Leap Day!

Today is usually not on the calendar. Only once every four years do we get this additional day in February. What do you do with your “extra” day? Do you envy or feel sorry for those born on February 29th?

In honor of Leap Day, I’ve located books in the collection with the word “leap” in the title. Here are some of the more interesting choices I found:

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman – Teen fiction about the Darwins’ relationship. She was religious, he questioned God’s existence.

The 5000 Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World by W. Cleon Skousen – Examination of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.

Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap towards Natural Health by Victoria Boutenko – We’ve covered this already, but just in case you missed it.

Leap by Jodi Lundgren – Novel about teen angst, relationships, friendships, and dancing to get you through it all.

Leap by Terry Tempest Williams – A naturalist meditates on the magnificence of Mother Nature.

The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great by Rick Smith – Ready to get ahead in your career or start a new one?

Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives? by Sara Davidson – What to do if you’re a baby boomer with an empty nest.

Leap Day: A Novel by Wendy Mass – On a girl’s 4th leap birthday (she’s 16) lots of wonderful things happen.

Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move by Katherine Lanpher – On leap day a middle aged writer leaves her home in the Midwest for Manhattan. Good books and good food keep her sane.

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor – Life lessons from a classy lady.

Leap of Faith & Other Tales from the Pennsylvania Coal Region by Richard Benyo – Stories about the author’s youth in the heart of Pennsylvania. Note: This is a reference book in the Pennsylvania Department, so you’ll have to come here to see it.

Leap Year [DVD] – Popular movie about a woman who goes to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to marry her, but gets distracted along the way.

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow – Children’s book about life in communist China, told from the point of view of an 8-year-old boy who dreams of freedom while flying kites.

Sappho’s Leap: A Novel by Erica Jong – Fiction about the women of Lesbos.

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön – Learn how to recognize your negative habit patterns and break free from them.

Teleportation: The Impossible Leap by David Darling – History of the idea of “beaming up” and the science behind why this may someday be possible.

Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap by Pat Duggins – Wondering what NASA’s going to do now that space shuttles are no longer flying?

 -Melissa M.


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2 responses to “Leap Day!

  1. I have a niece who was born today (well, twelve years ago). Great kid.

  2. Great selection!! And while you’re reading those, put on a few discs of Rossini (Barber of Seville, Sins of Old Age, &c, and the ever-popular “William Tell” Overture). Born on Feb 29, he died 76 years later, just after his 19th birthday.

    And now for something completely different: From Peter Cook and Dudley Moore:

    Bedazzled (1967)

    “… Sisters of the Order of Saint Beryl, or Leaping Beryllians, who glorify their founder by jumping on trampolines.”

    It’s a brilliantly funny movie, one of the morals of which is, “be careful what you wish for – you might get it”.,

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