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This is the last batch of book reviews I did for 2016. If you missed any, click the links below and check them out. As always, if you read any, feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. Also, suggestions for things you think I may want to read are always welcome. Links below go to my reviews.
- Took a tour of Kentucky and some old bourbon distilleries with The Birth of Bourbon.
- Read about some great women in Wonder Women.
- I read some of Gabriel García Márquez’s speeches in Yo No Vengo a Decir un Discurso.
- I continue to enjoy the Conner and Palmiotti run of Harley Quinn in Harley Quinn, Volume 5: the Joker’s Last Laugh.
- I also read and reviewed Usagi Yojimbo: Thieves and Spies.
- I learned a few new things as I read about La Santa Muerte.
- Did a little zen with Cold Mountain.
- 2016 was an election year, so naturally I got a book or two relevant to the season. I even got a book about the Pendejo In Chief, and it is a pretty good one. Plus, it is a graphic novel biography. The book is Trump: a Graphic Biography.
- I ended the year with a review of an oracle cards deck that became a favorite of mine: The Halloween Oracle. If you do divination and/or use cards for meditation, you might want to consider this one, whether it is Halloween or not.
A new year is here, and we have a new list of books I would like to read some day. So many books, and so little time. Still, I do want to remember, which is why I keep these lists.
Items about books I want to read:
- I happen to like H.P. Lovecraft and his works. I recently got as a gift a nice edition of his complete fiction, which I hope to be reading soon. In addition, I have gotten more interested in his works and The Necronomicon that is featured in some of his works in light of my Tarot studies. The Tarot angle comes from the fact that there is a Necronomicon Tarot that I would like to acquire down the road. The deck is created by Donald Tyson, who has a trilogy of works in the Necronomicon world, including the deck. So I am interested in reading as much as I can about the Necronomicon. So this is a long bit of background to mention that Lovecraft did write his own small history of his fictional work, The History of the Necronomicon, in 1927, and I would like to read that too sometime. There is a 1980 reprint some libraries have. You can also read it online for free (turns out it is a very short thing. However, that site also is a Lovecraft archive, and you can read many if not all of his works online for free). The work was mentioned in the Quo Vadis blog.
- While Obama was president, there was the possibility of opening relations with Cuba. With the Orange One, not so sure. Still learning about the island nation is a good thing, and here is a recent book to help with that. The book is To Have Been There, which is “a memoir by Gregory Randall about growing up in “revolutionary” Cuba from the late 1960s to the early ‘80s.” The book is a translation of the original from Spanish. That one was published in 2013, and the title is Estar allí Entonces. As of this post, I could not find libraries with the English edition (it is new at the moment), but a few do have the one in Spanish, and that works for me just fine. The book was discussed at The Rumpus.
- Here we have a look at some of the first world problems of privileged parents of kids in Brooklyn, New York City. It is labeled as a satirical novel. The book is Class, and it is “Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp new novel about the quandaries and neuroses that consume the lives of a small swath of privileged white public-school parents in Brooklyn…”. I am usually not much into regular literary fiction, but this sounds interesting enough for me to consider it. I heard about the book via The New York Times.
- Also via The New York Times, a new book by Michael Eric Dyson. I have liked his writing before, but he is one of those authors that gets me upset at the state of the world. Yet, like Jonathan Kozol and some others, the work is still important. Dyson’s new book is Tears We Cannot Stop.
- Matt Taibbi also has a new book out. This one is looking at the 2016 elections in the United States. The book is Insane Clown President, and I saw it at Truthout.
- Benjamin Walker’s podcast The Theory of Everything highlights the book The Twentieth of January, a 1980s spy thriller ”
about a KGB plot — uncovered by a British intelligence agent — to get their stooge elected president of the US!” An interesting thing I am noticing lately is people going back to old books such as dystopias, thrillers, and even horror to find how they “predicted” or somehow reflect the Hard Times now. This book certainly does make you wonder. It certainly seems that a good number of fictional scenarios that may have seen horrifying or ridiculous back when are actually becoming reality. Anyhow, if you prefer to read the discussion, there is a transcript for the podcast. I first learned of this via Boing Boing.
