Monday, June 2, 2014

This week at the library: Civil War and Sea People

Dear readers:

This weekend I finally posted comments for Away Down South, completing my unintentional miniseries of Books Whose Titles Came from the Chorus of "Dixie".   The traditional verses offer a lot of other phrases ripe for titles; imagine a cookbook called Buckwheat Cakes and Injun Batter, or a thriller named The Gay Deceiver.  Those books have started what may turn out to be a longer trend, an extended series concerning the South.

I've recently completed The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond, and have thus started in earnest  on my quest to take down the To Be Read list, that array of nonfiction titles I've purchased but not read in the last view weeks. My next conquest will be The Vikings,who I'm sure will be worthy foes.  Expect comments for Diamond within the week. For leisure I have Jeff Shaara's latest Civil War novel to enjoy, set during the Battle for Chattanooga.  This is especially fun because despite having been to Lookout Mountain where part of the Confederate force viewed its foe in the city, I've no knowledge of how the battle transpired.

To Be Read Takedown Challenge

Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Vikings, Robert Ferguson (in progress)                                              Power, Inc; David Rothkopf
An Edible History of Humanity, Tom Standage
Small-Mart Revolution, Michael Shuman
The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond (5/29/14)
Fighting Traffic: the Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, Peter Norton
Earth, Richard Fortey
Age of Empathy, Frans de Waal
Galileo's Finger, Peter Atkins

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