The actual Booker short list!

September 9th, 2014

 

Here, from The Millions, the Man Booker short list:

 

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson (on order)

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukerjee (on order)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (on order)

 

 

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Fall Books – New York Magazine

September 4th, 2014

 

Here’s a lengthy listing of new fall books recommended by New York magazine:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/57-books-to-read-this-fall.html

 

Adding several to my list!

 

J in the Branches

Novel-reading good for the brain

September 4th, 2014

 

But we knew that already!

 

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/brain.2013.0166

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