Thursday, March 25, 2010

For perspective, listen to lectures

For a fresh perspective on our current problems, consider reading some classic works and then listening to some lectures to help you see how pertinent they are to our situation today.

Allow Alexis de Tocqueville to explain Democracy in America as he saw it, and then listen to a lecture by William R. Cook on Tocqueville and the American Experiment.

Or read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and listen to Joshua Kaplan discuss Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance.

For another angle on our current debate about man and nature read Walden by Henry David Thoreau and then listen to Ashton Nichols’ lecture on Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement.

For a perspective on human interaction try reading David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature and then listen to Peter Kreeft’s lecture Ethics: A History of Moral Thought.

Our contemporary issues involve us in a great conversation and the value of our contribution may hinge on how well we’ve been listening.

Jeanne @ Warrenton Library

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Feeling down?

Perhaps you’re feeling down because you don’t want to face doing your taxes. Or maybe you’re grumpy from dealing with the pollen and rain and mud that spring always brings. Well then, let us recommend a humorous book to lighten your mood.

Have you been spending a lot of time lately wiping up after muddy paws? Do you love animals but find yourself peeved at your pet? Try reading: How to Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Marsh and those muddy paws won’t bother you so much. Or maybe you’ve been watching the birds and other wildlife outside your windows and feeling sorry for them on still chilly nights. You could cure yourself of that by picking up Hey Ranger!: True Tales of Humor and Misadventure from America’s National Parks by Jim Burnett.

Maybe you’ve been stocking your pantry in anticipation of the next power outage. Or perhaps you’re wondering why you ever bought a house so far out in the boonies. If this describes your situation you’re sure to find some ideas to keep you laughing by candle light in Watchagot Stew: A Memoir of an Idaho Childhood with Recipes and Commentaries by Patrick F. McManus or in Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America by Bill Geist.

Check our Web site for a longer list of humorous books or come in and let us help you find something. We’re sure to have a book that will brighten your day.

Jeanne @ Warrenton