Connie Bennett

Book Reviewer

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

Book Review
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Book Review: The Lost Art of Mixing

 "The Lost Art of Mixing” by Erica Bauermeister




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6:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Book Review: Dream Animals

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I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Dream Animals” by Emily Winfield Martin.

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Book Review
6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Book Review: Physics for Rock Stars

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First the disclaimer.  I’m a physicist’s daughter.  And, I have two brothers and two nephews who are engineers.  So, it was with at least a bit of skepticism that I cracked the cover of Portland author Christine McKinley’s new book, “Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You.”

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Book Review
6:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Book Review: Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness

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“Hi, I’m your neighbor, and I’d like to eat your weeds.”  In her book “Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness,” author Becky Lerner accepts her editor’s challenge to survive for a week on the wild plants growing within Portland’s city limits.  She quickly discovers that collecting leafy weeds and brewing pine-needle tea costs far more in energy than it provides in sustenance.  Exhausted and near starvation, she gives up on the experiment by the end of chapter 2.

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Book Review
10:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

KLCC Book Review: “He’s Gone” by Deb Caletti

In her first adult novel, Seattle writer Deb Caletti has crafted a mesmerizing internal journey for her protagonist, Dani Keller.  The story grabs us with the first sentence:   "I used to imagine it sometimes, what would happen if one day I just didn't come home."   But it isn’t Dani who disappears.  She wakes one morning to find her husband gone – from their bed, their Lake Union houseboat, just vanished from her life – with no explanation. 

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Book Review
8:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Thing With Feathers - Book Review

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The Thing with Feathers,” released at the end of last month, is a new book by South Eugene graduate and self-described bird nerd, Noah Strycker.  The book’s been getting rave reviews from the birding community, but I think that sells it short.  While Strycker begins each chapter with bird watching anecdotes and fascinating facts, he never stops there.   

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Book Review
6:38 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Book Probes Fate of Rockefeller Heir

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The book I’m reviewing this month – Carl Hoffman’s “Savage Harvest” – is a bit of a departure for these KLCC reviews.  For one thing, this is the first time I’m reviewing an advanced copy – the book won’t be available until later this month.  For another, award winning journalist Carl Hoffman, perhaps best known for his book, “The Lunatic Express,” isn’t a Pacific Northwest writer.  However, he will be speaking at Eugene Public Library in a free talk on March 27th as part of his book tour.  So I thought it well worth bringing this fascinating book to your attention.

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Book Review
9:16 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennet reviews Allie Brosh's "Hyperbole and a Half".

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6:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Boys in the Boat Book Review

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Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett reviews "The Boys in the Boat" Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown.

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7:55 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Book Review: Bad Houses by Sara Ryan

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Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Public Library, reviews "Bad Houses,” a graphic novel written by Sara Ryan and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil.

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