What We’re Reading This Week

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poking a dead frogPoking a Dead Frog by Mike Sacks

“Humor journalist Mike Sacks dissects the what-if’s, what-for’s, who-if’s, and the what-you-talking-about’s of comedy writing by interviewing dozens of today’s most successful, least successful, and least most performers and writers of modern laffs.”



thicketyThe Thickety by J.A. White

“I’m not done with it yet, but what I’ve read so far is about the daughter of a witch. It’s creepy– a forest with black leaved trees, a faceless crow with one eye in its chest, and three mysterious deaths. A chilling book to read in the heat of summer. Plus there are awesome black and white illustrations!”


droughtThe Drought by J.G. Ballard

“An amazing apocalyptic work which, in spite of being written in 1965, feels pertinent today. Due to chemical dumping and pollution, water has reacted by creating a thin layer which prevents evaporation. People resort to using sea water and are forced to move to the coast in order to survive. In the great tradition along with Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, Ballard’s books sound better and better as I learn more about them. High Rise is another that’s made its way onto my list.”


the man who loved books too muchThe Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

“I love books, but definitely not like this fellow. I love books because I love the stories, while what he likes it the owning and collecting of books. It seems like he wants people to think he’s intelligent and is after the status books give him rather than what’s in them. It’s a weird idea to me, but it made for a quick and interesting read.”


the bright continentThe Bright Continent by Dayo Olopade

“Though this book is sectioned in African History, it would be right at home in Current Events as well. I studied African politics through grad school and oftentimes, the focus is on what’s going wrong on the African continent. Refreshingly, this book focuses on what’s going right and how the lack of resources is breeding innovation. Both accessible and well-written, this is a great book to learn about Africa beyond the headlines of your preferred news outlet.”


console warsConsole Wars by Blake J. Harris

“This book is basically a history of the war between Sega and Super Nintendo. While done mostly from the Sega perspective, this didn’t bother me as a Sega kid. They were the rag tag underdogs who emerged to take on Nintendo. They did a pretty good job too even if they only make games now for their old foe. Even though we know how it ends, it’s great to see the new guys make an impact.”


lines that wiggleLines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman
illustrated by Steve Wilson

“One of the favorites at my house. Lines That Wiggle has some of the best monsters you can find, hands down.”


every cowgirl goes to school Every Cowgirl Goes to School by Rebecca Janni
illustrated by Lynne Avril

“Lila is going to kindergarten soon and so we’ve been reading this to her in preparation. Because if cowgirls do it, it’s something worth doing.”

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