Thursday, May 28, 2009
The story is about a 13 year old girl who was genetically conceived as a perfect donor for her older sister with leukemia and how she is filing for medical emancipation from her parents. She has been a donor for her sister her whole life and has been asked (told) she needs to donate a kidney now that her sister is in renal failure. The story is told from the view points of all the major characters, the 13 year old girl, her mother, father, brother, sister (who is dying), and her lawyer. It is full of really hard topics. When a child is created to be a perfect match at what point do you ask their opinion of everything? Very interesting, insightful and emotional. Jodi Picoult does a fantastic job presenting both sides and really getting your heart involved in the outcome. You don't know how you want the story to end at all.
I think it was a great choice as a high school reading book, it's an easy read but also a thinker, and I am super excited to see the movie and see if it's as good as the book! Feel free to come in to the shop, ask me about this book or pick up a copy for yourself and see what you think!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
What a person chooses to read says a lot about them. You can see this on staff pick shelves, as well. I try to include a few different genres on my shelf, but it's impossible to keep myself from being partially revealed within my choices. Even I wasn't aware of my passion for science fiction until I started working here and realized that without even intending so, six of my eight choices were sci-fi of some kind.
Books can be revealing. I suggest, if you're reading this at home, you take a look at your own shelf and see what it says about you. You might be surprised at what you find.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Like many of my co-workers, I have a love not only for books but also independent book stores wherever they may be. Every local bookstore is different with its’ own selection of books, people and unique atmosphere. I recently came back form a trip to the Twin Cities and visited one local bookstore that is sure to make an impression on anyone. The Wild Rumpus is a children’s bookstore located on a quiet street near some homes and other small stores.
From the moment I walked in (children have the option of using the smaller purple door) I could tell why kids love this store. Pimento, the chicken calmly preened herself in the window next to one of the three cats that lounge around the store. As I walked around I continued to discover other animals housed in cages tucked in corners or on shelves. A tarantula, lizards, doves, cockatiels, chinchillas and ferrets along with the staff and children running about secure the store’s place as a wild rumpus.
Then of course, there are the books. There are so many and such a variety of children’s and young adult books that a kid cannot avoid finding a book that captures their interest. The entire store invites kids to be inquisitive and explore which is what reading is all about. Encouraging children to read is vital, and this store does this beautifully within a controlled chaos that is amazing.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The book is a compilation of lists, short stories, mock letters, etc. that any book nerd would find hilarious. Topics covered include the college recruitment of Harry Potter, notes from Homer's writing group, the origin of the Berenstain Bears, Thom Yorke's Bedtime Stories, and "Dateline: To Catch a Predator: Humbert Humbert." This book gets me.
Just to give you all a little sampling, here is one of my favorites found in the collection.
by Paul Krumholz
"Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving
After retreating to the woods on a hunting trip, Rip Van Winkle drinks a myseterious potion and falls asleep for twenty years, during which the American Revolution passes him by. When he awakens, he finds that his friend Dan, who can be a real asshole sometimes, has written "Balls" on his forehead. Then Dan tells everyone at school about it.
The Odyssey by Homer
This is the tale of a Greek warrior, Odysseus, and his journey from Troy back to his homeland of Ithaca, where he left his wife and family during the ten-year expedition. Except, when Odysseus arrives back, he finds that one of his friends (ha!-- more like one of his ex-friends, Dan!) made out with his wife, Stacey McLellan, at a party over the weekend, even though his friend knew how much Odysseus really liked her.
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
A mysterious scientist named Griffin discovers a chemical formula to turn the human body invisible, but is dismayed to find that he is permanently stuck in his invisible state. He then goes over to the high school and just sits in the girls' locker room for, like, five hours and probably sees Dan's older sister showering.
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Oedipus, after being cast out of his hometown of Thebes in ancient Greece due to a fateful prophecy proclaiming that he would kill his father and marry his mother-- the king and queen of Thebes-- is adopted by the king and queen of Corinth, whom he assumes to be his true parents. However, after hearing the prophecy, Oedipus leaves Corinth and the king and queen, whom he believes the prophecy is about, in order to protect them. On his expedition, though, he does unknowingly encounter and murder his true father, and later he marries his mother, who bears his children. Upon realizing his real parents' identities, Oedipus stabs himself in the eyes with needles to blind himself forevermore from his sins, proclaiming, "Why couldn't it have been my friend Dan's mom? She's such a MILF!" Yeah, I went there, Dan.
So, hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Also, welcome back to the staff, Bonner!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Buy Indie Day is a great way to support any of your local businesses. If you page down through this link, you'll see why supporting independent business is good for your local community. Besides, we're cool, quirky, and much more fun to shop at than some of the big boys! You never know what you'll find to read, and our staff can always help you find what you're looking for, even if you don't know exactly what that may be. Isn't the best book find the one you didn't know you were looking for?