TBR – Children’s book: The Mouse and the Carpenter

A story in rhyme for young and old

About coexistence, rare to behold.

If a mouse and a carpenter can live together,

Without making a fuss –

Maybe there’s hope for all of us!

The book “The Mouse and the Carpenter“ tells the wonderful story of a mouse that goes out into the world and finds himself in a pickle with a carpenter, all up to the peaceful ending where they realize there is room for both a mouse and a man.

The book is accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

This is Shabtay Benny’s first book, which began in his old carpentry shop and seeks to enter the hearts of children.

Of mice and men, again.

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TBR – The Year of Uh by Jud Widing

For the first time in their lives, nineteen year-old Nur De Dernberg and her younger sister Deirdre are leaving Seychelles, Africa. They’ve come to Boston for a year, but not to party with the college kids – they’re here to learn English. Nur, trapped by her inability to speak the language and her sister’s inability to speak in anything other than clipped wisecracks, finds herself in a strange country with nobody to talk to; she is dreadfully, existentially alone.

Until, that is, she goes to language class and meets Hyun-Woo. Despite sharing no common language, Nur feels something distinctly spark-like between them. Thus commences an awkward courtship…maybe? Is it a courtship? Does he feel for her the way she feels for him? Does he know how she feels? Then again, does she? Nur is beset by questions that would be easy to ask, if only she had the words. Those words are coming slowly, though, while her feelings for Hyun-Woo are thundering along at a more breakneck pace.

This sounds uhhhh-mazing.

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TBR – Clio – the Cat Who Loved to Eat by Helena Chashka

Clio, a mischievous cat who loved to eat, attached himself to the yard of the Bar-Giora family who lived in the village Nitzan.

Uri, the father as well as the children fell in love with the cat at first sight, whereas Rivka, the mother made it clear from the outset that she did not like cats. The members of the village were not very fond of Clio and were rather angry at her, because she was insolent and disrespectful.

The tale of Clio – The Cat That Loved to Eat, which happened (nearly) in real life, are told in song and poem form.

There is a gift inside this book: Clio’s coloring book

I, too, like to eat. I also like cats.

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TBR – The Fire in the Rock by Charles Henderson Norman

A TALE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD It’s a story that has become legend. The burning bush. The plagues on Egypt. The parting of the Red Sea. The Ten Commandments. But before he was Moses, he was Kisil — a wanderer, an almost-ordinary man, both doubting and driven. And before she was the wife of a prophet, she was Tzipporah — the fierce, faithful woman who lent her wisdom and courage when his faltered. This is not a story of miracles and wonders. This is the story of a man and a woman — and of the love that brought them together and sustained them as they defied a king, freed a people, and changed the world. — My book is the first attempt, in a work of fiction, to address the facts that are now known about a cataclysmic volcanic eruption that took place in the eastern Med at about the time of the Exodus. The Fire in the Rock is an attempt to tell this story as it might really have happened — with no “miracles,” only natural, if unusual, events; and, perhaps more to the point, God does not appear. He remains “offstage,” so to speak, present and active only in the hopes — and doubts! — of the people of that time, as He is in our own. Since the book generally pleases neither the conservative religious nor the secular atheist, it has not yet found an audience; even so, I am certain that one day it will. All that said, this book is by no means a dry theological treatise! Indeed, it is more a love story than anything else; an intimate look at Moses the man, as known by the narrator — his lover, wife and widow, Tzipporah. We see Moses (whose name was not Moses) as he very likely was, if there was such a man; a lifelong wanderer, haunted by guilt and riven by doubts, a man without a home and without a people. Even though he is not entirely convinced of the existence — or even of the importance! — of any God, he is still driven by a passionate devotion to the Good, the True, the Just — and ultimately, by his love for Tzipporah herself, and for their family. The novel is an attempt to tell the story of these “Bible characters” as actual, real people, and neither icons, nor superheroes, nor cartoons. After receiving a starred review, The Fire in the Rock was named to Kirkus Reviews’ list of the Best Books of 2016.

…But does it still qualify as Christian Fiction? We’ll find out, haha.

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Book Review: Libraries Partnering with Self-publishing: a Winning Combination was kind of useless

I wasn’t too impressed with this one. It was more fluff than help – basic intro into things I feel like librarians could discover on their own if they are really interested. Without this book.

Half the book is just about the industry – traditional and self-publishing – when the title makes it seem like you should already know a bit about it (though why so much was spent on traditional, I do not know).

In parts, it speaks to self-publishers directly, but doesn’t tell them things like what the hell CIP data is or the routes librarians normally go through to purchase books. There’s no insider perspective here for the authors. ISBNs are covered. Big whoop.

And the book doesn’t really tell libraries how to do said discovering and selecting of self-published books. I got no new help from these pages.

There is plenty of focus on doing author events in libraries or how to set up self-publishing programs. But nothing – NOTHING – to help normalize the actual discovery of self-published authors. What’s more, libraries can’t seem to help indie authors without forcing them to “local” author duties. And even then the spotlight isn’t on their work but the fact they are indie or self-published or are part of “the community”…

That’s not a “winning combination.” It’s not doing a lot of normalizing for the authors or the books.

Let me give you an example: BiblioBoard’s Self-e program selects authors to showcase in it’s main curation and those that don’t make the cut (based on what standards, I do not know) are delegated to sub-packages based on state location. But guess what? If your state doesn’t have a library that subscribes to a sub-package, the “local” ebooks just sit there. Never being looked at. Wasted material. The “local” or “by location” mindset doesn’t do it for this librarian. I want to discover books from all over the world and use my own criteria to select those. Right now, the relationship between libraries and self-publishers is still very one-sided. Libraries are getting all the benefits: desperate authors coming through the door. Foot traffic. Being needed.

The power is still all in the library’s hands.

Sure, we’re giving it to the big publishers screwing over our patrons and stifling diverse voices. It’s great that libraries are trying to meet a community need/want. But I fail to see what the authors are getting out of this. It’s just giving them a hobby. Like genealogy.

What I hear: “Gottah keep the masses busy somehow. They’ve already finished researching their family tree. Why not tell them to write a book about it?” #UGH

Art shouldn’t be treated like genealogy.

We aren’t really making self-publishers more discoverable.

Current mood:

Maybe I wouldn’t have been so mad if this had been written more for librarians and not both parties.

There is a good chapter on open access in here, if you are wanting to look into scholarly self-publishing…Which I can get behind.


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