A lecture turned book(let), it was nevertheless interesting to read an author's thoughts on book covers and to ruminate on their role, impact, etc. It is not something the average reader probably thinks a lot about even as it may play a large role in the books they buy and read. Book covers have a big impact in ways obvious and less so. There are elements that we look for and those we don't think about.
Tag - non-fiction
I will be the first to admit that I am not one of the most well-read book readers. So, when The Gilded Chalet came in the mail, I was not sure what to think. Once I started reading the book, however, I grew to enjoy its excerpts from great Western writers and its history of those writers in Switzerland and the world.
Through the loss of his friends and the loss of his sight, Snyder comes away a stronger and better person. His will to overcome his disability led him to the U.S. Paralympic Team and reconnected him to his love of swimming. A truly inspirational story.
Mumme is tragically unappreciated by the average football fan and the history of how pass first offense, and its offshoots, came to dominate football is not well know. Fans of football and its history will enjoy reading about how Mumme overcame the odds and had a huge impact on the game they love.
The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...
Lauren Belfer has written a compelling novel on an unknown Johann Sebastian Bach cantata that is hidden until present day. The masterful work is entitled And After the Fire (452 pages). An overview from the publisher: In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler...
Halfway through and ready to dive in again. So far, my sense is those who are fans of both Gaiman and the genres he works in would enjoy this book the most. A lot of it is "inside baseball" on comics, fantastical fiction, etc. those who enjoy that world will get the most out of Gaiman's unique discussion and perspective on it.
It is not the type of biography to lay out the basic facts in a straightforward way, but it is an engaging and insightful way to think about this larger than life character. "Deceptively brief and seemingly lightweight, this wonderful work effectively cuts through decades of hyperbole."
The willingness to wander and explore; to seek out new and unexpected things is worth cultivating. And Smith does a great job of laying out a way to do so wrapped in a mystery and infused with visual and literary stimulation and/or motivation. And the beauty of a book like this is you can take what you want from it and leave the rest behind.