New Books on Our Shelves

So I failed to keep to my Sunday posting (big surprise). Though I did do a lot of cooking recently and had a wonderful time with my family. I only hope that you also had a great Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and loved ones. Before the holiday season really rolls in and completely takes over my life and daily activities, let me pass along the titles of some books that we’ve added to our collection that look really interesting. Maybe one of these books would make a great gift for someone you love. I include for your convenience a link to the Barnes & Noble entry, so you can preview before you pick it up:

My Sister from the Black Lagoon by Laurie Fox: A novel that is supposed to read like so many of the memoirs that our students enjoy reading. Life stories filled with laughter and tragedy on the same page, and sometimes in the same sentence. 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Imagine being Clay Jensen, high school student, and finding out you may be one of the 13 reasons why a classmate took her own life. Worse than that, she left you tapes explaining her pain, and your role in her descent. Not an easy read, but a page turner nonetheless.

Evolution Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande: An interesting take on high school life that includes, as a backdrop, some of the “controversy” surrounding science education and evolution, in particular. A short novel, recommended by many young adult sites.

The US Constitution; a graphic adaptation: I know most people don’t think the Constitution makes for good reading, and they’re mostly right. But thanks to the magic of graphics, the story of how the founding fathers gathered to draft, write and pass the cornerstone of our representative republic is an easy and entertaining read.

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner: I know we’re mostly a little late on getting the “latest” books into the LMC. It’s hard to keep up with the number of titles that are published, and it’s even more difficult to know which books will be read by students, staff or faculty. This book, published in 2006, is still worth a place on your short list of non-fiction. Who would have ever thought that statistics could be so much fun?

Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: Like the book above, this one is a little late in arriving to our bookshelves, but now that it’s here, be sure you pick it up. Gladwell is an entertaining writer who works for the New Yorker and is known for his easy style and intriguing connections. In this book, he explores the idea of a tipping point in societal trends like crime, teen smoking, and hush puppy shoes.

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan: What do tulips, apples, marijuana and potatoes have in common? According to Pollan, they have all tapped into some human desire and perhaps even “chosen us” to keep watch over them. This book is an eye opening peek at the history of four plants and their relationships with humans. It may make you think in new ways about every tree that you see, every bouquet that you get, and every fruit that you bite into.


And just because it’s still the Year of Darwin, some bonus recommendations of oldies, but goodies:

Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne: If you still have any doubts about evolution after reading this book, then you’ll never accept it, so move on. Coyne’s writing is clear and accessible, but still conveys the gravity of the science behind the evidence for evolution. The convergence of information from geology, genetics, anatomy, biology, and other sciences are all gathered here and laid out as the grand witness to evolution’s truth.

Darwin Among the Machines by George Dyson: Yes, this book was published in the last century (1998) and it’s not really about “evolution” in the usual sense, but I remember it being an interesting read about our “co-evolution” with our machines. Filled with interesting anecdotes about scientists and inventors, the author attempts to show how eventually, our machines may just become another branch on the tree of life.

Hope you find something worth reading and sharing. Thank you for stopping by.

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

About htwilson

born in brooklyn, raised in queens, massachusetts, that's where I be.
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