This week will see a clearing-of-the-decks as far as the American Revolution books go as I start reading a more diverse batch of books. A few weeks ago I acquired five books I’ve been waiting for over a year to purchase (one of my rules for controlling purchasing binges) and have already read two. The others:
- Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations
- Happy Cities: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Bob Heinlein
Joining those will be some recent discoveries at my university library:
- The Spice Route: A History, John Keay. This is to sample the author, who has short histories of India and China I’m interested in checking out.
- The Great Cities, ed. John Julius Norwich (Author, A Short History of Byzantium)
- Cod: A Biography, Mark Kurlansky. From the author who brought us Salt!
- Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, ed. Hershel Shanks
- The Essential Writings of Mahatma Gandhi. I had intended on reading this after My Experiments with Truth.
- A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment, Christopher Lowney
- Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, Melanie Warner
I had planned on getting some science books, but I lost my list, and if I stayed in the library any longer I would have come home with a frightening pile. I did buy Frozen Planet, though, so I’m still getting my science fix, albiet in narration by David Attenborough. I’ll probably mix some novels in here as well.
Well, here’s to a summer spent hiding inside from the scorching heat and humidity with fascinating reads!