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.