Funniest Books: PW Staff Picks

August 29th, 2014

 

In July, the Publishers Weekly staff picked the funniest books they’ve ever read.  Here’s are some of them:

(See here for the complete list.)

 

1.  Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn -

2.  Watt by Samuel Beckett -

3.  Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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4.  Airships by Barry Hannah -

5.  My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber -

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6.  The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Lileks

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7.  The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh -

8.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

9.  Money by Martin Amis

10. Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth -

One of the books on my funniest list is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Send us your’s!

 

 

減法健康術 : 減毒, 減廢, 減費 : 毒物專家陳修玲越減越富足DIY

August 28th, 2014

August減法健康術 : 減毒, 減廢, 減費 : 毒物專家陳修玲越減越富足DIY [Jian fa jian kang shu : jian du, jian fei, jian fei : du wu zhuan jia Chen Xiuling yue jian yue fu zu DIY] / 陳修玲著,2013

《減法健康術》是一本防毒減毒的生活指南。作者陳修玲曾是台大醫院病理科助教及技士,現任台灣行政院環保署環保標章審議委員及主婦聯盟環保基金會講師,也是綠色消費和生活健康與環保方面的專家。

全書分四大主題:食物健康、清潔保養、居家排毒、以及富足人生。第一部分中,作者列舉了食品添加劑的危害以及如何避開有毒或加工過的食品。比如,其中提到喝咖啡的注意事項:自煮咖啡需用濾紙,因爲濾紙可以過濾掉咖啡中的雙萜成分(Cafestol和Kahweo),而這些成分會提升血液低密度膽固醇(壞膽固醇)和三酸甘油酯的濃度。有些商家標榜現炒咖啡豆,但是据作者解釋,原來這些當場炒出來的“香氣”飽含多環芳香烴,含多種致癌物。相較之下,在家自磨自煮咖啡豆則是最安全的。另外消費者都知道玻璃容器比塑膠容器更安全,但是作者也提醒,大家往往忽略容器的蓋子,因爲玻璃容器的蓋子很多不是玻璃的。如果是金屬蓋子,作者建議盡量不要讓食物接觸到金屬蓋;此外,就算是市場銷售的玻璃罐裝食品,裏面也可能會含有塑化劑。

在第二部分介紹化妝美容產品的注意事項時,由於很多化妝護膚產品都含有重金屬或其他有毒成份,作者非常強調的一個原則就是慎選少塗。由作者列舉的自己日常保養秘訣時,可見作者早晚刷牙均不用牙膏,只用清水、牙刷、牙缐、必要時加小蘇打。沐浴則用肥皂、小蘇打和水,偶爾才用洗髮精。冬天保養臉部會用玻尿酸,身體則用甘油,甚至吃剩的酸奶也可以刮下來當面膜使用。真可謂環保綠色到了極致。

在第三部分,作者介紹了家居的減毒、除濕、和去霉的方法。比如説,小蘇打和報紙可以用來放在衣櫥除濕防霉;使用橘子油清潔時,切不可在空氣污染嚴重或者在開啓空氣清淨機時使用,以免造成與臭氧混合而產生致癌的甲醛。

在最後一部分,作者介紹了一些廢物利用和節省資源,以及其他一些生活小建議。

全書各類指南簡潔明瞭,涵蓋範圍廣,對希望提高環保意識和健康品質的朋友來説,極有參考價值。

John – Chinatown

Adam by Ariel Schrag

August 25th, 2014

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Ariel Schrag,  who has written a series of graphic memoirs (Potential, Likewise) as well as being a writer for HBO (The L Word), has written a first novel that is a laugh-out-loud funny, moving, and illuminating coming of age story.   Adam is a seventeen year old who grew up in Piedmont, CA, the brother of big sister Casey, who has recently moved to Brooklyn.  He goes to stay with Casey, a lesbian, and her roommates for the summer, hoping to meet a cute girl.   When he tags along with Casey and her friends to parties and clubs, he meets cute girl Gillian and falls hard for her and she for him – the only problem being that Gillian thinks Adam is a trans guy.  How will this work out?

 

 

SFPL Community Redistribution Program

August 25th, 2014

Because the Main Library and branches have a finite amount of space for their collections, weeding is essential to make room for newly purchased materials.  Periodically, books are carefully de-selected with consideration give to condition, the number of copies in the library system, levels of circulation, whether the information has become outdated, and other factors.

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Library and City policy allows the Library to give these materials to agencies who will use them for the public good. Top priority is given to San Francisco City and County agencies, especially the SF Unified School District and the San Francisco jails.

