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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • What We See When We Read
  • Author: Peter Mendelsund
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: Adam's rating: 5 stars

    Call #028.9 Mendelsund

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. Why? Because it's given me a new appreciation for reading and a fresh outlook on life. Mendelsund - book cover artist, classical pianist, and philosopher - illustrates through words and art what goes on when we're reading a book. We think we experience a book like we do a movie, with complete images of the characters and scenes. This reflects our brain's attempt to make sense of the book through synecdoche - where the part refers to the whole. We extrapolate. This is true in books as it's true in life. We only see the world through our eyes, no one else's and we're left with an incomplete and blurry picture.
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  • The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living
  • Author: Nick Ortner
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Need to ILL

    TCL currently does not have the brother's book The Tapping Solution (as of 12/9/2014) so you'll need to ILL (Interlibrary Loan)it. He also has a DVD by the same name. I started with the DVD which followed 10 totally different people with totally different complaints through the process so you could see how it worked. I like the DVD as I'm a visual learner so it was a good introduction for me and there's a section/chapter dedicated solely to explaining the process and how to duplicate on your own.. I then followed with the book just to get more details and the scientific notation of studies.
    I admit that I feel silly doing this - I loathe anything that requires verbal affirmations - but as a life long sufferer of panic disorder I have a rule that I must at least try anything new that comes along. I do have to say after 1 week of tapping I feel less panic so . . .

    FYI - his sister's book by the same title is in the TCL collection. However, it is completely derivative of her brother's book and less successfully so. Her explanations of how the process should be done are lacking and she has no scientific reference like her brother's book. It's like they decided she could put a "chick spin" on the subject and spoon feed it to "ladies". Ugh. And sigh.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • The Fall
  • Author: Albert Camus
  • User Rating: 0
  • Review: TCL Call#

    Byron - 5
    This is the story of a man who easily succeeded at everything, including his ultimate degeneration. I have loved this book from my teen years through today partly due to the rich use of dialog and partly due to the intriguing concept of the story played out as a mystery that leads to a mystery.

    “The Fall” begins with the discovery of a vagrant that is incredibly articulate and sophisticated which points to a mystery of why someone of such high intelligence and experience would be spending their life in such a way. Could it be possible that someone who was able achieve great things simply got tired of success and glory and start experimenting with failure? Or was it that they found a flaw in their character that they couldn't reconcile; philosophical questions to ponder.

    Certainly this book struck a note that has resonated with me and therefore changed my life and my scattered pursuit of excellence; it can certainly help keep your feet on the ground.

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  • The Invention of Wings
  • Author: Sue Monk Kidd
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TCL Call #: F Kidd S

    Cindy W.'s Rating: 3 stars
    Set mostly in ante-bellum Charleston, North Carolina, this novel is based upon the true story of sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke’, who were born into a wealthy, slave-owning Charleston family but who ironically believed, even as children, that slavery was morally wrong. Their compelling story transcends decades, traverses the eastern seaboard, and sheds a spotlight on the abolitionist and feminist movements of the 19th century. The story of Hettie, the slave girl given to Sarah Grimke’ on her eleventh birthday, is even more compelling. Readers who like Civil War historical fiction will probably like this read. I gave it three stars only because the pace slows at times, but I was tempted to give it four.

    Cindy's Rating: 3 stars
    This story follows Hettie Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel opens on Sarah's 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of Hettie, who is to become her handmaid.
    The book follows these 2 characters over the next 35 years of their lives. The chapters alternate between the two voices...Hettie's or Sarah's, which illustrate how linked they both are to the culture of slavery.
    It is based on the true story of Sarah Grimke, one of the early pioneers in the abolition and womens' rights movements.
    I only gave the book 3 stars, however, I think mostly because this book by Sue Monk Kidd came with such a reputation that I was anticipating something much more powerful. Upon reflection, it is a quietly emotional read, and I enjoyed the format, which made it more interesting to read.
    And though you cannot call their struggles equal, both women yearned to be free...Sarah from patriarchy and Southern bigotry and Hetty from the institution of slavery.
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