Halfway through the year, my literary ambitions are doing moderately well. I’m on track to reach the usual 150, my science survey is keeping pace with the year, and reaching 20 classics before the year is out is still a plausible goal. I’m mostly behaving myself as far as book purchases go, though Mount Doom is still disappointingly substantial. July will bring American lit, my usual celebration of telling the king and Parliament to bugger off, and hopefully a return to science. I had the Best of Intentions in June, of course..
Favorites, So Far:
The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark
Beyond Tenebrae: Christian Humanism in the Twilight of the West, Brad Birzer
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers, Emily Levesque
We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State, Kai Strittmatter
Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir
Holding steady at 6/12 categories filled.
Classics Club Strikes Back:
My Little Town, David Tipmore. This was written by a personal friend, so I can’t pretend to any objectivity; it’s a reflection of a Yankee transplant to “Lovelady”, a small town in the Blackbelt, as he observes and attempts to participate in the distinct culture of a small town in the Deep South. Anyone who knows the area will recognize Lovelady as Marion, though some bits of Selma leaked in. (The hotel from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was the Hotel Albert*, and it was certainly not in Marion, harrumph harrumph.)
My Little Town, David Tipmore. Previously mentioned.
The Man In the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick. I could’ve sworn I said something about this one…I read it, inspired by the Prime series, and found it less compelling and far more strange. It’s certainly artful, integrating a lot of research into Japanese grammar and German bureaucracy alike.
Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Children, and the American Dream, Helen Smith. Review to come; a work on why men are increasingly not to marry or pursue higher education.
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal, Joel Salatin. Full comments most likely to come this weekend..
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, Timothy Carney (Bookbubs deal)
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, Tracie McMillian. This one has been on my to-read list since it was released, and reading Salatin earlier reminded me of it.
[*] I have an unfinished history of the Albert I’ll post one day, whenever I can cajole a local family into letting me peek at their family papers that might shed light on its destruction. I’m obsessed with this building to the point of dreaming about it!