The medium's message
High tech or low, the means by which we communicate can shape what comes across.
Let There Be Facebook: Status Updates From God, Gaga and Everyone in Between (Simon & Schuster) by Travis Harmon and Jonathan Shockley imagines the Woodstock event page, Henry VIII's relationship status updates and Paul Revere skipping the horseback ride to post "The British are coming!"
Post-it Note Diaries: 20 Stories of Youthful Abandon, Embarrassing Mishaps, and Everyday Adventure (Plume), edited and illustrated by Arthur Jones, gathers quirky tales on little yellow squares by Mary Roach, John Hodgman, Chuck Klosterman, Kristen Schaal and others.
When Parents Text: So Much Said . . . So Little Understood (Workman) by Lauren Kalin and Sophia Fraioli, based on the blog, garners giggles from the perils of emoticons, acronyms and autocorrect in the hands of people who didn't learn to use them in preschool.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor