Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Outside of a Dog, #2

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
Welcome to the second installment of our bi-weekly book recommendations column! This time, we're focusing on great nonfiction books!
Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding our Families by Mary Pipher
306.85907 P WAM
Mary Pipher is well- known for her best selling book Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (2005). In this book she turns her attention to why family life in our culture seems so fragmented and difficult. Pipher offers insights and suggestions on why families feel so rushed and stressed these days. She discusses the impact of television viewing, work schedules, and leisure activities on our daily lives. She delves into some practical solutions and offers up some innovative suggestions on using our time and technology to enhance and enrich our lives and our family life.

Firehouse by David Halberstam
974.71 H WCV
Amid the hundreds of titles that were published in the wake of September 11th, this is one that definitely stand out as particularly engrossing, well written, and true to the times and events. It is a slim but no less extremely poignant and powerful story that graphically details the enormous loss that one particular fire station in Manhattan suffered on that fateful day.

Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies by Mark C. Carnes
791.4365 P WAM
For someone who loves movies and enjoys history, this book is a treasure. It describes over fifty historical films including Gone with the Wind, A Man for All Seasons, Bonnie and Clyde, and All the President’s Men. It then tells us what Hollywood and history have in common. It offers up additional titles for background reading in the spirit of the Library of Congress’s Read More About It program of several years ago. It’s a real gem. Unfortunately, it was published in 1995 and I can only hope there is an updated edition in the works very soon.

Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found by Don Snyder
Bio Snyder SBL
If you ever feel like you're losing your appreciation for your chosen career path or are suffering the despondent feelings due to an unexpected job loss, this book might offer some solace and maybe even inspiration. Mr. Snyder’s biographical account of his carefree years as a college professor, how he lost that golden job, and his desperate struggles to find another is quite an eye opener. He doesn’t spare himself or his readers. His honest look back at his own arrogance and ignorance and his final realization of just how important work is to all of us is thought provoking and provocative.

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