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SophyLou has commented on (3) products.

Observing the User Experience by Mike Kuniavsky
Observing the User Experience

SophyLou, August 9, 2012

Excellent, thoughtful, practical how-to book for conducting a range of user studies. I was assigned this my library school users' class and was astonished when other students sold their copies -- to me this was THE most useful book I was assigned in the whole program.
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Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories

SophyLou, August 5, 2012

The first story sets the tone for the book -- quiet stories about presence, witness, and love in many forms.
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The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by Her Daughter by Elisabeth Gille
The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by Her Daughter

SophyLou, January 19, 2012

This is not an easily categorizable book -- written in the first person, it is a "dreamed autobiography" of Irene Nemirovsky written by her daughter Elisabeth Gille, which by its very existence raises fascinating questions about the writer's voice (both that of Nemirovsky, whose works the daughter draws on) and the complicated role played by Gille's voice. The story itself is gripping, as we follow Irene (or perhaps, "Irene") from her privileged childhood in Russia into exile in France through the French occupation, up to Nemirovsky's deportation to Auschwitz. The story becomes even more complex, though, especially the pressing question of why Nemirovsky and her husband (who would also die at Auschwitz) chose not to leave France when urged to by friends, when you consider that The Mirador is written by her youngest daughter (both of Nemirovsky's daughters narrowly missed being taken to the camps themselves), whose life was so powerfully affected by that decision. I was thinking about this book for at least a week after reading it. Worth reading, and worth a second read, too.
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