- On a lighter note, The Well-Appointed Desk reviews the book The year of Living Danishly.
- The Christian Science Monitor features a review of a new biography of Rumi. The book is Rumi’s Secret.
- Via the Contemporary Japanese Literature blog, a review of a translation of the Japanese horror novel The Graveyard Apartment.
- trashcompactorzine blog recently posted a photo of the cover of Creepy Presents Richard Corben. It is a collection of Corben’s work for Creepy and Eerie magazines.
- Mark Lindner of habitually probing generalist reviewed a new graphic novel biography of Johnny Cash (well, new to me). I have enjoyed a few other graphic novel biographies, and this one looks good, so I am glad to be adding it to my list of books to read. The book is Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness.
- I enjoy alcoholic spirits in moderation, and as I may have mentioned before, I do enjoy reading about them, their history, and how they get made. Living in Kentucky now, I have gotten more interested in learning about bourbon whiskey, so books on the topic are of interest. Drinkhacker offers a review of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey.
- According to tales that may or not be apocryphal, Aleister Crowley used his occult powers to help the British against Hitler. I am not sure where the truth starts and the myth takes over, but it sounds like a great story. Lo and behold someone made a graphic novel of it. The book is Aleister & Adolf, and this is one I definitely want to read. It was reviewed by Wink Books. In addition, Dangerous Minds has a small interview with the author of the graphic novel.
- The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews a novel described as barrio noir. Part of the reason it caught my eye is because Santa Muerte is figured prominently in the book, and it is being compared to Neil Gaiman’s work. The book is Zero Saints.
- Over at Little Red Tarot, Liz Worth gives advice on that to do if a Tarot reading confuses you (as reader) and promotes her book Going Beyond the Little White Book: A Contemporary Guide to Tarot. It is self-published, so you can visit Ms. Worth’s online shop to acquire a copy.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Via The Guardian, a list of dystopias other than Nineteen-Eighty Four that may be of interest in these Hard Times. It is a pretty good list. I would add to it The Repossession Mambo (link to my review), which was basis of the film Repo Men. I have already read two from the list: The Handmaid’s Tale (which I did not care for) and Brave New World.
- The title of this list says it all: “6 Books That Explain How the GOP Went Crazy.” If you need to understand how we got to the Hard Times, or you were not paying attention, reading some of these books might help. Via New York Magazine.
- At Based on a True Story, a list of some underrated books they would like you to consider. The blogger, much like me, often reads “a lot of books that other people have never heard of.”
- The American Library Association’s (ALA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has released their list of notable books for 2017. Some of you may find this of interest. They also have a list of best for 2017 in genre fiction. I am a librarian who feels he is fairly well informed, and I had no idea there is a genre called “adrenaline.” I get the feeling RUSA made that one up.
- Comic Book Resources (CBR) offers a list of “The 16 Best War Comics.” I think it would be worth the effort tracking many of these old gems down.
- Signature always makes good lists of books to understand issues. This time we have a list of “6 Books to Better Understand (and Solve) Homelessness in America.” I can certainly see understanding it, but solving it? Americans are notorious for ignoring big problems and for being overall selfish. Sure, a one-time disaster like a hurricane happens, and they pour out donations, but caring in general for their fellow human beings? Heck no. I would not hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Yet I hope.
- Signature also offers a list helpful for the Hard Times, a list of “7 Books to Understand the Incoming Trump Administration.” Well, it is no longer incoming, but reading some of this may help better understand how the U.S. got here. These are not books about Trump, except for his Trump: the Art of the Deal, but rather books about issues that the new regime will face such as Putin, China, and Syria.
The list of books I wish to read some day keeps growing, but the time to read them does not always grow to match. Still, I do enjoy making these posts so I can keep track of things I find interesting. In sharing them, I hope it helps a bit in terms of reader’s advisory for folks looking for ideas on books to read.
Items about books I want to read:
- Here is a book that asks how can bankers live with themselves when they ruin people’s lives and crash economies. In many cases, they can live with themselves just fine, and some even brag about their misdeeds. The book is Among the Bankers: A Journey Into the Heart of Finance. The Atlantic had a story on it.
