New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

The Art Book-Big Ideas Simply Explained

My New Title Tuesday recommendation this week is DK Publisher’s The Art Book-Big Ideas Simply Explained by contributors Caroline Bugler, Ann Kramer, and many others. This is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about the ideological, social, political, and cultural influences on art and artists throughout the ages.  It’s also helpful information for parents who hope to teach and excite children while visiting art and history museums… Continue reading The Art Book-Big Ideas Simply Explained

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

New Title Tuesday: The Unmade Bed By Stephen Marche

  My New Title Tuesday recommendation, The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century  by Stephen Marche, made me curious to see how a man would “mansplain” the gender divide to women.  But, he played it a bit safe by stating on the cover that his wife, editor Sarah Fulford, provided commentary on the book.  OK,… Continue reading New Title Tuesday: The Unmade Bed By Stephen Marche

5 Star Fridays · non fiction

Five Star Friday: When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his… Continue reading Five Star Friday: When Breath Becomes Air

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

  At first glance, it may appear that the New Title Tuesday recommendation, Thrill Me Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy, is targeted at English teachers and students.  But then I realized it would also appeal to anyone who aspires to write the next-great-American-novel, which of course, considerably broadens the pool or potential readers. Once I… Continue reading Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

New Title Tuesday · non fiction

The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams

The New Title Tuesday selection this week, THE NATURE FIX – Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams, takes what we already know to be true and supports it with scientific research.  For example, even in elementary school, indoor recess was never as fun as the playground.  As a teacher,… Continue reading The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams

5 Star Fridays · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

The Five Star Favorite is sponsored this week by National Poetry Month. I freely admit that I cannot analyze or intelligently discuss the form, meter, or meaning of a poem; however, that does not mean I can’t enjoy the rarified stillness and awe that verse can instill. Nonetheless, I picked up How to Read a… Continue reading How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith

Initially, I chose a different selection, but after this eventful weekend, I recommend The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith for New Title Tuesday.  It is is an excellent option for anyone looking to discover purpose and meaning in day-to-day life. Publisher’s Summary:  There is a myth in our culture that the search for meaning… Continue reading The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith