Book Review: 10% Happier, Dan Harris

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A year or so ago, everyone on the street was carrying this book, 10% Happier (the full title of this book is 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story, what a mouthful!) Since starting this blog, I’ve been trying to be better about keeping up with contemporary literature: what’s coming out, what’s popular, etc. So when I saw both Ann Patchett and Gretchen Rubin writing about this book, I figured I should finally check this book out. After all, who doesn’t want to be 10% happier?

The premise of this part memoir part self-help book is that Dan Harris, the author previously best known as the ABC co-anchor of Good Morning America, has a panic attack on live television. This causes him to re-examine his lifestyle (which includes cocaine and a lot of anxiety in his stressful work environment) which sends him on a soul-searching mission to find inner peace while “maintaining his edge”. Dan Harris is many things, he’s a bro-y, cocky, ambitious, and smart man who seems like the kind of person who would dismiss meditation and mindfulness as hippy propaganda. During this time in his life, Harris also happens to be the skeptical and reluctant ABC faith/religion correspondent, and he is able to interview notable figures like Eckhart Tolle and the Dalai Lama.

It’s precisely the culmination of these circumstances that really makes Harris a reliable and trustworthy advocate for meditation. Harris is a skeptic, almost to a fault, and he mocks himself relentlessly through his journey. He was hesitant to approach meditation for fear that it would make him too complacent in the workplace – he needs to be aggressive enough to get the news pieces that he wants to cover, which is why “maintaining his edge” is so important to him. However, by the end of the memoir, Harris has found a way to balance meditation and professional success. I found this focus on professional success a bit annoying at times, because I never thought that these were mutually exclusive concerns. Maybe it’s because I’m a millennial, but I had never doubted for a moment that we can have it all. I think the target audience for this book, however, may be people a little less receptive of meditation, the people who really need to be convinced that it can help them. I won’t try to convince you on the merits of meditation, but if this is something that you’ve ever been even a little curious about, I think this book is a great place to start.

As for me, by the end of this book, I was itching to incorporate meditation into my own life.

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I would recommend this book to any person who has ever toyed with the idea of meditation, people like me who enjoy reading self help books and memoirs, and people who are looking for a great audiobook to listen to. Dan Harris narrates, and his news anchor voice is absolutely made for audiobooks!

Do you meditate? If so, I’m dying to hear about your mindfulness rituals!

 

The Pulitzer Project: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder (1928)

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Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey was the 1928 Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book took me by surprise and was such a breath of fresh air as I’ve been trudging through the 1920s. First, this book isn’t set in the United States at all. While we went to Europe for half of Willa Cather’s One of Ours, Cather’s story was still firmly rooted in the canon of American WWI stories. Second, the story also has a surprisingly modern and unconventional structure. The Bridge of San Luis Rey starts on July 20, 1714 with a freak accident on a bridge in “San Luis Rey,” Peru. This bridge was inspired by the great Inca suspension bridges built over the Apurimac River in the 1350s. Five people die in this freak accident, and a Brother Juniper witnesses the accident and thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to investigate the moral character of these people in order to prove God’s Divine Providence. He wants to show bad things happen to bad people and everything is part of God’s plan. The book is divided into five parts, with each part exploring the life of one of the victims of the accident, and each chapter ends with the character walking across the bridge to their death.

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Photo Credit: TCS World Travel

At first, I was thrown off by the setting of the story, since I was so used to reading about 1890s-1910s in the US. In exploring the stories of these people, Wilder says he was trying to answer the question: “Is there a direction and meaning in lives beyond the individual’s own will?” While the US isn’t mentioned at all in this book (technically, since it’s set in 1714, the US isn’t even a country yet), the themes the book struggles with – faith, love, and destiny – seem very American to me. The book tackles all the same questions that any Great American Novel wrestles with, and it does this concisely and lyrically in 138 short pages. I almost wished more people died in this fictional accident so that the book could be longer. I later discovered the last passage of this book is famous and oft-quoted in the wake of tragedies. I think the entire book is quotable and I wanted to reread the book as soon as I finished it.

