Thursday, May 08, 2008

Adventures in Reading

Readers may be interested in the following books which have been added to stock at Galway City Library:

Introduction to Poetry, by X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Longman
An inspiring, rich collection of poems and engaging insights on reading, analysing, and writing about poetry. This anthology includes more than 500 of the discipline's greatest poems, blending classic works and contemporary selections. Both noted poets themselves, X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia write of their subject with wit and a contagious enthusiasm. Both informative and accessible this is a highly readable book, richly illustrated, and supported by interludes with the poets. An ancient persuasion of humankind is that the hearing of a poem, as well as the making of a poem, can be a religious act.

Liberty and the News, by Walter Lippmann.Princeton University Press
The "present crisis of western democracy," the 30-year-old Walter Lippmann announced in 1920, "is a crisis in journalism." Lippmann offered suggestions for what editors and reporters could do better. He urged them to commit themselves to the cardinal virtue of "truthful reporting" and recognize that opinion mongering cannot become a "higher law than truth." "Lippmann's concern more than four generations ago was not about journalists, but about the impact poor journalism was having on readers, or more to the point, on the citizens in this democracy. We should have the same concern today." (Timothy J. McNulty)

Pushed, by Jennifer Block. Perseus Publishing
A view from the United States on childbirth in the age of machines and managed care. The book surveys the public health impact of routine labour inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women's rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? The author expresses the view that while emergency obstetric care is essential, in the United States there is an overuse of medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.

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