Monday, March 31, 2008

A Very New Kind of Book: Inanimate Alice

Is it a book? A movie? A game? It is digital fiction and it is all kinds of fun.

100 Best Last Lines from Novels

What's the best way to end a book? There's always a lot of talk about first lines in fictional works. You can't help but love the annual love Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest that celebrates the "opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels." Now the American Book Review has come up with a list of the top 100 last lines. Download the whole list here.

10. Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision. –Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)

9. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. –Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1902)

8. ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’ –Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

7. He loved Big Brother. –George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

6. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)

5. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before. –Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

4. …I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. –James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)

3. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

2. Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you? –Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)

1. …you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on. –Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable (1953; trans. Samuel Beckett)

My Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Mr. Throckmorton considers the greatness of his favorite book--F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel, The Great Gatsby. Listen in and be transported with him to Long Island Sound in the summer of 1922...

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Recent Reads that Rocked: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

One of the most avid readers on the SMS campus is Ms. Shove ('96) in the Development Office. Need an idea for a hot book...she's your go to girl! In this episode of Recent Reads that Rocked she talks about the book Year of Wonders, which she says is dark, but hopeful, and has a little bit of everything.

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Birthday Book Club Update

Congratulations to Rosemary and Amanda for winning the March birthday cake drawings! Right now the 5th grade and 10th grade are still in the lead for the end of year parties. Get those April, May, and June birthday forms in so your class can win!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Split in 2

Can't get enough Harry Potter and preparing to be super sad when the credits roll on the last movie? Well your sadness will be delayed a little bit since Warner Brothers has decided to make Deathly Hallows into two movies instead of just one. More info.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My Favorite Book: East of Eden

Mrs. Goodman and Mrs. Ray discuss their shared love for John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Listen in as the discuss the importance of timshel and how this book is different than Steinbeck's others. Join in the conversation by submitting your ideas about this book in the comments.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What's Missing from our Shelves?

Know of a book that we should have? Want to request a new magazine or newspaper? Let us know about it by filling out the online purchase request.