I am turning into a micro-library here at my cubicle on The Oklahoman’s eighth-floor newsroom.
In recent weeks, my unsolicited additions have included:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Massage
What’s there to say about this except, why me? Not only am I single, but my hands tire quickly. That, and a lack of patience, were why I never learned to play the beautiful guitar I still have in my closet. A masseuse or rock guitarist I am not. However, the book, like the other idiot’s guides I have seen, is complete and useful.
The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2008 Edition
Well, I began college long enough ago to not want to share when that was. Can’t let the interns hear that there are thirty-somethings in the building. They might reconsider their career choice.
The staff of the Yale Daily News writes the annual compendium, which purports to tell future students what they really want to know about their colleges from students there. It’s also a pretty impressive book. I just wish I cared enough to read it. If I were going to college or had a college-age child, it likely would be one of several books I would use for a varied perspective before spending tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars.
It’s description of my alma-mater, the University of Tulsa, was a bit cheerleaderish but nevertheless a pretty good look at the school. I had a good enough experience there.
OK, this is great. I’m gonna hate having to part with it at our book grab. It’s a book about bugs, and three “Squash Me!” critters on the front — look to be a bee, mosquito and grasshopper — make bug sounds when you push the button. This is definitely a great way to elicit confused looks from co-workers.
The book’s pictures and ways to engage children are adorable (If you were an insect, what kind would you be? Check out the book to find out.), and it’s full of interesting facts about bugs. Did you know that one square yard of forest floor can contain as many as 1.5 million bugs. Sure, some of them are tiny and live in the soil, but they’re still there.
Buzz may have been intended for someone else here, but I got it and I’m holding onto it, at least for a little while.
This doesn’t include the Copy Editing for Dummies that I received a month or two ago and gave as a joke to a departing co-worker. Or the education policy books I often receive.
So, send me your books! New ones, please. Preferably ones that make noises.