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From the Cataloguer's Desktop

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, by Amin Maalouf.

Going Nucular : Language, Politics, and Culture in Controversial Times, by Geoffrey Nunberg. Seeing this title brought back memories of my tenth grade history teacher, Murray Hunter, who ALWAYS mispronounced "nuclear".

The Art of Intrusion, by Kevin D. Mitnick & William L. Simons.

Sudden Rain, by Maritta Wolff.

Do-it-yourself Tombstones and Other Markers, by Dale Power.

My Life As Emperor, by Su Tong.

The Spiral Staircase : My Climb Out of Darkness, by Karen Armstrong.

The Wisdom Of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys, by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan.

The Sins of Scripture : Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love, by John Shelby Spong.

No god but God : The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, by Reza Aslan.

Jade Fever: Hunting the Stone of Heaven, by Stan Learning, with Rick Hudson.

Curious by Nature: One Woman's Exploration of the Natural World, by Candace Savage.

Breathing Underwater: The Quest to Live in the Sea, by Joe MacInnis.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, by Brian Greene.

Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made, by Robert M. Poole.

Defining the Wind : The Beaufort Scale, and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry, by Scott Huler.

Acquainted with the Night : Excursions Through the World After Dark, by Christopher Dewdney.

Electric Universe : The Shocking True Story of Electricity, by David Bodanis.

Tree : a Life Story, by David Suzuki & Wayne Grady.

Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit, by Laura Penny.

The Rarest of the Rare : Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, by Nancy Pick.

Smithsonian Intimate Guide to the Cosmos, by Dana Berry.

More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, by Nancy Pearl. I posted the original "Book Lust" in one of the very first Desktop posts; author Nancy Pearl is the RL model for the Librarian Action Figure and she has FABULOUS taste in books ... her recommendations are worth following up on.

This last is a series that I just could NOT resist posting, seeing as I know some southern vampire fans. ***grin*** Charlaine Harris is the author of the "Southern Vampire" novels ... there are five in the series so far.

Plus I've been doing some book reminiscing of my own ... I either own these titles or wish that I did (if there's no link, then the book is out of print ... hopefully you can track them down in your local library or used book store):

Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber (famed for creating Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). A university professor specializing in the folklore and history of magic and superstition discovers that his wife practices what he preaches. Originally published in 1953, but still reads as though it were written yesterday.

"Going Public", by David Westheimer (the author of Von Ryan's Express, which is also well worth tracking down). Three freelance hitmen decide to form a partnership and go public, selling shares in their newly-formed company and guaranteeing that the police will NEVER be able to prove it was murder. Westheimer excels at making the "couldn't happen" and "didn't happen" seem entertainingly feasible in his novels.

Homicide : a Year on the Killing Streets, by David Simon. Journalist Simon recorded the passing of a year in the Baltimore Homicide Department ... his book was the inspiration for the TV series.

With H2G2 in the theatres, it's time not only to reread the five-volume trilogy, but seek out and enjoy Douglas Adams' other books as well:

The Deeper Meaning of Liff : A Dictionary of Things There Aren't Any Words for Yet--But There Ought to Be, co-written with John Lloyd. An expansion of the original "Meaning of Liff", which is a little treasure.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul: the cases of Dirk Gently, who always seems to get to the solution ... somehow. Getting paid is another matter.

Last Chance To See ..., co-written with Mark Carwardine. The highest recommendation I can give it is to quote a high school librarian I loaned my copy to: "If textbooks were written like this, there would be no dropouts."

The Salmon of Doubt: a collection of Adams' essays, thoughts and story fragments, retrieved from his computer after his death. If I remember correctly, there's a difference between the American and British/Canadian editions ... the B/C version featured an introduction by Stephen Fry, but the American introduction was by somebody else (can't recall who and the "look inside" feature at Amazon isn't working, so I can't peek at the title page).

EDIT: The "look inside" is now functioning, so I was able to take a peek. The introduction to the American edition of "The Salmon of Doubt" was written by Christopher Cerf.
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