JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

From the Cataloguer's Desktop

Seems as if the good books come in cycles ... several batches in a row will have nothing outstanding in them and then there'll a single batch full of treasures!!!!

First, some goodies for your writerly aspects:

The Genius of Language : Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongues edited by Wendy Lesser. Essays by authors for whom English is a second language, reflecting on the effect bilingualism/multilingualism has had on their writing.

Keys To Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers ... a useful guide from Writer's Digest.

The Fact Checker's Bible by Sarah Harrison Smith ... handy tips and techniques from a professional fact checker (the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine)

The Right Word In The Right Place At The Right Time by William Safire ... gems from Safire's "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine.

For the health of your household:

If It's Broke, Fix It! by Dan and Judy Ramsey. One of the more impressive fix-it books that I've seen over the years ... excellent illustrations/photos and very clear, concise instructions for diagnosis/repairs/maintenance on small appliances and other bits of the house. BONUS: the authors include excellent guidelines for what you can do yourself and when is better (and more safely) left in the hands of experts.

Guess who this one's aimed at? ***grin***:

Swords And Daggers : An Illustrated Handbook by Eduard Wagner. One of the excellent (and inexpensive) Dover Reprints (this volume was originally published in the 1970s), full of detailed descriptions and illustrations of edged weapons through history.

In honour of Athens:

The Ancient Olympics : A History by Nigel Spivey: an examination of the military origins and meanings of the original Olympic games.

In the same theme is something from my own collection: Tom Holt's Olympiad is a fictional account of an ancient Greek attempt to do something really radical ... competitive funeral games without a funeral!

And we'll finish off with something quirky: The Secret Life Of Lobsters by Trevor Corson. I own a publisher's uncorrected preview copy of this (one of the perks of the job ... there's always help-yourself free preview copies of stuff in the staffroom) and now the real book has been published (presumably with the half-dozen spelling mistakes corrected). This is an honest-to-goodness fun and fascinating book ... I know I'll be rereading my copy!
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