To Be Read

Just Finished: HOUDINI, the Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.  Facinating look at the life of the great escape artist.  Don’t think they really made their case that he was a spy.

Currently reading: EMILY POST, Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge.  Who knew Emily Post spent much of her childhood playing in the base of the Statue of Liberty as it was being constructed?

Beside the bed (an incomplete list):

EVIL GENIUS, by Catherine Jinks

BITTERLY DIVIDED, by David Williams

FILTER HOUSE, by Nisi Shawl

INFOQUAKE, by David Louis Edelman

What’s on your pile?




To Be Read — 4 Comments

  1. in the queue:
    D&D 4th ed. Players Handbook
    Vorpal Blade -John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
    Break, Blow, Burn Camille Paglia
    Agent to the Stars-John Scalzi
    Your Name Here-Helen DeWitte (ebook)

    currently reading:
    Proust was a Neuroscientist-Jonah Lehrer
    Little Men (Google ebook)

  2. Just finished: Jane Mayer’s The Dark Side and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. To read: Daniel Lord Smail’s On Deep History and the Brain and Jose Saramago’s Seeing, among others.

    BTW, I highly recommend Filter House.

  3. EVIL GENIUS is kind of fun.
    Nisi has some stories on line at her website: — I got to hear her read at the pub party for Filter House; her blog says there’s going to be a video of her recent Other Change of Hobbit reading on the web, so that would be a good thing to look out for.
    Deep History is one of those books that shakes up your brain a little bit and leaves it different from when you started reading the book. The Second Brain does the same thing, as do Parasite Rex and 1491; but my favorite relatively recent book that changed some perspectives for me was The First Fossil Hunters, by Adrienne Mayor.