24/8 Book Club

Author Mameve Medwed

a friend to the 24/8 book club community has exciting book news.  On April 22nd she had the release of her new hardcover title, Of Men and Their Mothers.  This title has been selected as a Notable Book for May by Booksense pick.  April also saw the re-release of The End of an Error in paperback.

Don’t forget to check out Mameve’s book, How Elizabeth Barrettt Browning Saved My Life, that was featured on the 24/8 website last year.  We were thrilled to see our friend in the books news and wish her continued success.  Don’t forget to visit Mameve’s site, http://www.mamevemedwed.com/content.php?page=about_mameve&h=1&n=1&f=2.



Author James Patterson

Is pretty busy these days. Not only has his Women’s Murder Club drama back on tv as we blogged about on April 23rd but he has another new book that appeared on Monday not part of this very popular series.

This book is Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.  The story sounds intriguing and seems like we will need a box of kleenex before we are done. 

If you go to James Patterson’s site you will see a chance to win a pair of Tiffany earrings, what girl can resist, www.jamespatterson.com.  You have to hurry because the contest to win the earrings ends on May 8th. 

Most everyone fan or not has heard of or read James Patterson but what about Gabrielle Charbonnet? You do not have to turn further then your children or a niece, nephew or grandchild because she has been delighting them with her books for years.  This is a departure from the Disney inspired titles she has been authoring for years


40th Anniversary of the Booker Prize

For each of the past 40 years, The Prize has recognized the best novel written in English, from either the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.  Don’t forget to check out the past honorees as there might be an author that is new to you, or it might spark a reading list for this summer.  Or it just might remind you of a favorite that you want to find on your bookshelf to read again. 

The award is now referred to as the Man Booker prize to avoid any confusion if you want to learn more about it.  For planned anniversary events and news and to see what other media sources are doing to mark the anniversary go to, http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/booker40

Our friends at Abe Books are having you vote for your favorite, http://www.abebooks.com/docs/Community/Featured/booker-prize-winners08.shtml?cm_ven=nl&cm_cat=nl&cm_pla=cme-booker&cm_ite=booker-winners.  They also have a quick list of the past winners you can view on the right hand side column of this web page. 


First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna
April 25, 2008, 3:39 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

have collaborated on their first children’s book that was released on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Both of these women have been teachers and they hope they have given children a book they will love to read.

They appeared on the Today show on Tuesday and said it was important to them to write a book that boys would want to read.  So it should be no surprise that the main character is a boy named Tyrone.  A real life student that was in the First Lady’s class years ago was the inspiration for Tyrone.  Tyrone is mischievous and doesn’t like to read but then something happens. 

Be sure to check out the book tour scheduled for the next two weeks, they just might be coming to your town, http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrens/parents/gamesandcontests/features/readallaboutit/


The After Life Factor
April 24, 2008, 10:57 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, Book Notes, News, Posts at Other Sites

One of the reasons I read the Sun times is because of Cathleen Falsani’s column. Her beat is religion, but that is like saying, that Shakespeare wrote rhymes. If more people had her clarity and insight, the world would truly be a better place. www.suntimes.com/news/falsani   


So, you can imagine my great pleasure when she interviewed a friend  of the 248bookclub, Jenniffer Weigel author of  Stay Tuned: Conversations with Dad from the Other Side, Just like Cathleen, Jennifer just wants her readers to have an open mind,. www.staytunedwithjen.com/


Meditate on both the after life and the “this” life with Jenniffer”s  book and Cathleen’s column.




James Patterson is a beloved author

and now he is loved for inspiring the The Women’s Murder Club drama on ABC.  The drama returns on a new night and at a new time Tuesday, April 29th for three new episodes. 

If you missed the show the first time around there are many places you go to get caught up, one of those is ABC TV, http://abc.go.com/primetime/womensmurderclub/index?pn=index.  If you go to this site in addition to getting caught up with past episodes you can watch an interview of the cast, ask James Patterson a question and more. 

If you want to read the books that inspired the tv show,  the 7th case, 7th Heaven  is now on sale.  Why not pick up 1st to Die and get caught up in this series.  To learn more about the author James Patterson and the the books go to, http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_womens_murder_club.html.


