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Get 'Em While They're Fresh: New Books for April

by Geoff Pettys 4/9/2014 2:37:00 PM

While I have not read Lodro Rinzler’s books, several of my friends have and absolutely love them. Reading the description of his first book from the author’s website, it’s easy to see the appeal. “The Buddha Walks into a Bar is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook.” I think a lot of college students can relate to this description, which is precisely what the 30-ish Rinzler was going for. A Buddhist practitioner since childhood, Rinzler tries to make meditation more accessible to today’s youth. Based on the reviews I’ve heard and read, it sounds like he has been successful. The Buddha Walks into a Bar is available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 294.3444 R584b2012.

As a life-long Cubs fan, I understand how difficult it can be to defend this ball club. The Cubs have had losing seasons four years in a row and with their current record of 2 wins and 5 losses, well, it looks like it might be another long and painful season. Inevitably Cub-haters will lay their ridicule on thick and Cubs fans the world over will grasp at straws to defend the “lovable losers.” But at least we have Wrigley! Even the most ardent Cub-haters have to concede that Wrigley Field is one of the most beautiful fields in all of Major League Baseball. 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ira Berkow recently released a new book to mark the occasion. If you’re a fan of the Cubs or baseball in general, check out Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs, available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 796.35706877 B5134w2014.

 

I love maps. I’m not entirely sure why, as I rarely use maps, but I just find them fascinating. Maps can be powerful and politically charged, they can be completely utilitarian, and they can often be beautiful. The new book Maps of Paradise examines a curious question: how do you map the unmappable? For centuries humans have tried to pinpoint the location of the Garden of Eden, a difficult task since the Bible left this information rather ambiguous. With over 100 images and excellent narrative, Alessandro Scafi’s new book is definitely worth checking out! Maps of Paradise is available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number:202.3 S278M. 

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