- Here is a book on industrial meat production. The book is Chickenizing Farms and Food, and it was mentioned at Food Politics.
- Adding a little horror to my list with Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. It was reviewed at Horror Novel Reviews.
- Barbara Moore has a new Tarot book out, Your Tarot, Your Way. She writes about it and about how Tarot has evolved over time for Llewellyn’s blog. The book can be acquired individually or as part of a kit with the Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot deck. I do like Moore’s work, so I will likely be getting it down the road, and often, getting it in the kit is often not a bad deal, and it happens to be a deck I like.
- One more Tarot selection. Barbara Moore also writes this post for another book at Llewellyn’s blog, this one by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin entitled Tarot Face to Face.
- And speaking of Tarot, Tarot with Jeff reviews an older selection: Complete Book of Tarot Spreads.
- Here is the story of two American teen boys who went on to become child soldiers and hit men for the Las Zetas drug cartel in Mexico. The book is Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel and it was discussed at Vice.
- Annie Downey, author of Critical Information Literacy, is interviewed at the Library Juice blog.
- If you want to learn more about the Encyclopaedia Britannica, especially the famous 11th edition, this book may be for you. The book is Everything Explained That Is Explainable. The book was reviewed at The Decolonized Librarian.
- Want to delve into the mind of corporate criminals like Bernie Madoff? HBS Working Knowledge has a book excerpt and interview with the author of Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal.
- Horror Novel Reviews looks back at an old classic of horror: The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. It turns out Rhinehart wrote a series of sequels as well, listed in the blog post.
- Speaking of old classics, Book Riot looks back at a series I saw a lot of back in younger days, Thieves’ World (link to first book of series). They recommend it for those who need a fix after Game of Thrones. I personally do not give much of a hoot over Game of Thrones, but I have been curious about Thieves’ World before, so this may be the time I finally try to pick it up. To be honest, Thieves’ World is a shared world anthology series, and if you ask me what I think is closer in feel and concept (i.e. a shared world anthology), I’d probably say the Wild Cards series (link to first book of series), which incidentally is also by George R.R. Martin.
- Library Juice highlights a new publication (well, as of this post, it is new to me), Class and Librarianship.
- Via Signature, an article on the book Modern Potluck. This reminds me of books I have read previously such as America Eats, and Being Dead is No Excuse.
- Via Bookgasm, this is a book I have been curious about for a while. I am not a huge fan of memoirs, but this does sound interesting. The book is My Father the Pornographer.
- Heading out now to the Victorian/Edwardian era with the book Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare (No WorldCat record as of this post, so link goes to the publisher). The book is reviewed at Wink Books. What would make this better? An actual copy of Spare’s deck along with the book. I can always dream.
- Another one reviewed at Wink Books. This one is an oldie. I may have mentioned this, but as a child I loved pictorial dictionaries and similar books. As an adult, I still find them interesting. Wink Books this time looks at Mann’s Pictorial Dictionary and Cyclopedia.
Lists and bibliographies:
- With the easing of relations between the United States and Cuba, you may want to read a bit more about the island nation. Via Signature, here are “Literature Libre: 9 Great Books to Understand Cuba.” From the list, I read Oscar Hijuelos’ The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and Christina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.
- The Library Company of Philadelphia has an online exhibit entitled “Capitalism by Gaslight: the Shadow Economies of Nineteenth-Century America.” It includes various vintage items such as “A List of Gay Houses and Ladies of Pleasure.” You can read these online. A hat tip to Dangerous Minds.
- Here is a list of “9 Great Arab Cult Classics.” I found it at Arabic Literature (in English).
- Like audiobooks? Book Riot has a list of “11 Websites to Find Free Audiobooks Online.“
- Want some more horror reading suggestions? Book Riot offers “5 of the Best Horror Books to Make You Love Being Afraid.” From the list, I am interested in The Fireman, The Graveyard Apartment, and Hex. I mentioned 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 it.
Welcome to another edition in this series of posts about books I would like to read some day. As always, if you read any of these, feel free to come back and comment to let me know what you thought of a book. Also, if you have ideas and suggestions for books you think I may want to read, let me know as well in the comments. Let’s see what we have for this week.
