Library Column – October 19, 2006

My reviews this week include contributions from other readers: one by Clare Duplace, our children’s librarian and another by my 3 year-old grandson who isn’t a reader (yet), but he does like books about trains, trucks, cranes and especially cement mixers. I’ve also included three DVDs, 2 public service films and a documentary.


Please try to return your library materials to the right library. We frequently receive materials actually belonging to Joslin Memorial Library, Warren School, Kellogg-Hubbard Library and so forth, especially through the book drop. Thanks!We have our new bookmarks, featuring our new logo! Come in and borrow a book or two to wrap around your choice of bookmark color: green, cream or gold.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (DVD) by Judy Irving. A charming documentary focusing on an eccentric outsider who befriends a flock of displaced wild parrots in San Francisco. Just plain fun, with occasional thought provoking moments.

Delivering Justice: Identity Crisis (DVD) from the US Postal Inspection Service. A short film about identity theft, based on the true story of a criminal who was caught and convicted. Won’t win an Oscar, but fairly entertaining AND enlightening.

Delivering Justice: Nowhere to Run (DVD) from the US Postal Inspection Service. Similar to the film above, but this one is about criminals who sell fake stocks and other goodies over the phone, mostly to the vulnerable elderly. I was startled to discover that many of these operations are run from Canada or
Mexico and the arrests require cross-border cooperation. The criminal in this film was captured in

Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World edited by Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow.  This incredibly inspiring book is a collection of essays written by those at the forefront of the movement towards change, not only in our school systems, but in the way that we live on this earth. Contributing writers include David Orr, Fritjof Capra and Wendell Berry. The topics discussed include “Rethinking School Lunch” and “Helping Children Fall In Love With The Earth: Environmental Education And The Arts.”  I can honestly say that this book was one of the best books I have ever read, and by the time I finished it, it resembled a pack of post-it notes! (review by Clare Duplace)

The World to Come by Dara Horn.  An insignificant little man steals a painting by Marc Chagall from an exhibit in New York City in this unusual second novel from a young writer. The book moves widely in time and space and skips in and out of  “reality.”

The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King. A new addition to her Kate Martinelli series with an odd murder of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado. Well written, thoughtful mystery.

Machines at Work by Byron Barton. (Review by Loren Stephens, Deborah’s 3 year-old grandson.) I really, really need this book. Don’t take it back to your library!

I’ll see you at the library.


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