The Conference of the Birds Retold by Alexis York Lumbard Illustrated by Demi
This is a beautiful children’s book of faith and belief. A work of Persian Sufi poetry that is said to be "the most outstanding of these works is the Mantiq al-Tayr (translated usually as The Conference of the Birds) by Farid al-Din Attar, the 12th century Persian Poet who is one of the greatest figures in the history of Sufi poetry..."
After a rough start, Jim C. Hines' new book Libriomancer improves immensely. It reminds me somewhat of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. There are lots of fun allusions to favorite scifi or fantasy, such as the preference of the main character, Isaac, for brown coats (Firefly).
Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Why do some children succeed while others fail?
The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs.
Homeland – Season 1 is now at the Carnegie library. This Showtime program swept the Emmy’s for 2012, winning Best Drama, Best Director, Best Leading Man - Damien Lewis, Best Leading Lady – Clare Danes, Best Writing and all kinds of other awards besides. If you don’t get Showtime, you can see what all the fuss is about by renting the first season on DVD.
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.