Running with the Kenyans

runningwiththekenyans.jpgAlthough a bit less epic in scope, Running with the Kenyans is pleasantly reminiscent of  Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, and is highly recommended to fans of the latter.  I found Mr. Finn’s analysis of the barefoot running phenomenon fascinating, thoroughly enjoyed his search for the silver bullet responsible for the amazing success of Kenyan runners, and suspect that the majority of his conclusions are sound.  May I suggest a quick peek at what the critics are saying below, and then a mad dash to the library to grab a copy..?

“Part scientific study, travel memoir, and tale of self-discovery, Finn’s journey makes for a smart and entertaining read.”—Publishers Weekly

*****

“A hymn to the spirit, to the heartbreaking beauty of tenacity, to the joy of movement.”—The Plain Dealer

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A Thousand Mornings Promo

a thousand mornings.jpgThree reasons why you simply must attend our April 21, 2014 celebration of Mary Oliver’s delightful A Thousand Mornings:

1) Mary Oliver’s poetry has garnered her both a Pulitzer Prize, and a National Book Award.

2) April is National Poetry Month.

3)  The discussion will be moderated by the ever popular Richard “The Professor” Schneider.

My goodness, it’s like the stars have aligned!  I hope to see you there.

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English is Crazy!

English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.

 

English is Crazy! had me grinning from ear to ear.  It came as no surprise that it draws on the work of fellow language lover Richard Lederer.  The titles listed below, both penned by Mr. Lederer, have long been favorites of mine, and I thought that I’d pay it forward…

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 The Miracle of Language

Crazy English

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Chuck Wendig

I’m not quite certain how I stumbled upon the above book trailer, which promotes Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series, but it was love at first viewing.  Gritty and spare, words dancing to pitch perfect narration….  Wow!  Library Guy says click the link(s) below to gather intel and/or request copies of this dark and disturbing duo.

Mockingbird

“…Darker than dark, Mockingbird will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget, so fortify your stomach and settle in, because you’re going to want to read this one in one sitting.” — My Bookish Ways

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Blackbirds 

“Wendig’s second novel is a splendidly profane slice of urban fantasy – hard, dark and fast. Slick one-liners and laugh-out-loud descriptions pepper the prose, making Blackbirds a black comedy that even the Grim Reaper could smile at.” — The Financial Times

 

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The Awesome Anthem

Friday morning, and the sun was once again absent.  No need to worry though.  A chance discovery of Sekou Andrews’ The Awesome Anthem  lit-up daybreak with a delightful mix of humor, inspiration, and poetry.  We’re talking honest to goodness bona fide soul shine here, and certainly well-worth the time it takes to watch.

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Scared Witless 2

newspaperThe moon, a filmy oozing orb framed by the blackest of nights, bathed my sleeping chambers in a most menacing light.  Freshly awoke from a feverish slumber, this state of affairs did little to dispel a sense of unease, no doubt emanating from the disturbing dream that I now feel compelled to share with you.  Seized by the wonderlust, I sunk my fangs deep into the warm and throbbing jugular of the Internet.  I was immediately overwhelmed, nearly driven mad by the ceaseless babble of meta-data coursing through my neural circuitry.  Of particular note were three twisted tomes, whose titles were repeated over and over, like some sort of perverse mantra, an unholy chant if there ever was one.  All I can say, dear reader, is that if you decide to proceed further, please prepare to be scared witless…

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Daughter of the Sword

Posted by Bill Good

daughter of the sword.jpgSteven Bein’s Daughter of the Sword is a story taking place on numerousl levels.  A detective is assigned to look into an attempt to steal a samurai sword from elderly professor Yasuo Yamada. In between passages, we are given a glimpse into the history of this blade, and others from the same forge.

More than a century before the other great sword makers of Japan were beginning, Inazuma was crafting his blades. To most, his story is little more than fanciful legend. Few realize he was real, and that his swords still exist. They have traveled down the centuries, cherished by those who hold them, because Inazuma put magic as well as superb steel into his work. But magic is not always benign.

Mariko Oshiro, the first female Detective Sergeant of the Tokyo P.D., has been assigned a task below her skills and pay-grade, looking into an attempt to steal a samurai sword. Professor Yamada knows what he has, and dares not whisper the truth to his peers, for his expertise would be dismissed did he talk of Inazuma. Detective Oshiro needs to learn of swords and swordsmanship, if she is to stop a dangerous Yakuza who already owns one such blade,  and will stop at nothing to have another.

“If you have any interest in Japanese culture, samurais, bushido…ah hell, just read it…freaking epic.”
–Pure Textuality

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