Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra. Like Rushdie, but so much more magical.
David Throsby, Economics and Culture. I'm having trouble finishing it, but the first half was really interesting.
Susie Orbach, The Impossibility of Sex about the therapeutic relationship. I really like her voice, and have since Fat is a Feminist Issue>/i>.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Bait and Switch, which I'm having a hard time getting through.
Said Hyder Akbar, Come Back to Afghanistan, by a 19 year old Afghan immigrant who went back with his father to work for Karzai. That is, the father became a governor of some province. It's interesting. I have a bunch of books on Afghanistan lined up.
Jyotika Virdi, The Cinematic ImagiNATION, about Indian film.
Hanne Blank, Big, Big Love, a size acceptance and sex book, kind of old school at this point. Ah, how teh interwebs age things.
Oh, and Charles Todd, A Long Shadow, which is the latest entry in a historical police procedural series set in England after the end of WWI, with an inspector who is suffering from shellshock and believes he has the ghost of a subordinate whose death he feels responsible for. They're quite good.
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Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin.
Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life, Victoria Rosner.
Manet and Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. Southern '30s lit about a variety of interesting characters, including a tomboy with whom I find myself relating.
"Voodoo Science" by Robert Park. Only just started it, but so far he's lambasted perpetual motion machines, cold fusion, homeopathy, and therapeutic magnets. I never had a good science education but always felt that I had a scientific mind, so I'm really enjoying books written by scientists for laypeople.
Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg, a "social autopsy" of the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed over 700 people.
And re-reading John Berger's Ways of Seeing for a class I'm going to teach this fall.
I miss him.
I'm reading Lipstick Traces and Film and the Anarchist Imagination right now. Next is The Lore of the Unicorn by Odell Shepard.
I have three books for my trip to and from Alaska:
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude, Ann Vanderhoof
The Fig Eater, Jody Shields
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (lent to me by Bartleby's mom)
My grandmother recommended The Kite Runner to me. Do you like it?
The writing is beautiful. I didn't like it, but for purely personal reasons (I would elaborate but I don't want to spoil any of the plot).
If I were a stronger person I would be able to relish the prose.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
That's on my to-do list, since florence_craye
's review. It sounds good, and also like I agree already, both in principle and from what will soon be ten years of teaching. God, that's strange.
I have Kiterunner
on the list, too, along with something more hardcore called Bleeding Afghanistan
I'm really enjoying Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Thank you for adding to this list.
Just finished Kenneth Rexroth's An Autobiographical Novel. Still working on Critique of Dialectical Reason.
in persuasion nation by george saunders
happy birthday, bartleby.
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
2007-08-22 11:07 pm (UTC)
Anyway, Ubik by PKD.