Book review

Book Review: Making Time

What a read! Put aside your impressions of Cheaper by the Dozen and read about the real Lillian Moller Gilbreth. For a biography, I found this book to be quite engaging and easy to read. The author does a great job of presenting her research in a fluid and readable way. I really enjoyed it.
Lillian Moller Gilbreth did do it all.

Book Review: A Whole New Mind

This is another one of those books that Dan bought from his builder's show book list that I read and gave him the review. It isn't my normal cup of tea, but at the same time, I kept wanting to read more. He talks about how certain fields of industry are suffering because computers can do their work faster, or it can be outsourced to Asia for cheaper. So, he gives a practical guide for making sure that doesn't happen to you, and hints on how to get ahead in your field with his six "abilities." Which are: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. At the end of each chapter he has a little "portfolio" of books to read, excersizes to do (like certain museums to attend), and websites to visit to strengthen those areas in your life. I think having a background in psychology made this even more interesting, but it's a book that everyone would get something out of. I hope Timothy and Vernon read it and let me know what they think.

Book Review: The Paradox of Choice

This isn't the typical book I would pick up for easy reading, but it was on Dan's desk and I was bored, so I opened it up. It proved to be more interesting than I thought, and I finished it in two days.

Book Review: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

I found this to be one of the most inspiring books I have read in a long time. His life story is not only unbelievable, but miraculous. He is a very religious humble man and it was refreshing to read of all his amazing stories with him giving God all of the credit. It is a very easy and interesting read that I found hard to put down.

Book Review: In a Sunburned Country

Absolutely hilarious! Funny, informative, and thorough, Bryson is fantastic. I hope to include more reviews of his books very soon!

Book Review: Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Hearing this woman talk about food is almost as good as eating it yourself-- and I'd never heard of half the dishes she reviews! Her initial search for characters to play is intriguing, as are her self-discoveries while in character. The only reason this books doesn't get top marks is because it runs out of steam by the end, without a real coherent point. But this is a memoir, and life is like that sometimes, so maybe that's not much of a criticism. I'll add more after we review it at book club next month!

Book Review: His Excellency George Washington

Whether or not you enjoy history, you must admit that Joseph Ellis can turn a phrase. He skillfully builds the story of George Washington's public life without the mundane details that can quickly mire a biography.

Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada

This is being made into a movie, and I can see why: I think it was written exactly for this purpose! There are all the requisite plot developments and obsession with trendiness to make this an instant teen hit (though how they'll get around the language used in the book remains to be seen), but I hope it doesn't make a smash.

Book Review: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

One of the most inspiring stories I've read in a long time. This mother's irrepressible optimism and quick wit remind me of Sister Hinckley, and her determination and dedication remind me both of Mom Mauery and and my own mother. Makes me want to stop complaining and find the fun in life -- every minute of it!

Book Review: Holes

Most compelling stories contain some sort of "heroic" epic, in which the audience follows the protaganist's symbolic physical journey through actual growth and change. In Holes, we follow the unlikely Stanley Yelnats.

Book Review: Straight Man

Fantastically funny! Russo's depiction of a fractious English department is bang-on and completely hilarious. One of the few books I've read again and again. And it's got a goose -- what more could you ask for?

Book Review: Peace Like A River

Absolutely fantastic. This family dynamic is one you won't soon forget. May we all have a storyteller like Swede in our lives.

Book Review: Life of Pi

I found it to be a very amusing book. Don't read the publisher's words above because it gives away too much information. I am not sure that I agree with the author's conclusions completely (too Ghandi-esque for me) but a colorful yarn is much more interesting to tell and to hear than the boring old doldrums that is far too often the truth.

It was a little bit gory in a few of the details of his survival, but overall, I would say this was a fun read for any young adult. Or even someone as old as me. :)