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Your Questions About How To Discover New Books

Laura asks…

Should they just scrap the whole mess of public education and start over?

Today I read about an award-winning author who as a child suffered through the stupidity of lackluster teachers and lowest-common-denominator education until she couldn’t take it anymore. So she played permanent hookey — at the library! She discovered in those books the education she was denied at school. The librarian found an out-of-the-way corner for her and never turned her in. Something to think about.

New Niche Finder answers:

There are a lot of authors who have librarian saviors in their lives. I used to catalog books and glance over the thank yous and their brief bios.

What we need to do is teach critical thinking in schools. But the government is afraid of people who can question what they are being fed.

Interesting that they are eliminating libraries in schools (or at least librarians) and eliminating budgets for a lot of public libraries. Franklin created public libraries so we would have an informed electorate. Guess they want ignorant voters now. From what I see of the teaparty, they are succeeding.

Paul asks…

How are the books A mango shaped space and Harry potter and the sorcerers stone similar?

I’m using these books for a project and i need to know how the conflicts are similar. I was thinking how both the characters wanted to find out more about themselves (harry being a wizard and mia having synesthesia (spelling is wrong) Thanks so much!

New Niche Finder answers:

Interesting connection. The similarity is something like this: both Harry and Mia know that they are different – Harry because of his bursts of magic, Mia because of her crossed senses. And then they discover that they aren’t freaks; not only is there a legitimate reason for their differences, but whole groups of people like them. They enter these new groups (the wizarding world and the synesthetic community, respectively) enthusiastically, leaving their old relationships behind in favor of new ones. Discovering the truth about their differences changes their lives and their perspectives. (And incidentally, you did spell synesthesia correctly.)

Charles asks…

Are you a bargain hunter? Do you secretly laugh at people who pay full price for things?

I discovered a private book store in downtown which sells super cheap books over the weekend. I walked in a regular book store this afternoon and laughed at all the suckers buying books for $15, when they can actually buy them for $5.

New Niche Finder answers:

I hardly ever pay full price for anything. I get that from my mom, she’ll go into a grocery store, get $150 worth of stuff, and walk out paying $5.37. It’s awesome =)

Steven asks…

Why is Interpretation of Financial Statements (1937) so expensive?

Has anyone brought this book? I ordered it expecting a rather large book on financial statements, instead I discovered the book was very small, only 120 pages, has anyone else found this too?

New Niche Finder answers:

Have you price text books recently? Talk about expensive. Those are obscene.

Ken asks…

What books have forever changed your perspective on life?

What books made you see the world in a different light (for the better) and what was that change.

New Niche Finder answers:

When I read Walden by THoreau it changed my perspective about how much more I could simplify my life. It also introduced me to transecendental philosophy which helped me step in the direction of discovering the philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism. From their my perception changed forever. Discovering how amazing being aware of my own consciousness is, just being…

Peace :)

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