Wednesday, October 10, 2007

TEMPTING TITLES - New Nonfiction (2 of 4)

Here are more new nonfiction books that have arrived or are coming to the Glendale Public Library. To get to the catalog record of any book where you can place an online hold click on the image or the book title.
Taz, the blog dog, is back. See below --

"A Tennessee radio producer and on-air personality, Evins has been "collecting words, phrases, and expressions" for decades, and even self-published a version of this book nearly 15 years ago ... In clear, brief and tidy prose, Evins provides interesting, occasionally fascinating tidbits for one English idiom after another, making this a small treasure trove for word-junkies, crossword puzzlers and other armchair linguists." (Publisher's Weekly)

Word Origins: and how we know them; etymology for everyone by Anatoly Liberman

"Most popular books of etymology are essentially dictionaries of alphabetically organized common or colorful words and phrases as well as the entertaining histories behind them. Liberman's work, in contrast, is an amusing, scholarly stroll through the art, science, and detective work of etymology, illuminating the origins of hundreds of words along the way. For levity, he styles his chapter titles in the manner of 18th-century comic novels ("Chapter Eleven in which history pretends to raise its veil, or Coinages by Known Individuals"). (Library Journal)

And just for fun browsing, and not exactly new but all good, if you love looking up things as much as I do, here's a slew of recent Oxford books about words and sayings.

The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

"Allusions form a colourful extension to the English language, drawing on literature, current affairs, mythology, and comic strips to give us a literary shorthand for describing people, places, and events. This book covers thousands of allusions. A browser's delight."-- (Book jacket)

Idioms are those words or phrases that are used without thinking by native speakers but to a foreign speaker make no sense when they first hear it used. What can someone new to English think when we say something has "gone to the dogs?"

The Oxford Dictionary of Slang

Books of slang are always fun to read, and this one is no exception. More of a thesaurus for its division into subject categories, this little reference gathers over 10,000 slang words from Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. (Library Journal)

Dewey Decimal 500s (Sciences)

Avoid Boring People: lessons from a life in science, by James D. Watson.

"Now in his late 70s, [Nobel Prize–winning] Watson chronicles his life from birth through middle age. Vintage Watson: brash, bumptious, brilliant—and never boring." (Kirkus)

"There's much that is entertaining and historically revealing, and Watson still knows how to deliver a delicious skewering." (Publishers Weekly)

Apollo's Fire: a day on Earth in nature and imagination, by Richard Sims.

“’What could be more poetic than the bare facts of the cosmos?’ asks Sims, an acclaimed science writer with a flair for giving reality the luster of myth. Here he takes a single day and guides readers through the history of what we know, and what we've imagined, about sunrises, clouds and other natural phenomena. (Publishers Weekly)

"A walk with an erudite and entertaining docent through the most marvelous of museums." (Kirkus)

Dewey Decimal 600s (Medicine, technology, home economics, gardening, pets)

Merle's Door: lessons from a freethinking dog by Kerasote, Ted

"Wilderness writer Kerasote finds his place in the pack with the help of a sociable dog.While camping with friends along the San Juan River, the author was approached by an emaciated Labrador retriever-mix. Merle, as the stray would come to be named, "looked back to the shore, and let out a resigned sigh—I was to learn that he was a great sigher." Then he boarded Kerasote's raft. At journey's end, the author took Merle home to Kelly, Wyo., a half-mile square of private land nestled among Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge and the Gros Ventre Wilderness. In this idyllic corner of the West, the two find love (both human and canine) and friendship, forging a remarkable bond that endures until Merle's death. His passing—and the author's bereavement—are recorded with Kerasote's customary discernment. A thoughtful look at animal intelligence and the human-dog connection." (Kirkus)

"Four Woofs." - (Taz, the blog dog.)

Cat Women: female writers on their feline friends edited by Megan McMorris

'McMorris collects 29 well-crafted and enjoyable short essays that often focus on how the writer's cat (or cats) has affected her love life—both for better and worse. This collection will appeal to all those (especially women) already seduced by the enigmatic feline.' (Publishers Weekly)

"Well, if you have to ... three ecumenical woofs." (Taz, the blog dog.)

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