A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2015
Week Four - Wild Things
Summer Reading has been lots of fun and we appreciate all the positive feedback about Book Bingo. Be sure to keep checking out those books and putting your name in the jar for the weekly drawing as you finish each title! Great prizes await the lucky winner.
Chances are that if you are reading this, you don't have to be convinced of the benefits of reading. Nevertheless, here are some of the reasons that it's good for you!
- Mental stimulation
- Stress reduction
- Free entertainment
- Vocabulary expansion
- Memory improvement
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Wylie Coyote, Summer Reading Mascot, is our reader for the week of July 27th. He wanted to take this opportnity to thank Deanna Bundy, library staff member extraordinare, for the personal styling and for her help retrieving books from the tall shelves. You will find him hanging out in the library all day but only during summer quarter. Be sure to stop by each week and see what he has discovered. Among his many interests is history and he said that the library has an amazing collection to suit his needs.
If Wylie was going to compare himself to a president, he would probably choose John Adams. From Publisher's Weekly: "With a keen eye for telling detail and a master storyteller's instinct for human interest, McCullough resurrects the great Federalist (1735-1826), revealing in particular his restrained, sometimes off-putting disposition, as well as his political guile."
Continuing on a theme, Wylie offers this revolutionary suggestion. From School Library Journal: "this well-written volume contains information on the causes of the war and its major events, battles, and personalities. In addition, Fleming has inserted numerous sidebars on subjects that range from everyday life to espionage to the roles played by women, Jews, and slaves."
James Madison and the Making of America
And one more! From the Washington Times: "[A] groundbreaking work. More than merely the definitive biography on James Madison, Kevin Gutzman's book is essential to understanding the men, ideas and historical context of the U.S. Constitution and the early American republic."
Whether the Seahawks win or lose, Wylie is a big fan! He shared that during commercial breaks and at half time, he reads.
The Boys in the Boat
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
Wylie admits that he hasn't yet read this compelling story about the UW crew team and their quest for Olympic gold. Summer is the perfect time to pick up this local favorite.
Although Wylie gets to more Aquasox games than to Safeco field, he learned a lot from this book. "Jon Wells, a baseball writer who has covered the Seattle Mariners for more than 15 years, asserts that poor management and shortsighted ownership combined to keep a team with three first-ballot Hall of Fame players, each in the prime of his career, from reaching the World Series."
Wylie divulged to EvCC Reads that should he catch the Roadrunner, he wouldn't know what to do. He is actually a vegetarian and spends the summer growing most of what he eats!
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Wylie liked this "year of eating locally" memoir even if the author had to relocate from the desert. "In this very topical memoir, Kingsolver has penned a "heroic story" that demonstrates how "growing your own fruits and vegetables, with people you love, can be as rewarding an experience as any on the face of the earth" (San Francisco Chronicle)."
That green hybrid in the parking lot belongs to everyone's favorite conservationist coyote. He implores everyone to get on board, starting with some reading. From Amazon: "With illustrations and clear writing for non-specialists, Green Planet helps general readers realize that if we are to rescue the Earth from environmental disaster, we must protect wild plants."
During the rainy winter months, you're likely to find Wylie working on a home improvement project, inspired by some of the architectural books he found in the EvCC Library.
The Complete Greek Temples
And this coyote is also something of a classicist, including his choice of architectural style. From Amazon: "Tony Spawforth brings new discoveries to light and discusses not only the architecture but also the historical and cultural context of these unique buildings."