Monday, October 6, 2008

September: Seven-Word Reviews




I'm so proud of myself that I was able to control my reading a bit this month! I'm trying to think of what I accomplished with that extra time but my mind is a blank. I'm sure I did something productive . . .
Of September's books, two were audio books, two were children's books, and one non-fiction. My favorite of these, In Defense of Food, is known for its simple seven words of advice for healthy eating: EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS. In honor of this wise brevity, I'm going to attempt some seven-word-(ish) summaries of my own. And since seven words doesn't really say a whole lot about a book, I've linked each one to its Amazon page if you want to know more about it.

**Also, if anyone has reviewed any of these books, I would love to add a link of your review to this post.**

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky: (Audio book)
MAN'S INHUMANITY EXPOSED IN UNFINISHED WWII ACCOUNT
For another review, visit:
Jules' Book Reviews

The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (Read-aloud)
ONE STORY DIVIDED BY FIVE: CHA-CHING!

Presidential Races by Arlene Morris-Lipsman (Children's book, read-aloud til kids got bored)
FROM FRONT-PORCH CAMPAIGNS TO YOU TUBE

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (Audio book, YA)
CHEESE-MAKING WITCH SAVES BROTHER IN ZANY FANTASY

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (Non-fiction)
REALIZATION: BEEN EATING FAKE FOOD SINCE BIRTH

5 comments:

  1. You should check out Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks.
    There's lots going on too:
    This Month Storybox has guest illustrator Helen Oxenbury featured.

    There's a Readathon happening in UK and Ireland - http://discoveryboxbooks.com/readathon.php
    There's a Ghost Drawing competition in AdventureBoxBooks assiciated with the Polka Theatre ( http://www.adventureboxbooks.com/competition.php )

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  2. Good seven word reviews. Just answering your question you asked on my blog, go right ahead and add my link :)

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  3. I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that opened on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site www.mjhnyc.org.

    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or tbradshaw@mjhnyc.org. Please visit our website at www.mjhnyc.org for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. If you need any more, please do not hesitate to contact me at hfurst@mjhnyc.org

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  4. your seven word review for the Spiderwick Chronicles made me laugh out loud. So true!

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  5. I love your 7 word reviews! I need to practice more concise reviews. I've been thinking about challenging myself to keep them under 30-50 words. I have such a tendency to ramble! :-)

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