Saturday, April 11, 2020

Four from before

I have explored the bottom four on the book list from yesterday.  I decided to start at the bottom since they are the oldest books. I downloaded these into my actual Kindle reader from my archived ones on Amazon's computers:

A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies - John Wiley and Sons Co.

Return to Akenfield

The Science of Education

Unexpectedly Eighty - Viorst

Viorst is the author of "Alexander and the Terrible, No-good, Horrible, Very Bad Day." She also writes poems.  Unexpectedly Eighty includes this one:

"Driving at Night", which begins like this:

December dinner parties do not thrive 

Unless the dinner party ends at five. 

Nor do we go to operas or ballets 

Unless we're ticketed for matinees. 

And when we take our grandkids on the town, 

We must get back before the sun goes down. 

Our social life is suffering from blight 

As, one by one, we cease to drive at night.

Viorst, Judith. Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations (p. 4). Free Press. Kindle Edition.

"The Science of Education" is interesting.  It is officially published by Scientific American but in the paper and Kindle forms, is no longer available.  Too sexy, I guess. It is available as an audio book. It consists of separate chapters on lesson planning, teaching particular subjects, gifted students and other topics such as teaching science.

I haven't really gotten into "Return to Akenfield" but I will.  I read "Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village" years ago at friend's recommendation.  It was excellent but the sort of book that definitely is on the quiet side. It gives a person a chance to spend some time in a small English village and the occupations and memories and opinions of the people living there.  The Portrait was published in 1969 but the book relates to earlier times, including life there well before WWII.

A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies is an interesting collection.  The book is published by John Wiley and Sons, founded in 1807, publishers of my first statistics methods book and a source of fine books.  This book is a compliation of excepts from other "For Dummies" books. It is basically a summary of a series of books that started with a volume or two to help people in the 1990's to learn to use computers in their work.

John Wiley and Sons. A Little Bit of Everything For Dummies . John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.

It is offered from Amazon for free.  There are other For Dummies books but this one may be a bit dated.

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