I didn’t read a whole lot this week but did finish two smaller books.
Books finished: “The Kingdom of Speech” by Tom Wolfe. This took a while to get going, interesting idea that speech keeps man separate from other animals. I do want to read more of Daniel Everett too. I also do wonder how much interesting research is forgotten about or lessened from researchers outside of power. ***
“Pleasing the Ghost” by Sharon Creech — Lovely little children’s book but Sharon Creech has done far better stuff, especially her books written with poetry like “Love the Dog” and “Hate that Cat.” ***
Books checked out:
“Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories” by James Baldwin. — There is a lot of book in this compilation of 4 books from the Library of America. But, James Baldwin is someone I’ve wanted to read more of for a long time. Only 4 pages in to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” which isn’t grabbing me so far. The compilation also includes “Giovanni’s Room”, “Another Country” and “Going to Meet the Man.” I think I will try the short stories in “Going to Meet the Man” next.
“You Will Hear Thunder” by Anna Akhmatova — A Russian poet an old friend recommended, I wish I could get back in touch with her. She actually invited me to Russia after meeting her on match.com, and it was just a friend relationship. It’s sad how many relationships we lose. Happened after college so almost 20 years ago now. Read a couple poems so far.
“NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” by Steve Silberman — Looks fascinating and like a lot of book, I read a few pages in the middle as I am inclined to do. So incredibly sad that autism was judged to come from bad parenting not that long ago.
Other books read:
“The Year of Voting Dangerously” by Maureen Dowd — Very interesting column, but 400 pages is a whole lot of them. Probably 30-40% done. Reading out of order like I do. Stuff in here about Obama, Trump and Clinton. ***
“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover — I really, really want to like this more than I do. But, I keep wondering why this was written. Just goes stuff from “Slammed” with flashbacks from the male lead Wil, “Slammed” is written from the female lead Layken’s perspective. I love the first two books in the Slammed series “Slammed” and “Point of Retreat.” This is a total slog for me. But I will try to finish in the about two months I get with 2 renewals (9 weeks) from the library. pg 132 to 285
“Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas” by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker. 22 essays that include a map by 22 different authors (or sets of authors). Really good stuff, but a very slow read for me. The small text doesn’t help. pg. 94 of 158 and I have reread a bunch of the essays reading them out of order. This includes maps about prisons and levees, seafood and the sex trade, live oak corridors, bananas, sugar, the oil industry … ***1/2
“Shelter” by Robin Merrill — I’m really enjoying this Christian romance by a friend, good stuff in a genre I’m not sure I have ever read. 36%
My only real breakthrough reading of a bunch of pages at once was the second half of “Kingdom of Speech” while my wife wanted me to watch the pretty bad movie “Central Intelligence” movie. **