So here were are in crisp November just around the corner to Thanksgiving. Here are some things to make your holiday a little warmer.
Melissa – Reference
Brunelleschi’s Dome tells the story of an unlikely architect who found a solution to finishing the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in 15th century Florence, Italy. His clever solution won him many critics, but also fans. One fan in particular was said to be Leonardo Da Vinci. Scholars believe that some of the Da Vinci’s mechanical drawings were inspired by the elaborate cranes Brunelleschi designed to complete the dome. This is a great Renaissance read.
This is a great baseball book. It looks closely at the Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane. Beane realizes that Oakland will never be able to compete with the larger market teams such as New York with their giant payrolls, so he devises a whole new way of fielding a team. He and his staff begin analyzing players using statistics and metrics that no other team is using. Within a couple of years, Oakland is consistently competing for the playoffs, while spending a fraction of what teams like the Yankees are spending. This book turned the baseball world upside down and highlighted the genius of Billy Beane.
Michelle – Administration
This is an in-depth look at the very interesting life of a man who has been Mr. Universe, a huge action star, a businessman and the Governator. Schwarzenegger doesn’t shy away from the unflattering, while making sure you are aware of all he has accomplished.
Green Day return to their simple punk roots, leaving the rock operas behind. The songs are short and snappy and stick in your mind long after you’ve stopped listening. This is the first album in a three part release over the next couple months.
After the movie was panned by critics, I didn’t have high expectations but Battleship provided entertainment and explosions. What more can you ask for? If you are looking for pure movie fluff, this is the DVD for you.
Check back next month for more recommendations from the library!