Getting an Education from Books, Part II

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books, Part II In keeping with the theme of getting an education from books, today I am focusing on the course, Invitation to World Literature. Although I really liked - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, I loved this course more, and I think a part of that has to do with the delivery. Invitation to World Literature consists of 30-minute videos based on 13 books – a video for each book - which is a much more manageable number. What I appreciated most of all is the diversity of people talking about the story and how the book impacted their lives. And where possible, the authors talk … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books I am in this weird mood, and I am feeling like it is the calm before the storm. I have taken several courses already for my informal liberal arts education, and I have been reading books other than the classics, but I always seem to get back to where I need to be. I have been thinking about getting an education from books, and while I am feeling very philosophical, I started to think about two courses that I have taken - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, and Invitation to World Literature. Both of these courses are about “great” books. Books That Have Made History: Books That … [Read more...]

Personal Library of Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn Personal Library Katharine Hepburn was born into a family where her parents instilled into their children that they could become whoever they wanted to be. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn was a urologist, and her mother, Katharine Haughton Hepburn was a suffragist and birth-control activist. As a child, Hepburn met notable people such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of Herland (My review of Herland); Emmeline Pankhurst (My profile of Emmeline Pankhurst) and Margaret Sanger (My profile of Margaret Sanger). Hepburn earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College, her mother’s alma mater. The process of pursuing her degree … [Read more...]

William S Burroughs’ Book Recommendations- Books off the Beaten Path

William S Burroughs' Book Recommendations - Books off the Beaten Path When I was first thinking about the invisible mentor and all the related ideas that I had at the time, I intended to focus primarily on books off the beaten path. I have read and reviewed some books off the beaten path, but not as much as I had intended. Along the way, I started to become more mainstream, which is not necessarily good or bad for that matter. What is important, is that I have to find a way to stand out from the crowd of book review blogs. If we are reading what everyone is reading, what makes us stand apart? One way to stand apart is our … [Read more...]

Interview with Carolyn L Burke, Part II

Interviewee Name: Carolyn L Burke Company Name: Integrity Incorporated and Iguana Books Website: A few years ago, I interviewed Carolyn L Burke along with nine other interviewees with the intention of updating my book, Tales of People Who Get It. I did not update my book, and now I am writing a completely different book. One of the things that I am noticing with the invisible mentor interviews is that most of the information stays relevant because of the types of questions that I ask. I have known Carolyn for many years, and what I love most about her is her mind. Like me, … [Read more...]