Sunday, September 15, 2013

This week at the library: vanishing children, the suburbs, and markets run amok

Dear readers:

 Last week I paid a visit to my alma mater's library, my first since finding out I still have borrowing privileges there. I emerged from my first half-hour with a large stack of books, then halved it out of consideration for the fact that I had to carry them all to my car.   It's been a long while since I made a literal Trip to the Library and exchanged one pile of books for another -- as I now work in one,  I tend to check out books as I find them throughout the week.  That trip's hunt produced:

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: the Making of the American Mass Market, Susan Strasser
  • The Sky is not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Crabgrass Frontier: the Suburbanization of the United States, Kenneth Jackson
  • Born to Buy: the Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, Juliet B. Schor
  • The Disappearance of Childhood, Neil Postman
  • Home Economics, Wendell Berry
  • Free to Choose, Milton Friedman

The initial check-out period is four weeks, so I'm going to start making monthly trips up there.  I've already begun feasting on this stack, as the review and pending review for Satisfaction Guaranteed  and The Sky Is Not the Limit indicate.  I'm reading Wendell Berry's collection of essays a little every night, but I think I'll commit to Neil Postman in earnest next -- his Amusing Ourselves to Death and Technopoly are two of the single-most influential books I've ever read;  no one has shaped my thinking like Postman.

Speaking of authors, I recently noticed that Goodreads will display a list of your most-read authors on command. My results aren't too surprising, and I'm happy to see that dear Doctor Asimov holds the #1 spot with nary a challenger in sight.

I'm a liiiiittle embarrassed the only woman on the list is J.K. Rowling. It gets better when you look at the top 100, but...

Any fellow Goodread members out there? Who are your top fifteen?


  1. I have a very low female author count too.... I must do something about that....

  2. Actually doing a quick count - 22 of my last 100 books. So better than I thought!

  3. I don't suppose it helps that we both read so much historical- and science fiction, genres not very much populated by female authors.

    (There's Phillipa Gregory's big Roman series, though.)


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