Review: The Odyssey

August 3, 2015 Uncategorized 7

Review: The OdysseyTitle: The Odyssey
Author: Homer, George Herbert Palmer, Robert Squillace
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: Call me uncultured, but I hated this story for the slow pace, repetitive writing, and reliance on divine intervention.

As you probably know, The Odyssey is the tale of Odysseus’s long (20 years!) and perilous journey home after the Trojan War. What you might not know is that his story is framed by that of his son, who goes looking for Odysseus and only returns home after his father. Odysseus faces a cyclops, a hydra, and lots of the gods’ wrath before he gets home. His son mostly does a lot of feasting, getting gifts and riding around in chariots. Both men are in danger when they return home though, fighting off angry suitors seeking to marry Odysseus’s wife in his absence. Read more »

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Kicking off Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club!

August 1, 2015 Uncategorized 4

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Welcome everyone to the first virtual meeting of Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club! I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to love the social aspects of blogging. I’ve also been on a real nonfiction kick lately, so I’m thrilled to get to discuss some great nonfiction with you. For our inaugural meeting, we’ll be reading Mary Roach’s Packing For Mars.  There are a ton of ways to participate so hopefully everyone who wants to can find something that works for them. Read more »

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Nonfiction About Death and Medicine in Mini-Reviews

July 30, 2015 non-fiction, Science 7

Nonfiction About Death and Medicine in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author: Mary Roach
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

 

It took Mary Roach giving a talk in Syracuse, NY to get me to finally pick up one of her highly praised books. I’m happy to confirm, it was as awesome as everyone says! Roach has an incredible talent for finding the interesting in the ordinary. She made me think about things I already knew in new ways and taught me more fun facts than I know what to do with. I was particularly impressed by her ability to pursue interesting digressions without derailing the story. I also thought she did a great job being funny, without being irreverent to the dead. I will strongly recommend against reading this while eating. It’s not for the faint of heart! The worst parts for me were some the animal experiments, which I did sometimes think included inappropriate humor. Everything else about this was wonderful though and I can’t wait to start her Packing for Mars for the Nonfiction Book Club this weekend! Read more »

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Interview at The Things We Read

July 29, 2015 Uncategorized 4

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Today I’m being interviewed by Bree over at The Things We Read and I owe her a big thank you for asking such great questions! I enjoyed the chance to give shout-outs to a few of the many wonderful bloggers I’ve been following. And her question about books that should be taught in school made me think. Hope over the her blog to check it out!

 

 

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Review: The Woman Who Stole My Life

July 28, 2015 Uncategorized 12

Review: The Woman Who Stole My LifeTitle: The Woman Who Stole My Life
Author: Marian Keyes
Source: NetGalley
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a mix of good and bad that just can’t compete with many, better books in this genre.

“Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer’s block. Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?” (source) Read more »

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Review: Moneyball

July 26, 2015 non-fiction 14

Review: MoneyballTitle: Moneyball
Author: Michael M. Lewis
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This story had a lot of good qualities – an underdog story, fun stats, well written – but felt very shallow to me in terms of content.

“Billy Beane, general manager of MLB’s Oakland A’s … had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that’s smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Beane and his staff, buoyed by massive amounts of carefully interpreted statistical data, believed that wins could be had by more affordable methods such as hitters with high on-base percentage and pitchers who get lots of ground outs. Given this information and a tight budget, Beane defied tradition and his own scouting department to build winning teams of young affordable players and inexpensive castoff veterans.” (Source) Read more »

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Back From Dublin! – Literary Tourism and Photos

July 21, 2015 Uncategorized 24

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You may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately. That’s because… I’ve been in Dublin! I attended a great conference, helped plan a student symposium, met some awesome people, and even had time to go to the library. The National Library of Ireland is a fun little free museum, with exhibits on James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Ireland’s involvement in WWI. I also really enjoyed the neighboring archeology museum, especially the viking exhibits. It gave me so many things I want to go read more about! Read more »

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