Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Books Part XIII

Because I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales & Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to its Kids by Ken Jennings - This may be the only book I've ever read that can be found in the parenting section (though I found it in new arrivals). Writing in an enjoyable style, Jennings looks at scientific research to determine which parental sayings or scoldings have merit. I also bought a copy for a friend who just had a baby. 5 stars

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell - Anybody can enjoy a lovely beach, a lush meadow, or a waterfall on a clear mountain stream, but fewer can find beauty in exploited tar sands, a clear-cut Amazon forest, or a river of human waste. Blackwell takes us to places I'd rather not go myself, which is the best kind of travel book. 5 stars

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales by Todd Snider - Anyone familiar with Snider's music knows he is a great storyteller and a funny guy. This book doesn't disappoint. The backstories of his songs are as good as the songs themselves. 4 stars

Northern Songs: The True Story of the Beatles' Song Publishing Empire by Brian Southall with Rupert Perry - Had this book been about any other songwriter(s), it probably would have bored me to tears. Being about the Beatles makes it more interesting, but Northern Songs isn't something most people outside the music business would enjoy reading. Also it seems like the authors rushed the last few chapters, or maybe the copyeditor quit early. 4 stars


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