Books

'The Floating Library' Brings Books Offshore

Cedar Lake Floating Library

You're out on the lake, soaking in the sun and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. The only thing missing? A good book. Luckily, the new project The Floating Library can give you just that. The Floating Library is a public art project started by Sarah Peters that works to bring books and printed matter to people visiting urban lakes. The project is run from a custom-made raft that features built-in bookshelves. The material is kept dry by protective covers. The library is open to anyone...

Amazon Launches eBook Program, AKA Your Nearest Public Library

kindleunlimited As someone who spends most of her free time reading, I was initially excited to see that Amazon was launching a Netflix for eBooks: Kindle Unlimited. Sure, I have a library card, but a suburban county library can hardly compare with the 600,000 eBooks Amazon will have available. Plus, you'd never have to wait on hold for popular books. And all for just $9.99 a month. It all sounds like a great idea, and a great deal,...

Dusting Off a Classic: ‘The Sun Also Rises’

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It is near impossible to discuss Ernest Hemingway’s second published novel, The Sun Also Rises, without a mention of the man himself. Written during his years in Europe as a member of the expatriate artistic movement of the early twentieth century post-World War I era, the events and characters of The Sun Also Rises are heavily autobiographical, albeit fictionalized enough to capture the zeitgeist of a ‘lost generation’ rather than expose the personal flaws of real individuals. “We are all a...

Good Things Come in Threes — Three Books You Must Read

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What is the sign of a good book? Is it the style and fluidity of the prose? Is it the author’s ability to engage the reader? First, what makes a book worth reading, and second, worth recommending? Why do some books garner huge popularity and numerous accolades while others sit on shelves untouched, collecting dust over the years? Obviously, the answers to these questions differ on a person-to-person basis. Some people simply love the classics: The Catcher in the RyeThe Great Gatsby, FrankensteinThe Scarlet Letter, ...