After reading a few Library Loot postings from Eva, Claire, Bonnie and Marg it dawned on me that I haven’t done a Library Loot posting in a long time. So, I plopped down my latest haul from the public library, poured a big glass of red wine and snapped a pic. In case you were wondering, here’s an inventory of what’s stacked on my bedroom desk waiting to be read.
- On God: An Uncommon Conversation by Norman Mailer and Michael Lennon- This looks like an extended interview between Mailer and Lennon on the nature of God, faith and the like. Looks promising.
- The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Towards God by Lee Strobel- A counter-point to all the atheist and skeptic stuff I’ve been reading over the last few years. Plus, the book just felt right when I picked it up at the library.
- The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It by Joshua Cooper Ramo- With a chapter entitled “The Management Secrets of Hezbollah” and a back cover endorsement from Fareed Zakaria how can I go wrong ?
- The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean- A buddy of mine enjoyed this book. I’ve seen it mentioned on a few blogs and understandably I’m a bit intrigued.
- Epidemics: Opposing Viewpoints Series– Yet another book from Greenhaven Press. I love reading about infectious diseases.
- Democracy: Global Viewpoints Series – And another book from Greenhaven Press. I’ve been very happy with their books over the last few years.
- Why the West Rules- For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris- I can’t remember where I first read of this book but after reading about it I put it on my to read list. Therefore when I found it the other day at the library I grabbed it.
- Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America by Kenneth Timmerman- Once again I find myself gravitating towards a book by an author I will probably disagree with some or even many of his arguments. But that’s OK since I welcome the opportunity to understand the opinions of others. And perhaps more importantly to challenge my own.
- McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny- Years ago I read his book The Fall of Yugoslavia and loved it. I expect good things from this former BBC correspondent.
- The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures by Nicholas Wade- I first read about this book in the Quality Paperback Club catalog. Wade’s approach to religion from an evolutionary standpoint looks very intriguing.
There we have it. Judging by the length of that list it looks like I have my work cut out for me. I’m going to try to get through as many of those books as possible before I have to return them to the library. I fear once again I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But that’s OK, I like the challenge. Bring it on.
Oh, and if you were wondering about the wine, it’s a 2009 Old Vine Zin from Gnarly Head winery. Speaking of which, time to pour myself another glass and get back to my reading…