Daily Archives: January 26, 2007

Hearts and Flowers

Already I’m beginning to see the hearts and flowers and chocolate that augur Valentine’s Day. This is one of the things I despise about our society: we can love and goodwill into specific events so we can feel good and righteous. Love mankind at Christmas, love your spouse at Valentines. Only have to do it once.

Lest we forget that there are millions on this Earth who are not worried about hearts and flowers, but simply about survival, I’m offering this horrifying, Pulitzer-winning picture. We might want to transfer all this feel good stuff into concrete acts.


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Library Journal’s Most Borrowed Books in US Libraries

I guess I’m into lists these days. Here is the list of the books most borrowed in U. S. Librairies, for 1 February 2007. Now, you’ll say, how can they predict that? Well, most librairies have a reserve system, so they will look at who has requested the books during that week. So we’re talking about borrowed books, not books read. Still, the list is quite different than the best sellers lists in the previous post.

  1. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards
  2. Cross, by James Patterson
  3. Candy Licker: An Urban Erotic Tale, by Noire Noire
  4. Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
  5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by See, Lisa
  6. The Collectors, by Baldacci, David
  7. Echo Park, by Connelly, Michael
  8. Dear John Nicholas Sparks
  9. Wild Fire, by DeMille, Nelson.
  10. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  11. Getting’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II, by Zane Zane Atria
  12. The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
  13. Judge & Jury, by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
  14. Skyscraper, by Zane Zane Atria
  15. Nature Girl, by Hiaasen, Carl
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