Two words came to mind: Holy. Crap. I had this pop up on my YouTube feed. I've seen some snippets of David Pakman's show quite a bit lately, but this segment from today delves into what it means that so many millions voted for Donald Trump in this election, even more than did in 2016 … Continue reading “The Country is Screwed Whether Trump Wins or Loses.” This video chilled me… & we’re still awaiting results.
My Copy: 9780062080233 (image from goodreads.com) I've never read Neil Gaiman before, and I sure picked a doorstop as my first of the several on my shelves. But I'm keeping this one for sure. I know I liked it, but I'm not terribly sure why. I just know I'm willing to go along for the … Continue reading American Gods (author’s preferred text), by Neil Gaiman
My Copy: 978147874996 (image from bn.com) I've heard of some of the religious traditions mentioned in this book before, but I love the introductory presentation. Yes, some of this is intense and perplexing, but it also makes you try to imagine it and how you'd react to seeing it. That's what I like about Seth … Continue reading Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews
My Copy: 0425080021 (image from pinterest) I saw the movie at least two dozen times before I knew there even was a book. Then I saw a classmate reading it in 9th grade. And I went to the first second-hand store I could find to get it. I've read the book probably half a dozen … Continue reading Dune, by Frank Herbert
My copy: 9780292721135 (image from The University of Texas Press). I lucked out when I got this book. It came to the bookstore in late January of 2010 and the store was closing by the end of the month. I hate when bookstores close, but it was the only way I could afford this one--marked … Continue reading Houston: Lost and Unbuilt, by Steven R. Strom
My Copy: 092567100750 (image from goodreads.com) I would consider this a useful basic guide, full of the good photos that LIFE magazine's been known for. Anybody who wants the very-condensed "for dummies" version of how the three major religions got their start and how they're all mixed together in the holy lands should at least … Continue reading Holy Lands: One Place Three Faiths, by the editors of LIFE
I bought this one on a whim while at Barnes & Noble because I'm a space nerd & I wasn't going to wait for it to come out in paperback while it was right there in front of me.
What really surprised me was my best friend--who I don't think of as a nonfiction fan--started gushing about it & demanded that I read it.
My Copy: 9783836527149 (edition cover different in link) I admit, I'm writing this review now because I'm donating it to a library. I don't really care for this particular Taschen book. Not to say the illustrations and writing aren't good, it's that I'm not a Basquiat fan, I suppose. The info about Basquiat and his … Continue reading Basquiat, by L. Emmerling
My Copy: 9780553278224 Mr. Bradbury's done excellent work, and I keep coming back to The Martian Chronicles when I just wanna read something short for the hell of it. Bradbury has a few miniature, practically stand-alone stories placed between arching stories, but the common thread is simple: humans can leave Earth and--like it or not--they're going … Continue reading The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
I had to get this book for my Antebellum America class in grad school, and I decided early on I was going to hang onto it. For one thing, the title. When the South is spoken of as a region and a cultural mindset, a crucial element to history actually seems...I think "left out" isn't too far off.