Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...
Book Genre: Philosophy
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz is a novel I read every couple of years to remind myself of these life-changing agreements. The Four Agreements are very simple, but very insightful. To embrace and live each of the Four...
I am a big fan of commencement speeches so I was keenly interested in what Vonnegut had to say. The essay by Dan Wakefield, Vonnegut's friend and fellow writer, is not just a reminder of what Vonnegut has experienced in his life as a war veteran but also revealed a man who continues to...
Princess Mat Mat is the ruler of the Tiny Kingdom, a poor, self-sufficient country which is on the cusp of being able to celebrate 100 years of peace. As she starts planning the celebration, however, news comes in of an invading fleet of warships in the distance. Since she has no military...
I love everything that Chuck Klosterman writes, but his latest is definitely one of the finest! I Wear the Black Hat made me think as much as it made me laugh. Surprisingly deep while also being quick and witty, I wanted to read several excerpts out loud! Topics covered range widely (...
Highly, highly recommend.
"Citizen of the Galaxy" is a coming of age Science Fiction adventure across the galaxy.
Thorby is first introduced to us standing on the slavery selling block on the planet Jubbal. We follow Thorby from being a young, defiant mistreated slave boy to his...
Prairie Home Companion meets a modern who’s who of American writers and poets. This audio features comedic sketches from NPR’s Prairie Home Companion from Dave Barry, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Allan Ginsberg and Calvin Trillin. The audio is two discs long that should have been edited down to...
“Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems” by Billy Collins is his first collection of new and selected poems he has published in 12 years. Billy Collins is a humorous and accessible presence in contemporary American poetry. The title poem “Aimless Love” describes the wonderful experience of falling...
The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment...
Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...
I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...
Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...
In a 2011 interview with The Guardian, Maurice Sendak said "I refuse to lie to children." Were he alive today, Sendak would be very pleased with Matthue Rothm and Rohan Daniel Eason's retelling of three...
Rolling in the sea, muscles contracting with cold, drowning -- so begins our acquaintance with 16-year-old Seth. Dying, he leaves one reality for an alternate, horrific one in the desolated, unpopulated English village of his birth ... a place Seth hasn't lived in years. Why is he...
A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country. Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...
Waiting for the Library's copy of The Unreal and The Real by Ursula Le Guin feels like waiting for Godot. Fortunately, I spied Chiang's collection of stories. Chiang, like Le Guin, doesn't always write between the genre lines which is exactly what I like. ...
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