February 28, 2010

Book Review: Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak

Title: Save Karyn
Author: Karyn Bosnak
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
Format: Paperback
Year Published: 2003
Source: I purchased this book.

I really like reading classic British novels such as books by the Brontes and Jane Austen. I also like reading modern American classics by Salinger and Updike. But probably my favorite type of book to read is non-fiction, especially memoirs. I really love any book that makes me think hard about the choices I make. If the book also makes me laugh, I will really love it!

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak is one of my favorite books. I wore out my first copy and had to buy another. I'm constantly recommending the book to my friends and even to my boyfriend (he's read
parts of it). I have re-read it many times from cover to cover and frequently will read parts of it over and over.

Why does this book mean so much to me? Because I can really relate to Karyn's story.


February 19, 2010

Mental_Floss and Elephant


I was in Borders yesterday drinking coffee in the cafe and leafing through magazines that I couldn't afford to buy (I had to buy the coffee because I was FREEZING!) Anyway, I really like to read off-beat magazines when I do this because they can be so interesting. I saw two magazines that I'd never seen before and they were great.

February 14, 2010

My Funny Valentine


Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a stunning version of "My Funny Valentine" by Linda Ronstadt. There used to be a video on YouTube of Linda singing this song on the "Tonight Show", but that has disappeared. However, you can still enjoy her beautiful singing in this song -- in my opinion, the best it has ever been sung. Enjoy!

February 11, 2010

Book Review: So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson

Title: So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
Author: Sara Nelson
Genre: Non Fiction
Format: Paperback
Year Published: 2003  
Source: I purchased this book.

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading, by Sara Nelson, offers the author's personal recollections of reading a book a week for a year. While she didn't quite accomplish that feat, she did find many interesting books that were important to her at a particular moment in time. She also found out that you DON'T have to read a book if you don't want to. Nelson found out that sometimes everyday life can interfere with your best-laid plans. For example, she took the book Funny Men, by Ted Heller, with her on a weekend to Vermont. 

February 10, 2010

Book Review: Punching In by Alex Frankel

Title: Punching In
Author: Alex Frankel
Genre: Non Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Year Published: 2007
Source: I purchased this book.


Alex Frankel decided to spend a couple of years trying different jobs that interested him. He went into these jobs with an open mind and tried to give each job a chance.

He delivered packages for UPS during the holiday season in San Francisco, was a salesman at the Apple Store, folded clothes at Gap, became a rental agent for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and trained to become a barista at Starbucks. 

Frankel was interested in how various companies trained their employees for the job and how effective the training was. He was surprised to found out the differences between the jobs. For example, even though the UPS delivery job was exhausting physically, he grew to admire the company. Folding jeans at Gap, however, was mind-numbing. At Enterprise, the job was not really about renting cars, but about persuading customers to buy "extras".

February 1, 2010

We Must Not Forget Haiti!




Today is Bloggers Unite for Haiti Day. We cannot forget the people of Haiti are continuing to suffer, especially the children who have been orphaned. Once you have seen this heartbreaking video, please do all you can to help!

Please donate today!