“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench
rollscresssandwichespottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater----'

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows


Sunday, May 10, 2009

New York Times Book Review picks a few Picnic Basket titles

Some of our Picnic Basket selections/authors found friends with the book editors and reviewers from today's New York Times Book Review. Bruce Barcott calls Deborah Heiligman's CHARLES AND EMMA "a delightful book about the question at the heart of the Darwin's marriage" in the cover piece to the children's book section. Plus, did you know that Amy Krouse Rosenthal of LITTLE OINK and DUCK! RABBIT! fame has published four books between February and May of this year? Read about these two and the others in Bruce Handy's review. Plus there are reviews of the latest book by Laurie Halse Anderson, (author of CHAINS, which so many of you reviewed here), WINTERGIRLS, a novel about how "anorexia holds a young woman in a deadly grip." Lastly, take a peek at Lisa Von Drasek's take on Bird, Butterfly, Eel by the ever-interesting James Prosek. (OK, I have yet to feature James' work here at the Picnic Basket, but I find him so talented and I so like this book, I just had to add it in!). All of you helped get the conversation on these books and authors started; it's been wonderful reading your views of these titles and I'm thrilled that the talk continues in today's book section. Here's to even more!

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