Archive for the ‘Non-fiction’ Category

How To Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

December 30, 2018

aaa index (1)This is a delightful read; written by scientist and well-published author Sy Montgomery, How to Be a Good Creature affords glimpses into her life, divided among her various relationships with different remarkable animals. They range from border collies to animal personalities she encountered during her numerous expeditions to many parts of the world. For example, Clarabelle, the pink-toed tarantula Sy met in French Guiana, and the three emus she happened upon in Australia, are only a few who supplied Sy with lessons in how to be a better “creature”.  I heartily recommend this unusual book: Montgomery’s plain writing is so refreshing, her optimism is very uplifting and the illustrations by Rebecca Green are adorable. Not to mention it’s a quick read for those who are under time constraints on their reading…

Life Lessons: 125 Prayers and Meditations

June 20, 2018

111 book.jpgJulia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, has written a small volume of prayers and meditations, 125 in all. Her choice of topics vary; from dealing with anxiety, messiness, and procrastination, as well as asking for help, guidance, clarity and creativity. Each topic is a short page, and helps to align one’s mind with the divinity of the universe. It is a very comforting little aid to help disengage the mind from any negativity that tends to crop up in our heads from time to time. I found it very useful.

l’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

January 17, 2018

index (1)After working thirteen years as a pastry chef for Chez Panisse, a French restaurant in Berkeley, California, David Lebovitz decides it’s time to pack it in and move to Paris. As he soon found out, this was no easy task. In order to rent an Parisian apartment or l’appart, one must first have a bank account. No problem, one might think. But in order to open up a bank account in Paris, one must have a copy of an electric bill. However, if you’ve never rented in Paris, how do you obtain an electric bill? It’s like trying to find a job having no prior experience. And this is just the first of many problems Lebovitz encounters en route to becoming a true Parisian. However, on the plus side, he does find a partner while apartment hunting, who is a great help to him since Romain is a native of Paris and does not hesitate to show his displeasure when necessary, in flawless French,

of course. L’appart is a hilarious read, and you can’t help but root for Daveed to triumph over the unscrupulous contractor he hires to renovate said apartment, and commiserate when it looks like Claude has cost Lebovitz an absolute fortune with his outrageous shenanigans. It’s a glaring case of buyer beware…

A Paris Year

July 11, 2017

1bookThis journal and memoir by Janice MacLeod chronicles a year spent in “the most romantic city in the world”, synonymous with Paris. Author of Paris Letters, in her new masterpiece MacLeod has written a day to day view of what it means to live in Paris. The book is gorgeous, with watercolors and photos sprinkled throughout the book, as well as anecdotes and stories of famous characters who have lived there. It is such a delightful book, and the cover itself feels so rich to the touch. A Paris Year is a must read for anyone with an interest in Paris. Palisades Library is currently the only library in the system to own a copy, so please take advantage of our book buyers’ good tastes…

Scrappy Little Nobody

May 30, 2017

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Anna Kendrick’s autobiography is a quick read with plenty of down-to-earth wisdom. She chronicles her life from being a child actor to the “world’s most reluctant adult”, as she titles her final chapter. Kendrick mixes lots of humor and self- deprecating remarks, and despite being a movie and Broadway star, she definitely does not put on airs. I enjoyed her acting in the Pitch Perfect series, and hope she returns soon to the big screen.


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