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

I spent some time wondering if I should be concerned about the authenticity of this book. Thorton Wilder, after all, never set foot in Peru — I’m not even sure if he spoke Spanish. Would this book be considered inauthentic or appropriative if it was published today? (In fact, this is a question that I think I’ll have for the next few Pulitzer winners as well.) Ultimately, I don’t think Wilder necessarily chose Peru because it is exotic and “other” (although those both help create a lush and vivid setting for this story). I think he wanted the story to take place in an older time, before the industrialization and automobiles that his peers were obsessed with (see Ernest Poole and Booth Tarkington) and away from American high society (see Edith Wharton). 1700 Peru makes a more compelling setting than 1700 Europe, wouldn’t you say? Please let me know if you disagree and find Wilder’s setting problematic. I’d love to think more about this.

The Pulitzer Jury unanimously decided on The Bridge of San Luis Rey, writing “this piece of fiction is not only an admirable example of literary skill in the art of fiction, but also possesses a philosophical import and a spiritual elevation which greatly increases its literary value.” In the aftermath of a book set in Peru winning the Pulitzer, there was an additional change in the wording of the terms of the award. Do you remember the original wording? 

“for the American novel published during the year which shall best present the wholesome atmosphere of American life, and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.”

We saw in 1926 that “wholesome” was changed for “whole” after Sinclair Lewis scathingly declined the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith. The term “the highest standard of American manners and manhood” was dropped, and the new criteria became:

“for the American novel published during the year, preferably one which shall best present the whole atmosphere of American life.

This change in criteria gives the jury much more room for interpretation in selecting a winner. In fact, I believe this is the criteria that still exists to this day.

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I would recommend this book to anyone, really.

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Book Review: Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld

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What is it about some stories that have us eager to visit them again and again, from Shakespeare to Homer, Jane Austen to Stephanie Meyer? If it’s not well-written or creative enough, you run into the danger of being seen as fan fiction instead of a unique literary work. Eligible is Curtis Sittenfeld’s irreverent reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It’s 2016 and when Mr. Bennett has health complications, Liz and Jane reluctantly leave their busy Manhattan lives to go home to Cincinnati for the summer. Jane is 39, a yoga instructor, and contemplating IVF and a life of single motherhood. Liz is 37, an outspoken feminist who writes hard-hitting and thought provoking essays for a magazine called Mascara, but finds that most people only recognize her name for conducting a famous celebrity interview she wrote about a few years prior. Liz Bennett’s younger sisters are all still living at home, obsessed with cross-fit (Kitty and Lydia) or working on a third degree (Mary). Did I mention that Charles Bingley is a reality TV star who competed in a “Bachelor” type show called “Eligible” and his terrible sister Caroline is his manager?

Although the book gets off to a slow start, the chapters are short and quippy, and I was quickly engrossed in the story. To be honest, I had forgotten how funny Jane Austen is — Pride and Prejudice was meant to be a satirical take on high society. The Bennetts are completely unbearable at times, but in very realistic ways. Kitty and Lydia make dick jokes at completely inappropriate times, Mrs. Bennett is completely overbearing and refuses to face reality (like many mothers I know — hi, Mom!), and Liz is smug and overconfident. I think Sittenfeld does an absolutely brilliant job of bringing the Bennetts to the 21st century — and she manages to tackle gender and sexual identities, feminism, and social media along the way. I liked how Sittenfeld set up the relationship between Liz and Darcy. In this retelling, Darcy is a successful neurosurgeon who has begrudgingly found himself in Cincinnati. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but let’s just say it’s a very realistic 21st century romance including all the usual hang-ups about how long to wait before texting someone. However, one thing that I didn’t like about the book was Sittenfeld’s character of “Ham” — one half of Austen’s Wickham character (Sittenfeld has turned this one character into two different people — a “Wick” and a “Ham”). Spoiler alert — Ham is a transgender person that Lydia ultimately elopes with. While I understand Sittenfeld was trying to further push the story into the 21st century, I found her treatment of transgender issues a little clumsy and tasteless. There were many cringe-worthy conversations, but maybe if I revisit Pride & Prejudice, I would find the Bennett parents equally socially conservative and un-enlightened. I’ll have to think about this a little more before I’m willing to let Sittenfeld off the hook. 

