Weibel's One-Line Book Reviews

last modified: February 13, 1996

The Library as Literacy Classroom: A Program for Teaching

Weibel, Marguerite Crowley. Forward by Sen. Paul Simon.
ISBN: 0-8389-0596-x American Library Assoication (Chicago), 1992.

If you think libraries have an important role in supporting and advancing literacy, you should read this book. If you don't, you should read it twice. Norman Stevens called it "the most useful book published to date on the development of [literacy] programs in public libraries."

The Internet Kids Yellow Pages

Polly, Jean.
Osborne McGraw Hill (Spring 96) ISBN 007-882-197-5

The Internet frontier is changing from "where can I click?" to "who do you trust?" Here is a guide to children's Internet resources from someone worthy of that trust... The mom of public library Internet access -- Jean Polly.

The Voyage

Robin MacNeil (1995)

Political reportage and Canadian diplomatic history flavor this story of a romance and its effect on a marriage, a career, and the sense of what it means to be free. MacNeil's history in reporting makes the backdrop rich and believable; an enjoyable read from someone you trust.

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Hoeg, Peter. McClelland-Bantam (1993)
OCLC: 31781115 ISBN: 0770426182

A book that made me wish a 14 hour flight had been longer. A thriller with much to recommend it to the head set. Think of it... Greenland, a province of Denmark?

The Shipping News

Proulx, Annie.
Simon & Schuster (1995) OCLC: 32178992

A tale of the redemptive power of love distilled from a harsh environment. Pulitzer Prize. Not to be missed.

In the Lake of the Woods

O'Brien, Tim.
Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, (1994).

Dark, disturbing, well written. Wish I'd never picked it up, but couldn't put it down. Not a tale of hope.

Mating

Rush, Norman.
Vintage (1992) ISBN: 0099207915

One of the more sophisticated renditions of the battle of the sexes I have encountered. Vocabulary to make a Scrabble player envious.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper
Lippincott (1960) ISBN: 0-330-24118-4

This classic of 20th century American fiction is as fresh and moving as it was when first published. As my spouse says, if the African American community's response to the Simpson verdict puzzles you, (re)read this book.

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Frank, Anne. Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler.
Doubleday (1995)

Anne Frank's triumph overwhelms the tragedy of this family's fate, and provides a touchstone of hope that prevails over the hatred and madness of the world that took her life. A friend says that these rooms in Amsterdam spoke more eloquently to her of the holocaust than the ruins of the concentration camps.

The Arms of Krupp

William Manchester (1964).

An engrossing (und zehr grosse) account of the evolution of the Konzern responsible for some of the world's most effective armaments from the time of Sedan to World War II. Manchester could have left some of this thousand page book on the cutting room floor, but a fascinating picture of the First Family of the Cannon.