Monday, August 4, 2008
Calling All Bookworms
I've finallllly finished Deep Economy and am now sprinting my way through See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward. So far it is a little bit like PBS's series, Frontier House. It is a quick read and, while green, fairly mindless. Just what I need right now.
What's up, bookworms? Anyone got a new book they're chomping through? A new review they've posted? Wondering what to read next? Take a peek at the sidebar or throw around some ideas here.
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I just started reading Derrick Jensen's Engame: Volume 1, the problem with civilization. It's massive but beautifully written and a pretty quick read because each chapter can be read as an interlocking series of essays. The premise is that the only way to sustain the earth is to destroy civilization. I add that his definition of civilization implicitly is civilization as we know it. One weakness of the book is a uncritical romanticization the lifestyles of pre-western contact native americans and other aboriginal cultures. Definitely controversial, but very interesting reading.
I got hold of a copy of "100 years" too and have started reading it. I'm a couple chapters into it and haven't decided if I will finish it or not -- it's almost too mindless. It's a light read, though!
I haven't read anything new lately... I've been working on making an afghan for a baby shower in two weeks, so that seems to have monopolized the time I would spend reading!
I just finished reading Alan Weisman's "The World Without Us", I am a bit behind in my blog posting, but I hope to have my review up sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Susan: Sounds interesting. I've never read a review for Endgame. Donna pointed out a couple of weeks ago the dichotomy in many of these books between East/West cultures which - while technically not geographically correct here - is the same. I feel like authors tend to romanticize Native American and similar cultures and also the way of life of pioneers or during the Depression. They leave out the ugly side though. The lack of women's rights and segregation in 1940s America. The fact that pioneers used less because they had less opportunity. Etc. Interesting anyway. Thanks for sharing.
Donna: You should keep reading it! I'm not going to tell you that it gets much better but it left me with a happy feeling and a bit more thoughtful. With the speed you read, it'll only take you a couple hours.
Abbie: Hey! We all have to take a break from books everything now and then. I need to get my knitting back out as fall edges near.
Jennifer: I'm looking forward to your review. World Without Us is a book that I started and then put down and never picked back up. Not because it was boring or anything but because my list is so dang long. Should I pick it back up???? Leave a comment when you post your review so I know. ;-)
I'm reading Everyday Greatness and loving it. It isn't a Green Read, but it is a book filled with inspiring stories of regular people that make a difference in the world. Um, I needed a little chicken-soup style read to get my mojo going.
Hey Green Bean, the Review for A World Without Us is up. You can find it at http://vegncookingandotherrandommusings.blogspot.com/2008/08/julys-blogging-bookworm-review-world.html.
Awesome, Jennifer. I'll link to it on the side bar. Thank you!
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