Items about books I want to read:
- A former chief of police in Seattle, Norm Stamper was recently featured in Democracy Now! discussing police issues in the United States. He has a new book out on the topic, To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. It seems like a timely book that needs for more people to be reading it.
- Because I find macabre things interesting now and then, I would like to read Beyond the Dark Veil, a collection of Victorian era post-mortem photography. Story about the book via Boing Boing.
- These days, Jesse Ventura can have his entertaining and even thought provoking moments. However, him explaining why some are voting for Trump is not one of them. Moving along, this piece highlights his new book, which sounds like it could be an entertaining read. The book is S*it Politicians Say. Story about it via Esquire magazine.
- Next we have a bit of dark humor with 13 Elegant Ways to Commit Suicide. The older book was highlighted at Dangerous Minds.
- Another book discussing the issues of gun culture and the big business of selling guns in the United States. This time the book is The Gunning of America, and it was reviewed in a full essay in the The Times Literary Supplement.
- Here is a book about books, or rather in this case about readers. The book is The Reader in the Book, and it was reviewed at Los Angeles Review of Books.
- Via @TABITarot, a review of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads. This may be one to consider adding to my collection down the road as a reference source.
- This is one of those books that I would enjoy browsing through as a child, the kind of book that has a little bit of everything. The book is Mann’s Pictorial Dictionary, and it was featured in Boing Boing.
- And one more book via Boing Boing. It is a coffee book of what is described as brutalist architecture. The book is This Brutal World.
- This book could be an interesting proposition. Basically, it can help explain why dumbasses in the poor states, like say the Deep South, take a ton of federal money and aid, and still hate the federal government (and usually vote Republican). The book is American Amnesia. The book was discussed at AlterNet.
- Bill Moyers’ site has an article looking at class, politics and Trump while highlighting the recent book White Trash, which is a history of class in the U.S.
- If you like works like Ambrose Bierce’s A Devil’s Dictionary, you may also enjoy Encyclopedia of Hell published by the folks at Feral House. It is sort of an invasion manual for demons to know what they will find when they get to Earth. The book was featured at Boing Boing.
- I always find stuff on writing and specially handwriting to be of interest, so I am hoping this book will make for good reading. The book is The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
- I am adding this one in part because I feel I should at least look at it. Honestly though, I do not give much of a hoot about student evaluations of their college professors, which for the most part can be petty and pretty meaningless when it comes to actual assessment. That is another conversation for another day. In the meantime, there is a new book highlighting such student comments. The book is To My Professor, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
- Only reason I am linking to this post from the Librarian Shipwreck blog is that it mentions a book on the concept of planned obsolescence (a.k.a. the money grabbing move companies make of making shit products so you have to buy them again every few years, like Apple’s current fuckery regarding the iPhone 7 with no headphone jack) that I think is worth a look. The book is mentioned all the way at the bottom of the post, and the book is Digital Rubbish.
- This book just sounded interesting. The book is Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, and it was reviewed at Rock and Roll Tarot blog.
- Barbara Moore, one of the big gurus in Tarot, discusses the concept of reading Tarot intuitively on the Llewellyn website, and she also links to the book Tarot Fundamentals, which I may be interested in reading.
- Another Tarot book that I might be interested in reading down the road is Tarot Mysteries, which was reviewed at Tarot Notes blog.
- Sean Gaffney highlights the fourth volume of the manga series Black Bullet. Sounds like one to try out, but I would need to start with the first volume.
- The Lowrider Librarian reviews the book The Other Slavery. If you think African American slavery was all there was in the United States, you need to read that book. I know I will be getting to it soon.
Lists and bibligraphies:
- A new resource website to help find and read African books.
Once more, we are adding to the ever growing TBR book list. So many books, so little time. By the way, if you read any of these, feel free to make a comment and let me know what you think. It may convince me to move the book up the queue and read it sooner.
