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Items about Books I Want to Read #62

Posted on: February 19, 2016


The list keeps growing, but I just keep finding books out there that sound interesting. In addition, I think the lists from Signature Reads I am sharing below will be of timely interest to some readers.

Items about books I want to read:

  • Let’s open this post with something different. The curator of the Museum of Sex has written a book about her work and career there. If I ever make my way to New York City, the Museum of Sex is on my list of places I would love to visit. Anyhow, the book is titled, appropriately enough, Sex in the Museum. The book is due for publication on April of 2016.
  • On a different topic, I recently featured this article from Yes! Magazine on world hunger and how hunger statistics are often underestimated at The Itinerant Librarian. It was part of my series on “Signs the Economy is Bad.” The article also features a book on the topic that may be of interest. The book is World Hunger: 10 Myths.
  • I also featured this article from TruthDig on my other blog (same post as above) about how Americans are rushing to leave the poor behind. The article mentions the book Disciplining the Poor, which may provide some insight into why Americans are embracing such fuckery. They probably forget that, for many of them, “there but for (the deity of choice), go I.”
  • Not really a “book” in the traditional sense, but I think this report from Human Rights Watch deserves to be read and shared more as it deals with a topic very few outside the poor and the legal system that exploits them thinks about. The report is “Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor.” You can read it online or download the report as a PDF. I learned about this via Common Dreams.
  • After reading Skocpol’s book on the Tea Party (my review of the book and my additional reading notes on it), I figured I had enough of those people. However, the Texas Tribune recently had an analysis for Texas Democrats (gee, there is such a thing? could have fooled me) that mentions two books on Texas politics. At any rate, the books give either the Democrat analysis (what they ought to do if they ever get their act together) and the Republican view (how they went on to get power, only to then screw up the state in the process, though they do not see their regressive policies that way). The books are Turning Texas Blue by Mary Beth Rogers and Red State: An Insider’s Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics by Wayne Thorburn. By the way, while searching WorldCat to get the links for the books, I noticed that some libraries in Kentucky have the GOP book, but they do not have the Democrat book (yet as of this writing. While the book is newer, other libraries already have it, so yes, I am detecting a slight bias).
  • Continuing the thread of GOP and the Tea Party for one more book, there is a new book out on Tea Party women. Skocpol already discusses the topic quite a bit in her book, so I am a bit skeptical this newer book will say anything I have not read already. However, in the interest of getting to know the enemy, I am adding this one to my reading list. The book is Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right. It was discussed in Ms. magazine. As of this writing, the book was still forthcoming.
  • A look at Detroit in terms of its ruin and how it has become, to be honest, a destination for ruin porn. The book is Beautiful Terrible Ruins, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
  • For some of us, this may be a trip down memory lane. Here is a book dedicated to Disney attractions poster art. Yes, the teaser art is a valuable art collectible for some people, and there is a book about it. The book is Poster Art of the Disney Parks, and it was reviewed at Wink Books.
  • Also reviewed at Wink Books, if you have a fascination with skulls, then The Mammoth Book of Skulls may be for you.
  • I’ve always wanted to read some of the old Ian Fleming books about James Bond in light of the movies. Guys Lit Wire review Live and Let Die. On a side note, this is the Bond book I’ve seen many credit with sparking their interest in Tarot cards due to one of the characters who is a fortune teller. In fact, replicas of that deck were made (the original deck has been auctioned at least once), and today you can get it as the Tarot of the Witches deck. The deck has remained popular even as many by now do not know of its association with the film. Personally, if I can get a deck for my collection, I’d be happy.
  • Bookgasm provides a positive review of the latest (as of this post) volume in the series Best American Comics 2015.
  • Blogcritics reviews a Cuban science fiction novel that is getting translated into English. The book is A Legend of the Future. Personally, I tend to prefer reading materials originally in Spanish in the original, so here is the Spanish edition, Una leyenda del futuro.
  • SF Signal had a book trailer for Joe Hill’s The Fireman. Hill has been on my TBR for a while now, and as a horror writer, his works would fit in my horror reading challenge that I am doing this year. On a side note, a few people have told me I should try A Heart-Shaped Box, so I probably should move that up in my reading list.
  • Drinkhacker has a review of a simple guide to learning about and tasting bourbon. The book is Bourbon Curious.
  • Alison Tyler is an erotica editor whose books I have enjoyed before. I thought I had this in my TBR shelf, but it seems I did not, so adding it now. The book is Nine to Five Fantasies, and it was reviewed at BDSM Book Reviews.


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1 Response to "Items about Books I Want to Read #62"

[…] Hex up above in this post. Curiously enough, I have mentioned The Fireman twice in this blog, here and here. Probably time I get to […]

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