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NPR Books Watch — 7/25-7/31

Yesterday I set up — for the first time! — a discussion group.  (Yes, I’m behind the curve on this one.)  My running group often needs to make arrangements regarding races, training runs and various other issues and this results in a couple dozen email messages flying back and forth.  I usually read these messages, but I often don’t have time to respond during the day.  So I went to Google Groups to create a discussion group.

Online discussion groups make discussions more efficient.  Members are alerted via email when a new discussion thread is created.  If anyone wants to respond, they do so online, which means you have an easily searchable record of your discussion and it’s clear when replies were posted and who was the last person to respond.  Since I’m new at this, I’m still trying to figure out a way for people to not receive email alerts when replies are posted (since the object is to keep clutter out of our inboxes) …

Regarding the privacy of these discussions, I can’t vouch for the security of these sites — nor am I particularly concerned about people knowing which marathon I’m running next — but you can create a private, invite-only group that is not searchable online.  For now, I’d say email is the preferred method of contact for any urgent issues, but I encourage you to explore discussion groups as an alternate method of communicating for any collaborative issues that are not extremely time-sensitive.


Here are the NPR interviews for this week.  Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

TOTAL book stories: 21

All Things Considered: 5

Day to Day: 1

Fresh Air: 4 (Maureen Corrigan reviewed three books in one piece)

Morning Edition: 2 4

Talk of the Nation: 4

Tell Me More: 1

All Things Considered Three Books … / True Tales Of Piracy And Plunder      
All Things Considered Agitator’s Daughter, The Sheryll  Cashin History
All Things Considered In Character / Auntie Mame      
All Things Considered Three Books … / Three Books That Rock      
All Things Considered Jackie Ormes Nancy  Goldstein Biography
Day to Day A la Cart Hillary Carlip Popular Culture
Fresh Air Traffic Tom  Vanderbilt Popular Culture
Fresh Air U.S. vs. Them Peter Scoblic Politics
Fresh Air Book Reviews / Power Stronger Than Itself, A George Lewis Entertainment
Fresh Air Lincolns, The Daniel Epstein History
Fresh Air Alfred & Emily Doris Lessing Literary Fiction
Fresh Air Furious Improvisation Susan  Quinn History
Morning Edition Know Your Power Nancy Pelosi Memoir
Morning Edition Guernsey Literay, The … Mary Ann  Shaffer Literary Fiction Books We Like / Senselessness Horacio  Castellanos  Poetry BluesMan Rob  Vollmar  Graphic Novel Books We Like / Broccoli and Other Tales … Lara Vapnyar Literary Fiction Books We Like / My Name Is Will Jess  Winfield Literary Fiction
Talk of the Nation Likeness, The Tana French Mystery
Talk of the Nation Black Tower, The Louis Bayard Mystery
Talk of the Nation Unthinkable Amanda Ripley Health
Talk of the Nation Moose Stephanie Klein Memoir
Tell Me More In Character / Uncle Tom’s Cabin      

August 1, 2008 - Posted by | Discussion Groups, NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , ,


  1. I did find a way to change my membership settings so that one doesn’t receive email messages with each new reply. On Google Groups, at least, there are options to:

    1. not receive any email messages (and to only participate on the Web)
    2. receive one email message a day summarizing all discussion group activity that day
    3. receive one email message per every 25 or so responses
    4. receive an email message each time someone posts a response

    So it’s pretty flexible.

    Comment by Yen | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Alex | August 15, 2008 | Reply

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