Items about books I want to read:
- Some of you may know that I write a semi-regular feature at The Itinerant Librarian entitled “Signs the Economy is Bad.” Well, here is a definite sign the economy is bad. Affordable housing is scarce, and evictions are becoming a serious problem. You can learn more about this issue in the new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The author was profiled and talked about his work for The Christian Science Monitor.
- Here is another book about poverty in the U.S. and why the poor in the U.S. just keep getting poorer. The book is $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, and it was discussed at The New York Review of Books.
- Not that I need anyone to tell me that the US government, especially the US Congress, sucks royally. The evidence of how fucked up it is and the fact they do nothing more than represent moneyed interests is widely available for those willing to see. But hey, if you need more convincing, apparently an anonymous congressman decided to write a tell-all of just how bad it is. Via The Week, the book is The Confessions of Congressman X. (Link to Amazon record as WorldCat does not have it yet as of this post). I am betting this is in similar vein to Primary Colors, which when it came out was also published by an anonymous, except Primary Colors was fiction.
- Let’s take a look at food. Here is a new book about ethnic cuisines highlighted at Food Politics. The book is The Ethnic Restaurateur.
- I enjoy a good cocktail now and then, and I do find cocktail recipe books as well as books about the drinking culture of interest. Thus I am adding The Bar Book to this list. The book was featured at Wink Books. The book is labeled as not a recipe book but a techniques book, so maybe I can learn a new trick or two.
- As I continue my journey learning about Tarot and how to read the cards, I am also starting to collect Tarot card decks. I collect playing card decks, so one, collecting Tarot decks seemed natural, and two, I do like the art in a few other decks, and I would like to learn to read from them too down the road. A deck I find fascinating and intriguing is the Thoth Tarot created by Crowley and Harris. It is a complex deck, so I will probably need a book or two to help me work with it. One of those might be The Ultimate Guide to the Thoth Tarot. The book was reviewed at @TABITarot’s blog.
- I am familiar with Oneida silverware, and I vaguely knew there had been a utopian community named Oneida, but I never made the connection until now. So now I can pick up this new book and learn more about the topic. The book is Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table. It was reviewed at Blogcritics.
- As we all know, performance reviews are the bane and annual ritual of banality and inanity a lot of workers, including those of us in academia, have to put up with. Personally, I believe whoever came up with the idea and his or her descendants and supporters should be lined up against the wall when the revolution comes. Since it may take a while for the revolution to happen, we have to live with performance management. The author of this new book argues that there is a fix. I am skeptical, but I am willing to read it and take a chance. The book is How Performance Management Is Killing Performance – and What to Do About It. It was reviewed also at Blogcritics.
- I can’t quite recall where I saw this book first, but I know it was before it became the latest book for librarians to drool over. I tend to avoid the librarian drool books, which from the few I have read and reviewed I find they are often just pandering to librarians seeking some assurance their jobs are valid kind of thing. However, this one sounds interesting and deals with a timely topic in the news (international terrorism and saving rare works), so I will likely give it a shot down the road. The book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, and it was reviewed at Based on a True Story.
- This is just one of those curiosity things I find in my RSS feeds. Magic and Mayhem blog author has found a free link to a book called The Black Toad. Apparently, this is of interest to witches and other similar practitioners. If this interests you, you can go get it as well. I did download a copy. I may not get to it right away, but I hope to down the road.
- Next, “if you want it edgy, rough and no holds bar, this is the book for you.” So say the authors at BDSM Book Reviews about the book Show Yourself to Me: Queer Kink Erotica by Xan West.
- Guys Lit Wire reviews the graphic novel, or as they call it, a “graphic narrative,” The Beats. They say it is “a very readable look at a bunch of mid- to late- twentieth century American writers.”
- Let’s add a little horror to the reading list. This book is described as a “truly spectacular novel. It combines history, animals, horror, intrigue and superb writing. It is a very well written and intricate story so be alert and pay attention” by Horror Novel Reviews. Sounds good enough to me. The book is Dark Neighborhoods; it is an e-book out of Amazon. While I usually do not care for those, this does sound intriguing.
- Also via Horror Novel Reviews, they featured the book Black Creek. The reviewer says that the book author “does something very unique with this story: he creates two antagonists for a group of unlikely heroes overcome.”