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If you’re a die-hard Jane Austen fan, you should definitely read this version. However, if you’ve never read anything by Austen or have always been intimidated by her, this is a fresh and funny way to dive in. Take this to the beach, listen to the audiobook, or just stay in bed on a rainy day and finish it all in one sitting.

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Book Review: Rain, Cynthia Barnett

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When I was a child, my father always told me that I would begin enjoying nonfiction books when I grew up. I never imagined I would begin to prefer nonfiction over fiction, but today, I am writing a review about a book on the natural and cultural history of rain, so I guess I am officially grown up. Cynthia Barnett’s Rain mainly caught my eye because Elizabeth Kolbert wrote a nice sentence about the book that was printed on the front cover: “A lovely, lyrical, deeply informative book.” I have a lot of respect for Kolbert, so while I won’t call her a liar, after I finished the book, I noticed she didn’t actually tell me the book was worth reading.

Rain: a Natural and Cultural History is an ambitious book that tries to cover a little bit of everything, such as explaining the rain cycle, the invention of waterproof raincoats, and whether rainy cities like Seattle spark creative genius. The book is half thought provoking and half fun trivia. It kept my interest, and I learned a slew of new facts that I used to impress my sister, the resident water-expert, such as the fact that Mobile, Alabama is the rainiest metro area in the country. However, the book was all over the place, jumping around in time, location, and themes. The book is broken into five seemingly arbitrary sections (for example Elemental Rain, Mercurial Rain, and American Rain.) Barnett tries to thread it all together by bringing up the same scientists every few pages throughout the book, but instead of creating a cohesive thesis, it makes the book seem disorganized and all over the place. While Barnett’s passion for her subject is palpable, I wish she would have spent more time editing and organizing the book. Some of the writing is confusing and unclear. Halfway through the book, Barnett starts writing in the first person to tell us about her travels chasing rain in Meghalaya, which both threw me off and annoyed me – where were you earlier?

I also have a bone to pick with nonfiction literature in general these days. Maybe it’s the law school rubbing off on me, but where are your footnotes and sources? I am a big fact checker and was disappointed at the glibness with which Barnett treats sources and studies. In the Introduction, for example, she tells us that rain had a huge impact on the Bush-Gore Florida debacle of 2000. According to Barnett, if it hadn’t rained, Gore would have won the election, but I didn’t see a study cited for this in the endnotes, and she didn’t expand further on this bold statement. I expected further elaboration on either rain’s impact on the election or on people’s decision making behaviors later in the book, but alas, much like Barnett’s search for rain in Meghalaya, the explanations never came.

Cynthia Barnett seems like someone I would love to have on my trivia team or to grab a cup of coffee with one day, but I think I’ll have to respectfully decline reading her next book. While I did learn a few new things and discovered an interest in understanding how urban planning can disrupt the rain cycle, I think there must be better book out there on these subjects. I don’t regret reading this book, but I don’t think I’d really suggest it to anyone else.

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I’d only recommend this book to people who spend hours perusing Wikipedia for fun or who are looking to brush up on their rain trivia for a geography bee.

Additional Reading:

  • I would like to thank Blogging for Books for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • If you’re interested in urban planning and rain, I’d recommend starting with Elizabeth Kolbert’s piece on The Siege of Miami.
  • In case you’re curious about rain’s impact on the 2000 election, the National Constitution Center writes about it.
  • In case you want to read this book and argue with me about whether it is actually the best science writing ever, you can find Rain on Amazon. Or if you ask me nicely, I may mail you my copy.

Book Review: Food with Friends

Food with Friends: the art of simple gatherings is a recipe book by Leela Cyd, who is a self-proclaimed “food, lifestyle and travel photographer and storyteller.” As can be imagined, the photos are beautiful. In the introduction, Leela states that she emphasizes “food that looks and tastes good.” It shows in the photos. I would argue she is bigger on style than substance. (How many flower petals do you really need to eat?)

