Strategies for reading a trilogy; literary charities worth donation to; Princesses Behaving Badly and The Most of Nora Ephron.
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Elizabeth A. from Massachusetts asked about reading trilogies; do we wait until all three books are out before we start or do we dive right in? Ann and I are both unlikely to wait, though that can lead to problems, like losing track of details from book to book, or losing momentum mid-series. Though trilogies seem to be the norm now, books are sometimes planned as a stand-alone, but prove so popular that more installments are added. Conversely, if the first book in a planned trilogy does not meet sales expectations, it’s possible future books will not be released. So, it’s not always easy to tell for sure whether a book is part of a trilogy or not. What are your thoughts on trilogy reading?
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Literary Giving (12:27)
The end of the year is a very popular time for charitable giving, both for philanthropic and tax reasons. Many people have favorite charities to support, but in case you’re looking for a new place to donate, we cover several literary organizations:
Reading is Fundamental – through 12/31, donations to this wonderful organization will be matched. If your company also matches funds, that means your funds could be tripled. I also mention their link to an article called “15 Reading Materials That Aren’t Books.”
Reach Out and Read – a national organization that provides books at pediatrician well visits. Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, donations to Reach Out and Read are also being matched this holiday season.
I mention Literacy Volunteers of America, but it turns out they are now part of an organization called ProLiteracy which formed in 2002.
826National – with 8 locations in cities around the US, 826 teaches literacy by offering tutoring and teaching kids to write.
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (26:42)
Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie is a fun, accessible walk through history’s most un-princess-like princesses. From sex parties, to Nazi spies, to nighttime masks of raw veal, these are the stories you did not hear about in history class.
The Most of Nora Ephron is a collection of writing that spans her career, and include the complete novel Heartburn, the screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, and many of her columns and essays. It’s perfect for longtime Ephron fans as well as for those who might have just discovered her with I Feel Bad About My Neck.