Menlo Park Library Summer Reading 2014
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Reviews
Title
Looking for Alaska
Author
John Green
Review
This book encompases the stuggle a teenage boy may have when in a completely new school, even if it’s a boarding school. It’s both hysterical and devastating, heartwarming and heart wrenching. Miles ventures to the boarding school in search of the “Great Perhaps,” the amazing change in his world whether it’s his state of mind or his life. The character development is profound, forcing readers to root for Miles in his journey. There is so much detail packed into this tiny story, that it’s a surprise when the events take a turn as quickly as they do. It’s a quick read, but it packs a punch.
Rating
3
Title
Making Art a Practice: How to Be the Artist You Are
Author
Cat Bennett
Genre
Self Help
Review
Anything that gets you over the hump and actually making stuff rather than reading books about making stuff is good. A bit too much mooshy mooshy speak in here for me, but that may just be a personal preference (I am non-mooshy). It's a quick read, with short chapters that focus on attributes that the author thinks artists need, rather than specific art techniques. Most useful for those trying to find their way as artists, or for those trying to figure out if they *are* artists (hint: did you make something? You're in!). It may turn out that I'm not a very *good* artist, but I'm OK with that. Practice makes progress, as the kids say.
Rating
3
Title
Poland
Author
Lonely Planet
Genre
Travel
Review
2012 edition; still current; has pull-out map of Krakow. Thorough--though by combining it with Rick Steves' book you'll get even more thorough info, i.e. on walking tours, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Rating
4