Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Friday, September 23, 2011

"I'm cozy to the core"

At a recent workshop I lead on the cozy mystery, one lady declared to the group - "I'm cozy to the core!" Well how can you not take up a recommendation from someone with so much passion for cozy mysteries. So I tried Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames. It is the first in her Cheese Shop Mysteries series.

My only big complaint is that I now want to eat some of those cheeses and don't have a good cheese shop locally. sigh.

Charlotte is our ace amateur detective, who has taken over running the family cheese shop in Ohio. Nasty Ed is stabbed outside her shop with her cheese knife and Grandmere is the prime suspect. This is a fun romp of a cozy. I'm part way through Lost and Fondue, the second book.

In India again

I've been reading memoirs set in India lately. So I had to pick up Sideways on a Scooter by Kennedy. It was an engaging memoir of a young woman, who feels she must satisfy her family's wanderlust genes. She moves to Delhi and settles into a neighborhood, where she works to fit in with her neighbors as she works as a journalist.
Kennedy has done a good job of balancing introspection and exploring the culture of India from the eyes of a woman. I really enjoyed this one.

So I'm a Feynman fan.

As you may have guessed I'm a big fan of physicist Richard Feynman. I was a bit nervous about the idea of making his life a graphic novel. After all Gribben and Glieck both clocked in their bios at over 300 pages. However I adored Ottavaini and Myrick's graphic novel biography Feynman.

They have covered the important aspects of his life and science. The book was really like a visit with the man. Give it a try.

Friday, September 02, 2011

New Cool

I have always loved robots from Robot Wars to FIRST competitions. Just love to watch those robots in action. So I was tickled to see that someone had written a book about FIRST robotics team 1717, the Penguineers from California. I've liked their robots and now I really like their school

Neal Bascomb followed the team around for the competition season and New Cool is the result. It was a fascinating look at their teacher and the new team pulling together to get their robot done in time, when the team had no previous build experience.

I give this two thumbs up and would give it more if I had them. Hey robotics team got any robot thumbs?