Wars, riots, revolutions--they can all be explained by economics. In this entertaining comic Michael Goodwin will take you on a tour of history from Wars, riots, revolutions--they can all be explained by economics. In this entertaining comic Michael Goodwin will take you on a tour of history from the beginnings of capitalism to the modern day and explain the economic causes of every major event from the American Revolution to the Great Depression. Along the way he pulls out the wittiest lines, goriest details, and most amusing anecdotes.
Economics was never my favorite subject but I absolutely loved this graphic novel! By describing various economic theories chronologically and placing them in historical context the importance of the topics is clear and the information much easier to remember. Michael Goodwin also has an excellent sense of humor. Some of the details seemed too insane to be true (like the part about the Dutch Prime Minister being eaten--but I doubled checked and found that not only is it true but there's a famous painting of it that I immediately regretted finding.) It seems that economics is stranger than fiction.
I'd give this to anyone looking for an entertaining nonfiction comic or anyone seeking to understand the economy better. I'd say it's fine for 7th grade and up. ...more
This was my school's summer read for teachers and parents. The book was surprisingly practical and concrete in its suggestions and re-stated everythinThis was my school's summer read for teachers and parents. The book was surprisingly practical and concrete in its suggestions and re-stated everything multiple ways to show how these principles could be explained to children and applied to your own life as an adult. There were plenty of mini-comics and illustrations so it was a very fast read. There were some things in there that I will definitely apply to my own life and how I interact with my students but this book is mainly aimed at parents. They even have an appendix that you can refer to over time that shows how the concepts apply at different ages as your child grows up. You get a lot of useful insight and techniques for a small time investment. I'd definitely recommend this to any parents out there.
This is an excellent read for elementary school teachers and librarians. Hobbs and Moore define media literacy, discuss why it is so important to teacThis is an excellent read for elementary school teachers and librarians. Hobbs and Moore define media literacy, discuss why it is so important to teach it our students, and describe how they have gone about doing this. There is a nice balance between philosophy and practical examples of lessons they have done with students. My only quibble is that I wish the example lessons had listed which grades they had actually tried them with. With the increase of digital tools in our classrooms and the ever-present influence of the media on our students it is imperative that we teach them how to become thoughtful media consumers, recognize how others use media to deliver messages, and learn how to use digital tools to make their voices heard.
Nonfiction is not my favorite genre, but I really enjoyed this book about genetics. The information is conveyed through a series of interesting anecdoNonfiction is not my favorite genre, but I really enjoyed this book about genetics. The information is conveyed through a series of interesting anecdotes that I found myself bringing up in conversation often because they were too good not to share. The scientific explanations that accompany the stories are all told in accessible language that left me with a much better understanding of DNA than my university biology class did. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining and informative popular science book. From John Fitzgerald Kennedy to Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec and from Einstein's brain to Polar Bear livers, this book has it all!
This memoir/comic/cookbook is entirely wonderful and unlike anything else I've ever read. There's some great general tips on how to cook properly as wThis memoir/comic/cookbook is entirely wonderful and unlike anything else I've ever read. There's some great general tips on how to cook properly as well as delicious-looking recipes. Reading about the process of opening and running a restaurant and prepping for Iron Chef was fascinating and throughout the narrative there's humorous asides that are supported by drawings of everything from drunk tomatoes to synchronized swimming butter. Cohen also goes into the history of food and why we view vegetables and meats in our society the way we do today. It's a lot to fit in one book but Cohen and Dunlavey pull it off. It's intended for adults but it would be fine for teens interested in cooking as well.
I like the idea of presenting the research that backs up the utility of mindfulness along with information on how to practice it. I think it could ha I like the idea of presenting the research that backs up the utility of mindfulness along with information on how to practice it. I think it could have been edited down a lot though. Because it tried to appeal to rational and irrational parts of the mind it included a lot of examples of scientific studies and anecdotes that covered the same ground. I also felt that there was a bit too much of both. Studies were often described even if the author admitted that they were not rigorous enough to suggest anything other than the need for further research in that area. I felt that a lot of these could have been cut--this is for lay people and not a grad paper after all. The writing also could have been clearer and better worded at times. For example: "Today the remnants of these readily made fears are evident by the disproportionate number of phobias that people have toward snakes and spiders compared with things to which they are exposed far more often, such as kittens or toothbrushes" (p.103 in the paperback edition). I believe the real reason people are more afraid of snakes than toothbrushes is because one is possibly poisonous and one is a freakin' toothbrush! It would have made far more sense if they had said cars or hamburgers, which both actually have a chance at killing you yet are less likely to scare people. I suppose it's possible they were trying to be funny, but it really didn't seem like that. It's disappointing that the book isn't better written because I think it contains a lot of great information and there's several practices from this book that I found helpful and am implementing in my life. I do recommend this book because it does have great nuggets of information in it, but I'd also recommend skimming through a lot of it and just focusing on the parts that you think will be useful.
As an introvert, I loved this book for naming and normalizing so many things that I do and feel. It contained a lot of great advice on how to live a hAs an introvert, I loved this book for naming and normalizing so many things that I do and feel. It contained a lot of great advice on how to live a happy and healthy life as an introvert. All of the descriptions of the horrible experiences a lot of introvert children go through made me call my mother to thank her for being awesome. Even if you're not an introvert, this is a great book to read because chances are you'll have to teach, manage, raise, date, or befriend an introvert at some point in your life and this will help you understand why they act the way they do. The pace was a bit slow at times, but the information contained in it is excellent.
