September 19, 2014

Non-Fiction Friday - Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World (Ella Frances Sanders)
September 16th 2014, Ten Speed Press

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English.
Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?
Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.
In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

September 17, 2014

You don't happen to have an inquizzitive mind, do you?

What is keeping boredom at bay and reveals valuable insights into you bookish psyche? Right you are, my dears. It's quiz-time once again!

Now there's a few surprises here and there and frankly, some claims being made feel eerily close to my true self. Not saying I aim to be nobody, 'cause there's time for having no body once I kick the book bucket, but it certainly gives my Ego a boost now that I know how much the universe wants me to win. On that thought, maybe I should enter a few book giveaways and see what happens? See? Had to throw in a couple of question marks, didn't I? *wink*

Now, care to share your own results with me? How true do they ring to your true nature? 

September 12, 2014

Non-Fiction Friday - Race Unmasked

Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century (Michael Yudell)
September 9th 2014, Columbia University Press

Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and tragedies in American history and has had a profound effect on the human experience. Race Unmasked revisits the origins of commonly held beliefs about the scientific nature of racial differences, examines the roots of the modern idea of race, and explains why race continues to generate controversy as a tool of classification even in our genomic age.
Surveying the work of some of the twentieth century’s most notable scientists, Race Unmasked reveals how genetics and related biological disciplines formed and preserved ideas of race and, at times, racism. A gripping history of science and scientists, Race Unmasked elucidates the limitations of a racial worldview and throws the contours of our current and evolving understanding of human diversity into sharp relief.

September 10, 2014

Quote Garden - The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read ...

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Mark Twain

September 8, 2014

Monday Five's - Revealing the unread skeletons in my closet!

So many books, so little time. Sometimes we put off picking up certain books until we are no longer able to find them underneath the dust of a decade. Then, of course, are those we tell ourselves to finally buy or get from the library, but somehow we never get around to doing that. Either way, the bottom line is that our best laid plans to read them have been foiled by ... errr, other books. As much as I prefer to think along the lines of the wine-gets-better-with-age analogy there needs to be an end in sight. Maybe a confession on my part will help. Without further ado I present to you my Hall-of-(unread-books)-Shame!

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

Henry David Thoreau

The Time Machine
H.G. Wells

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

As you can see, these are mostly classics and no publications of recent years of which, as I'd like to add, quite a handful will inevitably find their way here too if I don't get a faster read on. Still, as I'd really love to catch up on reading some of the oldies but goldies, I promised myself that these five books shall be read by yours truly by the end of 2015. Cross my bookmarks and hope not to get a paper-cut!

Which bookish skeletons are hiding on your shelves? Did my confession inspire you to read them rather sooner then later? Please share.

September 5, 2014

Non-Fiction Friday - Silent Witnesses

Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science (Nigel McCrery)
September 1st 2014, Chicago Review Press

A crime scene. A murder. A mystery. The most important person on the scene? The forensic scientist. And yet the intricate details of criminal forensics work remain a mystery to most of us. In a book that is by turns fascinating and chilling, Nigel McCrery leads readers around the world and through two centuries to relate the history of forensics in accessible and entertaining prose. He introduces such colorful characters as Dr. Edmond Locard, the "French Sherlock Holmes"; and Edward Heinrich, the "Wizard of Berkeley," who is credited with having solved over 2,000 crimes. All the major areas of forensics, including ballistics, fiber analysis, and genetic fingerprinting, are explained with reference to the landmark cases in which they proved their worth, allowing readers to solve the crimes along with the experts. Whether detailing the identification of a severed head preserved in gin, the first murder solved because of a fingerprint, or the first time DNA evidence was used to bring a sadistic killer to justice, Silent Witnesses provides dramatic practical demonstrations of scientific principles and demonstrates a truth known by all forensic scientists: people still have a story to tell long after they are dead.