Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This Week at the Library (8 Sept - 15 Sept)

This week at the library...


  • Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir is the story of Lady Jane Grey, a young girl who was made queen in an effort to 
  • Karl Marx: the Passionate Logician by Joel Carmichael is a brief biography of Marx that delved more into philosophy than I'd anticipated,  but one which helped me understand the Hegelian background of some of his ideas. The most is mostly critical of Marx, portraying him as a frustrated failure who could have been  political leader were it not for his renunciation of Prussian citizenship.
  • I also tried reading ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: a year in an american high school by Elisha Cooper,  which follows a dozen teens through a year of their education. It never hooked me, though.


This past week was poor for reading in general; only one book really caught my attention. Even the two Star Trek novels I tried reading didn't take. I'm excited about this next week, though.


Next Week's Potentials:

  • I'll be reading from The Life of the Greeks by Will Durant.
  • Casino by Nicholas Pileggi is a supposedly true story about the Mafia and Las Vegas which inspired Casino starring Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro. 
  • I'll be reading from The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, which I've looked forward to for a while.
  • African Exodus will ease some of my hunger pangs for science reading, I hope.
  • ...and The Mao Case by Quu Xiaolong is doubly interesting, first because it's set in China, and again because the protagonist is asked by Government Officials to handle a political scandal involving a mistress of Mao. I saw it while looking for Jules Verne.

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