Reading Addict

The Human Invention by Laura Raphael

Take a moment to appreciate how very difficult it is to read this sentence.

Well, not specifically that sentence, but every sentence. Cognitive scientists will tell you that it’s a monumental task to learn how to read even just one WORD of a sentence. You have to look at random, complex, squiggly marks on a page, identify the letters as representing sounds, and then translate those sounds into a word that makes sense. And you have to do it quickly, automatically, or risk losing the meaning completely.

A Fairy Tale of New York by Nick Abrahamson

It would be too easy, too dismissive, to say Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale is about New York City.  It is set in New York City.  It is about New Yorkers.  But similar to Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin,

Rebecca's Favorite Books of 2012 by Rebecca Howard

Fiction

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Erdrich is my favorite novelist, so it stands to reason that if she publishes a book during the year, it will be on my favorite list.  In this novel, Fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz comes to understand the complexities of justice and revenge when his mother is brutally attacked and sinks into a debilitating depression.

Let Us Help You Find Your Next Great Read by Rebecca Howard

Are you ever at a loss for what to read next?  The library has a service to help you!  Your Next Great Read is an online, form-based readers’ advisory service designed for adult library card holders.  What does that mean, exactly?  Fill out a survey about your reading interests and preferences, and we will create a personaliz

Easy Bake Ovens & Funny Ladies by Laura Raphael

Perhaps you’ve heard of the 8th grade girl’s recent (and successful) petition to Hasbro to make a “gender-neutral” Easy Bake Oven so her younger brother can use it without being embarrassed by its sparkly pinkness. Yay for busting gender stereotypes!

However, I can’t help but being surprised that such an obvious gender stereotype still exists. Another hoary old bit of sexist horrible-ness is “Women aren’t funny.”  It’s an idea bandied about in the media occasionally, usually by men who – surprising! – aren’t particularly funny themselves. (Adam Carolla, I’m looking at you.)

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