How’s this for random?
My Amazon.com recommendations today include 1) Sometimes I Wonder if Poodle Like Noodles by Laura Numeroff, author of my son’s beloved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie… books, 2) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney, and 3) The War Within: A Secret White House History by Bob Woodward.
Okay, the first and the third ones really aren’t that random. We own many other Laura Numeroff books, and as a former journalism student and current events buff, I own at least three other books authored by Bob Woodward.
But Beowulf? Beowulf??
Has one of my high school English teachers hacked the special Amazon recommendation algorithms and tried to convince me to revisit the ninth grade?