Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:00 PM
John Steinbeck - The Pearl and Burning Bright
Karl Barth - Word of God and Word of Man
Lindsay and I talked of starting a Book Stack for Rory, but ended up not doing so. As it turned out she got a fair number of books anyway. Also, we frequent the library with her anyway (usually twice per month) and books are one luxury we usually don't feel bad about buying for her. It's working so far, she's 2 1/2 and absolutely loves "reading". It's amazing how many books she's memorized. The other day I caught her reciting almost an entire Amelia Bedilia book.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:38 PM
I didn't get a stack, but I did get a curious title, which Debthelibrarian might enjoy: Free for All: Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library, by librarian Don Borchert. My brother purchased this for me on a whim, figuring that although I'm not a librarian, I might recognize a lot of truth in what Borchert has to share. I tore through half the book (I have the paperback; the link is to the hardback) in a day. Lots of fun!
In the next couple of days, I'm hoping for more price-slashing, which will make my few gift cards go further. I didn't receive David Thomson's Have You Seen?, so that's my priority pick-up.
Edited by Christian, 28 December 2008 - 05:39 PM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 11:49 PM
Thomas F. Torrance - Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ
Paul D. Molnar - Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding
John Webster (ed.) - Theology After Liberalism: Classical and Contemporary Readings
Wolfhart Pannenberg - Introduction to Systematic Theology
Jurgen Moltmann - Trinity and the Kingdom
Donald Bloesch - A Theology of Word & Spirit
Aside from the obvious fact that I picked them out myself, I'm really excited for these books as they're not readily available for borrowing. I'm especially excited for Torrance's and Molnar's books as I believe they will be very helpful for my own research interests.
I've enjoyed what I've read of Webster and his edited work comes highly recommended by a professor.
I count myself as a big Moltmann fan and will continue to chip away at his expansive number of delightful works.
I find Pannenberg to be a good person to read in chorus with Barth and his introduction to Systematic Theology seemed a cheaper alternative than all three volumes of his proper Systematic Theology.
I've already read three of the seven volumes of Bloesch's Christian Foundations series. Bloesch does a good job of providing a survey of representative Christian thinkers on given areas of Christian Dogmatics and offering his opinion on where they suceed and fail yet giving room for the reader to make up his or her own mind. Any of these volumes are a great resource to have sitting on your shelf. I went with this volume as I am particularly interested in the doctrine of revelation at this point.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:56 PM
This holiday season I am putting my column where my heart is, and so I'm asking "Ask Amy" readers to celebrate by giving a book to a child, through a homegrown campaign called, "A Book on Every Bed."
Here's how it works:
Take a book.
Place it on a child's bed so it's the first thing she sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate).
Posted 09 December 2010 - 10:13 PM
In case you're curious, I bought her Madeline, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Giving Tree, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 10:23 PM
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:09 PM
I have several other books on my list, and a few gifts still to receive and open locally and at my in-laws' place. Whatever I don't receive gets considered as part of my gift-card/cash pool, which I'll spend before the new year. At this point I'm thinking the money will go toward music, but that'll likely chnage if I don't receive the new Library of America collection of Pauline Kael's writings.
Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:50 PM
Zone One-Colson Whitehead
The Illumination-Kevin Brockmeier
The Art of Fielding-Chad Harbach
And two audiobooks:
Among the Missing-Dan Chaon
Edited by Tyler, 25 December 2011 - 02:52 PM.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 12:06 PM
Does a virtual stack count? I gratefully received Scenes from Village Life, by Amos Oz, The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, (which appears to be a sort of Harry Potter Goes to College and Discovers Sex and Drugs), and Aurorarama by Jean Christophe Valtat. But the Kindle is still about a quarter-inch thick.
I didn't get any books this year (the whole "why buy a librarian books" thing) but I bought my husband The Oxford Companion to Beer.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 04:13 PM
No Kael-book gift for me, so I've got to prioritize the items I didn't receive and figure out my next steps.
that'll likely chnage if I don't receive the new Library of America collection of Pauline Kael's writings.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:01 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:45 PM
Rory got her second-annual book stack:... Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Board Book, ....
I'm among the world's cheerleaders when it comes to giving children books as early as possible, reading to & with them, etc., but..."Romeo & Juliet"? I googled "babylit board books" and found this Publishers' Weekly article in which the editor says "Baby Lit is like a CliffsNotes versions for little kids with great illustration"--which already puts me off. There's so many great children's books. Can't they wait until high school (at least) to read Shakespeare? And what about the double suicide that ends R&J? No worries, says "creative director" Gibbs Smith in one of the comments:
Obviously R&J focuses on the love story, not the gritty details of the original play. Just like elementary schools who put the play on year after year with kids, the good can be extracted to create an enjoyable story for all ages.
So it's like "CleanFlicks" Shakespeare for toddlers? I'm not criticizing you, DarrenH, but the whole concept of this series, which also includes Pride and Prejudice. Just say no.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:47 PM
Our 21 month-old Daisy got a few books, including a great board book called "Sisters,"
Based on the Brian De Palma movie?
Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:35 PM
My toddler, newb that she is, doesn't get the reference, but I always chuckle knowingly to myself.