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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Simon Garfield
Publisher: Gotham (2013, Nov 14th).
The New York Times Book Review - Carmela Ciuraru Garfield's book is stuffed with marvelous anecdotes, fascinating historical tidbits and excerpts from epistolary masters both ancient (Cicero, Seneca) and modern (Woolf, Hemingway)…Throughout, Garfield uncovers startling examples of lust…intimacy and suffering…[Garfield's] epistolary ardor proves infectious, as he reminds us of the pleasures of composing letters without password protection or "send" buttons, those secured in dusty bureaus rather than "in the cloud." Library JournalFrom love letters to letters of recommendation, from early letter writing manuals to the correspondence of famous folks ranging from Erasmus to Princess Diana, this work discusses the art of letter writing and its slow collapse in the Internet era. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades PastAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Christopher Byrne
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (2013, Oct 8th).
What was your favorite childhood toy? Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary street thugs with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? What about carefree summer afternoons counting ticks on your Skip-It, scooting around the neighborhood on your Big Wheel, or soaring down your backyard Slip 'n Slide? Still a little bitter that your parents never let you have a Nerf Super Soaker, or a Barbie Dream House? Did you prefer to unleash your inner artist with your Etch a Sketch, or your inner chef with your Easy-Bake Oven? Did you like to challenge your friends to a rousing game of Mousetrap, or did you prefer to get tied up in knots over a round of Twister? In Toy Time! you’ll be reunited with all these classic toys and more. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education GapAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: M. Night Shyamalan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Sep 10th).
I Got Schooled offers a look at America’s educational achievement gap that could only have come from an outsider. Famed director M. Night Shyamalan has long had a serious interest in education. The foundation he and his wife started once gave college scholarships to promising inner-city students, but Shyamalan realized that these scholarships did nothing to improve education for all the other students in under-performing schools. When he learned that some schools were succeeding with similar student populations, he traveled across the country to find out how they did this and whether these schools had something in common. He eventually learned that there are five keys to closing America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability