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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.