Facehooked

FacehookedTitle: Facehooked
Author: Suzana E. Flores
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: two-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: The anecdotes in this book were fascinating but the information was both obvious enough to be boring and not obvious enough to justify the nearly complete lack of citations.

I love books about the way technology affects our lives, so I was excited to hear what psychologist Suzana Flores thought about the way Facebook can influence our mental health. After noticing that many of her clients had Facebook related complaints, Dr. Flores began interviewing people specifically about their experiences with Facebook.  In Facehooked, she shares many of the stories she heard, discusses some of the problems she believes Facebook can cause, and offers some advice for fighting bad Facebook habits. Continue reading

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Jane Austen Cover to Cover

Jane Austen Cover to CoverTitle: Jane Austen Cover to Cover
Author: Margaret C. Sullivan
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: An interesting and beautiful book which would make a great gift for the Austen fan in your life – even if that’s yourself!
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Well-Written Fiction in Mini-Reviews

Well-Written Fiction in Mini-ReviewsTitle: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Author: Anthony Marra
Rating: five-stars
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This is one of those books where the writing is so beautiful, I feel like the writing in my review will be inadequate to describe it. If I could tell you exactly how the author achieved the effects he did, I’d be a best-selling author myself. Instead, I can only give you my impressions. The writing was very concise but every word the author used seemed meaningful and carefully chosen. The author often repurposed common words and phrases to give them fresh meanings which made me think about the world in new ways. The author also juxtaposed the poignantly sorrowful and upliftingly hopeful in a way that made my heart ache. If I haven’t convinced you to pick this up, I hope you’ll at least check out the many other rave reviews in hopes they’ll convince you instead. Continue reading

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Lives in Ruins

Lives in RuinsTitle: Lives in Ruins
Author: Marilyn Johnson
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: This fun romp through the world of archaeology is perfect for anyone who shares my love of learning about different professions.

I love learning about other professions, so Marilyn Johnson’s exploration of the world of archaeology was my kind of book. She joins a kind of archaeology boot camp, participates in digs, attends conferences, and interviews many archeologists. While she does focus on the more interesting and glamorous parts of the profession, she also makes it clear that the profession is hard and that steady jobs are rare. She also does a good job conveying the difficulties many archeologists face in finding public support for the preservation of important sites and their passion for the job.
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In Translation

In TranslationTitle: In Translation
Author: Esther Allen, Susan Bernofsky
Source: Library
Rating: four-stars
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Summary: Despite a somewhat academic tone, most of these essays addressed questions I found fascinating as a lay reader of translations in an accessible but thought-provoking way.

I’ve loved almost all of the translated work I’ve read and even those which aren’t my favorite have been enjoyable for their novelty, so I was excited to pick up this anthology of essays by translators about their work. The first essay was a bit a of a let down though, too academic and abstract for my taste. Fortunately, very few essays in the collection had this flaw.  Essay two, for example, provided immediate gratification with a discussion of the way translations are allowed to flout literary conventions, which resonated with me as one of my favorite features of the genre. Continue reading

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Nonfiction November Week 4 Wrap Up

cork w booksWe made it everyone! Although I’m sad to be wrapping up Nonfiction November today, I had a fantastic time and I hope you all did too. I always love seeing nonfiction reviews from other book bloggers, so reading everyone’s posts and reviews this month was a real joy for me. This past week, we topped off our month long celebration of nonfiction with a look back at all the books we added to our to-read lists throughout the month. Like Kim said for the first week, recapping everything from every post would be overwhelming, so below I’m going to share with you one book each blogger added to their TBR. Continue reading

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The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book ClubTitle: The End of Your Life Book Club
Author: Will Schwalbe
Source: Gift
Rating: five-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: This was a beautiful story which I found both inspirational and moving.

Will Schwalbe and his mother Mary Anne have always shared a love of reading, but rarely ended up reading the same books until Mary Anne was diagnosed with cancer. Mother and son then started a small, informal book club of two, discussing books while waiting in hospital lobbies. Their conversations were “both wide-ranging and deeply personal” (source) and showed how books can both help us forget ourselves and help us make sense of our own experiences.
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