Quick summary of links: Crafts made from cat hair! Scenery overkill in fiction! Underrated books written by women! And is Jeff Kinney superman? Please share your own favorite links in the comments.



  • Who could resist Jezebel's post about the now-available-in-English Crafting With Cat Hair? (Hmm. Maybe I'll start lobbying for this one's inclusion in BookPage's Lifestyles column . . .) FYI: The editors of the book are calling for your cat's old hair. See here for details. This kind of reminds me of the dryer lint jewelry I used to create thanks to a craft idea from American Girl magazine. (I told you I was weird.)

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  • In more serious literary news, Salon critic Laura Miller provides a new viewpoint on The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, which this weekend will debut on the New York Times bestseller list at #11. Miller's post is titled: "Advice to writers: Skip the scenery." About The Tiger's Wife, she writes:


No sooner does Obreht's narrative work up a little momentum or present a masterful scene than it hits a patch of long, dozy paragraphs filled with way too much detail about the scenery.

Do you agree that there's too much scenery in The Tiger's Wife? Have you ever abandoned a novel because of too many descriptions of weather?

  • Here's something for Women's History Month. By now, we all know about VIDA's depressing statistics on women writing for and written about in book reviews and magazines. In light of those numbers, The Second Pass has put together a very cool list (and one relevant to the recent Orange Prize announcement): Their contributors have written about books written by women that deserve more attention. I was surprised by the choices. What about you?

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  • Finally, who doesn't love the Wimpy Kid books? Also: Who isn't totally in awe of Jeff Kinney, who has kept his day job at a kids' website, in addition to being a dad and writing/illustrating a mega best-selling series? The Associated Press gives us a peek at Kinney's day-to-day life, and why he's passionate about all his various jobs.


Happy Friday, readers! What are you reading this weekend? I'm (finally) digging into Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for book club.

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