Library Column – July 19, 2007

The main entertainment lately has turned out to be watching and talking about the weather. Have we had enough thunderstorms yet?

The Friends of the Warren Public Library are hoping that August 11th will be a lovely day because they’ll be out at the Farmers’ Market with a booth full of books. Children’s books, adult books, fiction and non-fiction, paperbacks, and audiobooks.

Book Savvy by Cynthia Lee Katona. This book caught my eye as something to offer to the book clubs of the Mad River Valley. The author discusses why reading is important, approaching the question from multiple viewpoints. She also provides an annotated book list, pointing out what each work offers (fun, suspense, opportunity to understand others, and so on), plus a guide to creating your own reading journal and lots of other helpful bits and pieces. She even notes which books have been turned into movies, in case anyone wants to have a film-book festival.

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon. A murder mystery and a ghost story, mixing small town Vermont with a long-established hippie community. The protagonist, returning to care for her elderly mother has to face her childhood memories of the murder of a friend, along with a new “copycat” murder.

The Journey of Sacagawea (DVD). An attractive production, suitable for older children and adults, explaining who Sacagawea was and how she came to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition as “translateress.” Includes the Native American point of view on her life, background and experiences, which adds an interesting strand to a well-known story. Gorgeous scenery, of course!

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman. We have the original edition of the book and the much expanded edition on audio CD (20 disks). Thought provoking analysis of how the world is changing, why it changed, some of the hazards ahead, and what we can do to survive. Well worth reading or listening to (side note, I found the reader a bit irritating, he tries to do accents for all the different people Friedman interviews, sigh!).

Bidding for Love by Katie Fforde. Fun and romance at a struggling auction house in rural England.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D. An excellent and very readable book exploring why and how doctors go wrong in diagnosis and what patients can do to help them get it right. Highly recommended for doctors and patients!

See you at the library!

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