Mini-Project: Your 140-Character Book Reviews

For our mini-Project today, we asked for your 140-character reviews of summer books, and you delivered. Apparently, people do still read books....

For our mini-Project today, we asked for your 140-character reviews of summer books, and you delivered.

Apparently, people do still read books. Have a look at a selection of the responses below.

From Nanette Bulebosh

@GOOD My bk review: Bruce Watson's 'Freedom Summer' tells of students' amazing courage registering Miss. voters in 1964. Quite inspiring.

Freedom Summer, by Bruce Watson

From Kristiina Ruuskanen

@GOOD Trouble holding on to love?Treat yourself w perspective:No deeper commitment than to love a maybe existing person

The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

From Abby Moriah

@GOOD The thesis is exactly this project. The influence of friends and friends' friends in our networks. Too meta?

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

From DJ Premvaree

@GOOD Vivid, heart-wrenching & awe-inspiring account of NYT journalist in IQ & AF. War, what is it good for? Sigh...

The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins

From Elissa Yost

@GOOD Gravedigging giants and dwarfs A redemption and adventure story in one, a boy finds out the truth about his past.

The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti

From Jan-Michael Sacharko

@GOOD A. gr8t look @Lincoln thru writing & meaning behind words. Recommend 2 see why/how he wrote based on experience

A. Lincoln: A Biography, by Ronald C. White

From Sharon Browning

Mother’s a washing machine, father’s a mountain? Neighbor has wings? Amazingly, it works. Don’t believe me? Read the dang book! Freaky good.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow

From Alex Meloutas

Start 2 finish this book left me smarter. Filled with fact and what I assume must be some fiction; History made real with wit! read it!

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

From Dan Nelson

1984. Stocks and Bonds. Bulls and Bears. Cheaters and Liars. Rise and Fall. 2010. A passionate and timeless read.

Liar's Poker, by Michael Lewis

From André Laurentino

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, is also Brooklyn by a girl living in no woman's land, which is her tentative shaky self.

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin

From Aaron Golbeck

Unpretentious 4 a Stanford Fellow. Not afraid to be accessible. Unflinchingly realistic ghost story goes deep & silly

Alive in Necropolis, by Doug Dorst

From Tricia Sweeney

Lip-smackingly lush, smoky, breezy and non-committal. Dip in and dip out for divinely inspired tidbits that will be the muse to your senses

A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman

From Lauren

Sentences you want to keep reading, vivid prose that brings a past to life in all its beauty and heartbreak.

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer

From Tamara Linse

Wizard smokes, trolls nab, elves sing, goblins snatch, Precious riddles, eagles fly, spiders pinch, elves foiled, dragon spies, armies clash, there & back again.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

From Jaime Starling

1889 Dutch dandy pens family drama set in The Hague that Jane Austen fans would devour but we had to wait until 2010 for it in English! OMG!

Eline Vere, by Louis Couperus

From Jaime Green

How could anyone say that nothing happens over the course of one fifteen-year-old boy's summer? That's when EVERYTHING happens.

Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead

From Jonathan Motz

Nothing short of hilarious!! With a father whose honesty knows no bounds, the parenting will make you LOL & cringe. It’s a colorful, new flavor of parenting.

Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern

From Rachel Hiles

Mrs. Ramsay's sad beauty, a misdrawn tree, an alien floral bouquet, a lost brooch, that unattainable lighthouse. Afraid of her no longer.

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

From Shelby Sapusek

You've read her diary. Now read it from caretaker's point of view. Insightful, poignant, even witty w/exclusive pics.

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family, by Miep Gies

From Jowanza Joseph

Time isn't just a scarce resource it can be managed in a linear manner The redefinition of the checklist convincing anecdotes from a surgeon.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the far-reaching conversation, Clinton and the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" and, without a doubt, the best interviewer in America discussed everything from Donald Trump's inauguration to her sexuality.

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Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger


Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head


Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor


Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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