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The book has a touch of whimsy throughout from the ingredients to the garnishes to the table settings. The love she has for her life shows through in the writing. The collection of recipes are nicely eclectic (South Indian Kesari Bhath, Socca Cakes, Matcha Egg Cream, Challah Bread) as a result of her travels and include a lot of dishes and ingredients that I’ve never experienced. The dishes are unique, beautifully presented, and will probably delight any dinner guests.

The general flaws of the book are few; it leans heavily to sweets (not such a bad thing) and the chapters are arbitrary, why put Hazelnut Tea Cake with Plums under “potlucks & picnics” instead of “teatime”or “desserts”?

This book is as much about lifestyles as it is about food. I think I would have liked the book much better if I didn’t read any of the non-recipe texts. The very distinctive feeling I get from this book is that it is not actually food for friends so much as for people who are active on social media in whom you delight in evoking jealousy by presenting some over-garnished side dish. You say loudly how simple it was to throw together while everyone else tries to find the best light for their Instagram photos.

Bottom line: If you’re a good friend, I make you bacon and various potato dishes and burritos over-stuffed with good things. If you’re a frenemy, I’ll give you the Warm Olives and Spa Water.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review

The Pulitzer Project: Early Autumn, Louis Bromfield (1927)

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A Brief Summary: Early Autumn follows the rich Pentland family through a summer in Massachusetts. Like many of Bromfield’s fellow winners, he explores the contrast between the old-money families and the nouveau-riche immigrants moving into the neighborhood. The head of the Pentland family is old John Pentland, whose son, Anson Pentland spends all his time researching and writing a book on his family history. Anson’s wife, Olivia, is quickly approaching 40 and feels trapped and listless. She befriends her new neighbor, Michael O’Hara, one of the new Irish immigrants disdained by the Pentland family. Many events quickly culminate at the end of the summer/early autumn (see what I did there?).

Setting: Durham, Massachusetts (a fictional town)

Time Period: 1920s, post World-War I

Review: The Complete Historical Handbook of the Pulitzer Prize System suggests that in the wake of Sinclair Lewis’s controversial rejection of the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, the jury opted for an uncontroversial young novelist, Louis Bromfield, in 1927. (Bromfield was only 30 at the time.) Looking at the big picture, I can understand why this book won the Pulitzer: it has all of the elements that the Pulitzer juries look for – a woman trapped by the constraints of society, the clash between old and new money, the rapidly changing American society at the turn of the century, a tragic love story. The story starts as all of these society stories start – with a ball hosted in honor of two girls who are home from boarding school for the summer. The hostess, Olivia Pentland, is becoming disillusioned with her life as the Great Lady of the Pentland estate. I found Olivia to be the most compelling character in the book; she is realistic, level headed in the face of a crisis, and very self aware of what her family expects of her.

However, I wasn’t really captivated by the book. The characters all fall a little flat and are one-dimensional to me. Part of the problem is that each character embodies an ideal, but Bromfield doesn’t work hard enough to make this happen. Olivia’s cousin, Sabine, comes back to town, and represents the life that Olivia didn’t live. Olivia’s daughter, Sybil, bears the weight of all of Olivia’s regrets and hopes for the future. Bromfield “tells” instead of “shows.” For example, Bromfield is quick to point out that the Pentland ancestors’ portraits were all painted by John Singer Sargent, expecting that to be enough to tell you what kind of family the Pentlands are. Bromfield tells us, the reason two women don’t get along is because they are too like one another, instead of writing this into the conversations so that the readers can make the connections for themselves. The story read like one of Agatha Christie’s earlier novels, where all of the clues are laid out throughout the story, but the connections are forced and solved too simply.

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I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries, Jane Eyre (just trust me), and people who enjoy reading about dysfunctional families.

Additional Resources:

  • Explore the Pulitzer Project
  • Read the book for free online via UNZ.
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey is coming up next – one of my new favorite books!
  • Speaking of dysfunctional families, some of the recent books I’ve been thinking about include: The Family Fang, The Particular Everything I Never Told You, the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Book Review: The Basque Book

The Basque Book: a love letter in recipes from the kitchen of Txikito is a beautiful cookbook and guide to Basque food. When I chose the book, I had no idea what Basque food looked like, and I had a fun time finding out. book

The book is by Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, the chefs of the restaurant Txikito based in NYC. The love Alexandra, who writes the introduction, and Eder have for really sharing the roots of their food come through in the book. They take time to explain what ‘the basics’ look like in Basque cuisine (how to cook an egg four ways, how to make your own mayonnaise, and many other stock items), how to put together a coherent meal using recipes they provide, and plenty of other information and anecdotes that go beyond the recipe.

