Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Finds (2/20/15)
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A little bit of everything this week: children's fiction and nonfiction, multimedia poetry, adult nonfiction and fiction. Nothing beats a long winter like a variety of "getaways."

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business--and Won! and The Family Romanov are recent ALA award winners that sound especially good to me. And I've never read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

I've been wanting to hear some poetry being read lately, and I remembered that Robert Pinsky had edited a collection that came with an audio (DVD) component. Many people have said the DVD is stellar, so I think I'll give An Invitation to Poetry a shot.
While reading By the Book recently, someone (forget who) talked about Just My Type, a book about fonts. I love oddball little books like this. And any book that takes a stance against Comic Sans has my approval.

I've been wanting to read a book by James Michener for years now, but I think the sheer number of options always made it impossible to choose. In his By the Book interview, Colin Powell talked about Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. When I looked into it, I saw that it won the Pulitzer Prize, so that's become my choice for a Michener read.
In my quest to read more books that everyone else has, I'm adding Freakonomics to my TBR. I imagine it's a little like a Malcolm Gladwell book.
 What have you added to your book pile this week?


  1. Ooh the book on poetry looks like a great find, I'd like to find some nice selections too so I'll check this one out. Here are my FFs for this week

    1. There are two other books in this "series"--"Poems to Read," and "Americans' Favorite Poems"--but neither of them has a spoken component. I read AFP in January, and I was impressed with it. Each poem is introduced by the letter that nominated it. There are a lot more folks reading poetry than English Ph.D.s!!

  2. Oh, the book on the Romanovs looks like a good pick!! Here are my Friday Finds for the week:

    1. I've been trying to get interested in "The Romanov Sisters" ever since it came out, but I just can't for some reason. But a YA approach might be just what I need!