Six degrees of separation:
from a nuclear power plant to bird migration
Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
There does not seem to be much in common between a nuclear power plant and bird migration, but they are connected! See how:
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest
(see there the origin of the meme and how it works
– posted the first Saturday of every month).
Here are my own quirky rules:
1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck
5. To help you understand what I’m doing, you will find in orange the word that will be used in the following title, and in green the word used in the previous title
This time, we are supposed to start from the book we ended up with in our last participation.
At this time when we are on the brink of another nuclear disaster, I highly recommend you to read Ichi-F.
Plus, it’s a great example of a well done “graphic novel” nonfiction.
(Ichi means 1 in Japanese)
1. The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate
This is the sequel to The One And Only Ivan, and just as good. Great children’s literature author!
“Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.”
2. The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs, by Elaine Sciolino
VERDICT: Beautiful portrait of a street, both unique and representative of the real Paris.
Full review here
3. Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia, by Lisa Dickey
I have not read this one yet. I put it on my TBR five years ago. Alas, life in Russia must have changed a lot since the book was written (in 2017), but I’m still interested.
“Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times—in 1995, 2005 and 2015—making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.
From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy “New Russian” family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey profiles a wide cross-section of people in one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on Earth. Along the way, she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms, drinks copious amounts of vodka, and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin.
Including powerful photographs of people and places over time, and filled with wacky travel stories, unexpected twists, and keen insights, Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today.”
4. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa
See the synopsis and my thoughts on the book
5. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond, by Natsume Soseki
It’s not my favorite by Soseki, but still, I enjoyed it a lot. Alas, I never took time to write a review.
“Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume dissects the human personality in all its complexity in this unforgettable narrative. Keitaro, a recent college graduate, lives a life intertwined with several other characters, each carrying their own emotional baggage. Romantic, practical, and philosophical themes enable Soseki to explore the very meaning of life.”
6. North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, by Bruce M. Beehler
Another book I haven’t read yet, on my TBR since December 2017.
“The story of an ornithologist’s journey to trace the spring migration of songbirds from the southern border of the United States through the heartland and into Canada.
In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.
In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland–the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies–and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale’s landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book–part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history–is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
It engages readers in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.”