A heartwarming story of a sick senior dog who was prepared to live out his last days in a shelter only to be adopted and shown that with enough love and patience life can be worth living again. The author, Tom Ryan, never gave up teaching Will to trust even through the tough times. I recommend this book to anyone who has a special place in their heart for senior dogs.
Gillian's Pick: Tales from the Brothers Grimm
The story goes that a mother of two small boys once asked Albert Einstein how to foster in her sons an interest in science. His answer, so they say: "Read them fairy tales." Why? Because tales of fantasy and imagination encourage us to think abstractly. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, philologists, historians, culled German oral tradition for samples of German dialect and found a wealth of treasure which had been relegated to the nursery by encroaching industrialism and the growth of the middle class. These which had been told by adults to adults, in which, perhaps, the concrete fears and hopes people of all ages would be worked out through the actions of plucky young women and seemingly idiotic youngest sons. There are many fine current translations, but this one is brought further to life by the haunting and humorous illustrations of Gris Grimly.
Annie's Pick: Who Could That Be at This Hour?
New readers and older fans alike will enjoy Who Could That Be At This Hour, the first of Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)'s newer series, All The Wrong Questions. This series follows the character of Lemony Snicket himself during his time as a young apprentice for VFD (the secret society of his prior series) as he works with an utterly useless boss in a mostly abandoned town that is being threatened by a sinister villain called Hangfire.
With a fascinating cast of characters, a mysterious yet adventurous plot, a peculiar setting, and a quirky writing style, I believe this book to be enjoyable for both adults and children.
Luke's Pick: The Fifth Season
Jenny's Pick: Good Omens
Quinn's Pick: The Meme Machine
I find this to be quite a thought provoking read, touching on some of the key considerations when factoring memes into the contemporary political and epistemological landscape.
Richard Dawkins' foreward is an excellent addition to this literary masterpiece, though the reader must have a pretty high IQ to comprehend the scope of topics he addresses. Regardless of where I choose to read this book, the intellectual depth and brevity of this title always transports me to the proverbial armchair of the mind. I recommend this title to any other big-brained, meme philosophers like myself.
The House of Broken Angels
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. The story of the de La Cruzes is the quintessential American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. A novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea.