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The Family of Man by Edward Steichen
The Family of Man

ladymacbech, March 14, 2013

Part of my rating for this book is purely sentimental, as I purchased it at EXPO '67 which I attended with the man who I married two years later.
I found it most interesting as the whole concept of pictures from so many cultures were more interesting than only a few at a time, as found in LIFE Magazine and National Geographic in the '50s and '60s. If one lived in one of the bigger cities in the US, much more was available in museums and occasional photo galleries.
It was a fine teaching accompaniment as it did promote the idea that the world was more than that of local newspapers and the growing news media somewhat new to television. Students of many grade levels related to the idea according to their own experiences, which were broadened a bit as being close to a major university if they lived in or near the community, but more rural students found the idea a bit new and fantastic.
I still have my book, which is somewhat stiff and the spine crackles a bit from being examined by so many students for forty years. However, it has a world of memories tucked into it and hasn't lost it's initial viewing power.
Many "spin offs" followed it's example. Particularly as popular music and the rise in youth culture, along with the Vietnam Conflict, the Freedom Marches for equal racial rights, and the Women's demands to end inequality in the home and workplace so changed the attitude of this country. The little book housed a world community at a time when this country was moving beyond it's more than conservative bounds, in spite of being made up of a population that was part of the world community itself.
Something of apparent simplicity was so much more than the hours and many many photographs that led to visual poetry. Looking back fifty-some years from this new century the world can still appear to not have changed that much.
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

ladymacbech, January 28, 2012

I saved my Haruki Murakami for "dessert." I have several writers that I depend on, as every time I bring one out to read it is used to complete a trio of books. I usually read in "threes" to complete a triangle of "book food" so I won't read through any too fast to really enjoy the whole experience. The last I start is the one I want to start the most. "1Q84" was last started, dessert as it were. "1Q84" started in 2011 and ended last week in Jan. 2012. It was a fabulous as I expected. I will eventually read it again, as I do of so many, as they are always wonderful to visit again. Books are like viewing a special art show, I always return to each area/floor to take in more several times before I leave. There is always much to enjoy again and again. Maybe "1Q84" will be my selection for 2012, who knows?
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Blindness by Jose Saramago

ladymacbech, January 9, 2012

"Blindness," by Jose Saramago, can cross cultures, and was an amazing "personal" experience. A most different concept with printed material. I found this book hard (emotionally) to read, but harder (mentally and physically) to put down. I read it back-to-back twice. It wasn't difficult to not imagine all the characters "alive" and identify with the experiences of blindness and a society-out-of-balance. I suppose this could possibly happen physically, but it certainly does in the mind, and in alternate realities in society at large. There's no need to close ones eyes, just look around. This was an amazing "read."
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind

ladymacbech, December 30, 2011

As one of the tags put forth as a brief description of C. R. Zafon's book stated - "in short, it's a hoot." Oh yeah, I loved it. I'd say it's a great romp with amusing characters involved in a series of dangerous games. So put away all seriousness and find the joy you had in books as a kid, as this can be the same for adults. It does make me want to book a flight to Spain with Zafon's map in hand, and look for the mysterious library, which does make one suspect it might be available, and the "character" who becomes the new manager could possibly open the door. My imaginary fun continued through a second reading with no loss of the richness of the words. Then I went downtown Ithaca to a tapas bar to extend the fun.
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The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell
The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

ladymacbech, December 30, 2011

This incredible source book was recommended to me shortly after it became available. It is, without a doubt, for very serious gardening and landscaping. If you aren't that involved with your gardening this is not for you, unless you need a large paperweight. I needed to grow into it, and now it's one of my treasures. This is so complete and easy to use that I can't imagine being without it.
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