Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Weekly Books Around The House...Edit

As I was straightening up this morning I realized that every week I go through the same process. I put away the majority of the books that have collected around the house throughout the week, only to find an entirely new set the following week. Because we are a family of seven, it's always an eclectic array, and as I looked upon them this morning, I thought to myself...If my family enjoys reading them....they deserve to be mentioned :D
So here they are....dat, da, da, daaaa!!

Title: Franny and Zooey
 Author: J.D. Salinger 
Publisher: Back Bay Books/Little Brown And Company
Copyright: 1955...1989
Considered one of Salinger's most popular works, Franny and Zooeywas initially published in the New Yorker as two separate stories entitled "Franny" (1955) and "Zooey" (1957). 
Franny Glass, a young college girl, has a nervous breakdown and turns to saying the Jesus Prayer in an effort to purge herself of the phoniness and ego she finds in herself. Her brother Zooey, equally troubled by religious angst, probes into her psyche, confronting her faulty thinking and leading her to some measure of peace.

Title: Train Your Brain 
  Author: Joel Levy 
Publisher: New Holland Publishers
Copyright: 2006
The brain is like a muscle, so a fit and healthy mind needs time spent working out - what Joel Levy calls 'Braintenance'! In this book, he takes the reader through a series of puzzles designed to maintain and improve brain function and intellectual health. These games and teasers help the reader with verbal, numerical and spatial aptitude; mental speed; logic; creativity; lateral thinking and memory. They range from word and picture puzzles to well-known favourites, Sudoku and Kakuro. With tips on how to build these exercises into everyday life, hints on how to approach problem solving and background information on the science behind the puzzles, "Train Your Brain" has everything you need for a complete mind workout. Like an intellectual gym, it can help you build your mind power, stretch your brain's agility and tone your thinking!

Title: The Exotic Pet Survival Manual 
  Author: David Aldertom
Publisher: Barron's
Summary: Herp Supplies 
More than 200 entries give facts on the most often collected reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids, with emphasis on behavior, feeding, breeding, and maintaining a healthful environment for the animal.
The creatures covered in this manual include ants, beetles, 16 kinds of spider, four kinds of scorpion, lizards, snakes, tortoises and turtles, frogs and toads, salamanders and newts. More than 250 full-color photos and illustrations, plus quick-reference question-and-answer panels. 

Title: Great Pyrenees  
  Author: Juliette Cunliffe
Publisher: Kennel Club Books

Product Description: 
Describes the history of Pyrenees in the France, the US and Britain. Also includes characteristics of the breed, care, feeding, genetic issues and training.
This book also has lots, and lots of pics :D
Title: Life of PI
  Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Canongate Pub Ltd 
Copyright: 2001 

Life Of Pi: From Publishers Weekly
A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement "a story that will make you believe in God," as one character says. The peripatetic Pi (ne the much-taunted Piscine) Patel spends a beguiling boyhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper. Growing up beside the wild beasts, Pi gathers an encyclopedic knowledge of the animal world. His curious mind also makes the leap from his native Hinduism to Christianity and Islam, all three of which he practices with joyous abandon. In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive. The scenes flow together effortlessly, and the sharp observations of the young narrator keep the tale brisk and engaging. Martel's potentially unbelievable plot line soon demolishes the reader's defenses, cleverly set up by events of young Pi's life that almost naturally lead to his biggest ordeal. This richly patterned work, Martel's second novel, won Canada's 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. In it, Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master.

Title: Love Will Tear Us Apart
  Author: Sarah Rainone
Publisher: Three Rivers Press 
Copyright: 2009

Love Will Tear Us Apart: From Publishers Weekly
Rainone's fun and poignant debut novel centers on a group of longtime friends who reunite for a wedding in their small Rhode Island hometown. As Dan and Lea's wedding day approaches, four of their friends share narration duties, reminiscing on collective youth, lost innocence and wasted potential. There's brash burnout best man Ben, who once had promise as a ball player but now tends bar; hippie college dropout Cort, whose dislike of her mother has been softened by her mother's illness; cokehead bridesmaid Alex, who still holds a torch for Dan; and Shawn, whose would-be musical career has devolved into a singing waiter gig at a theme restaurant. Missing from the reunion is Jason, whose death is often mentioned as the characters recall their schooldays and youths while the nuptial events unfold. Rainone does a stellar job of capturing the personalities and quirks of each protagonist, and the contrast between their bright memories and dim current realities is nicely handled. It may seem gimmicky at first (chapter headings, for instance, are song titles), but the vivid storytelling and mix of hope and heartbreak is an addictive formula.

Title: Hermit Crabs 
  Author: Neal Pronek
Publisher: T.F.H
Copyright:1982 Yes 1982

Includes information on choosing and caring for land hermit crabs. Includes 31 color and 29 black and white pics. This book, and it's photos ARE dated, but that only adds to the entertainment value for me :D 

Title: New Atlas OF Human Anatomy with Poster & CD-ROM 
  Author: Thomas McCracken and Richard Walker
Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) 
Copyright:(October 2000)

Full description for The New Atlas of Human Anatomy: Book Depository
Since earliest times we have been fascinated with the marvellous machine that is our body and have made efforts to understand anatomy and map the body and its systems. Today we are in the midst of extraordinary innovation - the US National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project has produced the first anatomically exact and complete, three-dimensional, computer-generated reconstruction of an actual human body. The amazing imagery revealed in this unique book is derived from the process of digitising the thousands of cross sections of a body and is the result of years of painstaking research combined with innovative computer-modelling techniques. This process comes closest to achieving the ideal of anatomical representation - which is to re-create visually the exact forms of the body and all its parts.

 This is what my children have been perusing in their spare time this week. As their mother, (and being totally unbiased...NOT!) I'm delighted with their choices :D 


Carl V. said... Best Blogger Tips

That is quite the wide variety of books!

I too have a problem with a weekly growing book pile. I get the house all cleaned up and then over the course of the week the little table in my office gets piled high with books. Some are new purchases or things sent by book companies through the mail, but often it is my habits of pulling books off the shelf to start reading, etc. that ends up creating a big pile.

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

Blimey what a variety. Good cause to be proud too I reckon. Our collect all through the house and I usually end up piling them on the stairs till someone takes them upstairs... same as you this happens every week :P

Nymeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Franny and Zooey is such a great book. Enjoy!

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Carl: Yes, I have odd
Ahhh so the guilty culprit fesses up, but really, I always wanted a house full of books and my wish came true...I feel very lucky indeed :D

Carmen: are you the one that winds up bringing them up the stairs as And TY :D

Melissa (Books and Things) said... Best Blogger Tips

Great Pyrenees! Oh I had wanted a Pyr for a long time. They are so sweet! Yep, loves me the big puppies! :)

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Melissa, ours is named Kaipo Ruler of Realms...I know...I'm a geek, but she's just gorgeous, a wonderful example of a guardian breed. We love her lots :D

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! what a collection!! I'd love to get my hand on that manual for exotic pet survival. I have more interest on reptile since I adopted 2 turtles :)