Items about books I want to read, #18
Posted March 1, 2011on:
Once again, I have another list of items about books I would like to read someday. Just when I feel that this may be a bit futile, I get inspired to keep doing it anyhow. I keep coming across so many neat books I want to read from so many different places that I just have to jot them down here in the scratch pad. Plus I have the hope, infinitesimal as it may be, that someone out there may look these over and maybe find a good book to read as well, so consider it a small form of public service on my part. Anyhow, here goes posting #18 (we are almost up to 20 folks):
- This item, on saying thanks in the workplace, has been sitting on my feed reader cue for a while. When I revisited it for another post I wrote, it reminded me of the book in question. The book in question is Dan Ariely’s The Upside of Irrationality: the Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home.
- This sounds interesting. The U.S. often decries the concept of nation building even as it actively engages in it. This book, Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders, deals with that issue. Powell’s blog featured a review of the book here.
- I tend to like books of small histories, you know, what some call microhistories. I don’t think this quite falls in that genre but it still sounds like something worth a look. The book in question is Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life. It is reviewed here at Powell’s blog.
- Another book on how higher education is becoming more corporate. I am not sure I can bring myself to read yet another book on this topic or on the great fall of the humanities in higher ed. or some other doom topic in higher ed. I am adding the book to my list anyways in part to keep up, since I work in higher education. The book is Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education. It is discussed here in Inside Higher Ed.
- Steampunk has not done well for me lately. I like the genre, and I certainly love the aesthetic, but some recent readings in the genre have left me lukewarm or just disappointed. The description of this book here at Dirty Sexy Books made this particular book sound interesting. I remain cautiously optimistic as I add it to my list. The book is The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers. Apparently it is part of a series, so depending on this I may or not pick up the others.
- I love reading tales of stupidity. Wendy Northcutt’s book, The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction, then should be right up my alley. The book got a small mention here at The Cataloguer’s Reading List. I have read previous volumes in the Darwin Award series, so I think I can’t go wrong here. By the way, the Darwin Awards (“Honoring those who improve the species…by accidentally removing themselves from it!”) do have a website.
- The nice folks of Guys Lit Wire are looking at the B.P.R.D series. I like Hellboy, and I have been looking for a chance to read this series as well.
- I did not know there was a graphic novel with the story of Lewis and Clark. This is another nice tip from Guys Lit Wire. Granted it is mostly for younger readers (elementary and middle school) , but hey, I am curious, so I am adding it to my list. The book is Lewis and Clark by Nick Bertozzi.
- Powell’s blog presents a review of the book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. The book is written by David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam. Putnam is also the author of Bowling Alone: the Collapse and Revival of American Community. I may get to Bowling Alone a bit sooner since my workplace library has it. Both books sound interesting.
- Via the Contemporary Japanese Literature blog, a book of manga and anime illustrations. The book is Girl, Illustrated. (Amazon link. Not listed in WorldCat).
- Once again from the cool folks at Guys Lit Wire, they are looking at Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History.
Booklists and bibliographies:
- The Manga Critic has “7 Short Series Worth Adding to Your Manga Bookshelf.” Looks like just the kind of stuff I like: short series that begin and end rather than go on and on like a bad American soap opera. I may have to see if I can find some of these.
- From the Good Show Sir blog, which makes it its mission to poke fun at scifi/fantasy book covers (you know the ones), a look at Descendants of the Light, which they describe as “a book about a woman being rogered by an angel.” Hey, if that does not make you go run and buy it, I don’t know what will. What I was interested in was their mention of the publisher, Changeling Press. I am always looking out for publishers I have not seen before, so I will be taking a look, maybe invite the better half to look as well.
- For those who like cooking and other epicurean things, here is a list of cookbooks from and about New Orleans cooking. The post is “Kitchen Bound with Premier New Orleans Cookbooks,” and it comes from the Fine Books Blog.