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Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss
Falling from Horses

MAA, May 21, 2015

Another great read - a real pleasure to read a good writer. Doesn't try to wrap things up neatly - a bugaboo of mine for the last few years. Many books peter out somewhere in the middle, with trite, cliched ends. Not this one. Makes me want to read the rest of her work. Highly recommended.
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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time

MAA, May 21, 2015

One of the best books I've read in quite a while (and I average a few a week, down from 1 a day ... ) Part account of the plight of elephants, and their mental & emotional responses to death, part mystery with many twists & turns to the plot, and about letting go - 'leaving time'. Kept me guessing until the end - in a good way. Not the usual 'hide the ball' - the clues are there & not just revealed at the end.

FWIW - my daughter has spent time with elephants in thailand & is now studying to be a 'large animal' vet - and she lived thru a mother elephant losing its calf, observing the devastating effects - so that part of the book is accurate.
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MAA, January 29, 2014

see comments on hardback version - under different category (tech)

Other comments are good - so I'll be brief & add the following:

One of the better books popularizing various 'scientific' research - I've moved on from the Malcolm Gladwell genre of journalistic popularization which often gets some of the research wrong, and now look for those with academic/scientific credentials - they tend to get the research better, with all the caveats that should come with so-called sociological/psychological study - simply very difficult to overcome practical & ethical challenges in social science.

Also appreciate the focus on 'zen' approaches to dealing with the avalanche of multi-media intrusions on our personal & shared spaces. Yes, breathe ... & take meditative breaks thruout the day & week ... Good (enough) science to support that too, as well as anecdotal stories.
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The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul

MAA, January 29, 2014

Other comments are good - so I'll be brief & add the following:

One of the better books popularizing various 'scientific' research - I've moved on from the Malcolm Gladwell genre of journalistic popularization which often gets some of the research wrong, and now look for those with academic/scientific credentials - they tend to get the research better, with all the caveats that should come with so-called sociological/psychological study - simply very difficult to overcome practical & ethical challenges in social science.

Also appreciate the focus on 'zen' approaches to dealing with the avalanche of multi-media intrusions on our personal & shared spaces. Yes, breathe ... & take meditative breaks thruout the day & week ... Good (enough) science to support that too, as well as anecdotal stories.
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Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything by Lynda Barry
Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything

MAA, January 29, 2014

Lynda Barry is brilliant - I've read everything of hers I could get - but this gives us something new - her work from the beginning - back to those crazy 60s & 70s ... & 80s ...

I'm dating myself, but this does transport me back.

Quirky like it should be, so not for everyone, but that's part of the appeal.
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