Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Month: April, 2013

647: Life at the Marmont by Raymond Sarlot and Fred Basten


647.9279494: Sarlot, Raymond and Fred E. Basten. Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood’s Legendary Hotel of the Stars—Chateau Marmont. New York: Penguin, 2013 [1987]. 328 pp. ISBN 978-0-14-312311-8.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 640: Home and family management
  • 647: Management of public households (Institutional housekeeping)
  • 647.9: Specific kinds of public households and institutions
  • 647.92: Dwellings for long-term residents
  • +79494: Los Angeles

In Life at the Marmont, Raymond Sarlot and Fred E. Basten gives us a dazzling array of Hollywood stories, city history, and film trivia. The Chateau Marmont was conceived as a home away from home for the Hollywood elite, a place to establish a residence where you wanted to escape the film lots. Marmont was built as one of Los Angeles’s first earthquake-proof buildings. This, as well as its signature posh look, attracted a full range of famous clientele. It served as the playground for the likes of Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable, Ernest Borgnine, Dorothy Parker, Jean Harlow, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many more.

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791: Marilyn by Gloria Steinem


791.43028092: Steinem, Gloria. Marilyn: Norma Jeane. New York: Open Road, 2013 [1986]. Approx. 180 pp. ISBN 978-1-4532-9533-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine arts and recreation
  • 790: Recreational and performing arts
  • 791: Public performances
  • 791.4: Motion pictures, radio, and television
  • 791.43: Motion pictures
  • 791.43028: Acting and performance
  • +092: Biography

Unless you live under a rock, you know who Marilyn Monroe is. She was “discovered” as a photogenic face during a media session at her job at an airplane part manufacturer in 1945. At that point, she was just Norma Jeane Dougherty. For the next seventeen years, though, she would become a symbol of American sexual appeal with the name Marilyn Monroe. She had a part in 33 movies, for which she won three different Golden Globes. But not many people know her full story. Gloria Steinem, in Marilyn, tries not only to give us a full telling of her life but also sheds some light on the enduring character traits of this iconic blonde bombshell.

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820: Sacred Tears by Fred Kaplan


820.9: Kaplan, Fred. Sacred Tears: Sentimentality in Victorian Literature. Open Road, 2013. E-book.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 800: Literature
  • 820: British literature in English
  • +.9: Historical treatment

Anyone who has read any Victorian literature know that there is no shortage of emotion. Women faint, men become apoplectic, and everybody’s feelings are visible on their sleeves. While discussing each other’s works, authors in 19th century England began to put a name to this element—sentiment. There is no single way to define it. Fred Kaplan’s Sacred Tears: Sentimentality in Victorian Literature does, however, try to synthesize all the various arguments surrounding this feature to give us a window into both the literature and the lives of the time.

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299: The EarthKeeper by Adam C. Hall


299.7131: Hall, Adam C. The EarthKeeper – Undeveloping the Future: The Extraordinary Story of an Earth Conqueror Turned Preservationist Who Uncovers Our True Nature and Reveals the Creative Power of the Universe. Los Angeles, CA: Agape Media International, 2013. 288 pp. ISBN 978-1-4019-42526.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 290: Other religions
  • 299: Religions not provided for elsewhere
  • 299.7: Religions of North American native origin
  • 299.71: Specific aspects
  • 299.7131: Spiritual healing

Adam C. Hall was a broken man. He angrily muscled his way through life. His temper was legendary with his business associates. His home life wasn’t much better either. His marriage to his wife Gigi was deteriorating and his three daughters sometimes ended up the targets of his erratic behavior. He thought he could find solace in drinking with buddies or rounds of golf, but he still felt empty inside. It took a long time and lot of spiritual searching, but in The EarthKeeper, he details how he was able to find peace even when he lost everything.

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153: Consciousness and the Social Brain by Michael Graziano


153: Graziano, Michael S.A. Consciousness and the Social Brain. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 227 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992864-4.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 100: Philosophy and Psychology
  • 150: Psychology
  • 153: Conscious mental processes and intelligence

How do we become aware of things? How do we become aware that we are aware? How does this awareness shape the way we think about ourselves and others? And how does this awareness become what we call “consciousness”? These are very complicated and heady questions. Psychology and neuroscience have grappled with them for years (and will continue to do so well into the future). But Michael Graziano, in Consciousness and the Social Brain, tries to parse through all the ideas and data surrounding awareness in order to come up with a viable theory that explains this basic human process.

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782: God Bless America by Sheryl Kaskowitz


782.421599: Kaskowitz, Sheryl. God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 154 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-991977-2.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine Arts and Recreation
  • 780: Music
  • 782: Vocal music
  • 782.4: Secular forms of vocal music
  • 782.42: Songs
  • 782.42159: Alma maters (songs)
  • 782.421599: National anthems

In 1917 or 1918 (nobody really knows when), a man wrote a simple song. He was an immigrant from modern Belarus. He was drafted into the US army at the age of 29 to help fight World War I. But first he was asked to boost morale by composing an all-soldier revue of song, dance, and revelry. He had already had a bit of success as a Tin Pan Alley writer and Broadway composer, so the army decided to put his talents to good use. The revue, entitled Yip Yip Yaphank, did very well and everyone enjoyed themselves, but the composer didn’t use all the songs he had written. He tucked the rest away for later.

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613: Wilderness Secrets Revealed by Andre-Francois Bourbeau


613.69092: Bourbeau, Andre-Francois. Wilderness Secrets Revealed: Adventures of a Survivor. Toronto: Dundurn, 2013. 260 pp. ISBN 978-1-4597-0696-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 610: Medicine and health
  • 613: Personal health and safety
  • 613.6: Personal safety and special topics of health
  • 613.69: Survival
  • +092: Biography

Andre-Francois Bourbeau is a survivor. He survived being airdropped into a Canadian forest for a month with nothing but what a random tourist was carrying around. He survived lighting his mother’s carpet after making his first friction fire (indoors). He survived leading sixteen kids on a camping trip and “accidentally” forgetting the eating utensils and flashlights. He survived being left alone in the woods with absolutely nothing but a bathing suit. In Wilderness Secrets Revealed, Bourbeau lets us in some of the survival tips and tricks he has discovered while out in nature.

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