Friday, May 15, 2009

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson

One of many books the librarians put out to tempt the unwary.

It worked, and it was worth it: The Pluto Files is a good, quick read on the history of the former planet and its fans. DeGrasse explains how and why Pluto got "demoted" and why the new categorization is so much more interesting than the old. Best of all, however, he includes a number of the letters, newspaper clippings, and cartoons that followed Pluto's change of status. The letters from the third graders are the best ("We're sorry we said we liked Pluto but not you").

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