Recent Reading List
A Chronological List of Books We're Reading


About the Recent Reading List

When we gave our website its fourth facelift in early 2008, we realized we had quit keeping our old reading lists uptodate. So we made this page to catch the links to the books featured in the Current Readings feature to the Home Page. At some point we'll reorganize this, but for now this is it.....

September, 2008

The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher. The story of the obsessive quest to find the ivory-billed woodpecker, previously thought to be extinct. [ISBN-13: 978-0618709410]

Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Comanies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs by Melody Petersen. Plenty of reasons not to take prescription drugs. [ISBN-13: 978-0374228279]

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart. An expatriate in Paris writes a witty and fascinating account of finding a piano and relearning how to play. [ISBN-13: 978-0375758621]

The Political Mind by George Lakoff. How different brains have a different view of the world. [ISBN-13: 978-0670019274]

August, 2008

Shadow Divers - The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson. Thrilling documentary about wreck diving and wreck identification. [ISBN: 0-375-76098-9]

July, 2008

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to th World by Paul Hawken. Describes a worldwide movement of environmental, social justice and indigenous organizations sweeping th globe. [ISBN-13: 978-0143113652]

The Town That Died - The True Story of the Greatest Man-Made Explosion Before Hiroshima by Michael J. Bird. Chronicle of the explosion that demolished the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in December 1917.

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning by George Monbiot. Powerful treatise on the gravity of global warming and what could be done to avert disaster. [ISBN-13: 978-0385662222]

Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and one Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg. Educational journalism explains why software development is so hard. [ISBN-13: 978-1400082476]


June, 2008

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Fictional story written from the point of view of a 15 year-old boy with autism. Very educational. [ISBN-13: 978-1400032716]

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Deep insight into animal behavior (and autism) by an autistic scientist. [ISBN-13: 978-0156031448]

EnVISIONing a Bright Future - Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Patricia Lemer. Comprehensive compilation of information and strategies for understanding and helping. [ISBN-13: 978-0929780177]


May, 2008

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales. Useful lessons for all who want to live fully and weather crises. [ISBN-13: 978-0393326154]

Playing the Piano for Pleasure by Charles Cooke. First published in 1940, still the best thing written for those who "used to play the piano." [ISBN-13: 978-0671578015]

The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Piano Chords by Karen Berger. Turns on the light for classical pianists who want to do ad hoc song accompaniments. Brilliant. [ISBN-13: 978-0671578015]


April, 2008

Thinking Points: Communicating our American Values and Vision by George Lakoff explains the way we use language according to our vision of the world. [ISBN-13:978-0-374-53090-7]

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck. What is happening in and to our world? Read this and think about it. [ISBN-13:978-1-58542-592-1]

Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson. Among our favorite books, even better on a second reading. [ISBN:0-674-48526-2]


March, 2008

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Do Evil by Philip Zimbardo explains almost anyone, given the right "situational" influences, can be made to abandon moral scruples and cooperate in violence and oppression. Random House. [ISBN-13:978-0812974447]

The Healing Power of the Past - the Systemic Therapy of Bert Hellinger by Bertold Ulsamer. Clear exposition of the how - and why - family constellation work can untangle interpersonal problems. [ISBN:1-887424-99-7]

Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex, and the Birth of the Self by Donald L. Nathanson. A revolutionary book about the nature of emotion. [ISBN:0-393-31109-0]


February, 2008

The investigation of 9/11 has spawned hundreds of books, raising awareness of many unanswered questions about how and why this tragedy occurred. The Commission: the Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation by New York Times correspondent Philip Shenon investigates the investigators. [ISBN-13:978-0-446-58075-5]

The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina by Ivan Van Heerden and Mike Bryan is a blunt and heart-wrenching analysis by a frustrated scientist at Louisiana State University. [ISBN-13:978-0-14-311213-6]

Charlie Wilson's War by 60-Minutes Producer George Crile. Fascinating reading about how the best of intentions lead to disastrous outcomes in some out-of-control segments of our federal government. [ISBN-13:978-0-14-311213-6]

Radical strip mining is devastating Appalachia at a fast clip. Mountain tops are sheared off and dumped into valleys. Read Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness by Erik Reece. It will make you cry - better yet, maybe do something. [ISBN-13:978-1594482366]

The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Wriing Poems by Frances Mayes is a perfect book to have by the bed or armchair. Dip into it and discover the wonder of words. [ISBN-13:978-0156007627]

See a more complete list of our readings in the catalog of previous readings.


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