- Let’s add a little professional reading. Actually, this is one that I think not only I need to read it, but it may also be one to order for my library as I think it may be of interest locally. Library Juice Press has published the book Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Here is a list of LGBTQ webcomics. I have not seen some of these, so I will be adding them to my feed reader as much as possible. The article also includes links if you wish to buy a print version for your own. Via Bisexual Books blog.
- Book Riot has an article on “Exploring BDSM through Erotica.” This is a very small sampling. It did pick up on a couple of Alison Tyler’s works, which are very good (I have read other things by her), but I think the article misses a few other good works such as some of Rachel Kramer Bussel’s anthologies like her Best Bondage Erotica (my review of her 2014 edition). Still, it will give you a start, and it certainly is better than thinking 50 Shades of Grey is a way to explore safe, sane, and consensual BDSM.
- Another list from Book Riot. This one on “100 Must-read Books about Books.” I do not think all 100 of them are really “must-reads” but there are a few good gems in this listicle, especially under nonfiction. I have a read a few from the list, which I may highlight in a future post.
- This I think is useful not just for anyone who may want to get into reading the long running manga Naruto but also for folks who have been reading it and need to keep track of things. Via Panels, here is a “Reader’s Guide Naruto.“
The list of books I wish to read some day continues to grow, but such is life. So many books, so little time. Part of doing these posts is that I also enjoy reading about new (or new to me) books, and I also hope my three readers might find an idea or two of a book to read next.
Items about books I want to read:
- This caught my eye in part because my father-in-law worked for Bethlehem Steel at the Gary, Indiana site for many years. He retired before the company went down and out. Still, it is tragic that the site has become a megacasino. Talk about how the mighty have fallen. There is a new book detailing that story, and you can read about it in this article via In These Times. The book is From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City.
- This book features 12 recipes of basics that, supposedly will enable to eat the rest of your life. The book is called Twelve Recipes, and it was featured at Wink Books.
- Picturepedia is the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, and I would probably still enjoy it today. Wink Books highlighted it.
- Based on a True Story reviewed the book The Year of Living Danishly. The book’s author tries to figure out why Denmark is the happiest place in the world. I can tell you this. If I had the chance to go and stay, I’d be happy to learn Danish and live there.
- A Case for Suitable Treatment highlights the first volume of the manga The Testament of Sister New Devil.
- I always enjoy books about books and bibliophiles, so Rare Books Uncovered sounds like a good one to add to this list. It was reviewed at The Virginian-Pilot.
- Here is one that can go for the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge I am doing now. The book is Joe Hill’s The Fireman, which was reviewed at RA for All: Horror blog.
- What do you know? Someone wrote a book on old office supplies. The author is profiled in Collectors Weekly, and the book is Reading & Writing Accessories: A Study of Paper-Knives, Paper Folders, Letter Openers and Mythical Page Turners. It never ceases to amaze me the stuff people will write books about.
- After reading Carlton Mellick III’s ClownFellas (link to my review),I have wanted to read more from that author. Here is one of his books I am adding to my TBR list: Apeshit, and it was reviewed at Horror Novel Reviews.
- Turns out Eduardo Galeano had one more book left, and it is now being published posthumously. The book is El Cazador de Historias, and you can read about it at Que Leer (article in Spanish).
- Want to learn more about Mexican drug cartels and how they use violence? You can read The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare. You can get the book free from the U.S. Strategic Studies Institute here. I learned about it via GPO’s Government BookTalk blog.
- Sure, you can drink the usual stuff. Or you can get out of your comfort zone and drink some different things like this guy, the author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously. The book was reviewed at Drinkhacker.
- The Llewellyn blog highlights a new book release: The Mindfulness Habit. This may fit in nicely with the Self-Help books challenge I am doing this year.
- One more addition, and I saw this one via social media. I know I had to add it to my reading list right away. The book is Welcome to Dumbfuckistan, (link to Amazon; book new at this time, not on WorldCat yet) and it was discussed at Attn.com.
Lists and bibliographies:
- The New York Review of Books features a review essay on two books about the history of suburbia in the United States.
