Pillars of Literacy: Orcas Issues’ Book Reviews

Literacy, the pillar of our culture and community

Literacy, the pillar of our culture and community

Orcas Issues recognizes the bedrock value of literacy — writing and reading words woven into a unique and rich picture of others’ thoughts and experiences. For this reason, we’re adding a book review feature to Orcas Issues, and invite our readers and contributors to submit their reviews to this important “corner” of our world.

We recently read the following by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet and critic (1772-1834) regarding the habits of readers and thought you’d enjoy his observations:

Readers may be divided into four classes:
1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time.
3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.

As always, your comments are appreciated.

Recent Book Reviews:

  • Maurine Talks Books: Languid Summer Reads July 11, 2015 — from MaurineTalksBooks.com — Like so many of you, I particularly treasure the long, languid summer days here in the northern latitudes. Daylight comes as early as 4am, and lingers until around 10pm. Perfect weather for savoring the long novels I have been meaning to read all year. Sometimes I read outside in the garden, sometimes on my bed with the windows open and a sweet breeze flowing through. The author must sweep me into another ...
  • Book Reviews: Horse Stories to Inspire March 7, 2015 — by Maurine Barnett, from MaurineTalksBooks.com — This month, reviewer Maurine Barnett presents her choices for books about horses. She says in her introduction: “I missed the phase of life known as pre-teen-girl-becomes-horse-crazy. Well, I am finally and happily blooming into that phase at almost 70, after moving to a new location where rescued horses and donkeys come with the property.” Horse Heaven, by Jane Smiley In case ...
  • Book Reviews: Maurine Talks Memoirs January 26, 2015 — by Maurine Barnett, from MaurineTalksBooks.com — This month, reviewer Maurine Barnett presents her choices for memorable biographies and memoirs. A selection from this month: Of all the genres one could read, biography and memoir has to be my favorite. There is nothing quite so fascinating to me as someone else’s life story, or parts of a life story. Memoirs in particular seem to resound with the strongest emotional landscapes, as they are recounted by ...
  • Book Reviews: The Classics — The Good Earth and Tale of Two Cities January 17, 2015 Orcas Issues  is pleased to associate with the blog from former Orcas Islander Maurine Barnett, MaurineTalksBooks. Excerpts from her monthly reports will be republished here on Orcas Issues and readers are invited to go directly to MaurineTalksBooks for more reviews and recommendations. The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck Here is another example of a classic I did not read until recently. Yet I remember staring at its cover in my family’s bookshelves for years as I ...
  • Book Review: Excellent Executives Profiled in Rising to Power October 19, 2014 — by Margie Doyle — Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives, written by  managing partners at Navalent organizational consultants Ron Carucci and Eric Hansen, profiles successful 21st century executives and identifies the four essential characteristics for their achievement. In an interview with Carucci about the book, he points out those characteristics and also the “tripwires” holding up success in today’s rapidly evolving business climate. Carucci, a founder of Navalent,(“Leading self — transformation within; ...
  • Book Review: April-December Marriage of Two Powerhouses October 9, 2014 Author Lucinda Franks, in interviews and author signings, illuminates her memoir, Timeless: Love, Robert Morgenthau and Me (Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014)  — by Margie Doyle — For a book entitled “Timeless,” this memoir is all about the passage of time as seen through three focal points: marriage, journalism and justice. Love – the story of an unlikely courtship and a 40-year marriage: The author, married in her twenties to a man 26 years her senior; The ...

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