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Here Lies the Librarian Paperback – September 6, 2007
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 9/6/2007
- Pages: 160
- Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
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My only real problem with the book is that I really, really dislike the first chapter - so much so that I almost stopped reading the book at the bottom of page 11. I'm glad I kept going because all of the remaining chapters are first rate. The offending chapter has to do with a tornado tearing up the town and part of its adjacent cemetary. I thought it was unnecessarily grotesque, and nothing that happens in the rest of the book is dependent in any way on the events in chapter one. It's possible, I suppose, that one could look at the tornado in a metaphorical sense (the only explanation I can come up with) because "winds of change" do blow into town in chapter two. We meet emancipated women who act as role models for Peewee/Eleanor, and we have Eleanor herself coming to terms with her impending maturity and subsequent self-reliance. So, I recommend reading the first four or five pages, then skipping to the first page of chapter two and continuing on to the end of the book. It's a good book - but not a great one like either of the two Grandma Dowdel books I mentioned up front.
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Me and my kids love to listen to some of the other audio books by Richard Peck.Read more