Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Incoming Books: 17 May and Thenabouts

A number of books have wandered home with me over the past week or so, either because I found them on one of the giveaway shelves at the office (since other people send their books to us trying to get us to do something with them, we get piles of books shuffled off to giveaways regularly), or because one club or another is selling them, so I could scrounge a copy.

This doesn't include a somewhat smaller pile of kids' books I passed on to Thing 1 the other day, either; it's just what's next to the computer right now and that I hope to read someday myself.
  • Millions by Cottrell Boyce
    source of the excellent 2005 movie, which I might blog about if I get to it
  • The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinrod
    A book of interesting words and phrases from various languages.
  • The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
    Everyone I know who's read this says that it's hilarious.
  • Little Lulu Vol. 9: Lucky Lulu by John Stanley and Irving Tripp
    I've never read Lulu, but I'm willing to try -- especially since it was free.
  • Rough Crossings by Simon Schama
    A major book by a great historian -- only thing is, I have his last four books piled up next to the computer unread already...
  • The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly
    A history of unwritten and destroyed books through the ages.
  • Reporting by David Remnick
    A book of reportage by the New Yorker editor -- but you probably guessed that already.
  • The Contract with God Trilogy by Will Eisner
    I have never read Eisner, and it was either this or The Spirit -- this, I got free (such a deal!)
  • Our National Parks by Ansel Adams
    It was free, and it'll have pretty pictures. That was about the extent of my thinking.
  • The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher
    Looks like a David Macaulay book for adults, and should be interesting

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's some prime Eisner you've got there.

If you *do* decide to look into The Spirit, I'd recommend any of the DC reprints from volume 12 on up. That's where the "post-war" material starts, and is classic work.

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