>A Boy Named Shel is an eye-opening look into the life of one of my favorite writers.
Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was read a book my parents had gotten for me called “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”
It was with this book that I first fell in love with the wit, humor, and downright silliness of Mr. Shel Silverstein. I am sure we all know the tale of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, and wondered “Why wouldn’t she take the garbage out?”
My parents at the time were also fans of Shel. Not only was he a successful cartoonist and poet, be he was also a very accomplished songwriter. Most people are unaware that Shel was the one who wrote the song “Cover of a Rolling Stone” made popular by Dr. Hook. So when I heard Dr. Hook singing Shel’s poems, I was instantly hooked on Dr. Hook. (sorry for the pun.)
Despite all of this success, Shel was at times quite insecure about his many talents. But he was the only one, young and old found humor and joy in his work. Shel was after all our ‘Missing Piece.’
Sophie Kinsella once again brings her capacity for a funny romance novel to this story of love, life, and amnesia. Here’s the rundown: Young women gets in a car wreck, gets amnesia, can’t remember the past three years, finds out what people are telling her about that time is not exactly the truth and unintentionally falls in love with the same man from the forgotten time (who is not her husband).
It is fairly predictable and there is no earth-shaking revelations about life, love, or amnesia – but it is a good fluffy read to sit back and enjoy this spring.
P.S. – if you have seen the ABC television show “Samantha Who”, you will feel like you are having dejavu in some spots, except there is no regaining of the memory.
April is the anniversary month for several significant events in the history of space travel. On April 12, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space and the first man to orbit the earth. On April 13, 1970, Commander Jim Lovell uttered the words “Houston, we’ve got a problem”, which led to a frantic search by NASA engineers to solve the problems resulting from an oxygen tank explosion on the spacecraft Apollo 13. The accident, the harrowing hours afterwards and the tense planning to bring the astronauts back to earth are related in Lovell’s book Lost Moon: the perilous voyage of Apollo 13. In our audiovisual collection, Manhattan Public Library also owns the DVD of the award-winning film based on Lovell’s book, titled Apollo 13. April 12 is also the anniversary date of the first flight of a space shuttle, Columbia, in 1981, and the first flight of a U.S. Senator, Jake Garn, in 1985. The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed on April 25, 1990.
If you’re looking for clear, concise explanations of many aspects of space–astronautics, planets, telescopes, discoveries, etc.–you might try the National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space.
Coincidentally, April is also the anniversary (April 15, 1950) of the television program “Buck Rogers”!
>For a lot of us, planes have held us endlessly fascinated. When we think of the history of flight certain planes jump out at us: The Wright Flyer, The Spirit of St. Louis, The MiG, P51 Mustang……the list goes on.
What I love about 50 Aircraft that changed the world is that it covers the historical significance of the aircraft when it was first introduced, and the inclusions are based on importance to history, not popularity in the mass culture. The book also goes on to explain how the 50 planes came into existence, and what sets these planes apart from all others.
This book is a must for the aero-phile and those of us that spent our youth putting together airplane models after school.