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Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures [Paperback]

Ellen Margo Heltzel Hammond

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Book Description

8 Jan 2009
The Book Babes offer up the best in fiction and non-fiction, suggesting hundreds of good books to suit every mood and stage of a woman's life. A book with personality that recommends the best in fiction and nonfiction, "Between the Covers" suggests hundreds of good books to suit every mood and stage of a woman's life. Here, for the first time, is a book on books based on what women care about most, one that travels from Jane Austen to Zadie Smith, from Mary McCarthy to Mary Higgins Clark, from "The Joy of Cooking" to "The Joy of Sex."In "Between the Covers", the Book Babes put Moby-Dick alongside "A Perfect Storm" in "10 Books That Spell Disaster." Ever wonder how Jane Austen relates to Suze Orman (hint: it's all about money) or how books as different as Mark Haddon's novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" address similar issues? From sections such as 'Babes We Love' (Role Models, Real and Imagined) to 'The Babe Inside' (focusing on Body and Soul), 'Family & Friends', 'Love, Sex, and Second Chances', 'Brave New World', and 'Living to Read', the book is organized around women's commitments - to themselves, their friends and family, the larger world - and to their concerns, from health to sex to how to manage their finances.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212296
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Booklist," 11/1/08 "Hammond and Heltzel offer their unique take on the genre...address[ing] issues that will appeal to women readers of any age, background, or frame of mind...Succinct, honest, and cannily in-tune, the Book Babes entertainingly deliver sure bets for good reads." "Library Journal" Xpress Review, 10/22/08"Will appeal to bluestockings of every ilk. The authors' bibliophilia is infectious, and all readers will benefit from their expert advice." "St. Petersburg Times," 10/19/08"Has appeal beyond the chick-lit set...A smart, reader-friendly compilation." "Bookmarks," 12/08"We're long-time fans of Hammond and Heltzel...Now they've poured their considerable knowledge into one book...It's a smart, funny overview of contemporary literature--take a look." "Seattle Times," 11/7"Move over, Nancy Pearl, for Book Babes' faves...These ladies are no slouches in the literary department...[they] are quite serious about the books...A lively mix of works, guaranteed to keep you up reading way past your bedtime." Irene Levine, "Huffington Post," 11/4/08"Should be a reference book on every woman's bookshelf." "Elle magazine," 12/08"A nifty catalog of some 600 fiction and nonfiction titles...irresistibly grouped." "Willamette Week," 11/5/08"You really should read: "Between the Covers."..Inventive, genre-defying lists." "Shelf Awareness," November 2008"Authors [have] witty and intelligent criteria...Part of the fun in "Between the Covers" is their exuberance; part is in discovering the unexpected."" Deseret News," 11/23/08"Don't be fooled by the clever title. The volume is really a compilation of book recommendations on topics of interest to women--and it's not a guide to romance novels." Better TV, November 2008"Book club members, we have found your bible." Internet Review of Books, Holiday 2008 Issue"Wise and witty flash-reviews of more than 400 books, both recent and classic...This book is not only a wonder

About the Author

Ellen Heltzel, a board member of America's National Book Critics Circle, has written for a host of publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Margo Hammond, a former NBCC board member has worked at The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Star, The Wall Street Journal Asian Weekly, and has written a weekly travel column for The New York Times. She lives in Florida. For further information visit http://thebookbabes.typepad.com/

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better start making a list 29 Jan 2009
By Janet Conner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here's the simple fact: Between the Covers is a dangerous book. You open to a page and stumble upon a few one-paragraph reviews that cut to the heart of the matter and you write down that title, because you realize you must--simply must--read that book. And then you turn to another page and another and another and the next thing you know, you've got a long list of books you want to read for the first time and an even longer list of old friends you want to revisit. And it's all Margo and Ellen's fault!

I met them at an Inkwood book signing in Tampa and was stunned by not only their love and knowledge of books, but also their ability to capture the essential essence of a book in a paragraph. Think about it. 300 pages distilled to one lousy paragraph! All writers should stop what they're doing right now and read these reviews and weep. When will we ever be so clear, so concise, so sharp?! I think I'm very annoyed.

Get this book, but don't blame me or Margo or Ellen if your book budget disintegrates until you find yourself petitioning Obama for a bailout. You are fairly warned!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Find Plenty To Read 29 May 2009
By Kris Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The entire book is one huge recommendation list, and a good one, at that. It is comprised of lists, fifty- five in all, ten books to each list. They are then further divided into sections such as "Babes We Love", "Ages &Stages", "Family & Friends" and "Babes in the World", etc..

In going through the book, I found many familiar books, ones that I have read and re-read many times over (Le Mariage/Diane Johnson, Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay/Nancy Milford and Letters to a Young Poet/Rilke, among so many others) and ones that have been added to my ever-growing 'To Read List' (The Road/Cormac McCarthy, Women's Letters: America From the Revolutionary War to the Present/Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler and Frida Kahlo: The Paintings/Hayden Herrera to name a few).

If you are looking for something to read, non-fiction or fiction, even poetry, pick up this book. You are sure to find something that strikes your interest. It also makes a great gift list for the book lovers in your circle of friends and family.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant guide to books by women 22 Oct 2009
By Susan Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
They always say you're supposed to write the book you wanted to read. "Between the Covers" offers the right books for any occasion in your life, such a brilliant concept you'll be frustrated you didn't think of it yourself. The authors' intelligence and wit shine through in every review. A fantastic, energetic and enthusiastic reading guide.
4.0 out of 5 stars Find a way to mark all your finds 5 Dec 2012
By Wonder_Vegan - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't realized this was a book ABOUT books. It has many lists of books that you should consider reading. It was definitely an eye-opener. I really enjoyed reading it, as I used sticky notes to mark what books intrigued me and then created a reminder list on PaperbackSwap. If you are a book junkie like me, it's a definite must-have. But if you already have a long list, I would put this book off, unless you want to dig yourself a deeper hole like me!
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Browsable 30 Nov 2011
By Debnance at Readerbuzz - Published on Amazon.com
An eminently browsable book. About half of the books mentioned I loved; the other half I hated. I nevertheless added a dozen or so books to my wishlist from this book.
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