On the Nightstand

by kara on August 11, 2014

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

By David Quammen
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393346619, 587pp.)

Publication Date: September 2013

 

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by kara on August 5, 2014

Readers, I have a broken arm and it such a pain in  the butt to type with one hand. Instead of writing anything, I am reading dozens of books from across the spectrum which I will report back on when I get this fckng cast of my arm.

Peace out,

- KV

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On the Nightstand

by kara on August 5, 2014

Harvey Cushing A Life in Surgery

By Michael Bliss
(Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780195329612, 591pp.)

Publication Date: August 2007

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On the Nightstand

by kara on August 4, 2014

(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307592736, 336pp.)

Publication Date: March 20, 2012

 

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by kara on August 1, 2014

This is grotesque:

How Can a Gentleman Appear Well-Read?

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On the Nightstand

by kara on August 1, 2014

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805097450, 256pp.)

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

 

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Onthe Nightstand

by kara on July 14, 2014

Abroad by Katie Crouch

Sarah Crichton Books, Hardcover, 9780374100360, 304pp.)

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

 

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On the Nightstand

by kara on July 7, 2014

Friendship By Emily Gould

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374158613, 272pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

 

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Here’s a fun library story for ya.

by kara on July 7, 2014

Welcome to post racial ‘Murica. Guess we can shut down the whole NAACP thing now.

Because there is no greater celebration of a nation than public mockery of its duly elected leader, an entire town of racist assholes policed by racist assholes had this really cool Independence Day parade. It happened in Norfolk, Nebraska (aka America’s outhouse), and featured an “Obama Presidential Library” float where the “library” was an outhouse

It didn’t include a noose, so there’s that.

The wooden-like shitter was on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a blue pickup truck (If they had any imagination the pickup would be “Rollin’ Coal”). The words “Obama Presidential Library” posted across its side,  because that is some quality humor. The eerie figure that stood outside guarding the structure was dressed in overalls and stood next to a walker. The ghoul’s head and hands were green and “zombie lie” ;and there were miniature American flags affixed on top of the float and on the pickup as well.

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in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kansas, a 9-year-old named Spencer Collins has been informed by the city that his nifty Little Library” is in violation of zoning ordinances, and has to be removed. Now of course, the real lesson is that inside any organization there are pinheads who are sticklers for the rules, and freedom and democracy are advanced by laughing and shaming them into better behavior, not by doing away with governance altogether, but you can bet that this story will get traction on the right as an example of why government is no damn good, ever, and on the left as an example of “Kansas.”

Spencer was motivated to set up his little library after hearing about the Little Free Library movement, which seeks to share books for free from homemade book repositories with one simple rule: “take a book, return a book in order” to promote literacy and lifelong learning that claims to boast about 15,000 of these homemade libraries nationwide. And Spencer being one of those bright hyper-literate kids that far too many of us can achingly identify with  -Identify with them, well as having taken lumps for being one of them – he set up his very own Little Library, complete with a bench for people to sit and read on.

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