I’m going to try to work my way out of my current blogging slump by doing yet another Coming Attractions post. Good grief, if I can’t write about books perhaps I can remind the world I’m still reading. Who knows, maybe this will inspire me to finally get off my butt and do a little blogging!
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain – I’ve been wanting to read Shlain’s 2004 book for well over a decade but after hearing my brother-in-law rave about it over a couple of beers at a local watering hole a few weeks back I took his advice and borrowed a copy from my public library. While I’m still weighing the pros and cons of this readable and thought-provoking book let’s just say after waiting so many years to finally read it I was not disappointed.
The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions by Marwan Bishara – I kept seeing Bishara’s book at the public library but never grabbed it. Then one day my curiosity got the better of me and I secured a copy. Bishara, chief policy analyst of Al Jazeera English and the anchor of the program “Empire,” looks at the state of the Arab World, chiefly through the lens of the Arab Spring. I didn’t enjoy The Invisible Arab as much as I’d hoped but nevertheless Bishara taught me more than a thing or two.
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell – From one cable TV news host to another. Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” has written a superb book chronicling the 1968 Presidential Election and above all its lasting importance. Not only am I confident Playing with Fire will make my year-end Best Nonfiction List there’s a good chance it might end up my favorite piece of nonfiction for 2018.