A must-read for the aspiring librarians or lover of libraries and lists. This book includes silly lists like In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s Brett Bonfield’s list of library-inspired Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors, and thought-provoking lists like, Michael Gorman’s five new laws of library science (#5 – Honor the past and create the future.)
You may also get a kick out of the haunted library list or the 25 largest libraries in North America (by volume) list as well.In the spirit of the holidays, this would make an excellent stocking stuffer or “thinking of you” gift for your favorite bibliophile.
– Avi Steinberg, Running The Books: The Adventure of an Accidental Prison Librarian
If only I could remember WHAT recommended me this treasure. Travel? Journal? Pictures?! Some of my favorite topics complied in equally as enticing yellow cover. (But you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!) Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg met in Morocco while study abroad with their respective colleges. They fell in love, and made the distance work. Upon their graduations, they had only one plan in mind: Travel. Scieszka ‘s words and Weinberg’s illustrations weave a cohesive story about their post-graduate travel through Asia, Indonesia, and Africa.
At no point does the text disintegrate into a fairy tale, where all of Casey and Steven’s plans fall perfectly into place and they face no hardships. I read on-edge when they experienced identification problems in Mali, but devoured their descriptions of the local cuisine and cultural commentary. I particularly enjoyed reading about the first leg of their trip teaching Chinese schoolchildren English. I definitely empathized for Casey and Steven as they developed lesson plans and tried to connect two cultures by one language. They rise to every challenge they face though, as visitors and as young adults.
My friend Michael is studying Asian Studies at Temple University- Japan campus, and loves it. He is constantly nagging me to visit him in Japan “one of these days”. Of course Japan and China are different, but the travel-bug persists.
Thumbs: 2 out of 2! (and a stomach)
I already knew that conspiracy theory between Abraham Lincoln and JFK, but I didn’t know that about the custody battle that lead to George Washington’s existence.
History, learn it, jokers.
Thumbs: 1 out of 2
This better be the only rotten apple in my book crop.
My method for selecting books had failed until this. Amazon likes to suggest books for me, based on other books I have viewed. In turn, I will read a summary of them, check if they are available in a library within my county, and then order them for my crop. I understand why Amazon suggested this for me (It’s tags are YA Literature, Romance…), but I wish it had a quality filter.
Love story about unique guy and girl, Bernie and Winifred. Then, Bernie’s mom dies and he turns into a total recluse. Bernie and Winifred are both brilliant, but the Bernie doesn’t want to go to college anymore. Bernie doesn’t want to do anything anymore. Winifred gets fed-up and decides to go to college across the country, where she becomes a tricked-out, idiotic, Barbie clone. Bernie drives across country to reunite with her, but is horrified to find the clone that has replaced his girlfriend. He bums around the city for the year (His father is under the ruse that he is auditing courses at the university), and falls for the Winifred’s T.A. The ending is proportional to the given plot, but lame nonetheless.
Usually, I try to find the good in books, but this one was straight-up awful. There was so much room for plot expansion (The guy’s road trip across country is summed-up in one paragraph…what?) and the characters felt so unrelatable. We all have hardships in life, but Winnie and Guy were shallow, in depth (not in the actuality of the story). Very happy that I got this off my reading list.
Thumbs: 0 out of 2