Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week's picks:
The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale by Susan Maushart
Due out: January 20, 2011

Product Description from Amazon:
The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more. When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family's entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months-from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son's seriously souped-up gaming PC-her three kids didn't blink an eye. Says Maushart: "Looking back, I can understand why. They didn't hear me." For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table, this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you LOLing with recognition. But it will also make you think. The Winter of Our Disconnect challenges readers to examine the toll that technology is taking on their own family connections, and to create a media ecology that instead encourages kids-and parents-to thrive. Indeed, as a self-confessed single mom who "slept with her iPhone," Maushart knew her family's exile from Cyburbia wasn't going to be any easier for her than for her three teenagers, ages fourteen, fifteen, and eighteen. Yet they all soon discovered that the rewards of becoming "unplugged" were more rich and varied than any cyber reality could ever be.

a Tween Novel I am anxious to read:
Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner (the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z)
Due out on December 7, 2010
Product Description from Amazon:

For Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her family's farm. But all that changes when Russian skating coach Andrei Grosheva offers Claire a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake Placid. Tossed into a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything, Claire realizes that her sweet dream come true has sharper edges than she could have imagined. Can she find the strength to stand up to the people who want to see her fail and the courage to decide which dream she wants to follow?
What are you waiting to read?


Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I saw this one and sound like a good one in this electronic age.

Jan von Harz said...

Oh how hilarious does The Winter of our Disconnect sound. The title is awesome and I will have read about this family. Great pick1

TheBookGirl said...

Sugar and Ice sounds just lovely...great picks!

Hope you enjoy them.

Jill said...

I love the concept of your first pick! I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for participating!!

TheBookishSnob said...

Sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it :)

Here's my WOW for the week

Meg said...

The Winter Of Our Disconnect has a great title, so I'd be willing to give it a shot based on that alone! The premise sounds really great, though; I've been talking a lot lately with friends about technology and whether it's actually making our lives "better." Sounds thought-provoking!

Kate Messner said...

Thanks, Tina! I'm so glad you're looking forward to SUGAR AND ICE! (I'm pretty excited for its December launch, too!)