Connie Bennett

Book Reviewer

Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Public Library, reviews books for KLCC.

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This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of " The Small Backs of Children” by Lidia Yuknavitch .

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "T is for Time” by Marie and Roland Smith, with illustrations by Renée Graef.

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Hour of Land” by Terry Tempest Williams.

Last weekend marked the centennial of the National Parks Service in the United States, these places Ken Burns has called “America’s Best Idea.” It’s a perfect time to read the diverse essays in Terry Tempest Williams’ “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.”

It’s not an ordinary guidebook – no maps, or...

This is KLCC . I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Carry Home” by Gary Ferguson. It’s a common – almost mythic – theme: after loss, we seek solace and healing in nature. And given that loss is so much a part our common human experience, it’s a story that’s been lived – and written –countless times before. Despite this, there’s nothing common about Gary Ferguson’s “The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness.” It’s almost as though...

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Love Factually” by Duana Welch. The subtitle tips you off right away: “Love Factually: 10 proven steps from I wish to I do.” It’s not a book designed for the married or permanently partnered. As Welch says in her introduction, “If that’s you, it may be time to stop asking yourself whether you are in the right relationship, which is a courtship question, and ask yourself instead how you can improve the...

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Life Without a Recipe” by Diana Abu-Jaber. A quotation from this book: “Sometimes I think the older you get, the more memories there are, and the deeper the forest becomes. A child thinks their life has one smooth shape – always moving straight ahead. Eventually, though, you start to see how crooked the path is, how the trees move closer, how birds have eaten your trail of crumbs.” In this passage,...

This is KLCC. I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "People Like You" by Margaret Malone.

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson. I love to explore new ideas through non-fiction in the hands of an excellent writer – “Guns, Germs, and Steel” or “The Beak of the Finch” come to mind. So I expected to enjoy Thor Hanson’s award-winning natural history: “The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History.” I wasn’t disappointed!...

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Undermajordomo Minor” by Portland writer, Patrick DeWitt. It’s a deceptively sly and witty book, beginning with the title itself: our protagonist, young Lucien Minor, comes of age through working as an assistant to the Majordomo at the distant Castle Von Aux. If that evokes dark forests, snowy peaks and curious escapades, you’re right on target. We first meet Lucy, as he’s known, when he leaves home....

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