Category Archives: Book of the Week

Book of the week – The Cow in the parking lot

Book of the week - The Cow in the parking lot

Book of the week – The Cow in the parking lot by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston

How can you not pick up a book with a title like that. The brief foreword explains the meaning behind the title. If you’re in a crowded parking lot and someone cuts you off to take the parking space you were waiting for how do you feel? Angry, right? Now what if a cow came lumbering over and sat itself down in that same spot? You wouldn’t be angry, more likely you’d laugh and be amused. Why? Isn’t the outcome the same? You weren’t able to get that spot. It’s a great lesson and one I love to share with my friends and family who now laugh with me when I point out that the irritant in a situation is just a big old cow who doesn’t know any better.

The authors do a great job pointing out that we don’t have to get angry, we can make a different choice, and they explain exactly how we can do that. Acting on our anger never solves a problem,  it only escalates it and almost always makes us more angry. Read this book and take it’s advice because we can all use less anger in our lives.

Rivka's War by Marilyn Oser
Rivka’s War by Marilyn Oser

Wow, is it already that time of the week again? Do you have your weekend plans all set? Do you have a little time set aside for some good reading?

This week I highly recommend Rivka’s War by Marilyn Oser. Another great historical fiction novel, based in Russia during the beginning of World War One. The title character becomes part of a battalion of girls who are recruited to be an example for the demoralized men who are abandoning their posts because the war is going so badly. The book has some great historical detail and gives the Jewish perspective of the difficulties of living in Russia during that time period. I really enjoyed Rivka, she’s a very inspiring character while still being relatable. 

I hope you get the chance to check this book out, and if you do let me know what you thought of it.

Book of the Week 3/13/2014

Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful local author Ruth Bass and her equally wonderful book Sarah’s Daughter.



The story is about a young girl named Rose who takes on her mother’s responsibilities after her mother dies in a tragic accident. She cares for her two younger siblings and the housework while trying to stay in school. Her heavy drinking father offers little support and at the climax of the book threatens to take her out of the school she loves and away from the teacher who gives her the support and encouragement no one else does. The book is set in the 1800’s in a rural New England town very reminiscent of Richmond MA where the author resides and where I grew up. I loved it’s transporting quality that took me back to what time would have been like for my grandmothers and great grandmothers growing up in a similar setting.
So this weekend get cozy and settle in with this great book because as we can see spring not yet upon us, but don’t worry it is coming I promise.
Also if you like this book the sequel is called Rose, and I hear there is a third book in the works!

Book of the week 3/7/2014

   Working at the local library has given me opportunity to discover some great books. I thought I might share with you my discovery each Friday so you’ll be all set for some great weekend reading. 

     This week I have to recommend Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House By Ken Goffman and Dan Joy.  I just happened to pick it up at work today. It has a fascinating beginning starting with Prometheus being a counterculture icon for breaking from the expected and stealing fire from the gods. I also never considered Abraham from the Bible being a counterculture revolutionary because he broke from the norm of the day and followed a monotheism god, turning his back on idols and choosing to live like a nomad. The book also make the point that Abraham’s descendants the Jews have continued this counterculture tradition by living apart from the mainstream. There are many others considered, including the more obvious Thoreau and the Beats, but who knew the troubadours of the dark ages were so counterculture? I certainly didn’t. I hope you get the chance to pick up this great book.