Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?
Years ago I was working at a job I didn't like, and spending my time away from the job thinking about how much I didn't like it. Maybe you can relate. Then one Saturday morning I was browsing through my neighborhood library, when I saw a book about whirligigs. My grandfather was a master carpenter and when I was little he made a whirligig for the roof of his garage. It was a boy on a bike being chased by a dog, and when the wind blew, the boy's feet moved the pedals, which moved the wheels on the bike!
Lewd? Obscene? Scandalous? Perhaps, but that may be part of the reason I have loved so many of the infamous books that show up year after year on the American Library Association’s Frequently Banned and Challenged Books lists. This year I get to share my love of these titles with the world as Banned Books Week, one of the more glorious weeks in books, is upon us and this year we want you to share your favorite.
I love reading, and I love cooking so when something comes along and unites the two it's better than chocolate and peanut butter (or fresh homemade ricotta with a peach and mint salsa draped with prosciutto on crostini, just sayin'). These great items are literary feasts!
It seems like whenever food is mentioned in a book or a movie, I end up getting hungry for (or curious about) that food. When we read Catch 22 in high school, I was ravenous for eggs for weeks. After I finished giggling about some of the names of dishes in the Harry Potter books, I went looking for the foods.
This week, Plaza staff member Adrian C. shares a book recommendation:
What do you know about the people around you? Are you aware of the cultural differences that exist between you and every other person in the world? If not, then you must read The Culture Map by Erin Meyer.
It's that time again! The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2014 was announced on Tuesday. I still have not yet read all of the shortlisted nominations from last year (yes, I know, it's terrible, please don't tell anyone), and here are all these new, wonderful selections - I really need to get cracking!
Keegan, age 22, remembers. "I was new to the neighborhood. It didn't take any time at all!" Zac, age 31, also remembers. "My Mom held my hand through the whole thing!" Toby, age 52, just smiles. "I remember being so happy!"
You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.