Now Leah and her intrepid co-host, Cathleen Doyle, lead Books on Tap for Northbrook Public Library at their local pub, The Landmark Inn.

-from The Reinvention of the Modern Book Club:  Now With More Beer by Rachel Smalter-Hall


The week’s most popular post over at Food Riot was…. 


-from 6 Works of Fine Art Latte Art by Amanda Nelson
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