Items about books I want to read, #14
Posted November 18, 2010on:
And here we go again, another list of books I would like to read at some point:
Some books I saw at my local public library on my most recent visit:
- Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. They had this one on their Mad Men books display.
- Radical: a Portrait of Saul Alinsky. This was on their new books shelf. I want to pick it up out of curiosity, but I also want to pick it up because I have Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals on one of my lists of books to read.
- Ramsey Campbell’s The Count of Eleven. This was on a horror books display the library had going on during October. It just caught my attention, plus the book jacket implied that if you liked characters like Hannibal Lecter, which I do, I may like this. We’ll see. I have read some of Campbell’s short fiction, so I figure this novel should be good.
Posts about books:
- The folks at Guys Lit Wire suggest some reading about Johnny Cash. I have seen the movie, and I did learn a bit about him when I traveled to Nashville a while back. But some reading is always welcome. I did not know there was a graphic novel biography of the man, so now I am interested. The work in question is Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness: a Graphic Novel.
- Here is another book on higher education and how it is becoming one large corporation. The book is The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University. Inside Higher Ed interviewed the author. I am starting to get the impression that lamenting the state of higher education is becoming as ubiquitous as zombie books at this point in time.
- Here is a book about books, precisely one of those what to read suggestions book. It sounds pretty good, so I may give it a look. The book is Read This Next. I found it here.
- Guys Lit Wire also suggest American Vampire. It sounds like just the think to counter all the sparkly crappy fiction that passes for vampire fiction these days. Plus it has Stephen King as one of the coauthors, so I don’t think I can go wrong.
- It seems that NPR’s librarian has a new book out. The book in question is All Facts Considered, and it is one of those trivia/compendium books that I like to read. So I am adding it to my list.
- The recent and tragic suicides of gay youth in the U.S. due to bullying are something on my mind. Lambda Literary, in their Book Buzz column for October 2010, highlight the book The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools. They also link to a transcript to an appearance the author of the book made on CNN, plus as usual, give suggestions and news on other new LGBT books. I may pick out one or two from the rest of the list as well.
- Via Grist, the book is United States of Americana. It’s about the New Roots Movement, which I am not sure what it is but they define on Grist as “a hands-on antidote to all that time we spend on computers.” Sounds like a good enough reason to read it, to learn something new.
- Via Food Politics blog, a suggestion for the book Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. The blog post is worth reading as there is additional material.
- Violet Blue (warning: some content could be NSFW) would love to get a copy of Howard Huang’s Urban Girls. So would I. Violet Blue writes about the book, “Glossy color pages let me take my time lingering on oversize images of beautiful, powerful, mighty babes in city settings, with weapons, with sexiness that Playboy can’t even get near, with a fierceness that we seem to be desperate to see in our contemporary goddesses of pixels and ink.” Here is the company’s press release about the book. Besides the obvious, that is has sexy ladies in it, there is a certain anime/manga aesthetic to it that makes me curious. I will certainly review it if I get it.
- Powell’s blog reviews the book Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority. The book is not so much about kosher food itself; it is more about the industry around certifying that food is kosher. I know the basics about kosher, but I did not realize there was such a big industry about it, so something new to learn.
- I know that these days there are a lot of microhistory books out there on just about any topic. I do enjoy many of the books in the microhistory genre. However, who knew there is a book on the history of phone books? I know now, and I am adding The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads to my list of books I want to read. The book is briefly reviewed here at Fine Books and Collections.
- A friend of mine recommended this book. The book was nominated for a National Book Award in 2010. The book is Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War. I am told my local library has it, but if not, there is always ILL. Here is a review of the book out of The Christian Science Monitor.
- Lambda Literary offers suggestions for “6 of the Scariest Queer Books Ever.” Good reading for Halloween, then again, I think scary and horror books can and should be read all year long.
- This is a totally cool list for me. I love books about books and reading. Fine Books & Collections magazine has put together a list of “50 Books About Books.” The list includes Johnson’s This Book is Overdue!, which I did not particularly care for. Here is my review of that book for anyone interested. I will try not to let that inclusion make me biased against the rest of the list.
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