Saturday, April 9, 2011

Evening Update

Pages Read: 472
Books Finished: Putting Makeup on Dead People and Looking for Alaska
Books Added: Great Expectations
Mini-Challenges Completed:5

I'll have a final update tomorrow. Good Night!

Looks Like My TBR Pile

Art Project at the Library

Dickens For Dinner

Afternoon Update

Pages Read: 314
Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Out of the Ordinary edited by Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jennifer Violi
Looking For Alaska by John Green (audio)

Participated in 3 Mini-Challenges

Morning Reading

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Time Again!

I will be participating in Dewey's Read-a-Thon again this year.

I have my books already picked: one audio, one young adult, one classic, one fluffy, and my reading group pick of the month.

And I'll be raising money for the Straight Spouse Network again. I'm pledging 5 cents for every page I read. Last year I read 501 pages. However, this year I do have to stop at 10 pm.

I need to get a good night's sleep, because I'll be reading at 8 am tomorrow!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Great and Only Barnum

"When entertaining the public, it is best to have an elephant." - P.T. Barnum

Candace Fleming has written an entertaining and award-winning children's biography of the showman, Phineas Taylor Barnum. While suitable for school projects, it's also a fascinating story for children (and even adults like me).

Fleming makes clever use of original documents to bring Barnum's story to life. The American Museum he created contained polar bears, the Feejee Mermaid, and the Siamese twins Chang and Ang. He combined real exhibits with humbugs (hoaxes) and let the public form their own opinion. His admission was so cheap (25 cents in 1842) that people from all walks of life could experience the wonders for themselves. Barnum is a man known mostly for his work with the circus, but that part of his career didn't even start until the last decade of his life.

Fleming does not shy away from discussing Barnum's flaws. He struggled with alcohol and he was distant from his family. He cared what people thought of him, so much so that he asked to have his obituary printed early so he could read it. He may have been larger than life, but he was also human as well.

Visitors to the American Museum expected to see this at the Feejee Mermaid exhibit.

But saw something similar to this instead.