My first new book of the year! At the end of the year, I decided to read the top book on my TBR. It was a Wendell Berry book recommended from The Constant Farmer. My library didn’t have that book, but this one looked perfect, especially since I’m teaching a People, Plants, and Places class next semester.
Genre: nonfiction farming
Length: 234 pages
Summary: Short version: Essays about farming, farmers and food Continue reading
Miss Adventure is reading this for her first Great Book of the modern era. As per usual, I read it as well so we could discuss it together.
Published: 1854 (so it’s available for free at Project Gutenberg)
Genre: nonfiction memoir
Length: 216 pages
Setting: Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, 1845-1947
Summary: Short version: A collection of essays that describe a year of Thoreau’s life on Walden Pond Continue reading
I saw this book mentioned in a book wrap-up by Gretchen Rubin. It sounded like such an interesting concept, and I really enjoyed The Secret Lives of Color. Luckily, I found a copy in my library.
Subtitle:The Twentieth Century in Color
Genre: nonfiction history
Length: 191 pages of text, 207 pages total
Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading
We hosted the author while he was on his bike tour. I was curious to see how his trip and book all turned out.
Genre: nonfiction travel memoir
Length: 257 pages
Setting: July-September, 2015, in the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York
Summary: Short version: A bike trip through the Great Lakes states interviewing people
I found this book as I was poring through the library’s catalog for physics books. I decided it would be a good pop science book for Miss Adventure to start the year with.
Subtitle: The Physics of Everyday Life
Genre: nonfiction physics
Length: 250 pages of text, 275 pages total
Summary: Short version: See the subtitle Continue reading
I watched an interview with Deanna Raybourne where she said Margaret Fountaine was her inspiration for her character Veronica Speedwell. She also mentioned how delightful Fountaine’s sketchbooks were. When I looked in my library system for anything by Fountaine, this book was the only hit. I thought it sounded interesting, and might help to scratch my travel itch.
Subtitle: The Art of Discovery & Adventure
Published: 2016 in the UK, 2017 in the US
Genre: nonfiction biography
Length: 313 pages of text, 320 pages with indices
Summary: Short version: A description of 70 explorers and reproductions from their sketchbooks Continue reading
I was looking for a graphic novel at the library and finally figured out how to search by publisher. This is useful, because I love the First Second line of graphic novels and now I can just get a list of the ones my library owns. This was the first one on the list that I wanted to read.
Subtitle: The Games People Play
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel
Length: 253 pages
Setting: mostly Russia, 1984 to today
Summary: Short version: The history behind the hit video game, Tetris Continue reading
I went through a list of First Second graphic novels and found one we hadn’t read that our library had. And yes, this actually came from the library. They’ve opened up for curbside delivery at least. As long as we know what we want, we can get books.
Genre: graphic novel YA memoir
Length: 392 pages
Setting: Mostly Austin, TX, 2000s
Summary: Short version: Tillie’s life growing up gay and a competitive figure skater Continue reading
My mother-in-law gave me this book after she read it. I read it now because it’s in my house and I haven’t read it before. Those books are few and far between at this point. The good news is the libraries are opening up next week, at least for curbside service. I just have to place holds instead of wandering the stacks.
Subtitle: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Genre: nonfiction biography
Length: 308 pages of story, 398 pages total
Setting: Washington, D. C. (mostly), 1876-1885
Summary: Short version: Garfield, a reluctant President, is shot in office and dies of infection Continue reading
The Last Word on Nothing did a recent post about Maurice Hilleman. I was so fascinated by the writeup that I put the book they mentioned on my TBR. I thought it was timely reading about the creation of vaccines while in a pandemic, waiting for a vaccine. Bonus, the library had the ebook.
Subtitle: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases
Genre: nonfiction historical science
Length: 205 pages of text, 254 pages total
Setting: 1919-2005, various locations in the U.S.
Summary: Short version: The history of vaccines, focusing on the work on Maurice Hilleman Continue reading