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Willis,Connie. Dooms Day Book. Bantam Books.

"Some say it is the end of the world."(p.459) In 2054 a student had been sent to the past. Her purpose was an investigation of mideaval period. Her mentors and the technician who coordinated the time travel must have tried to avoid the cri…

Shelley,Mary. Frankenstein. Dover.

When I was a college student a professor reffered to Frankenstein in a lecture. That was an introduction to English Literature or something like that. Until then I thought Frankenstein was the name of monster a scientist made. I can't reme…

Walker,Stephen. Shockwave:Countdown to Hiroshima. Harper Perennial.

"This is the greatest thing in history"(p.294) Harry Truman, then the president of the United States said like above when he was informed of the success of dropping the first atomic bomb to Hiroshima. Now many people, especially Japanese p…

Groce,Nora Ellen.Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language. Harvard University Press.

"Tha Martha's Vineyard experience suggests strongly that the concept of a handicap is an arbitrary social category."(p.108) The Martha's Vineyard is the island located in southearstern Massachusetts. There the propotion of population was n…

Garfield,Simon. Just My Type. Gotham Books.

"CAPITAL LETTERS LOOK LIKE YOU HATE SOMEONE AND ARE SHOUTING."(p.22) Do you really think so? Do the words referred above look like that? A woman lost her job for inappropriate use of capital letters in email. The author of Just My Type tak…

Sontag,Susan. On Photography. Picador.

"In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past but the one who invents it."(p.67) Photographs, especially group photos, evoke nostalgia. Even if the persons on them are alive, I think they have already been dea…

Tatiana de Rosnay.Sarah's Key.St.Martin's Griffin.

"You're playing with Pandora's box. Sometimes, it's better not to open it. Sometimes, it's better not to know."(p.127)World War Ⅱis associated with Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa, raid on Tokyo, some disputes over responsibilities on wartime…

Tudge, Colin.The Bird.Three Rivers Press

Birds are familiar to me. At least I thoght so.On my way to office I often come across some sparrows. In a parking lot some crows toddled and in the sky something birdlike flies. But actually I know little about them."In truth, we who envy…

Paterson, Katherine.<em>Bridge to Terabithia</em>.HarperEntertainment.

"'We need a place,' she said, 'just for us.'"(p.58) Recently I read a book. A scriptwriter said in it, "There should be some places where children can escape." The leading characters of Bridge to Terabithia are two 5th grade children. They…

Carson,Rachel.<em>The sea around us</em>.Oxford University Press

When I read Silent Spring I realized unexpected relationships between ecological environment and us. Ms. Carson shed light on the unseen web of living things."No less than the water, the winds and the air currents play their part in bringi…

Lindbergh,Anne Morrow.<em>Gift from the sea</em>.Pantheon books.

I thought Gift from the sea praises the beauty,vastness,tenderness,or something like that. I have finished reading a copy of it and think the center of this book is the author."Patience, patience,patience, is what the sea teaches."(p.11)In…

Kostova,Elizabeth.<em>The historian</em>. Little Brown.

'history's terrible moments were real.'(p.37)Someone's history might be others' memory. I can't feel reality about the events which occurred before my birth. If my relatives experienced them and told me about them they will become a part o…

Carson,Rachel.<em>Silent Spring.</em>Mariner Books.

Many books which deal with ecological problems reffered to Silent Spring.The author, Rachel Carson is very famous.'It is human nature to shrug off what may seem to us a vague threat of future disaster.'(p.189)This book tells us the danger …

Kelley,Tom.<em>The Art of Innovation</em>.Profile Books

'We sometimes find it useful to think of products in terms of verbs rather than nouns'(p.46)I'm interested in user-oriented designing and read this book.Thinking of something as verb might be like treating someone as people in flesh.'Who t…

Sachar, Louis.<em>Holes</em>.Yearling

This book is famous as excellent YA book. Actually, this won the Newbery Medal. I got interested in it and read.'Teach the bully a lesson'(p.135)People can be divided into two categories. The bully and the bullied. Bullying is irrational. …

