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Thursday's Book

Atomic Narratives and American Youth: Coming of Age With the Atom, 1945 - 1955

Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

Book Magazines

Book Magazines

BookTV -- Lemon Tree

I was watching BookTV this weekend and the author of this book was on.
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The book is about two families one arab and one isreali that because of what has happened in the region both lived in the same house. The arab family was removed from the house after the Six Day War and the Isreali family moved in. The book tries to humanize both families.

Book Vending Machine

Library of America Complete Collection now has available the Library of America Complete Collection. This 183 volume collection comes with a price tag of $3,869.97. A set that made news a few months ago was the The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection. This 1,000 volume set had a price tag of $7,989.50. Worried about shipping? Don't be. Each collection comes with free shipping!

In the editorial reviews and sales description for the Penguin set the amazing parameters of the Penguin collection were presented. From Edwin A. Abbott to Emile Zola, the 1,082 titles in the Penguin Classics Complete Library total nearly half a million pages--laid end to end they would hit the 52-mile mark. Approximately 700 pounds in weight, the titles would tower 828 feet if you stacked them lengthwise atop each other--almost as tall as the Empire State Building.
The Library of America Collection does not have such a daring description as to compare the collection to the height of buildings. If you stacked the Library of America Collection in the same goofy way (stacked them lengthwise atop each other), as compared to the regular way you stack books, the stack would be as tall as this Babylonian Snake God.

Libraries and the Internet

Blake posted a thought piece titled 10 Reasons Why The Web Is Almost A Substitute For Libraries. In the post I think Blake makes many valid points. I think there is another important point to consider. Many of the quality resources on the Internet were put there by libraries. For example you can find this book on the Internet The Open Polar Sea: A Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery Towards the North Pole, in the Schooner "United States" and you don't have to go to a library to read it. But it was a library that made the item available online in the first place.

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Public Art

Really bad public art

Really cool public art

Village Voice Article

Storm Troopers

There was a story on LISNEWS last week about "Free Comic Book Day".
A group of Star Wars fans in our town showed up in full dress to attract the crowds. I took this picture of some Storm Troopers on the street waving to cars. When I looked at the photo latter I think it has a certain surreal element to it. Maybe it's just me. Note: In the picture you can see there is a sign by the road that advertises "Free Comic Book Day".

See this

Watch the Wonka one and Breakfast Club. The Princess bride is also funny. Look up on Google to get this guys full story. Interesting page. You heard it here first. Maybe.

Pulitzer Prize

The books that won the Pulitzer Prize were announced today. You can see complete list that includes newspapers and articles that won here --

The books that won Pulitzers in 2006 are:

Pulitzer for General nonfiction
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story Of Britain's Gulag In Kenya

Pulitzer for Biography
American Prometheus : The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Pulitzer for History
Polio : An American Story

Pulitzer for a Novel

Pulitzer for Poetry
Late Wife: Poems

Following the Equator

$11 at Amazon Free here.

Mark Twain

I just got done watching this Mark Twain - A Film Directed by Ken Burns. The copy I saw I got from NetFlix. I highly recommend. There are several Twain books that I want to go read now. I just purchased this biography of Twain: Mark Twain : A Life The author of the biography spoke several times about Twain on the Ken Burns special. Here is a DVD that you can use to promote books. If you can get people to check out this DVD at your library I am confident you can move more of your Twain books. Because some of Twain's books are part of Project Gutenberg you could do something neat like email everyone that checks out the DVD a copy of one of Twain's book. Possible a neat promotion. I think libraries should find more creative ways to leverage the Project Gutenberg collection on the web. Because there is no copyright you are free to do neat and innovative things.

Book Safe

Book Safe -- Here is what is happening to some remainder books.

The Long Tail and Independent Bookstores

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Roads to Space

Roads to Space: An Oral History of the Soviet Space Program According to WorldCat only 22 libraries have this book. I personally own two copies. (In case I want to read it more than once)

Women and the Mercury Program

The Mercury 13 : The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight (Click on title for additional information on book)From Publishers Weekly
In dynamic prose, Ackmann, senior lecturer in women's studies at Mount Holyoke College, relates the story of 13 female pilots who fought to become part of the nation's space program at its inception. Their tale is uplifting, a narrative of their dedication-perhaps obsession might be a better word-and sacrifice in an attempt to aid the nation in the space race against the Soviets and to experience the thrill of space flight. The story is also a depressing indictment of the rampant sexism that kept them from achieving their goal and kept the country from making productive use of their considerable talents. These 13 women, among the most accomplished pilots in the world at the time, went through many of the same challenging, even excruciating tests undergone by NASA's original seven male astronauts but, unlike the latter, the women did so in relative obscurity and often against the express wishes of all arms of the nascent space program. That each woman passed all the tests, often with scores exceeding those of the males, carried absolutely no weight with an entrenched bureaucracy. Ackmann has done a magnificent job of gathering information, conducting interviews and weaving the strands into an utterly compelling book that deserves to be widely read well beyond the circles of the usual readers about the space program.

Moondust : In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

Moondust : In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
From Publishers Weekly
Between 1969 and 1972, 12 men traveled a quarter-million miles to the moon and returned safely. In this powerful, intimate story, journalist Smith sets out to find these men and discover how that experience changed their lives. Smith, a boy living in a nondescript California subdivision at the time of the Apollo missions and caught up in the endless possibility of space flight, journeys to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and the backwoods of Texas in search of these mythical figures of American know-how. He finds Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, still cool and confident, a plainspoken man who never let on how close that mission came to disaster. In Gene Cernan, the last man on the Moon, he finds an imperious, driven, highly successful businessman. If all of the men share one affliction, it's fame. Once at the center of the world's attention, these mostly ordinary men with some extraordinary gifts and luck have lived their lives being asked the same question—What was it like "up there"? In an artful blend of memoir and popular history, Smith makes flesh-and-blood people out of icons and reveals the tenderness of his own heart.
Read blurb on inside flap of dust jacket

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