The photos are really beautiful, the writing is meaningful, and the recipes range from pretty easy three-ingredient (albeit maybe more exotic ingredients than you can find at your chain grocery store) recipes to half-day endeavors within each division. While I am still not sure I could explain Basque cuisine to a friend, I do think I learned enough to know it doesn’t really suit my tastes (I’m not really into olives or anchovies or seafood in general…) but it was a wonderful journey regardless.

The book is available from the publishers here. Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review

Book Review: The Water-Saving Garden

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The Water-Saving Garden is a great book that is equally inspiring and technically helpful. The author, Pam Penick, is a garden designer and blogger who lives in Texas and so, as you can imagine, has a lot of experience creating gardens in water-scarce climates. As someone who works in the water resource management field, I think it is wonderful to see a book address the importance of smart landscaping and understanding your water source and usage.

The book is best for DIYers, for those who are ready and willing to put thought and effort into their gardens. I would say it is also good for people who are generally interested in creating a smarter garden but have not given it a lot of thought. This book will give you a lot of big-picture ideas as well as concrete examples. It made me eager to plan a garden even though I live in an apartment with zero outdoor space. A great pro of this book is that it really asks you to think of what you have, in terms of rainfall and temperature, native plant life, lot size and slope, and shows you how you can create a manageable and unique garden design that benefits rather than suffers from your natural environment.

It is divided into five somewhat thematic chapters. The first includes many case studies of thoughtful garden designs. The second chapter addresses water in many ways – how to save it, how to irrigate efficiently, how to create landscapes that move rainwater in a beneficial way. It is full of technical details and even explanations of some basic soil and fluid mechanics that reminded me of some of the design projects I did as an undergraduate in environmental engineering! I would say there’s a lot of good information in this book. The other chapters address plants, how to choose, when to plant, etc, and include a particularly whimsical section on how plants can evoke the idea of water.

The only cons I found about this book are that (1) I feel like the book would benefit from some more panoramic photos, aerial views, or even sketches of the garden layout and plans and (2) there are many tidbits of information but they feel spread out and at times unorganized. The book does not do well being read from page 1 to page 230 but probably works better if you pick the headers or chapter titles that you are most interested in at the time.

A final perk for me was that now I notice a lot of the techniques mentioned in the book being implemented all around me in southern California, and I really appreciate the homeowners and landscapers who made the decision to plant a less thirsty garden. 🙂

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review; for those interested, you can buy the book here.

The Pulitzer Project: Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis (1926)

Ah, Sinclair Lewis, the only person to date to have declined the much wanted Pulitzer Prize. Although he declined, the Pulitzer Board still lists him as the 1926 winner, so of course I read it anyway. I was looking forward to finally read something by Lewis after seeing his name appear so many times in the Jury’s decision notes.

A Brief Summary*:  Arrowsmith tells the story of bright and scientifically minded Martin Arrowsmith as he makes his way from a small town in the Midwest to the upper echelons of the scientific community. Along the way he experiences medical school, private practice as the only doctor in a small town, various stints as regional health official, and the lure of high-paying hospital jobs. The book contains considerable social commentary on the state and prospects of medicine in the United States in the 1920s. Dr. Arrowsmith is a progressive, even something of a rebel, and often challenges the existing state of things when he finds it wanting.

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A Map of Winnemac, courtesy of GoodReads

Fun Fact: Martin Arrowsmith is born in Elk Mills, Winnemac, which is Sinclair’s Yoknapatawpha County. (Bonus fact, Aerosmith the band adamantly denies naming their band after this book.)

Setting: The book starts in Lewis’ fictional county of Winnemac, but Arrowsmith moves all over from North Dakota, New York, and even goes for a brief stint in the West Indies. 

