Monday, March 24, 2014

This week at the library: astronauts, cities, and very serious business

Dear readers:

On last Sunday I raided my university library and got lost on a hike (sometimes the fork less traveled by takes you to an 18-hole golf course where you wander lost for hours until emerging in a subdivision), but came home with my usual bag of books. This month's takings:

  • The Long Loneliness, the autobiography of Dorothy Day
  • The Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping, Paco Underhill.
  • The Fatal Conceit, F.A. Hayek
  • I'll Take My Stand:  The South and the Agrarian Tradition, various authors
  • Deke! , Deke Slayton   The story of the original Mercury Seven astronaut who had to wait until the very last flight of Apollo to see space.
  • The Economy of Cities, Jane Jacobs. A follow-up to her utterly brilliant The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which I've read twice yet somehow never reviewed.. This is actually the wrong book: I intended to get Cities and the Wealth of Nations
  • We Seven,  a joint memoir by the Mercury Seven. (There's really no such thing as too many astronaut memoirs, is there?) Published in 1962, it only covers the beginning of the Mercury program.
  • Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness,  Matt Wray.  

I recently finished The Metropolitan Revolution, a look at city-led political change, and am currently taken up with I'll Take my Stand.  I'd expected the 'southern symposium' to be ponderous, but it's been easy enough going so far. I'm two-thirds through, and taking breaks from it with the final book in a Star Trek trilogy I last read from in July.  This month's collection as a whole is on the dense side, but next month should bring lighter fare. Since it's April I'll be doing a series of works relating to England. I haven't settled on any books yet, but Sharpe's Waterloo may well be among them, with at least one history work.

Happy reading to you on this first week of spring!

...which will bring freezing temperatures later this week. 

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