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A Dog’s Eye View

I just finished listening to, the “The Art of Racing In the Rain”  by Garth Stein on a Recorded Books CD.  Awesome story!  The book features the musings of Enzo, an evolved mutt who is sure that once he leaves his doggie life behind, he will be reborn as a man.  He saw it on a National Geographic special on TV and surely NatGeo wouldn’t lie!

When Enzo is not filling up his days watching TV, (the Speed Channel being a particular favorite) he is commenting on the peculiarties of his human family, Denny, Eve and Zoe with wry humor.  Denny is trying to pursue his dream of becoming a race car driver while he and Eve are raising daughter Zoe.  When the family is struck by tragedy, Enzo, who is the only one who knows the truth, finds himself horribly frustrated by his inability to assist Denny.

Poignant, funny and a great read for race fans and dog lovers.

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Sometimes I get it right…

It’s hard to buy books.  I know people will say, how can it be hard to buy books?  That has got to be the best job in the world!  But what people don’t realize is that there is a lot of pressure that goes along with it, especially when your budget is limited.  I do all kinds of studies and analysis every couple of years because I’m paranoid I’m not buying the right stuff.  For a book to languish on a shelf unread is a librarian’s greatest fear and failure.

 However sometimes it’s a slam dunk.

I almost didn’t buy “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking” by  Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.   I thought to myself, who in the heck going to make cheddar sage panini at home, when you can trot right down to Wegman’s?  It’ll just sit on the shelf and take up space.  But then I thought about it, well Weggie’s has yummy bread but it a tad expensive and if it only takes five minutes…

Long story short, the book arrived at the library a couple of days ago and this morning I opened the D&C to find a full page article in the Living section about the “Artisan Bread” book.

I was soooo excited.  I guessed right. We are the only small library to own it and all six copies in the system are checked out or on hold.  Money well spent and thanks to the D&C for the free advertising!

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meteorological mayhem

The tornadoes that struck the south last week were awful.  I was just reading about them on the Weather Channel website and the expert Dr. Greg Forbes said it was the most deadly outbreak since May 31st 1985 when a series of tornadoes killed 76 people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.I lived in Ohio at the time and remember that day vividly. 

Growing up in a tornado prone area, weather has always frightened and fascinated me. Dr. Forbes’ mention of the 1985 tornadoes made me remember an excellent book about that day.   “Tornado Watch #211” by John G. Fuller.  It is a factual account about a deadly tornado outbreak from the perspective of the weather offices, the news media, public safety and the people in the path of the storm.  It is a very easy read, not boring or overly technical and it gets very personal about the lives of those effected by the storm. 

Highly recommended for weather buffs.

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20th Century Ghosts

I promise to try and be a better blogger. I haven’t really written about anything but expansion and even that was sporadic.   I thought it would be fun to share some books and videos that I’ve read or watched or listened too.  I love books on CD because I have a long commute, so I do a lot of my “reading” that way these days.

In the player now… 20th Century Ghosts

“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories, some conventional spook stories, others just strange, by Joe Hill. Hill is also the author of the creepy, rock n roll fable  “Heart Shaped Box”, it was a very dark book, but in a good way.  It had the oppressive atmosphere of the Collinwood mansion in the old “Dark Shadows” TV show.  Minus the vampires though, but with some very nasty ghosts.

 Another story concerns a boy whose best friend is inflatable.  In the story “Pop Art” the boy describes his friendship with Art the inflatable boy and the difficulties and dangers Art faces living in a world were the tiniest scratch can mean deflation and death.  It’s a very absurd premise, but also a very touching story of how far friends will go for each other.

In, “They Will Hear the Locust Sing” he writes about a boy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant locust,the torn remnants of his human skin dangling limply across his bed.  Instead of horror, the boy thrilled at his transfromation and excited to turn his new powers upon his peers.

Joe is a sick puppy.  You wonder how he comes up with this stuff and does he live in a house that is all painted black inside with mysterious locked rooms?  He seems to have quite a sensitive nose, he loves to mention how things ‘reek’.  The word appears in at least three of  four stories in “Ghosts” so far.

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