Friday, July 31, 2015

Kev's Bookshelf

This is just a post I'll add to from time to time (maybe) noting books I've read from the shelves of the Crandall Library and not from my virtual bookshelves which are already over-brimming.

Books I've read and may want to read again because I have a memory like a sieve:

Political Science/History

"When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order"-Martin Jacques

"Amusing Ourselves to Death"-Neil Postman

"Empire of Illusion"-Chris Hedges

"Pity the Billionaire"-Thomas Franks

"The New Hate"-Arthur Goldwag

"King Leopold's Ghost"-Adam Hochschild

"The Icarus Syndrome" - Peter Beinart

"Terrorists at the Table" - Jonathan Powell


"Religious Literacy:What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't"-Stephen Prothero

"The Jesus Mysteries"-Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

"Christianity;The Origins of a Pagan Religion

"Who Wrote the Bible"-Richard Friedman

"I Don't Believe in Atheists" - Chris Hedges

"Young Jesus" - Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Urban Homesteading

"Food Not Lawns"-H.C. Flores

"Heirloom Vegetable Gardening"-Wm. Woys Weaver

"The Urban Homesteader"-Coyne and Knutzen


"Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables"-Marie Iannotti

"Gardening:The Complete Guide"-Miranda Smith

"Grow the Good Life"-Michele Owens

"Resilient Gardener"-Carol Deppe

"Breed Your Own Vegetables"-Ibid

"Small Budget Gardener"-Maureen Gilmer

"plant Propagator's Bible"-Smith


"The New Good Life"-Rob

Vegetarian Propaganda

"Eating Animals"-Jonathan Foer


"The Imitation Game"

"The King's Speech"



  1. Great reading list. I've copied it so I can refer to it when I need a good read. I read "Amusing Ourselves to Death" when it came out. It's still relevant today. Look at what's happened to our political discourse!

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  3. Not really enough time for reading during these summer months of gardening, free music and theater somewhere everyday and general laziness.

    Just finished "Terrorists at the Table" by Jonathan Powell who was involved with negotiations with the IRA in Tony Blair's time. A lot of talk about that and other insurgencies. By halfway through you get real familiar with who fought where as he jumps around a bit to make his points. The ultimate point is that eventually we'll have to deal with IS and al-Qaeda. And you thought the Right was apoplectic over the Iran deal.

    The negotiators on all sides in these conflicts often showed incredible courage and the people who lived through those times had incredible fortitude. The authoritarians in the US who are always on about "not talking to terrorists" don't seem to realize that we haven't really experienced what many countries have. As always, IMHO.