JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

From the Cataloguer's Desktop

This was a GOOD week for books (usually it takes me 2-3 weeks to accumulate enough titles for a list). And, since I'm home from work early due to sinuses-I-thought-were-recovered reflooding, plus my eyes starting to protest vehemently to the presence of my contact lenses (a side effect of the sinuses, presumably, since respiratory viruses enter the body via the tear ducts), I'm gonna give you the list that I had intended to produce over the weekend, except that silly JLS left her notes at work on Friday night. :p

Since I know I've got a couple of new readers, a word of explanation: this list is compiled from books that I actually catalogue at work (plus a few goodies that co-workers bring to my attention, knowing that I produce this list). I am a nonfiction cataloguer, so, while the odd fiction title will occasionally appear because I'm helping out with somebody else's workload, the list is usually 100% nonfiction. This isn't everything I catalogue, but the books that have caught my eye because they're on an interesting/unusual subject, are a different/thought-stimulating approach to a common subject, appear to be wittily/intelligently written, are on a topic that I know is of interest to one of my friends, etc. I haven't read 'em (yet, anyway), so I can't guarantee accuracy, intelligence or readability of content ... the sole purpose of this list is to bring to your attention books that aren't necessarily going to appear on a bestseller list, the high profile front shelves of your local bookstore or promoted in a display at your public library.

And now, on with the show ...

Hell's Witness, by Daniel Sanger.

Strange Angel : The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, by George Pendle.

The Game of Words : the Marvelous Exuberance of the English Language, by Willard R. Espy.

Lost For Words : the Use and Abuse of the English Language, by John Humphrys.

Cities, by John Reader.

Yoshoku : Japanese Food Western Style, by Jane Lawson.

Fun Is Good : How to Create Joy & Passion in Your Workplace & Career, by Mike Veeck and Pete Williams.

After the Apple: Women in the Bible: Timeless Stories of Love, Lust, and Longing, by Naomi Harris Rosenblatt.

Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages, by Jaroslav Pelikan.

Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah, by Tim Mackintosh-Smith.

Hating America : a History, by Barry Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin.

Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food, and Frolics from Halloweens Past, a Diane C. Arkins.

The Eloquent President: a Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, by Ronald C. White.

The Sex Doctors in the Basement: True Stories from a Semi-Celebrity Childhood, by Molly Jong-Fast.

Red Grooms, by Arthur Danto, Marco Livingstone, and Timothy Hyman.

Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon, by Lesley Adkins.

The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature: Essays 1962-2002, by John Bayley.

A Change of Heart : How the People of Framingham, Massachusetts, Helped Unravel the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease, by Daniel Levy and Susan Brink.

The Enthusiastic Employee : How Companies Profit by Giving Workers What They Want, by David Sirota, Louis A. Mischkind, and Michael Irwin Meltzer.

Walking a Tightrope : Aboriginal People and Their Representations, edited by Ute Lischke and David T. McNab.

Malraux : a Life, by Olivier Todd.

Hello to All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace, by John Falk. John Falk is the "Patient X" of psychological literature, noted for his self-driven recovery from chronic depression.

50 Weapons That Changed Warfare, by William Weir.

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence, by Carol Berkin.

The Underminer: Or, the Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life, by Mike Alboard and Virginia Heffernan.

Praeterita, by John Ruskin.

Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry, edited by Sara Bynoe.

Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health, by Nina Simonds.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Jeff Chang.

Inside Putin's Russia, by Andrew Jack.
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