Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thrift Store Wednesdays: Three good finds, and a golden thread

Three books from yesterday's thrift store book-sorting:

Everything You Need to Know About French Homework, from Scholastic Books.  We have the Canadian Social Studies book from this series, and while it's not great reading, it's at least useful for keeping track of some of the topics that kids Crayons' age are learning.  The same with this one: just the basics, but sometimes that's what you need; and the bonus is that it's Canadian.  The book wasn't in great shape, but I didn't care too much about that.

Fix-It and Enjoy-It Cookbook, by Phyllis Pellman Good.  I have never had much luck using the slow-cooker books from this series, because they seem to have so many similar recipes, many of them just named after the contributor, and I like a bit of commentary, notes, and/or afterthoughts with recipes.  I thought I would check out this (non-slow-cooker) book, if only because I can usually imagine better what oven-baked foods and skillet dishes are going to taste like.  (I want to try Mary Puskar's Chicken Taco Soup on page 60.)  There are also some dessert and cookie recipes that sound interesting.

Most interesting of the three (and I think I've found a real gem here):  The Golden Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books, by Bruce Meyer, published in 2000.  The author is an Ontario university professor and CBC broadcaster, who believes that the old dusty books are not only still relevant, but necessary.
"...there is a movement among many contemporary critics and educators to dismiss the great books as works that have lost their relevance....Surely those critics and educators will reconsider their position, if only for the sake of future generations that will need to tell the story of a journey or a tale about how life might be restored to a parched kingdom.  I believe that Homer, Dante, Virgil, and all the other great authors are still with us, and that they continue to mean the world to readers who eat, dream, make love, travel, despair, hope, fear, challenge, and persist in their pursuits of goals that always seem unattainable just before they are won.  I believe that humanity will never lose its heroic ability to celebrate life, not only because that is what the great books have taught us, but also because that is the way human beings are.  To recognize this truth is to grasp the first fine strands of the golden thread that can make a hero of anyone who is willing to follow his or her imagination."--Preface to The Golden Thread

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Looking forward to more quotes from The Golden Thread. The French book sounds interesting. Our French progresses oh so slowly. When will it ever click?

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