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- The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make by Dr. Arthur Freeman
- "The earliest lesson most people get on the subject of criticism is just to accept it...Children are taught to believe that when parents, teachers, and other authority figures criticize them, [they] are always right." (p. 103)
- When I started working at the library, I spent a lot of time reading self improvement books (etiquette, manners, how-to-throw-dinner-parties, how to cook, etc) and gradually shifted towards the occasional self-help book. This one, and Don't Take It Personally! are two of the best. I hate when the psychologist/author says something like "add your personability quotient (x) with your score from the predictive compatibility quiz"...and LOVE when the book just tells you, in plain talk and case study examples, how to re-think aspects of your own personality so that you're happier with yourself and others. Who doesn't want to be both?
- Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
- "Lauren Hutton called earlier today to RSVP to Anthony's gala..." (p. 171)
- I'll read anything about someone's dysfunctional, overly rich, eccentric family. Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden is in the top five of my all time favorite books (a branch of the Vanderbilt family tree slowly falls apart during the young, Edward-Gorey obsessed heroine's adolescence). I'm hoping from the reviews this onewill be similarly dark, hilarious, and shabbily opulent?
- Bone Voyage by Stanley Rhine
- "Humans share with all of their mammalian cousins a nifty method of growing bones, epiphyseal. In the young, the bones are ossified nots as a unity, but in pieces." (p. 83)
- I started this book about a year ago, got throught the first two or three chapters, and had to return it because there were some outstanding holds on the book (I think it was on some forensic anthropology course reading list?). I came across it again in the stacks the other day and decided to try again. The grisly, solving-murders stuff appeals to me on an Unsolved Mysteries level, while the stuffiness of some of the technical information is alleviated by the author's intentionally corny-at-times prose style (see the title and the use of the word "nifty" in the passage above). Rhine's business of working primarily with crime scene corpses has not stripped him of his sense of humor! Also, I love learning new medical terms (see me, at dinner parties after a marathon Grey's Anatomy viewing, trying to work in words like "contusion" and "intercranial" into conversation).
- Let's Bring Back by Leslie M.M. Blume
- "Mechanical desks...each desk has all sorts of hidden compartments and secrets, and, by pressing a button, could automatically be changed from a writing desk to something else." ( p. 143)
- #1, I now want a mechanical desk, #2, I agree with just about everything listed in this book as something to be "brought back", from men wearing hats to Sunday picnics. Bid time return! There're probably even some things I haven't heard of that I'll wish would come back in style. If I could only find the time to read the book!
- My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt
- "I sometimes think of Judy in the week her television series recorded its final show in 1964, and wish for a way to reach out to her." (p. 75)
- After reading who knows how many books about Judy Garland (one of my all-time idols), I'm interested to read about someone who's as interested as me! If not way, way more so. From Amazon: "In this unique book, Boyt travels deep into the underworld of hero worship, examining our understanding of rescue, consolation, love, grief, and fame through the prism of Judy. Her journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a munchkin luncheon, a latenight spree at the Minnesota Judy Garland Museum, and a breathless, semi-sacred encounter with Liza Minnelli. " YES?!
- Incidentally, did you guys see Sex and the City 2? I would skip the whole thing entirely, in spite of my (shoe) closeted love for Carrie, except for the small cameo appearance by Liza Minnelli. This all the way happened:
What's on your "to read " shelf lately? Have any die-hard recommendations for a bibliophile in a sea of books on a daily basis? Do tell!
Tomorrow, I'm going to (hopefully) get my act together and take pictures of the rest of the weekend finds. See you then!