So, apparently, ’tis the season to be jolly, but in Watertown, it seems more like ’tis the season to be a sad, wet snowman. And while I may not be able to change the weather, or your state of mind, I can steer you to some of our new books that might improve your mind. And that’s just going to have to be enough.
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
It’s not everyday that you get a new book by Toni Morrison. This powerful historical narrative takes place in the 1680s, from the point of view of a young slave girl, Florens, who is navigating a strange, new existence in the wild frontier of America, while surrounded by other outcasts who are reinventing themselves in the new world. This is definitely a book that will have the power to reshape you as you read it.
Moriarty by John Gardner
What else will make you feel smarter than walking a mile in the shoes of Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’s infamous nemesis? This book takes place after the pair’s confrontation at Reichenbach Falls and has Moriarty squaring off against a rival criminal genius, as well as dodging the long arm of the law.
Me of Little Faith by Lewis Black (CD)
Have you ever noticed how often intelligence and a good sense of humor go hand in hand? Hone your razor wit by listening to this exploration of religion and faith by my favorite ranting comedian, Lewis Black.
Green Goes with Everything by Sloan Barnett
Sloan Barnett has penned a useful guide to make you a smarter consumer, pointing out which products and brands are harmful to both your health and the environment, and suggesting reasonable and easy alternatives.
Get Smart (DVD)
It’s entirely possible (nay, likely) that this movie will not actually make you smarter, but it will definitely make you feel smarter. At least, smarter than Maxwell Smart, played by the hilarious Steve Carell. However, I make no guarantee that you will feel smarter than Anne Hathaway’s clever Agent 99.
The Secret of Play: How to Raise Smart, Healthy, Caring Kids from Birth to Age 12 by Anne Pleshette Murphy
Think it’s too late to work on your mind? Why not give a shot at manipulating the next generation! It’s not a secret that the act of play for children is like a miniature training ground for the rest of their lives (really, who hasn’t seen a bitter game of phone tag played out at the workplace?) So, for those parents who are keen to improve their childrens’ minds, this book lays out a guideline for which types of games, toys and activities are best suited for each age and stage of mental development.
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