- Book Riot offers a list of short philosophical books for the challenging political times we are living in. From the list, I read the On Bullshit a while back.
- They also offer a list of queer-friendly comic publishers to check out. I have read works from some of the folks listed, so I can attest at least some of the work the guys on the list put out is good.
- Horror Novel Reviews posted their list of 15 best horror books so far. RA for All: Horror offers their kvetching and critique of the list. Because for every book list you have to have someone gripe about what made it or not into the list. It’s like a rule of readers’ advisory or something.
Welcome to another list of items about books I would like to read some day. So many books, so little time. But I will fight the good fight, and I will read as many as I can.
Items about books I want to read:
- Via Mark Lindner’s habitually probing generalist, this looks quite interesting. I am always interested in the possibilities of graphic novels to tell tales other than the usual superheroes on tights (nothing wrong with those. I like those too) and to educate. Mark recently read My Degeneration: a journey through Parkinson’s. Apparently the book is part of a whole medical graphic novel series, and Mark even conveniently found a list of others in the series out of WorldCat.
- Sean Gaffney recommends a new (to me at least) manga series, which now has an omnibus edition of the first two volumes. The series is Franken Fran.
- Another manga recommendation. This time via Experiments in Manga for Die Wergelder.
- The next book interests me not only because I am a Latino in higher education, but it also interests me given me newly assigned role of Coordinator of Latino Services at my workplace (yea, I know that work title can mean a few things, and I think at the moment the powers that be left it vague on purpose, but I digress). At any rate, I probably also need to order the book for our library. The book is Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education, and I heard of it from a Q&A with the editor of the book over at Shelf Life @ Texas blog.
- Here is one to go with my fascination with alcoholic spirits and their history. Drinkhacker reviews the book The Manhattan Cocktail, a recipe and history book about that (allegedly) simple cocktail of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
- Usagi Yojimbo is one of those titles that I have always wanted to read. Wink Books reviews a collected special edition volume.
- Wink Books also reviews a book on a topic that is certain to all of us: death. The book is Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection.
- This next book reminded me of the episodes of Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares that he did with ex-pats in places like Spain and France. The book is More Ketchup Than Salsa, and it was reviewed by Based on a True Story.
- Here is one that sounds odd yet fascinating. Marion Nestle of Food Politics was reading the book Ingredients: a Visual Exploration of 75 Additives and 25 Food Products.
- Here is something that falls under curious and unusual a bit. It’s a historical look at African American cookbooks and the stereotypes they reinforced. I wonder if this would be something to order for my library. The book is The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. The review comes from Wink Books.
- And another one that can fall under curious and unusual, a look at the art of American fraternal societies like the Freemasons, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, etc. The review is at Wink Books, and the book is As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930.
- The 2016 election in the United States will likely be remembered as one of the worst in the U.S. in terms of lousy candidates. As George Carlin said, “garbage in, garbage out” (you can read the full quote and some others of his here). The Republicans are pretty much hopeless, but the Democrats are not far behind, the party whose platform boils down “we are no good, but at least we are not as bad as the other guys.” How did the party that stood for the working people and civil rights and basic dignity become yet another corporate for the elites party? How did the Democrats basically become Republican-lite? You can read the book Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? and find out what happened. You can read an adapted extract of the book here at In These Times.
- John Perkins has updated his book, so now you can read New Confessions of an Economic Hit man. This has been one I have been wanting to read for a while. You can read about the update and about the author in this article from Yes! Magazine.
- A book about saving precious Arabic manuscripts from Al Qaeda sounds interesting. The book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts, and it was one of the books that Based on a True Story added to her March TBR list.
- Curtis Wilkie, author of Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest, is a reporter who has seen a lot covering 8 presidential elections in the US plus covering stories around the world. He is one to know what Donald Trump is worse than George Wallace, as he states in this piece in Esquire. The piece also mentions the book The Boys on the Bus, which features Wilkie and is about reporters covering the 1972 election.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Book Riot offers a list of “5 Irreverent Self-Help Books.” These could fit in on the self-help books challenge I am doing in 2016.
- Signature has an article featuring “4 Books to Help You Understand America’s Opiate Epidemic.“