Time Period: 1900s – 1920s, with the bulk of the story set in the Prohibition era!

My Thoughts: This book is a little hard to describe, but I would put it some sort of science/social commentary category. It’s the first medical book I’ve read, and it was able to make bacteria and test tubes all seem rather interesting and not too dry. We follow Martin Arrowsmith from his early childhood through mid-life as an idealistic truth-seeker who wrestles with the ideas that were hotly debated by the medical community in the 1920s. There’s the truth-seeking academic side who cares about only the science which is always being rushed or “exploited” by the profit-seeking pharmaceutical companies and research think tanks. (I put “exploited” in quotations because I will leave it up to you to decide which side’s arguments have more merits.) One thing I found striking is that despite being written almost a century ago, a lot of these topics are still relevant in the 21st century as we see moral debates over things like the business practices of Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Arrowsmith experiences much of the debate first hand, and his career path meanders through both sides of the debate so that we get a pretty well-rounded picture of the medical industry.

I may be alone in this view, but I found the medical commentary much more interesting than the social aspects of the book. For one, I found most of the women characters written to be one-dimensional caricatures of wives, girlfriends, and nurses. Dear sweet Leora Arrowsmith is loyal, loving, and eager to learn from her husband – I have seen such a trend in these early Pulitzers of men looking to “educate” their naive, unsophisticated wives. She goes from living under her father and brother’s rules to living under Martin’s rules. She is the most likable character in the entire book, and I wish she had more of a presence beyond caretaker or jealous wife. The book is also a little repetitive at times – the same medical debates are being argued on different platforms again and again, but overall the writing is so smart and witty that I can forgive the repetition.

“I wish people wouldn’t keep showing me how much I don’t know!” said Martin.

Ultimately, I wanted Martin to grow and learn from his mistakes, but instead he packs up and moves to a new job in a new state every time he becomes disillusioned. He grows frustrated when he is unable to find a like-minded community and has to move every time his arguments make him unpopular with employers or colleagues, and yet he is always so sure that the problem is with everyone else and not himself. While I think the characters were a little under-developed and problematic, the ultimate focus of the book is the scientific community, and I was impressed with how well Sinclair Lewis was able to reconstruct this. I’m curious to see how people in the medical profession today would receive this book, so if you’re a doctor, pharmacist or nurse, please let me know your thoughts!

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I would recommend this book to people who are interested in science and social criticism, people who like books set in the roaring 20’s, and people who have and don’t mind listening to that one idealistic friend talk for way too long over a few beers.

Additional Resources:

  • Up next is Early Autumn: The Story of a Lady, by Louis Bromfeld. I must admit I’ve already finished reading this, but just haven’t had a chance to write about it yet!
  • Read along with me by sending me links to your reviews in the comments below, or follow along with our Pulitzer-Project tag.

Book Review: The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, Maja Säfström

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If you’ve been following along for a while, you know how much I love animal facts, illustrations, and reading nonfiction. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts caught my eye the moment I saw it online. Maja Säfström is a Stockholm based architect and illustrator, and her style consists of fun, simple black and white drawings. Her new book is 120 pages of black and white illustrations accompanied by some facts, about 2-3 facts per animal. If you read as many animal facts as I do, you probably won’t learn anything new from this book, but to be honest, this isn’t the kind of book that you pick up to learn new things. I did learn a few new things though, like did you know that cockroaches don’t like to eat cucumbers and bees don’t sleep?

I think this book could actually make a pretty fun coloring book, so I will probably plan on doodling in it or maybe giving it to a friend’s daughter. Säfström also sells greeting cards, postcards, tea towels, etc, with her illustrations. I’m not a huge fan of decorative books or coffee table books, so I would recommend buying other things over buying her book since they also have a practical aspect. But if you’re a fan of looking at pretty things, this may be right up your alley.

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I’d recommend this book to people who like trivia, people who follow illustrators on Instagram, and people whose living rooms look like an Ikea catalogue.

Additional Resources:

  • I would like to thank Blogging for Books for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Check out Maja Säfström’s website here.
  • Buy the book here.