Monday Mentions!

by Jessica on April 20, 2015

Whoa! What a whirlwind of a weekend we had at the Festival of Books!
Thanks to everyone for stopping by our booths, saying hi, being friendly and really just for being book lovers in general! Another great Festival under our belts. 

We know you probably spent a good chunk of the weekend perusing books, hearing about books, talking about book and smelling books BUT it is Monday and that means it’s Monday Mentions. So just in case you haven’t had your fill (and I kind of have a feeling you didn’t) then peruse these recommends from members of the Vroman’s staff! 

Have a great week, folks! 

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living 
By Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman’s literary debut is as humorous as he is American. Every page is filled with humor and insight into the life of the author as he details his life and provides an outline on how to be a real American. I recommend you buy three or four.

Recommended by Mycah

 

 

The Philosophy Book 
By DK Publishing

A great novice learning book on the history of philosophy. Innovative and accessible compilation that covers major to niche topics, complex texts and overall a fascinating overview. I picked this up after re3ading Plato, it furthered my interest and introduced me to philosophers I had not heard of. Amazing reference guide, as well.

Recommended by Guy

Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History
By Charles Cross, Gillian Gaar, Bob Gendron

Get to know the music that inspired Kurt and a lot of other facts about the band. Wonderful coffee table book for the ultimate Nirvana fan.

Recommended by Chelsea

Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain
By Martha Sherrill

I had no idea that the beautiful Akita was such an old breed. I did know it came from Japan but it’s thanks to an unusual man that the breed even exists at all. During WWII Morie Sawataishi took in and raised an Akita puppy when most people in Japan were killing them for their pelt and their meat. By the end of the war there were perhaps no more than sixteen left in the country. Morie takes his dogs and his city-born young wife into the snow country of Japan and over the years his passion creates an enduring breed that people all over the world can be proud to own. He rarely shows for money because the dog is more important. He often gives away puppies that someone else would sell for a lot of money because the person he gives it to helped him at some time or has the same passion he has. He is a man of old Japan and is rarely demonstrative with his wife and children but always greets his dogs with shows of affection. He is at his liveliest when drinking sake and talking to others about dogs. Eventually most people realize he’s a good man who has led an extraordinary life because it was the right thing to do. This is a piece of canine history that might have been left in obscurity if not for Martha Sherrill’s wonderful ability to bring Japan, Morie and his dogs to life.

Recommended by Lee

That’s all she wrote…

–Jess