Sunday, September 10, 2017

Degrees Kelvin--#49 finished


A book about William Thomson a physicist in the 1800s that was renown world wide for his work in electricity and much else.  A great mind and interesting character that was involved in science and new technologies during his time.  He later became Lord Kelvin appointed this by the Queen of England.  I am not a science guy so much of the technical in & outs of the book were not up my alley but really still can appreciate the work the scientists did at the time with the limited resources in comparison to today.

I have already posted it on PBS & should be mailing off later this week, there was 1 WL for it so figured I should move it quick.

The Visible Man--#48 finished

A man develops a kind of cloaking outfit where he can be in a room and basically not be seen.  The book is about him discussing this with a counselor and the counselor's notes & transcripts are becoming a book for the counselor.  Interesting idea and can see where there is probably some research going into this area.  As far as the characters and the book, well not so much.  I have liked other things I have read by the author but this one just wasn't for me.  I didn't like the characters, I didn't believe the actions of the characters so basically didn't by into or like the book.

There are I think 11 WL for it so I will gladly mail it off to someone else & maybe they will enjoy it.

Friday, September 8, 2017

U is for Undertow--#47 finished

This is the next in the Kinsey Millhone series.  I do enjoy this series & this was a good continuation of it.  A little bit of a journey back in time with some hippies and drug dealing in the '70s that led to a kidnapping for money and a dead little girl.  Kinsey does the leg work & figures it out.  Also she is learning new things about her relatives & them trying to connect with her when she was growing up.  Fun series and while I want to keep pushing ahead & read them, it will be a little sad once it is done too.

These are all on my keeper shelf at this point.  Might have to re-read them and/or I have been trying to get others to read them.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!--46 finished

This is a kind of autobiography by Bob Newhart, not too in depth but touches on the points of his life and his career in comedy.  I have always liked his TV shows and enjoy that he still making appearances on Big Bang Theory.  He touches on some of his stand routines from early '60s but reading them I am sure isn't the same as seeing or even hearing them.  I didn't know that his comedy routines sold that well on albums.  Good read.

I will post it on PBS, there are like 9 copies already in system so might take a while before it moves.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pig Candy--#45 finished

This is a memoir by Lise Funderburg about her father's life written and much of the focus about his last couple of years of life fighting cancer.  His dad born in 1926, grew up as a black child in small town Georgia.  His dad was a doctor there but this was still the time of Jim Crow laws & the KKK.  She includes stories of her grandfather & her dad growing up.  Her dad ended up in Philly where he met & married his mom, a white lady.  The marriage only lasted around a dozen years & they had 3 girls.  Her dad became a very successful businessman in real estate and she doesn't go much into their relationship from divorce on to recent.  Her dad is fighting a losing battle against prostate cancer and she goes into all the doctor appointments that also include heart issues and infections.  Her dad also has bought a plot of land back in Georgia in the town he grew up and wants to spend much of his time there and the people from there he knows.  Good read with lots of interesting perspectives on life.

I will post it on PBS, there are no copies in system so expect it to move at some point.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind--#44 finished

A very good & interesting read about a young teenage boy in Malawi that builds a windmill so he could have electricity for his house.  The book talks about life there in a small rural farming town and how a famine hits the whole country.  This famine causes his family to go from maintaining a reasonable life to struggling to survive.  His parents seem to be intelligent to find ways to make it through even though there is barely any food for the family.  They survive while many thousands others throughout the country starve to death.  Because of this famine and all their money going for food, they cannot pay to keep their son William in school.  William wanting an education starts going to a local library and checking out books and especially likes science books.  Reading about building a windmill, he goes in search of parts in a local dumping area for large items like trucks, tractors, etc that are just wore out as well as trading for needed items, he is able to construct his windmill.  It produces electricity and does so for awhile before it gains the attention of people like radio and newspapers.  From there he gets to go to a TED group in Africa and gains a mentor that also fundraises for him and helps him get into schools to continue his education.  I have not checked online yet to see what has become of him since, that is next.

I will post this on PBS at some point, I think there are 8 or maybe 11 WL for it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Death Comes For the Archbishop--#43 finished

This is a re-reading of a book that I have listed as one of my favorites.  I had to check back on my lists & found that I first read this in 2004 and hadn't read it since.  I can see why it is a favorite, Cather really puts you into New Mexico/Arizona land just being touched by Europeans/Americans.  You get a real sense of the natives and the Mexicans and especially the land.  The story weaves around the archbishop and his close companion priest, both grew up in Seminary together and traveled to new world and worked in OH before being reassigned to New Mexico.  Just a really good read and example of why Cather's writings have endured.

This is a keeper for me so won't be going away.