Mar/Apr 2019 ~ What non-fiction books are you surveying?
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And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane
for My Own Dirt Road by Margaret Roach
UPDATE: a fave for the year!
This is the interesting story of the life and times of Victoria Woodhull who attempted in 1870 to run for President of the United States. Victoria was a quite a character. Growing up poor but highly intelligent, she went on to do many things that women of that time period were not allowed to do. Married twice, she also worked in many areas-from being a clairvoyant and a prostitute to running a newspaper and a brokerage firm. She was also the first woman to address Congress. Gabriel did a nice job researching Woodhull and her life.
Here's a short one; a real fun collection of easy-to-read ditties about some of the more obscure events and personalities in history. The chronological order works well. Heck, I never knew Hedy Lamarr was practically a rocket scientist!
Apparently The Mueller Report is being published by the Washington Post later this month. This morning I found it listed in my library system's OverDrive app and I clicked on RECOMMEND to reserve a copy of the eBook when they purchase copies of it. Amazon and B&N also have it listed.
UPDATE: there appears to be at least a one-month delay
Cullen's Columbine was really eye-opening. I might have to read Parkland at some point.
My current reading is Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, a study of genre in 70s mass culture by Jason Heller. I was tipped off to it by the article Hijack the Starship, Major Tom.
It’s about the restoration of wetlands, including the process of re-meandering a salmon spawn creek. Isn’t that a lovely concept? Beavers moving in complicated the process of re-forestation, but they were accommodated and of course made the ecology that much richer.
right now in the book the writer is talking about the totally misguided concept that nature needs us to manage it. That without us, the salmon wouldn't be able to survive with beavers around. How ever did they do it for thousands of years before we stuck our noses in? I wonder!! Groups in Canada, the US and Europe active block beaver relocation/restoration projects because they think that they destroy ideal salmon spawning habitat. Absolute crap.
I'm especially disappointed in Wisconsin - a state very smart about some wildlife and nature projects and so stupid about beavers. Some of the things that farmers have to do to irrigate could be reduced or entirely eliminated if there were more beaver ponds which actively replenish aquifers.
My daughter has a beaver family in her rear garden in Kentucky. Flooding washes their work out every year, but they persist.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
(about 1 hour and 45 minutes/40 women/YA lit)
UPDATE: a fave for the year/an inspiration to girls and women everywhere!
The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family by Lindsay Wong,
By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen,
Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, and
Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney.
Stratton writes about the making of the film The Wild Bunch, the time period surrounding and influencing the making of the film and of course the director Sam Peckinpah and his new darker version of the western genre. This is definitely for film buffs and people who have seen the film. I enjoyed it.
Shamrocks & Salsa is Jerry's self-published memoir, which he worked on intensely with his friend and editor, Mary O'Brien, over the final years of his life. It chronicles the many roads of Jerry's life, the many people he worked with and tasks he undertook. It is good to be able to hear his voice while reading his words, as skillfully edited by Mary, over the past week. There are times one wishes for a bit more depth, and where the memoir seems to become basically of a list of projects and jobs and the people who took part, each only two or three paragraphs long. But Jerry and Mary were racing the clock, as it were, as Jerry was already in his 90s when this work was being done. Overall, even those details help create a tapestry of impressions, painting a vivid picture of a singular man making a breadth and depth of solid and truly moving contributions to the world, all while maintaining a true humility and a devilish sense of humor. Viva Jerry!
Sandydog1: Who knew octopuses are as interesting a Italians in tights?
I didn't like The Soul of an Octopus although I know I'm in the minority. The author seemed to lack empathy. She found octopuses to be intelligent and inquisitive creatures, but didn't seem to care that they lived in barrels with nothing else but water, nor that claws were ripped off a live crab to feed to an ailing octopus. Too many incidences of such actions and lack of reactions. It was painful for me to read.
Oh and I just took delivery of Bees : An identification and native plant forage guide and am thinking about ways to encourage my local bees to stay longer. It will be a combination of nesting sites (mostly wood and logs with holes drilled in them) and native plants. My traditional perennial gardening has been hit and miss so maybe using more native plants will score me more hits.
I found what I thought was a manual by the look of it at first titled Command and Control by Eric Schlosser. This book was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and I can see why. It details the USA close calls, accidents and the behind the scenes view regarding the safety of its nuclear missiles. This is not a dull, academic read.... far from it as the book reads like a fiction novel. Very nice writing style and quite detailed. I have just started it today and knocked off 50 pages in a couple of hours.
Not exactly a book to "like"... talk about scary but the 600 odd pages will be eagerly devoured.
This book is about the end of Capone’s career as a gangster and the building of the 1933 World’s Fair that took place in Chicago during the depression. Not a long book but a fascinating look at the time period, though in this book Capone and the World’s Fair weren’t really linked together but were events occurring at the same time. This reminded me of Erik Larson’s fascinating book The Devil in the White City which was about a serial killer who lured and killed visitors from the 1893 Exposition in Chicago.
If I read a similar book on the Canadian military I would probably have a similar opinion of them.... It seems to be the nature of the beast.... they live for war and don't care who gets in their way....including their own citizens.... Acceptable civilian losses....ppppffffttthhh!!!!
The final 100 pages or so were boring as it simply documented each B-52 bomber crash naming who died and who didn't and then there was the resolution of the Damascus incident.
If you are really into this subject, there are almost 200 pages of bibliological references to support everything that Schlosser says.
Not a fun read but certainly food for a conversation with certain individuals.