Tag Archive for Nonfiction

Book Review: Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Newell Clark, Jr.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of the Clark family history was pretty interesting, but most of the focus on Huguette’s adult life was not so much. I felt a bit sad for this woman, who clearly did not cope with change (or life in general) in a very healthy way. Eventually it felt like I was just reading lists of high-end transactions (and all such a waste of money), and the court battle over her estate was bothersome, to say the least. Perhaps the book was just too long for what it covered; had it been shorter, it might have been more enjoyable.

Book Review: All Natural*: *A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier by Nathanael Johnson

All Natural*: *A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier by Nathanael Johnson An interesting premise to look at an interesting question: is natural really better? The subjects examined seemed like a bit of a mish-mash, though the author had some personal connection to all of them. Not all of them were handled with as much detail though, especially later on in the book, and some relevant questions were overlooked, especially when looking at health/healing and how pigs are raised. An ok book overall though, and it can certainly lead to pursuing some topics further.

Book Review: This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson I was browsing the “Staff Picks” section at a local library when I came across This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson. I like libraries, have considered becoming a librarian, and know some librarians, so this sounded just right for me.

The book is a really light read, which was nice, since I usually don’t like reading nonfiction that’s rather heavy. It presented different aspects of being a librarian and running a library, including some different takes on libraries, both good and bad. My only complaint was that it had way too much about librarians who use Second Life, which I found really boring. The rest of the book was enjoyable though, and has made me think again about pursuing a library science degree.