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Monday, 29 November 2010
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Staff Reading Pick
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Bookcover: Landscape and MemoryHere is another reading pick from the Logan Library Staff.


Book: Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama
Recommended by: Joseph, Nonfiction Librarian
This book is a fascinating treatise on the role nature (specifically wood, water, and rock) has played in Western culture.  Schama, an Art and history professor at Columbia University,  expertly touches on many examples of our environment's influence on our collective memory - everything from Hitler's obsession with the forests of Europe and the battles fought to get Susan B. Anthony on Mount Rushmore, to Western lust for Egyptian obelisks and dance parties held on the massive stumps of California Sequoias in the mid-nineteenth century. This work is also, with its classical layout and type font and its many excellent illustrations, one of the most beautifully designed books I've ever seen.  Highly recommended.


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Posted By Logan Library at 1:48 PM
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Friday, 12 November 2010
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Bookcover: RoomHere is another reading pick from the Logan Library Staff.


Book: Room by Emma Donoghue
Recommended by: Karen, Senior Librarian
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday in the 11 foot square converted shed in the kidnapper's backyard - "room." His mother plans a daring escape using Jack. Following his successful dramatic escape, the real story lies in Jack's entry into a new world. Jack's narration of a world so different than the "room" he lived in during his first five years is funny, sad, and riveting. This story of the loving bond between mother and child even in harrowing circumstances is not to be missed.


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Posted By Logan Library at 11:10 AM
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Friday, 29 October 2010
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Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
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Bookcover: The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsHere is another reading pick from the Logan Library Staff.


Book: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
Recommended by: Kara, Young Adult Librarian
Penelope Wallace's life changes the instant she makes the impulsive decision to share a taxi with society girl Charlotte Ferris. The young women become instant friends as they attend social functions in 1950s London, discuss their love for early Rock & Roll singer Johnnie Ray, and experience romance. Part historical fiction and part coming of age story, this is perfect for anyone who wants a charming read reminiscent of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle.


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Posted By Logan Library at 4:27 PM
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