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Review – The Other Wes Moore: The Story of One Name and Two Fates by Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.  – From book homepage I heard about this book when it was being discussed on a number of talk shows.  I thought it sounded interesting and added it to my To Be Read list.  I honestly forgot about it for awhile as I do with most books I add to that list, but then a few things happened that brought it back to my attention.  Before I talk about what brought it back to my attention I want to talk about why it was of interest for me.
Like Wes Moore I know there is someone out there with my same name, who lives in the same area I live in.  Unlike Wes Moore, I’ve known about her since I was about 9 years old.  They brought her file into the room I was in at the doct…

We are bored with play, we prefer to work!

This idea came up in two books I have recently read.  Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal and Fannie’s Last Supper by Christopher Kimball. Both books came to this idea differently but it just stuck me as interesting that two books on two different topics would each make that point and that I’d read them one right after the other.

In Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal points out why reality is broken and how fixes taken from the world of gaming can help fix reality.  One of the key points is that many of the popular games on the market today rely on overcoming obstacles and in a sense is a form of work.  Games ranging from Golf, to Solitare, to a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) like World of Warcraft. We get a sense of pleasure from working hard at these games to get better at them, yes we have fun but we feel the pay off of the work we put into getting better.  In Fannie’s Last Supper Christpher Kimball describes the details and years of work that when …

February Reading Review

Book Club
This month wasn’t a normal meeting.  We did a book browsing and chocolate tasting in order to get more B&N costumers interested in the Romance Book Club.  We’re hoping more people join so we can do more author events.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

2011 Support your Local Library Challenge
I checked out five books this month (as well as a bunch of DVDs and CDs). I finished reading two of the books rather quickly, A Shore Thing and Marrying Daisy Bellamy.  I’m still working on Claude and Camille from last month and really couldn’t focus more attention on Fannies Last Supper and Decision Points.  I returned Fannies Last Supper with Plans to check it out again and I checked Decision Points out as an ebook and couldn’t get very far in it during my 2 week check out period.  Assholes Finish First was just checked out so I’m reading that, Tucker Max can only be taken in small doses.
1.Fannie's last supper : re-creating one amazing meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookboo…