Monday, March 31, 2008
Mortenson, lost and weak after a failed attempt to climb K2, stumbles into a village in northern Pakistan where the girls sit outside and, without a teacher, scratch multiplication tables in the dirt with a stick. He begins a one-man effort to build girls' schools in Pakistan. He's crazy and adventurous and big-hearted and doesn't seem to mind getting shot at. This is a magnificent book--highly recommended for individuals and book groups.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Absolutely magical! The integration of art with the story is a category-killer: this isn't an illustrated story--the pictures are used cinamatographically to convey the story. And there are a few surprises beyond that. Highly recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
You never hear about gangs and drugs anymore. Did things get better or did the media get bored? I have no idea. Anyway, this book is a must-read: Venkatesh befriended a gang leader and spent years shadowing him. The extent to which the gang is run like any old business is amazing.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is one of those books that if you think about it too much, you'd hide your money under the mattress and buy some ammo for fear of the coming crash (caused by the impossibility of the US meeting its Social Security and Medicare obligations). But because the book is so goofy and flippant in tone (and here I must admit that I bought it mostly because of the cover) that it is easy not to take it too seriously. In any case, this is fun and interesting reading.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
This was a fun (and very light, very quick) read. There are all sorts of interesting insights into human behavior here. (Warning: one section is a bit graphic--they did research on decision making of aroused males.) Recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott
This was a very enjoyable read--I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give the game away, but there is a fascinating case study here. Recommended.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I loved this book. Lee (and howabout that middle name?) covers everything from the Chinese immigrant experience to the link between the American Jewish community and Chinese food to the origin of General Tso's chicken. Highly recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Saturday, March 15, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
I hate W as much as the next guy, and I wasn't too sure what I'd think of his momma. Well, I adored this book. Bush did a great job conveying her personality and I ended up liking her. She also has some great stories to tell: playing footsie with Yeltsin, rats in the White House swimming pool, etc. Recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Role of Women in Prehistory by J. M. Adovasio, Jake Page, Olga Soffer
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