By Debbie Robinson
Self-acknowledged ‘social media’ junkie Kim Stolz has written an intelligent and comically detailed book that records the bane and burden of living a life almost constantly online. ‘Unfriending My Ex and Other Things I’ll Never Do’ is both educational and entertaining. It recounts the downside of always being connected, just a click away and how that lifestyle choice can severely affect our quality of life in the long run. This is an interesting and enjoyable read!
Not meaning to pick on the Internet…but there is another good book about the wonders and woes of ‘social networks’ entitled, ‘I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.’ Author Lori Andrews is a law professor and a regular adviser to the United States government on new technologies. Andrews discusses how everyone is now a reporter and investigator. She explains how social media has literally brought down governments, however at the same time personal privacy has been basically stripped away—careers and marriages can be destroyed in the time it takes to click a key. The author reveals technology techniques that are invasive, intrusive and relentless. This is a really fascinating, yet frightening read about online violation and the dangers of being ‘too’ out there.
New Canadian novelist Michael Christie’s book ‘If I Fall, If I Die’ is a terrific debut for the author. It is the story of the delicate balance within an unusual family dynamic–a look at phobias, fears, friendship and the joy of just living. It was so good I was sorry to turn the last page!
K.A. Tucker, another young Canadian novelist, has created a vivid and riveting in her book, ‘Burying Water.’ It is a tale of mystery, lost memory and the search to discover a missing past. It is a fast-paced dramatic saga that has you in it’s grip from the opening paragraph to the final line!
Young Adult Reads: ‘Family Ties’ by Gary Paulsen.
DVD Pick: ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan and Kenneth Branaugh–a powerful true story of hope and survival in Australia.
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