I love Maggie Stiefvater’s work. So when I discovered that she had written one of the stories in the Spirit Animal series, I had to read it. In the series, some individuals are able to bond with animals at their 11th birthday. 4 young children have bonded not just with any animals but with the great beasts from the legends. Abeke has bonded with a leopard, Connor a shepherd boy bonded with a giant wolf, Meillin bonded with a giant Panda, and Rollan a street urchin bonds with a falcon. This was a fast-paced enjoyable story.
Time Magazine journalist, Amanda Ripley, examines the superpowers of education thru the stories of 3 American foreign exchange students. Kim goes to Finland, Tom to Poland, and Eric to South Korea. She asks why do US students continue to lag behind other developed countries.
So, do you think parental involvement with extracurricular activities helps children in school? actually there is a slight negative correlation with parental extracurricular involvement and children’s education scores. However, reading to your kids, or reading at home (books, magazines) and discussing books, social issues, etc with your kids, is associated with higher educational scores.
Why is education so under-valued in the US? and why does this field get so much more respect in other developed countries? Why do we as Americans think Mathematics is really an optional topic. An interesting example was of the Bama pie making factory. They couldn’t find smart enough people to work in their factory, so they opened another factory in Poland (okay, they can probably get skilled and cheap labor there). Another example, was that even Head of Maintenance jobs require a fair amount of skill these days. One needs to be able to be able to read blue-prints, perform applied mathematical equations, motivate subordinates, and communicate well, including writing reports.
I wish she has examined the effect of students studying in groups. I had one prof who clearly believed in it, and it was a practice that I took up, finding other motivated students to study with.
She claims to only be transmitting information, and letting the reader decide, but she does seem to have a something of political agenda (though it is neither right nor left). She advocates stronger requirements for both teachers (of which we seem to have a plethora) and for students to pass classes. She dismisses technology and gadgets.
Twitter for Dummies is all encompassing book on Twitter. Twitter is used by millions of people around the World to communicate with each other. From the casual friends to use in the business sector Twitter is a hit and this book tells you the ins and outs of the media.
Hard to read, but absolutely fascinating, this book not only tells the story of a school shooter, but also is written by someone who considered it before his life got turned around. The parallels between Vann and Kazmierczak’s early lives are staggering. The line between mass murder and living a normal life is surprisingly easy to cross, a point brought up by the author. Anyone interested in true crime, psychology, sociology and related fields will find this book difficult to put down. It brings a very human element to a seemingly otherworldly type of crime. Very informative.
This is a fantastic book for the beginning fantasy watercolorist with information on faces, hands, feet, and everything in between. It also has beginning watercolor instruction for those not well-versed in it already. I absolutely loved this book and plan to add it to my personal collection soon. It was exactly what I was looking for!
This is a great book especially for those wanting to begin with oils, acrylics, or digital media. Watercolorists would have to adapt the shades of the washes from lightest to darkest. Hodgson lays it all out step-by-step as the title implies, instructing the artist on drawing out and painting fantasy characters and backgrounds. He walks the artist through six different paintings, all using various methods, creatures, and poses. A good reference to keep on hand as well. Just wished it was geared a little more for watercolor too.
A fun read for knitters everywhere. While the secrets are not necessarily new revelations to those of us knitting for awhile, the book brings humor and good-hearted advice to the craft. Some of the patterns are truly delightful and I can’t wait to knit them up. I ended up adding this book to my personal collection because I just enjoyed it that much. Sit back with a cuppa and read Stiefel and Souza. You won’t regret it.
This is nice for beginning scrapbookers as it gives a list of essential tools one needs to begin this craft. It is also good for intermediate scrappers because the book contains a refresher course on some of the techniques for scrapping as well as pages and pages of inspiration. This is the updated and expanded edition that came out a decade after the original and it has so much more as well as updated pages for inspiration since tools and techniques have changed somewhat. A great reference for anyone to have on hand!
