Thursday, October 11, 2007

TEMPTING TITLES - New Nonfiction (3 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.

More Taz, the blog dog. See below --

Dewey Decimal 700s (Art, music, entertainment, sports)

Coltrane: the story of a sound, by Ben Ratliff

"Ratliff, the jazz critic for the New York Times, isn't interested in simply retelling the biographical facts of John Coltrane's life. Instead, he analyzes how the saxophone player came to be regarded as “the last major figure in the evolution of jazz.” Always going past the legend to focus on the real-life stories and the actual recordings, Ratliff's assessment is a model for music criticism." (Publishers Weekly)

Carlisle Vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle, by Lars Anderson.

"Before Jim Thorpe had his Olympic medals taken away, before Dwight Eisenhower became president and before Glenn "Pop" Warner became synonymous with Little League football, all three men tore up the gridiron with a reckless abandon that reflected their single-minded, Type-A personalities…Gripping, inspiring coverage of three powerful forces' unforgettable convergence: the sports version of The Perfect Storm." (Kirkus)

Dewey Decimal 800s (Literature)

The Science of Stephen King: from Carrie to Cell, the terrifying truth behind the horror master's fiction by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg

"Gresh (senior science writer, Univ. of Rochester) and Weinberg are popular and prolific authors who have separately published many works of fiction and nonfiction and have collaborated on seven books. Their aim here is to relate Stephen King's novels, stories, and films to their literary and cinematic precursors as well as to the pop science and pseudoscience that underpin them. Thus, we get a chapter discussing string theory and the plot details of The Dark Tower and another chapter discussing the Drake equation (How many intelligent races are out there in the universe?) and the plot details of The Tommyknockers. (Library Journal)

At Large and At Small: familiar essays by Anne Fadiman

"Starred Review. Fadiman, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall, makes a bold claim: "I believe the survival of the familiar essay is worth fighting for." The "familiar essays" that Fadiman champions and writes are in the mold of the early 19th century, rather than critical or personal works as we've come to know them. Her essays combine a personal perspective with a far-reaching curiosity about the world, resulting in pieces that are neither so objective the reader can't see the writer behind them nor too self-absorbed. And spending some time with Fadiman is a pure delight. She loves the natural world and taxonomies of all kinds .." (Publishers Weekly)

Note: Anne Fadiman, who called herself an autodidact, (self learner, a frequent library user), is the daughter of the great polymath Clifton Fadiman about whom I rhapsodized in This Week in Reading (May 13-19). Her earlier book, Ex Libris: confessions of a common reader is also a great read for any bibliophile.

Taz, the Blog Dog, was found today lying in this corner of the 800s with his paws over these three books.

"Dogs live life with a joy and abandon most humans envy. This book of sayings and dog-isms will give you a glimpse into the canine psyche. It will amuse, and maybe inspire-no, probably just amuse readers. Rubino's illustrations are equally funny. A fool and his half a sandwich are soon parted. If you love something, set it free. If it comes back it's yours. If it doesn't come back, bark and bark and then bark and bark and just bark and bark and bark and bark and bark." (Book summary)

"Cat lovers will enjoy this and cat haters will have all their fears confirmed - your cat is smarter than you, is better than you, and is plotting something sinister. Includes illustrations. People say, a thousand years ago cats were worshipped as gods. That implies this is no longer the case. Aren't people CUTE when they're in denial?" (Book summary)

"Celebrating all things canine, a heartwarming anthology of writings about dogs draws from the best in English and American literature to include such works as The Call of the Wild by Jack London, "To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles M. Schulz's "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy," and other works by Margaret Truman, O. Henry, and others." (Publisher's summary)

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