We’re back with a few new books this week. Always keep in mind that you can tell us what you’re reading too. Just let us know in the comments section.


The Tetris Effect by Dan Ackerman

I was addicted to Tetris on my GameBoy, way back when. It’s such a simple game but so seemingly endless that I wanted to know more about how it was created.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher


Took by Mary Downing Hahn

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid . . . a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?


 Castle in the Sky (blu-ray)

Hayao Miyazaki has continued to amaze me in this older animated movie. It still has all the awesome adventure elements that his newer movies have.   Along with the awareness of human evil (in this case greed). Pazu, an orphan who works in a mine, comes to the aid of a mysterious girl named Sheeta who fell from the sky. Together they discover the strange power Sheeta’s family heirloom holds and the truth behind the mythical civilization known as Laputa.

It’s definitely a must see for Japanese animated film lovers.


A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age


A Field Guide to Lies

October is (among other things) Information Literacy Awareness Month, so I’ve been spending some time with Daniel Levitin’s latest book. It can be easy for even the sharpest of us to fall prey to misinformation, whether deliberate or accidental, Levitin pulls back the curtain to shed light on common traps and pitfalls—skewed statistics, unchecked claims, logical fallacies, and unknown unknowns, to name but a few—and tips on how to avoid them. The book could do for us in the 21st century what Darrell Huff’s How To Lie With Statistics did for the 20th. Readers may also be interested in Levitin’s previous book, The Organized Mind.


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