January 19, 2010

UMF's Spring Semester starts today so our clear duty is to interview one of the university's outstanding new faculty members, Psychology professor Karol Maybury.

KB: Karol one often hears the rationale from parents and teachers regarding rotten books that kids like that "at least they're reading." Do you buy that?
Karol: My goodness that's a good question. I'm of the mindset, if I may use a junk food metaphor, that I don't mind my kids having a happy meal once in a while, so a little junk is okay, but a steady diet is not healthy. And I think modeling reading all kinds of literature, fun literature, serious literature, inter-generational reading, is very important. Also important is reading the books you loved as a child with your children, kids associate that with comfort, snuggling up and reading together might be a way over that barrier.
KB: Your last port of call was Sandwich Massachusetts where I know that you were a patron of Titcomb's Bookshop, run by my friend Vicky Uminowicz.  It is broadly known in the book industry that Vicky wields potent, arcane powers. Did you ever see evidence of that, or is that kept hidden from customers?
Karol: I saw evidence of that all the time. Vicky is a marvelous human being. She used her powers to draw a tremendous number of national and international authors to little old Sandwich.
KB: Wow! What about reports that she animates the statue out front to work in the store when they're short staffed?
Karol: I've seen the statue dressed up in different garb, but I've never seen it animated, though I wouldn't put it past Vicky.
KB: What book, if you heard a friend disparage it, would make you rethink your friendship?
Karol: Probably To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. That's just such an important book about human goodness and the importance of protecting the least powerful, most vulnerable human beings in our society. That would be a show stopper for the friendship! .
KB: Thanks Karol!

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University
By Menand, Louis
2010-01 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393062755 - Hardcover
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Though a Harvard English professor by trade, Menand, whose The Metaphysical Club won the Pulitzer Prize in History, takes an historical approach to argue that, for all its surface changes, American Higher education has become remarkably fixed over the last hundred years in its core philosophy. ...More

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy
By Stiglitz, Joseph
2010-01 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393075960 - Hardcover
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With the economy making life miserable on a broad scale, books on the subject, ranging from analysis, historical perspective, and finger pointing, have been piling in. Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, stands out amidst the avalanche, however, for his sharp and clear analysis, and intriguing perspective. ...More

The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery

The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
By Ruiz, Don Miguel
2010-01 - Amber-Allen Publishing
9781878424686 - Hardcover
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The Ruiz' big release is a follow up to Don Miguel's best selling The Four Agreements, a book of Toltec wisdom. Does The Fifth Agreement, offering as it does a re-examination of the four agreements, as well as presenting a fifth, contain 20% more wisdom? There's only one way to find out. ...More

Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

Last of the Donkey Pilgrims
By O'Hara, Kevin
2005-02 - Forge
9780765309846 - Paperback
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Let's face it, books with donkeys on the cover have a leg up in the world. O'Hara's travelogue, relating his circling of Ireland on foot with a donkey, is no exception. Originally published in 2004, it is being released in paperback at last. ...More

When You Reach Me



When You Reach Me
By Stead, Rebecca
2009-07 - Wendy Lamb Books
9780385737425 - Hardcover
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The 2010 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners were announced yesterday. The Newbery Award went to a wonderful and deserving book, When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. Here's a great review of it from bookseller Suzanna Hermans.

Review: Oh, how I loved this book. Why did I love it? First, the choice to set it in 1979. By setting the book in the past, Stead has done away with the distractions of internet and cell phones, and allowed the characters to be the most important part of her story. Don't worry - the book certainly doesn't have a 70s feel, except for a few references to The $20,000 Pyramid TV show and Bit-O-Honey candy. The second thing I loved about it was how she took a fairly simple story about friendship and growing up in NYC and turned it into magic. There's just the right amount of magic in this book. (I won't give away the secret in case you haven't read it.) It makes this book perfect for kids who don't like fantasy (because there's just a little hint of it) and perfect for kids who do love fantasy (because there's just enough of it that they'll get totally into it). The third reason I loved this book is it's constant references to Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. If a kid hasn't read it yet, reading this book will make him or her run out to pick it up. (Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music) ...More

The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & the Mouse
By Pinkney, Jerry
2009-09 - Little, Brown Young Readers
9780316013567 - Hardcover
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The Caldecott Award winner is also a terrific book. Our own Karen West declared that this wordless book is a "brilliant pictorial retelling of the age-old tale of the Lion and the Mouse and the kindness they show one another. From cover to cover this book is beautiful for the eyes and the spirit." ...More

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