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Interviews | April 8, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Gabrielle Zevin: The Powells.com Interview

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Granta 30: New Europe! by Bill Buford

Gold Gato, April 19, 2014

The thirtieth Granta volume focuses exclusively on the disruptions that took place in Europe at the end of the 1980s, when spring was in the air, so to speak, for democratic changes. Gorbachev (remember him?) was the Russian man-of-the-moment, reminding us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The title of the book, NEW EUROPE, is most appropriate although it's doubtful anyone foresaw just how 'new' it would become.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Book Season = Spring (new hope)
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Granta 31 by Bill Buford

Gold Gato, April 19, 2014

GRANTA 31 is a mind-blower. Check this out:

She has the cover piece on Alfredo Stroessner, the dictator of Paraguay from 1954 to 1989. It's a whopper.

His essay looks at whether religious mentality can survive outside of religious dogma. The stream of questioning looks at several verticals, even books.

'I grew up kissing books and bread.'

He goes into the state of Romanian affairs during the downfall of the Iron Curtain and Ceausescu's assassination.

The wordy traveller takes on Norway, reindeer, and the Northern Lights.

In this elegant short story, Atwood writes about the Egyptian myth of the rebirth of Osrisis.

There's more, but that's just icing on the cake. As the Delfonics sang, "Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I".

Book Season = Autumn (serious book-ing)
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Cary Grant: A Touch of Elegance by Warren Harris

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

This is one of a multitude of books written about Cary Grant (after he died, of course). Originally published the year after he passed away, the standard stories are here and quite frankly, not much new or noteworthy. My issue with this book is the alarming number of errors in spelling and grammar. This was a mass market book of the 1980s, so there is no excuse...in those days they had editors. But the constant mistakes just continued, as though no one ever looked at what was sent out to print.

I stopped counting after 13 misspellings. Horrendous.

Book Season = Summer (throw it in the pool)
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Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling To Get Jobs and Propel Your Career (09 Edition) by Katharine Hansen
Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling To Get Jobs and Propel Your Career (09 Edition)

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

This book came in handy when I was trying to find a collection of resumes to show the student I was tutoring. Instead of putting together the usual CV, he wanted to create a document that he could speak to, as in telling a story. This is the perfect book to use when developing updated portfolios and when preparing the initial response to the standard interview question of, "So tell me about yourself".

There are samples of documents and ideas for the storytelling section. I definitely learned some new ideas, but most importantly, it turned a dreaded lesson into a fun one for the student and for myself.

Book Season = Year Round
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

There are pure horror stories and then there are ghostly supernatural tales, of which Le Fanu was a specialist. These are the tales which make me sing and whistle as I walk deserted streets alone at night, for I was once told that spirits will stay away if one keeps a steady tune. These are the tales requiring a flashlight at night, because one is hiding beneath the covers in case a ghostly apparition makes an appearance. For those who want ghosts but not a bunch of gore, this book is a good fit.

Book Season = Autumn (winds blow, moons turn red)
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