Book talk: Much has been written about Shakespeare over the years. Enough to fill whole libraries. So you might wonder what more such a slim volume coBook talk: Much has been written about Shakespeare over the years. Enough to fill whole libraries. So you might wonder what more such a slim volume could have to offer. The answer, my friend, is clarity. You see, the reason the volume is so slim is because we simply don't know that much about Shakespeare. Much of what has been written about him over the years is hopeful hypothesis or wild speculation. Bryson skillfully cuts through all the misconceptions and tells the reader what we really know about Shakespeare in this brilliant, brief biography.
Rocks my socks: Like most theatre students, I've heard a lot about Shakespeare through the years but I'd never actually read a biography of him. So I was glad to find this book at a charity shop in Scotland for 75p. It was a sound investment because not only did I walk away with a better understanding of Shakespeare's life and his work, I also got a lot of entertainment, often laughing out loud. These stories are the kind you want to share after you hear them and share them I did with my poor long-suffering friends. I'm sure Bill Bryson tells them better than I did.
Every book its reader: I'd give this to anyone who wants to know more about Shakespeare's life. Especially to any Baconists I meet. Who better than Bill Bryson to set them straight? (Which reminds me, the first person to claim that Shakespeare didn't write his plays was Delia Bacon, born in 1811 and died "under institutional care in 1859, believing she was the Holy Ghost" Gahh I'm doing it again--this book is infectious!)
This was the summer reading for my job, and it was very interesting. Unfortunately even though it was the summer reading for my work I doubt they'll bThis was the summer reading for my job, and it was very interesting. Unfortunately even though it was the summer reading for my work I doubt they'll be implementing all the recommendations and a lot of the advice consists of things that are beyond most people's control. For example, I'd love to take a nap every afternoon, but unless my employer allows for nap time that isn't going to happen and it seems a bit mean to have us read a book saying we'd perform better if we did a, b, and c and then not allow us to do a, b, and c. Still, there are some tips in there that anyone could use about things like the myth of multi-tasking and even if all the content isn't useful it is all interesting. It is also written in a clear style with many entertaining anecdotes and although it is at times repetitive at least it states its reason for being so.
Book Talk: Have you ever wondered why people sometimes end up doing exactly the thing they've been trying to avoid? Or whether humans can control theBook Talk: Have you ever wondered why people sometimes end up doing exactly the thing they've been trying to avoid? Or whether humans can control the weather? And what exactly is going on with the bees? Luckily for you reporters have asked the same questions and presented their research in the highly-readable articles in this collection.
Rocks my socks: I am a science groupie. I have always found science fascinating and I am definitely of the camp that believes having nature's mysteries explained only makes them more wonderful. However, while I kept up with science classes in my younger days, my B.A. in theatre has not prepared me well for deep reading on the subject. And even though my master's is technically applied science, the MLIS I've almost finished isn't going to help me understand advanced scientific vocabulary either. That's why I was so excited to read a collection of superb science writing with a style that I can loose myself in. I loved the variety from the moral conundrums in the article on organ donation ("The Kindest Cut") to the hilarious "A Most Private Evolution" which explores the age-old battle of the sexes. Some of the articles explain things that are often talked about and almost as often misunderstood so well that I think they should be required readings on the subject. In particular I wish "An Epidemic of Fear" about the anti-vaccination movement was more widely read.
Rocks in my socks: Just like any collection of stories or articles, I liked some more than I liked others. In particular the few articles that had a heavy human interest bent got on my nerves because that's not really what I wanted from this particular collection. Overall though I'd say this has the best ratio of articles I loved to articles I'd leave of any short story or article collection I've read recently.
Every book its reader: The book is aimed at an adult audience, but there's no reason why it couldn't be read by an ambitious teen. Pulling some articles that relate to topics covered in science classes would be great for the students because the articles are so readable. I think the articles are so well written it could be enjoyed by anyone, even those who don't usually like science. But that may be my personal bias showing.
Book talk: Have you ever wondered when exactly a baby starts taking on the sounds of its mother tongue? Or where writing came from? or why English speBook talk: Have you ever wondered when exactly a baby starts taking on the sounds of its mother tongue? Or where writing came from? or why English spelling is so weird? Or what the heck is up with Basque? David Crystal answers all those questions and more in this primer on language. Everything from its origins to texting, from the mechanics of how we speak to the reasons why we do. Crystal breaks it all down into bite-sized chunks covered with a smooth caramel coating of British wit to make it go down easier.
Rocks my socks: The scope of this book really is incredible and tantalizing and makes me want to learn more about language. I love Crystal's narrative tone and all the amusing anecdotes he works in. Some of the most amusing parts to me, however were parts that were probably never intended as such. Crystal is English and writing for an English audience, as such he often uses examples that would seem every day to fellow Englishmen but that are delightful to a yank like me. For example apparently in British Parliament you can't just call a fellow politician by their name, you have to call them either your Honourable (differences between American and British spellings are covered in chapter 10) Friend or an Honourable Gentleman depending on whether they're of your political party or not. Delightful! The British political and legal system never ceases to amuse me.
Rocks in my socks: This book seemed like a bit of tease to me. Its scope is large but its depth is not. It introduces a lot of topics and gives an overview of them, but I often felt disappointed that it didn't delve deeper. To be fair, that wasn't the purpose of this book and if it had done so it would have had to be a series of books instead of just one, but it annoyed me nevertheless.
Every book its reader: I'd give this to anyone looking for an introduction to the study of language. This book is a great starting point because it covers so many topics so you can see which areas you are most interested in to study farther. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who has already done much studying in this field because it is a fairly basic introduction. The text is simple and entertaining enough to be enjoyed by teens if they had an interest in the subject.