The backyard parables : lessons on gardening, and life

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Margaret Roach
Title: The backyard parables : lessons on gardening, and life
Ms. Roach dishes out a little less “woo-woo” (as she calls it), and a little more concrete (pardon the expression) horticultural knowledge than in her previous book ” And I Shall Have some Peace There”. The book is a combination of reflective vignettes and gardening directions, organized by the seasons of the year. Ms. Roach shows, on occasion, a writing style that reminds me of her former employee, Martha Stewart. All in all, it’s an interesting read, and you might learn something about gardening.

Gift from the Sea

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Gift from the Sea 
This classic collection of essays touches on women’s place in society and poses the question of how to balance self-preservation and the myriad needs that everyday life brings. What’s especially interesting is how Morrow touches on marriage and relationships, both marital and extramarital, during the time when her husband, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, had a secret hidden family in addition to the family and children he had with her. The book also discusses how advancements in mechanization have impacted women – and not always for the better. This is especially interesting when you consider that the book was written more than fifty years ago.

This is not a book of fluff, but one to be read carefully, and perhaps more than once.

The Swerve: how the world became modern

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Stephen  Greenblatt
The Swerve: how the world became modern ( sound recording CD)
This book traces the Roman work by Lucretius, entitled “De Rerum Natura”, or “On the Nature of Things.” The original work was lost, found, destroyed, and rediscovered throughout history, and Greenblatt focuses on the book lover who ultimately saved it from oblivion. On the way we learn about the history of civilization and how we have dealt with radical ideas. Even more startling than the ignorance and brutality that can befall those who refuse to conform were the surprising insights within “On the Nature of Things,” which talks about the true physical structure of our world – atoms and their apparent randomness.

Nothing

FromTeen Book Reviewer
author: Teller, Janne
Nothing
I just completed reading the book “Nothing” by Janne Teller. This novel is
originally written in Danish and has won the Best Children’s Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry. The book has a foreign feel to it what with a lot of the names being kept in the English translation.

The story revolves around a group of seventh graders in a small town in Denmark. At the beginning of the new school year, one of their classmates, Pierre Anthon, decides that life has no meaning and that we are all a part of nothing. He walks out of school, climbs up a plum tree and refuses to come down. Each day as the children pass the tree on their way to the school he taunts them with his new philosophy of life and how what they are doing is utterly meaningless. When the children get frustrated, they decide to show Pierre the meaning of life. The story gets interesting as each child is forced by the others to part with their most meaningful possession as they put together a “heap of meaning” for Pierre. The ending of the story is quite interesting. As such, the book is quite a different read – nothing like what I’ve read before. I recommend this book if you are in the mood to read something unusual.