This week the Swedish Academy awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.
The War of the End of the World has been my favorite Vargas Llosa book so far, a fictionalized account of a community of marginalized people who followed a fanatical leader to desolate, impoverished northeastern Brazil at the end of the 19th century.
When I think of comforting, compelling animal companions, I didn't think of snails until I read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. During a long period of an autoimmune illness, a snail that a friend brought to her room was both companion and source of wonder.
The book that Bailey has compiled, comprised of both her experience with "her" snail and extensive research into the natural history of snails is a fascinating read. When the snail first arrived in Bailey's life, she was a bit annoyed--she could barely take care of herself, she didn't need another creature to worry about. Despite this, she soon found watching the snail almost meditative, and she began to follow the rhythms of its nocturnal life, becoming fascinated with its habits. She found out about the eating and reproductive habits of snails, about their unique anatomy.
If you love horses, you already know that Cavalia is in town until October 17. Cavalia is a magical evening featuring 50 horses of a dozen breeds as the focal point of the evening. Praised for its excellent treatment of their equine performers, this family-friendly event celebrates the magnificent grace and artistry of the horse.
Horses by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Jean-Louis Gouraud
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
Pets can be more than furry friends who have an enormous impact on the lives of their owners. Memoirs written from the cat's point of view or centered around a feline personality provide a unique perspective to our lives and relationships.
Denver is fortunate enough to have multiple organizations devoted to helping cats and kittens find a better life with caring human companions. The Cat Care Society is a cage-free shelter who also operates a thrift store called Cajun's Closet. The Animal Rescue and Adoption Society is another no-kill, cat dedicated, non-profit shelter operating here in Denver.
Who couldn't stand to save some money? Being thrifty is within your reach with these library books on cutting household costs and finding creative solutions to your everyday expenses! Being frugal can be fantastic!
Oprah announced today that her latest Book Club selection is Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. This is Oprah's 64th book club pick! Franzen's previous work, The Corrections, was a winner 6 years ago. Do you agree with her choice?
Jonathan Franzen was named "Great American Novelist" by Time Magazine, just prior to the publication of his fourth book, Freedom, earlier this month.
Oprah's Book Club selections from the past five years have included fiction, non-fiction and memoirs. No matter her choice, it is sure to be a bestseller. Which selection is your favorite?