Sunday, October 7, 2012

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers EverywhereJudging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy a book about readers and reading: we are, after all, an interesting group. This set of essays has a little bit of everything: humor, judgments, observations. It's at its most entertaining when it's a memoir (and she's not fond of memoirs!) and less so when she delves into writers. The same names keep popping up, probably because these were blog posts originally. With a few weeks separating them, the repetition would not be bothersome but in a book it becomes irritating. Overall a fun read which will make you think about your own reading. And her chapter on Infinite Jest is worth the purchase!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Book Roundup

MASSIVE(539.7)What makes things heavy? Scientists don't know for sure! Mysterious & possibly fictional particle called Higgs boson is the key.

ARGUABLY: essays by Christopher Hitchins. Don't be intimidated by its size! Open anywhere and you will be enthralled, angered, amused.

GO FOR THE GOAL: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life(B Ham)/Mia Hamm. nuf said. Chapter 1 is :"There's no me in Mia!"

Australian teens form an unlikely friendship when they cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible. JASPER JONES (F Silvey)

Tess never wanted to lose the "magic" even if it cost her her life. WITHOUT TESS (F Pix)

Deeply personal look at the commercial sex trade in GIRLS LIKE US (362.88 Llo)

Check out Griffin works with at-risk youth and also trains dogs. He combined his interests in STAY WITH ME (F Gri).

HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING (523.9) CalTech astronomer and planet murderer Mike Brown explains. Funny and informative

1/2 of our brain is dedicated to processing visual input....Pure text and numbers cannot convey info [as well as] VISUAL STORYTELLING(741.6)

Read what you like!

Like pigs? Try SWINE NOT(F Buf) as Ellie tries to hide her pet pig from landlord/boss or GOOD GOOD PIG (B HOGWOOD) true tale of runt piglet.

Like horses? Try WAR HORSE (F Mor) as a farm horse goes to war OR SEABISCUIT (798.4 Hil) as an undersized horse becomes a racing champion.

Love dogs? Try these 2 new books: ROAM(F Laz)tells a lost dog story (with music) and RIN TIN TIN(636.737 ORL) was a war orphan and superstar