Friday, April 19, 2013

This week at the library: cities and simple living

This week at the library, I’ve started a series of England-themed readings to commemorate St. George’s Day, on 23 April. My selections are A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume II: The New World by Winston Churchill, and A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor England by Alison Weir. I’ve never read any of Churchill’s work. So far I’ve found him a spirited if traditional storyteller.

The New Jim Crow is an unrelated read, as it examines the effects of the United States’ enthusiasm for prisons on African-Americans; I’m almost finished with that.

Earlier in the week, I finished The Plain Reader, but I’ve been so provoked by it that I’m re-reading it, essay by essay, and writing reflections on it in my personal journal. It’s a collection of thoughts on simple living. Reviews and comments are also pending for The Universe Within and The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.
I have three interlibrary loan requests pending.. Chimpanzee Politics,  Buddhism without Beliefs, and Crunchy  Cons

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