Thumbs up for Up Front by Bill Mauldin. History.
Bill Mauldin was a cartoonist working for U. S. Army papers during WWII. This book collects many of his cartoons, along with his thoughts. He is, appropriately for his topic, a plainspoken man who told the horrible truths about things. He is also sometimes very funny: as the best tellers of horrible truths always seem to be.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. Science.
Yet another book in the guy-does-weird-stuff-in-order-to-write-about-it genre? I had low expectations. And yet: I really enjoyed this book, and furthermore, I feel like I got quite a bit out of it. Originally setting out to do nothing more than write a short magazine piece on the 2005 USA Memory Championships, Foer gets sucked into training for, and competing, in the next year’s event.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. Nonfiction/autobiography.
Jenny Lawson – aka The Bloggess – would be the first person to admit that she is absolutely insane. But if you’re going to be insane, you might as well do great things with it: Like making people laugh so hard they cry. People like me.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Other Side of the Dale by Gervase Phinn. Nonfiction/Autobiography.
Easy to read vacation book, pleasant but forgettable. Read Herriot instead.
‘Now that is serious. Never neglect your love life, Gervase. You cannot beat the love of a good woman. Wherever would I be without my Lila – my long-suffering wife of twenty-eight years.
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Thumbs up for Night by Elie Wiesel, translated by Marion Wiesel. Nonfiction/autobiography.
I think I will let Wiesel speak for himself, in words from his introduction:
Sometimes I am asked if I know “the response to Auschwitz”; I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don’t even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response.
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Thumbs up for A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. Food.
A quick-reading, sweet book with luscious recipes and some not-too-sappy reminiscences of family and life. Already a fan of Orangette, Molly Wizenberg’s blog, I was looking forward to this, and it did not disappoint. Light reading, but very enjoyable.
“For one thing. she’s quite petite; barely over five feet tall. ‘Five feet and three-quarter inches,’ actually, is what she would tell you.
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Two thumbs up for Just A Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton. Memoir.
If you are a geek, you just grinned, because you already read WWdN. If you are not a geek, you said to yourself: “Who is Wil Wheaton? And why doesn’t he spell his name with two L’s, like a normal person?” Is okay.… >> Read more