Crawford, Fred & Mathews,Ryan.<em>The Myth of Excellence</em> .Three Rivers Press

This book is recommended in 『星野リゾートの教科書』(The textbooks of HOSHINO Resort). So I read this.The myth of excellence means "the false belief that a company ought to try to be good at everything it does"(p.xviii).The authors divides…

Forman, Gayle.<em>If I stay</em>.Black Swan

'visits are restricted to immediate family.'(p.117)A girl got seriously injured in a car accident.Her boyfriend came to the hospital to see her and was said like above.What is the permission of grief? Sometimes I wonder if I could be allow…

Balliett, Blue.<em>Chasing Vermeer</em>.Scholastic

A painting of Vermeer was stolen. Two children, who have supersutitious relationship with the picture, started to find where it is. 'People liked to see what they were supposed to see,and find what they were supposed to find.'(p.45) This b…

Haddon, Mark.<em>The curious incident of the dog in the night-time</em>.Vintage

This story starts with a dog. A boy found it had been killed and tried to find the suspect. At first I couldn't trust the narrator, that is the boy. In this book the chapters are numbered in prime numbers. The first chapter is 2 and the th…

Rowling,J.K.<em>HARRY POTTER and the Order of the Phoenix</em>.Bloomsbury

'this is why I loathed being a teacher! Young people are so infernally convinced that they are absolutely right about everything.'(p.438) Harry Potter, what a childish boy he is! His reckless attitude irritates me. It also is pointed out b…

Sandel, Michael J.<em>JUSTICE.</em>Penguin Books

I read this book because a lot of copies of it is sold. 'Justice is inescapably judgmental.'(p.261) This book may be good to think with. How can I put my judgment into practice?

Carnegie,Dale.<em>How to Stop Worrying and Start Living</em>.Pocket Books

I wouldn't live miserable life anymore. This book tells nothing new. 'the purpose of this book is not to tell you something new. The purpose of this book is to remind you of what you already know'(p.105) As far as I'm concerned, that ordin…

Gerstein,Mordicai.<em>The man who walked between the towers</em>.Roaring Brook Press

I read a blog's entry and got interested in this picture book. 'Now the towers are gone.' The blog's author was asked by his son why the towers were lost. As far as I'm concerned, how will I answer the question? Walking between the towers …

Sunstein, Cass R.<em>Republic.com2.0</em>.Princeton University Press

Some years ago I read a book about blog flaming. In that book the author referred to Sustein's 'cybercascades'. It a little bit sounds like a buzz word. But I got interested in this word and read this book. 'cybercascades―processes of info…

Pullman,Philip.<em>The Amber Spyglass</em>.Yearling

Through this His dark materials series the theme was whether letting children know the truth is a temptation or not. They can't do what you don't let them know. This attitude reveals that you don't believe the children. A boy said,"I can't…

Sendak,Maurice.<em>WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE</em>.Harper Collins

The film of this book will be released next year. I watched an advertisment of it and got interested in the story. A Japanese writer once said that fantasy has a development of leaving and returning. In this book a boy also went to the pla…

Hilton,James.<em>GOOD-BYE,mr.chips</em>.Little,Brown and Company

This book describes a life of a teacher. "Yes―umph―I have,"(p.131) Some days ago I watched a drama on TV. It described activities of doctors in emergency room and social problems. A patient was teacher. She didn't marry anyone . And she …

Creech,Sharon.<em>WALK TWO MOONS</em>.Harper Trophy.

The moon has two faces. Bright one and dark one. From the earth we can't see the front side and the back at once.In various standpoints of view the moon looks different.It might be no use asking which moon is true. In Walk two moons two fa…

Dahl,Roald.<em>A Taste of the Unexpected</em>.Pocket Penguin

This book has three short stories. They are 'Taste','The Way Up To Heaven',and 'The Landlady. In the latter two stories the author writes the end implicitly. Thanks to the hints he gives readers, I can imagine the end in various ways.I can…

Pullman,Philip.<em>The Subtle Knife</em>.Yearling

The Subtle Knife is the second book of His Dark materials trilogy.The first book, The Golden Compass, was very interesting and I read this book. 'only we can't see them and we haven't got a name for them, but they're there'(p263) I watched…

Hedges,Chris.<em>What Every Person Should Know About War.</em>Free Press.

