book review

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. 

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Rewind Files” by Claire Willett.

This is KLCC.  I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!" by Jonathan Evison. 

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Shark Curtain” by Chris Scofield.

“The Shark Curtain” is the first novel by Chris Scofield, who lives in Eugene with her husband and (according to the book jacket) two goldfish. Though it’s not for every audience, I found “The Shark Curtain” an absolutely bewitching book.

I was excited to come across “Jackaby.” Not just because it’s an award winning, best-selling YA novel.

This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Wild Within” by Melissa Hart.

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This is KLCC. I'm Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Public Library, with a book review of FALLING FROM HORSES by Molly Gloss.

  

  This is KLCC.  I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Astoria" by Peter Stark.

For anyone living in the KLCC listening area, Peter Stark's historical adventure is a fascinating read.  The full title gives you a hint: "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, a Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival."

Station Eleven

“Station Eleven” is the best-selling, award winning, breakout novel by Emily St. John Mandel, who was born and raised on an island off the coast of British Columbia.  I devoured it in a single day a couple of months ago.  I’ve been savoring and rereading it ever since.

The book’s primary storyline follows a troupe of actors, the “Traveling Symphony,” about twenty years in the future, after a viral pandemic has wiped out 99% of the world’s population.   

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