*** BOOK: The Design of Everyday Things (Revised and Expanded Edition) AUTHOR: Don Norman YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2013 REVIEW: *** Don Norman, the author of The Design of Everyday Things, is a very accomplished writer, researcher, professor, and consultant. He’s most famous, however, for giving his name to the Norman door–which are those horrible doors … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Design of Everyday Things
It’s presented as a travelogue, a first person account of a 1960 solo (except for the company of Charley, a standard poodle) trip around the United States. Apparently, that’s not really what happened.
*** BOOK: A Journal of the Plague Year AUTHOR: Daniel Defoe YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1722 REVIEW: As I write this, we’ve been socially distancing for over a year. And I’m not sure, honestly, whether it is now the best time or the worst time to read A Journal of the Plague Year, an account of … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: A Journal of the Plague Year
*** BOOK: The Sense of Style–the Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century AUTHOR: Steven Pinker YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2014 REVIEW: *** Steven Pinker is a cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author. He’s occasionally controversial, but whatever his politics are, he’s a very good communicator, and this book about good writing, what it is, … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Sense of Style
*** BOOK: The Madwoman and the Roomba–My Year of Domestic Mayhem AUTHOR: Sandra Tsing Loh YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2020 REVIEW: *** Not everyone is going to love Sandra Tsing Loh’s specific brand of neurotic humor, and that’s okay. If you like David Sedaris’ work, well…she’s something like that. Just imagine a divorced west coast female … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Madwoman and the Roomba