Fiction Friday: The Paris Architect

Fiction Friday: The Paris Architect

Paris, 1942: After two years of German occupation the Nazis have increased their efforts to eliminate the Jewish population. Architect Lucien Bernard is approached by a wealthy businessman to design hiding places for Jews. At first both alarmed and appalled by the risk he is being asked to take, Lucien reluctantly agrees when he is offered an additional commission to design a factory. He becomes intrigued by the design possibilities in creating the hiding places as well as excited at the prospect of outwitting the Germans. Though he begins with little sympathy for…continue reading →
Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer. Cleverly written and full…continue reading →
The Ig Nobel Prize

The Ig Nobel Prize

The world is a strange, fascinating and sometimes hilarious place. Nothing brings that idea to light better than the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded by the Improbable Research organization. Motto: Research that makes people LAUGH then THINK. generic cialis lowest price This year’s honors, presented September 12 in the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, were conferred by actual Nobel Prize winners. Honorees included a study on dung beetles using the Milky Way for navigation, whether listening to opera music prolongs the life of mice with heart transplants and, my personal favorite, in…continue reading →
(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

No stranger to the Banned Book list (Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010), author David Sedaris in his latest work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, looks at themes of modern culture. In each chapter, ranging from talking to telemarketers, sitting by strangers on an airplane or French reaction to the reelection of Barak Obama, Sedaris reveals not only something of himself but also something of contemporary society. For instance, in “Attaboy” he describes the reaction of a mother and father when their son is caught defacing a mailbox (accusing the victim of wrongdoing!)…continue reading →