Saturday, February 21, 2009

Erica recommends "World War Z"

It’s the near future, a mere ten years after the official end of the world-wide catastrophe known as the Zombie War. The survivors (a shockingly small percentage of the pre-war population) are rebuilding their homes, nations, and cities. Militaries are still eradicating the last traces of the undead from oceans and arctic lands. Max Brooks collects a series of interviews with survivors, while their memories are still fresh. He begins with the doctor who first attempted to treat “Patient Zero,” the source of the outbreak. He continues into the Great Panic, relating stories of those who did not, could not, believe the first news reports, the government officials who crafted desperate plans for their citizens’ survival, and the refugees seeking safety anywhere they could find it. The next section focuses on the changing strategy of the world’s military forces, from defensive to offensive, and the humans and methods that finally defeated the undead. Each survivor has an important story to tell, and the interviewer does not get in the way. A fascinating tale, highly recommended for adults and older teens.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Juliane recommends "Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom"

If you enjoy Mommy-Lit with an emphasis on wit over fluff, you will really enjoy this book. This is a collection of essays written by Lisa Belkin, columnist for the New York Times. Her writing style is very accessible and her thoughts are insightful. As a working mother I appreciated how she captured the competing desires to do it all, and at the same time, just get it done. The only down-side is that this book was written in 2002 and I wish it had more contemporary topics. However, if you want to continue following Lisa Belkin, she now writes a blog through the New York Times called "Motherlode." Check it out!