Adolf Eichmann was a Nazi commander in charge of emptying Europe of its Jews. He commanded the transportation of Jews from their homes to the ghettos to the camps and to their extermination. He was an essential part of the Final Solution to the Jewish Problem. At the end of WWII, he escaped Germany and ended up in Buenos Ares, Argentina. He lived there in freedom for 15 years before he was identified by a local girl and her Jewish father. Israel was contacted and soon a team of Mossad agents where in Buenos Ares with a plan to capture Eichmann and bring him back to Israel to stand trial. This is their story. It is a compelling story of how the Israelis tracked down Eichmann, confirmed his identity, captured him, and secreted him out of Argentina. The trial of Adolf Eichmann brought the story of the Holocaust into the public consciousness. Survivors were able to tell their stories and the world was ready to listen. This trial was a turning point in the story of the Jews. It is a powerful story and one I hadn’t heard before. Definitely worth the read.
Wow! If you think Tina Fey’s humor is scathing, you need to check out Joan Rivers. I’d heard snippets of her on TV years ago, and didn’t think she was all that much. But I heard another snippet more recently and all I can say is OUCH! Well, I do find her funny, well mostly, some of her numbers are pretty harsh. But she does direct a lot of the really nasty stuff at herself. And by nasty I mean in both senses of the word, more offensive terminology and raunchy scenes than perhaps anyone else (though often I can’t understand the words of some of the raunchier comics, so I don’t bother). She is entirely shameless and unapologetic.
Another downloadable title, that wouldn’t have been my first choice of something to read, but hey it was available and looked interesting. It was a bit slow to start and I put it down, then didn’t have anything else on my tablet, came back to it, and it got better. She details her life and experiences infused with her social commentary humor.The best piece was her SNL skit as Sarah Pallin, so funny!
Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman and his experiences during World War II. His son Art listens to the story in order to create this book. Along the way we learn not only what happened to Vladek before the war and how he met his with Anja, but also during the war and after they came to America. Vladek’s story is not dissimilar to other Holocaust survivors in that he survived and most of those he knew did not. He was very good at working the system and always finding the best possible way to survive. His story of survival is at times hard to read but not as hard has his present life. Vladek as an old man has lost the confidence and gusto he had as a youth. He hoards things and doesn’t get along with his second wife Mala who he believes is after his money (we don’t really learn if she was or not). He and his son Art love each other but have a hard time being with each other. You get the sense that Vladek wants nothing more than to be with his son and Art wants nothing more than to not be there because his father drives him crazy. He would drive me crazy as well, but I also felt very sorry for him. I was moved by how personal this story ended up being. I thought it was going to be just an Holocaust survivor’s tale, but it ended up being so much more. It is really about the relationship between a father and son both racked with survivor’s guilt. Vladek because he survived when so many others didn’t and Art because he never suffered. It is a deeply moving story and well worth the read.
I loved this book! If you liked Replay by Ken Grimwood, or the Time Traveler’s Wife by Niffenegger, or Singing the Dog Star Blues by Allison Goodman or even the movie Groundhogs Day, you need to read this book. Protagonist Samatha Kingston, part of the popular and MEAN girls at her highschool repeatedly lives through an eventful Friday trying to get it right. You see her grow from a shallow, rationalizing unlikeable character to a deeper person, who comprehends what it means to live life well. I so wish they’d make a movie from this book. I could read this book a couple of times.
His breed, Llewellyn English Setter, was known for being a bird dog. His master Sam Van Arsdale sent him to a kennel for training, but Jim decided that unless there were birds about, he saw no need to alert his trainer. The trainer noted that he was a smart dog of unusual intelligence because in the heat of the day with no birds about, Jim decided to seek shade rather than run about in the fields. This was only the beginning of Jim’s demonstration of his intelligence.
Mr. Van Arsdale tested Jim quite frequently in front of various audiences. He asked Jim to identify people with certain hair color, specific colored clothing, and people who were skeptics in the crowd. Jim never failed a test.
This book details many instances where Jim performed unfailingly throughout his twelve year life.
His life is celebrated in Marshall, Missouri where he lived most of those years. In 1999, the town built and dedicated a park in Jim’s honor.
This book is a nice piece of Missouri animal history.
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.
While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.