What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Well, it's a bit of a stretch, but this week the tie-in is probability...
First up was Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey. 'Cause really, what are the odds you'd find a book about a dog standing on things?
From the publisher, Chronicle Books:
"Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a
year long, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In
his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing
on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really
isn’t anything that Maddie won’t stand on with grace and patience. The poignant
Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the
imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company.
Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and
will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and
extraordinary balance) of canines."
Well, maybe you'd find those odds in The Book of Odds by
Amram Shapiro, Louise Firth Campbell and Rosalind Wright.
From the publisher, Harper Collins:
"From the popular Book of Odds website, this stylish and accessible reference book offers a fascinating peek at the probabilities that govern every aspect of human life.
Did you know that your odds of dying from drowning are higher than the odds of meeting your mate on a blind date? That the odds a child has seen Internet porn are the same as the odds a person is right-handed? That nearly one in three adults believes in UFOs and nearly one in six has reported seeing one?
Drawing from a rigorously researched trove of more than 400,000 statements of probability, based on the most accurate and current data available, The Book of Odds is a graphic reference source for stats on the everyday, the odd, and the outrageous—from sex and marriage, health and disease, beliefs and fears, to wealth, addiction, entertainment, and civic life. What emerges from this colorful and captivating volume is a rich portrait of who we are and how we live today."
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)