Monday, February 21, 2011

WBD Survey 4

More recommendations from our World Book Day survey - hop on board here....

Dana Huff: Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly
I haven't read a book lately that grabbed me so quickly and wouldn't let go like Revolution. It's a great story with great pop culture references, a smart heroine, and interesting locales.

Eloise-Louise: How To Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
The title is, I assume humorous. How to Cook, How to Play Cribbage, How to Live to a Hundred...  How to Live is based on the life and writings of the 16th century essayist Michel de Montaigne.  Montaigne, his life, his times and the philosophy of his Essays are explored by Sarah Bakewell in  a witty and readable way. This book is highly entertaining and quite persuasive about the big questions. Montaigne loved to think about how to die - ironic in terms of the title! This was my favourite part of the book. It seems he was the first person to write about everyday life and his own feelings in an intimate way.

@fboss: A Teaspoon and an Open Mind - The Science of Dr. Who by Michael White

Great combination of fact-based science and thoughts on what might be - and you can't top the Dr.

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