Post-Holiday Book Reccomendations

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying 2010 thus far, and that a happy trend continues.

Over the holidays, did you read any “work-related” books? Catch up on any guilty pleasures? It would be great to start off the year with a list of books to read. To start us off, here are some good reads from some LTAIGers.

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books by Fernando Báez
-A chronicle of books, culture and history. A dense read, but the introduction alone is an amazing essay on the link between culture and literature.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
– An intriguing mystery set in Sweden, filled with complex characters and rich scenery.

Climate Coverup by James Hoggan.
– It documents the plans of the fossil fuel industry, in conjunction with the mainstream media, to distort the public debate on climate change, despite scientific consensus on the issue.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate.
– He is a physician who works with street people in the Downtown Eastside. It is a very humbling and compassionate work that discusses the pervasiveness of addiction in our society, and the complex factors that can lead to it.

The World in Six Songs: How the Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel Levitin.
– A follow up to his bestselling This is Your Brain on Music, this work uses published brain and evolutionary research to show how different forms of music have influenced the development of society.

Extreme Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
-This is McLean’s seventh instalment of stories in the Vinyl Cafe series, detailing both the interesting and the ordinary aspects of Dave and Morley’s fictional family in Toronto, Ontario. An entertaining book of short stories to digest in light little bites or all at once when you’re not in the mood for a novel.

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.
-It tells of how the Oxford English Dictionary came to be, with a focus on the two men who were most influential in its development. A fascinating chronicle of one of the most important tools that helped shape and expand our everyday vocabulary and is a staple in nearly every household today.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
– An entertaining and ridiculous read that caused me to laugh outloud over its absurd and sometimes outlandish plot. The drawings throughout the book only added to my enjoyment of the story.
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
-Loved reading this. I frequently laughed over all the trials and tribulations and frustrations that the author went through in attempting to cook all the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was refreshing to read and definitely made me want to expand my cooking horizons and try something new. So yes, I think the hype over this is deserved

How about everyone else? What did you read over the holidays?


One thought on “Post-Holiday Book Reccomendations

  1. Happy New Year everyone! Besides lots of magazines I read the first few chapters of a book someone gave to my father, called Post War (sorry I can’t find it online to give more info). It’s a history of Europe from the end of WWII to the fall of the Wall. If you’re interested in history, especially that era or how the past shapes the present, I recommend it.

    The author has a good readable style and does occasionally comment on events, not just report them. When talking about Yugoslavian collaborators being accused of brutality he adds the footnote, “So did Tito’s forces. But they won.”

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