Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures Paperback – 8 Jan 2009
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“Should be a reference book on every woman’s bookshelf.”
“A nifty catalog of some 600 fiction and nonfiction titles…irresistibly grouped.”
“You really should read: Between the Covers…Inventive, genre-defying lists.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Will appeal to bluestockings of every ilk. The authors’ bibliophilia is infectious, and all readers will benefit from their expert advice.”
“Has appeal beyond the chick-lit set…A smart, reader-friendly compilation.”
“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."
“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.”
“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 wonderful resource for the reading woman—a place to go to when wondering, ‘What shall I read next?’—but also a satisfying read in its own right. I plan to send one to every reading woman on my Christmas list.”
“Hammond and Heltzel are two smart, well-read chicks who offer up the altar of the great read stacked to the celestial ceiling with memoirs and fiction for all sensibilities…a wonderful gift for book lovers for Christmas.”
“A new chick-lit reference tome.”
“Contains a plethora of suggestions…The next time you're in that odd state of not knowing what to read next, check out this book…A useful, quick guide…Recommendations are written with so much verve and personality that you get a feel for each title…You'll trust their opinions and wish they'd show up at your next book club meeting, maybe with a nice bottle of wine. They'd be knowledgeable, and they'd be fun.”
About the Author
Margo Hammond, longtime book editor for the St. Petersburg Times and past president of the Southern Book Critics Circle, lives in Florida.Ellen Heltzel, a member of the National Book Critics Circle board, has written for the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
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!
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.
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