History of Administrative Assistants Week
April 23, 2008, 12:06 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Posts at Other Sites, Uncategorized

www.tcm.com  The Desk Set                                                    

www.youtube.com/v=a7ySmnxy29Q    Typewriter                                                                                                                                                 


www.Hulu.com/theoffice      The Office         

 www.officeupdate.microsoft.com       21stC administrative  assistant 



The Summer is on the way

when you see offerings like The Bikini Season by Sheila Roberts.  This is the second time I have seen this book which has the catchy title, so thought to spread the news. 

It is a cooking club that becomes a diet support group. Already that premise sounds like fun. It is a girlfriends book so might be a good one for the bookclub if you are in a lighter mood. http://www.newandusedbooks.com/seeking/ReaderToReaderBookNews_BikiniSeason_Roberts.html

Still not sure, why not check out what our new 24/8 friend, Julie a mother of two, that loves books is thinking about this one on her blog and see what she thought of this title, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/04/review-bikini-season.html.   Thanks Julie.

To learn more about the author head to Sheila’s website, http://www.newandusedbooks.com/seeking/ReaderToReaderBookNews_BikiniSeason_Roberts.html.  When we checked it out, Sheila indicated she loves to hear from readers so if you are fan or going to pick up the book why not send her a note. 

Art with a Powerful Message

I had the privilege of receiving a table top book titled art in action nature, creativity and our collective future at the holidays.  This book was published by Earth Aware Publications. It was a very interesting and eclectic collection of artist narrations and their art.  I returned to the preface, where I admit I rarely start, to get some assistance regarding the mission, message and the creators.

I soon learned that this book was a collaboration from two extraordinary organizations, The Natural World Museum NWM and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  Together these two organizations have partnered to present art under the Art for the Environment Initiative.  The hope is that in sharing artists’ deep sensitivity to the plight of the planet that their art will play a significant role in inspiring people to preserve the natural world. 

Further, I went to the NWM’s site, http://www.naturalworldmuseum.org/ as I wanted to learn what else they are doing besides this book. What I found was a traveling exhibit Melting Ice/Hot Topic was going to travel to Chicago in April. I thought I would hold off on the review of this book for For Her Information Good Reads till then. 

Next, I reached out to the publisher and through our marvelous contact at the publisher, Eileen, I was put in touch with members of the NWM family.  Shortly thereafter I was invited to the private exhibit tour and luncheon prior to the exhibit opening, that occurred last Thursday, April 17th. 

I was moved by the exhibit and the day’s program.  I wish everyone could have joined me for this special day.   The exhibit’s Curator Randy Jayne Rosenberg, spoke about some of the works.  Also, several artists were present to talk about their works.  The mediums are varied and it is suitable for all ages.  It will promote and provoke conversation, there are no two ways about it. 

Further, at the lunch I learned the exhibit has some planned timing it is hear as a bridge from Earth Day on April 22th  to World Environment Day on June 5th.  During this time it is hoped that everyone can reflect upon their impact and make a change, it can just be one change but after you attend the exhibit you realize how important we all are to the future of this earth. 

Luckily the exhibit will be with us past World Environment Day on June 5th, it actually is slated to be at the Field Museum,  http://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibits/temporary_exhib2.htm till September 1st. Head to the exhibit, bring a friend. Be sure to visit the Museum’s store where you can purchase a copy of art in action if you are so inclined.  For me it all started with a book and lead to something amazing that I would have probably never experienced if not for that book.  


The Art Insitute of Chicago

launches Reading Between the Lions, its first book club, http://www.artic.edu/aic/members_donors/book_club/index.html. For their launch they have made two book selections that honor the concurrent exhibitions featured at the museum. 

The first is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler in celebration of Edward Hopper.   The second book is a collection of short stories, The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, in celebration of Winslow Homer as there is a Winslow Homer exhibit currently at the Art Institute so that makes another perfect pick.

If you are in Chicago or coming to Chicago and have an interest at seeing either of these fabulous exhibits do not delay, both will close May 10th, 2008.