Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing (2009)


Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing HarperCollins, 2009 "Examining everything from free lunches to military spending, from love to television, The Value of Nothing reveals the hidden social consequences of our global culture of 'freedom' and explains why prices are always at odds with the true value of what matters

Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing (2009)2014-03-09T19:57:20-05:00

More pleasure, please


Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006) Penguin, 2007 I included this on my list of Must Reads for the year, knowing that it would overlap with the Science Book Challenge, because I'd started it several times and had not persisted. I figured a dual incentive would seal the deal. But,

More pleasure, please2010-12-27T11:59:45-05:00

12 Days of Challenges: On the Twelfth Day


Must-Reads, Ongoing Personal Challenges On the twelfth and final day of My Twelve Days of Challenges, I'm bookchatting about what I affectionately but determinedly call my Must Reads. The current year's are listed here and there will be links to archived lists in the future. Classics: 1. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

12 Days of Challenges: On the Twelfth Day2014-03-09T19:55:13-05:00

Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)


Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) Penguin, 1978 She's "goodness made interesting". That's what Irving Howe calls Tess, the main character in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Interesting is one way to put it. Not all of his Victorian readers found it so however. His religious skepticism and his

Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)2014-03-10T19:43:19-05:00

Anthony Trollope’s The Warden (1855)


Antony Trollope's The Warden (1855) Random House, 2003 When a reading friend first got bitten by the Trollope bug a few years back, I rushed out to buy a copy of this novel, the first in his Barsetshire series; of course I intended to read it immediately, but you know

Anthony Trollope’s The Warden (1855)2014-03-09T16:06:26-05:00
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