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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

DANE, November 14, 2014

Talk about a subject most people know next to nothing about! Today it seems that we do everything we can to avoid the topic of death. I don't think it was ever really discussed in my home and I've never even known anyone who had a job related to it. Caitlin Doughty's book is absolutely fascinating ... do you have any idea when/why embalming started? And throught-provoking ... why is it that we're kept at arms-length from dead bodies? You're definitely going to learn A LOT from Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I know I did!
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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the '70s & '80s by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the '70s & '80s

DANE, November 13, 2014

I just received this as a gift and absolutely loved it! If you were a kid in the 70's, this is a must-read. Well, I'm a bit nostalgic so I may be overly enthusiastic here. The book is a mini-encyclopedia of all things 70's ... toys, fads, tv shows, foods etc. Items get about a page each worth of write-up and most have little pictures. I have to admit, there were many that I don't remember at all but there were way more that brought back happy memories e.g. The Man From Atlantis, Slime, Sno-Cones Machines etc. Each section ends with a note regarding the present status of the item e.g. extinct or still going strong is some way, shape or form.
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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

DANE, November 10, 2014

Although definitely not a quick n'easy read, Levitin's "The Organized Mind" is worth the time. Everything you ever wanted to know about how our minds organize memories and information in general. There are parts you my skim through (I know I did), but there is some fascinating information in the book. The section on medicine is especially worth your time as it clears up what you need to consider when you hear statements like "there's a 10% chance ..." Take a read! You'll learn something for sure!!
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The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
The News: A User's Manual

DANE, October 18, 2014

Do you find "the news" infuriating? Or do you not even really think about it? Either way, this new book from Alain de Botton is an absolute must-read! What exactly is "the news"? Who picks the stories? Why are they almost always negative? What is the point of hearing a 1-minute slice of an obviously much larger story? etc. Alain's book will give you plenty of reasons to think twice about something we've all come to take for granted.
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Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
Arctic Summer

DANE, October 9, 2014

Being a hardcore non-fiction reader, it's not often that I pick up a novel. Having just written a paper on E.M. Forster though, I was intrigued when I came across Damon Galgut's book. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I was pleasantly surprised. Rather than a book filled with "just the facts", it was really quite interesting to read about Forster's life in this manner. Realizing it most likely isn't completely "accurate" didn't take away from the experience. If anything, using historical figures made it all the more clear just how difficult life must have been for gay men and women at the turn of the 20th century.
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