'How long will the war affect me? Maybe your whole life.'(p113) After I read this book I thougt war is terrible. I wonder how the inventors of destruction arms estimate the influence of them. Some arms aim not only to kill combatants ,but …

Pullman, Philip.<em>The Golden Compass</em>.Yearling.

This book is the first book of His Dark Materials trilogy.The film of this book is going to be released in Japan next month. As Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it may be sold. I read this book out of vulgar curiosity…

McBratney,Sam.<em>Guess how much I love you</em>.Walker Books.

This is a picture book. I got interested in the title, so I read this. A child hare asked his father to guess how much he loves him. They express the extent of love in various ways. I wonder what a meaning of the competition is. Whether th…

Varley, Susan.<em>Badger's parting gifts</em>. Andersen Press.

This is a picture book. I found this book on the Internet. These days I slightly feel stressed out. I heard this book is about acceptance of the loss. I thought this might be a help. So I read it. An animal dies and makes others feel sad. …

Lowry,Lois.<em>A Summer to Die.</em>Laurel-Leaf Books

Lois Lowry won the Newberry Medal twice. I read her medal-winning books in Japanese before and thought they were intersting.Then I would like to read her other books, so I read this book. Death is the main theme of this book, I think. It i…

Hanff,Helene.<em>84,Charing Cross Road.</em>Penguin Books.

This book contains a correspondence between a freelance writer in New York and a used book dealer in London. I heard that it should tug the heartstrings of bookworms. I don't know whether I am a one or not, but at least I like reading. So,…

Brown,Dan.<em>THE DA VINCI CODE</em>.Corgi books

I think that not what the Da Vinci code indicates but who the Teacher is keeps readers in suspence. Actually, most of codes professor Langdon decoded in the story was made by the curator Sauniere, not by Da Vinci himself. This book was tra…

Rowling,J.K. <em>HARRY POTTER and the Goblet of Fire.</em> Bloomsbury

To tell the truth, at first I got fed up with the succesive descriptions of bullying. Compared to the wicked uncle and aunt, Harry's behavior looks innocent. But he does break the rules:stroll through the dormitory late at night.It seems t…

Zeman, Anne and Kelly, Kate.<em>Everything you need to know about World History Homework</em>. Scholastic

World history is a history of war. In this book I could find the word,‘kill’many times.Especially, in the chapter ‘Events Since World WarⅡ’, a lot of wars, conflicts, and assacinations were described. Indeed, it can be said that they were …

Terban,Marvin. <em>Checking Your Grammar</em>.Scholastic

The explanation of punctuation was most impressive to me. When I was a junior high school student a teacher said that punctuation was one of the most difficult things in Japanease. It is very difficult to determine where to locate comma or…

Carson, Rachel. <em>The Sense of Wonder</em>. Harper Collins.

About eight years ago, I first read this book in Japanese. Then I felt that the passages were beautiful and slightly sublime. Since then, I've been interested in how I feel them in Engligh. It was a little pity that this book has very few …

Zeman, Anne and Kelly, Kate. <em>Everythig you need to know about Math Homework</em>. Scholastic

This book is a reference material for Math homework. I read it because I was interested in how they explain mathematics in English. It was the explanation of division of fraction that most attracted me. It was a little disappointing. They …

Jones, Diana Wynne. <em>Howl's Moving Castle</em>. Harper Trophy

この本を読もうと思った理由は、このお話しが宮崎駿さんのアニメ映画の原作だったからです。読み終わって印象に残っているのは主人公であるソフィーがいろいろなものに語りかけていくことです。最初は自分が商っている帽子、次は杖、そして頭蓋骨、花などな…