Community agencies within San Francisco are also given high priority, especially those serving low income neighborhoods and groups.  Agencies outside of SF are prioritized on the basis of need and by their ability to make use of the materials available.

Some of the agencies that have received books:

  • Books for the Barrios (for school-age children in the Philippines)
  • Casa de Las Madres (battered women’s shelter)
  • Delancy Street Foundation
  • Glide Church Crisis Center
  • Golden Gate Park Senior Center
  • Laguna Honda Hospital
  • SF Jails and Prison Literature Project
  • SF Unified School District
  • Tenderloin Childcare Center

How to apply:

Write to the Library on your community organization’s letterhead and include the following information:

1. How your agency will use the books for the public benefit.

2. What kind of books you would like and how many you can use – adult, teen, children’s. Fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, etc.

Send to:

San Francisco Public Library, 
Community Redistribution Program,
100 Larkin Street, 
San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
 
Questions?  Call 415.557.4263  or  redis@sfpl.org
 

Not Man Booker Shortlist

August 13th, 2014

 

Here are the 6 finalists for the Not Man Booker Prize sponsored by The Guardian:

 

Simon Sylvester  – The Visitors 

Donna Tartt  – The Goldfinch 

Tony Black – The Last Tiger 

Louis Armand – Cairo

Iain Maloney – First Time Solo 

Mahesh Rao – The Smoke Is Rising

 

See here.

 

Green Apple Bookstore # 2 opens in Inner Sunset

July 31st, 2014

 

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Green Apple Bookstore announced it will open bookstore #2 in the Sunset tomorrow, August 1st, on 9th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.  Opening on the first floor of the 2-floor Le Video store while Le Video has moved into the upstairs space, Green Apple Books on the Park will be open seven days a week and plans to host book events at the store.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 – Longlist announced

July 31st, 2014

 

The Man Booker Prize has announced this year’s longlist.  Five Americans are included in this, the first year American writers are eligible.  See the article from the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/books/man-booker-prize-2014-longlist-announced.html

跑、跳、走到100 嵗! 骨科名醫韓偉私房關節養護術

July 29th, 2014

 untitled跑、跳、走到100 嵗! 骨科名醫韓偉私房關節養護術 Pao, tiao, zou dao 100 sui! gu ke ming yi Han Wei si fang guan jie yang hu shu / 韓偉著, 2013.

《跑、跳, 走到100 嵗!》是一本關於關節疾病及養護的綜合保健書籍。作者韓偉醫師曾是美國加州大學洛杉磯分校助理臨床骨科教授,也是台灣唯一領有美國執照的運動醫學骨科醫師, 現任台北新光骨科運動醫學中心主任。全書分五章。第一章綜合介紹關節健康的重要性及關節受傷的症狀等。第二章作者介紹關節容易受損的高危人群,日常保護關節要點,以及如何養成正確姿勢。第三章介紹關節保健食品、運動,其中包括背部、膝部、足踝、和肩部的運動。第四章作者講解了膝、髖、足踝、肩、肘、腕、頭、腰各部分的多種關節常見問題,包括症狀、成因、好發族群、治療方式。最後一章作者介紹了除了開刀以外的幾種療法,包括冰敷、物理治療、體外震波、高壓氧、減重、歐凱自體細胞生成激素等等療法。

韓偉醫師具有多年資深臨床經驗,書中所包括的關節養護問題也可説是面面俱到。全書通俗易懂、簡潔明要,很多章節使用了問答的形式,並多有實例故事。此外全書附有很多插圖,包括保健運動圖解,加深讀者的理解。

John–Chinatown

 

Bay Area BookFest !

July 28th, 2014

Exciting news coming out of Berkeley -

A well-connected-to-the-literary-world group has announced a Bay Area book festival to be held over the weekend of June 6-7, 2015!  They’ve already partnered with UC Berkeley and have some funding in place.  Here’s their website: http://www.baybookfest.org/

 

More literary news for 2015:  The American Library Association annual conference will be held in San Francisco next summer (after Bookfest) – the first time in years!

 

- J at the Branches

Carnegie Medal Award Winners

July 21st, 2014

 

 

Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

 

On June 29, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the Andrew Carnegie Medals were awarded to:

FICTION – Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch

I’m about a quarter of the way into this very long novel and it seems a bit of a shaggy dog story to me at this point, but I reserve judgment until I finish (I respect that it has won numerous big-time awards!).

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NONFICTION:  Doris Kearns Goodwin for The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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