Friday, April 29, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Johnson heralds this newly evolved librarian as your tour guide through the continuously complex morass of information that has become of the staple of daily life. The typical cybrarian or information specialist is tech savvy to the max and proudly obsessed by all details of a digital nature.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
One of those books is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. O'Brien is a master at capturing detail, nuance and delivering a superbly crafted story. A Vietnam war story, O'Brien goes nowhere near gratuitous violence or gory, grisly scenes, but he still manages to capture the essence of war in a way that made it impossible for me to read and eat at the same time.
Another book I discovered this week was The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Man vs. the enemies of cultivation is the subject of The $64 Tomato, a memoir sure to hit a responsive chord with frustrated farmers like me. If your attempts to grow your own salad have been thwarted by the superior forces of Mother Nature, you'll appreciate William Alexander's account of adopting the life of a gentleman farmer in New York's Hudson River Valley.
To Manhattan transplant Alexander the plan seemed simple enough: put in a kitchen garden and some fruit trees, weed a little, water a little, then sit back and enjoy nature's bounty. But instead of apples and corn he got all-out war, with contractors, plant diseases, bugs of every variety and (of course) deer, ground hogs, rabbits and all sorts of hungry, determined fauna.
Alexander's response to his negative gardening karma is hilarious. When organic solutions don't work he moves on to the hard stuff, including dreaded pesticides, traps, and a 10,000 volt-electric fence. Outsmarting Mother Nature takes up all of his time and most of his money. When he harvests the fruits of his efforts--his glorious heirloom beefsteak tomatoes--and figures the production cost per tomato, the result is an astonishing $64 each.
Still, Alexander's passion for gardening in spite of the odds is endearing, and his responses to horticultural adversity are a hoot. If you're struggling with mealy bugs and javalinas, or even if the local Safeway is as close to a garden as you want to get, this laugh-out-loud book is sure to delight.
Friday, April 1, 2011
The wedding industry tells you that you should desire a "fairytale wedding with a princess dress." They are nice people, right? They're just trying to make your dream day come true (while turning a huge profit). That hand-beaded dress was more than likely made in a sweatshop; making a woman's day in Vietnam not so perfect.
It's impossible to turn on the television without seeing a show about how to make your wedding traditional, yet personalized. How do you do this?
Buy more stuff. But it's not the fairytale we have been lead to believe.
Find One Perfect Day at your library to learn more!
~ Roller Derby Librarian