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Books I’ve read

Not that I’ve got much time for reading inbetween study and kids – but here’s a few of my favourite non-fiction reads in the last six months.

Have just finished reading, Sex: The curious coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. A most hilarious book about the history and development of sex research and science. Not often I have read a laugh-out-loud book that also explains really well weird and wonderful things about sex.

Over Easter I finished, The Good Soldiers by Pulitzer Award winner David Finkel. I read this after hearing the guy speak on National Radio. It’s a gripping read – about American troops stationed in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 – but also quite depressing about the futility of war and the lives it ruins.

Earlier, my mother-in-law sent me The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby. A beautiful book about a French guy, a 42-year-old magazine editor, who gets “locked-in syndrome” from suffering a stroke and can only move his eyes. The book is dictated letter by letter into words by someone else. It’s about his memories, sensations and life before and after his incapacitation.

On a lighter level, I quite enjoyed Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell. I haven’t seen the movie though. It’s about her quest to cook her way through every recipe in Julia Child’s famous book The Art of French Cooking. I found though that Julie, as her own character and narrator, gets pretty annoying by the end of the book.

July 26: Was given Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein as a birthday present. Really enjoyed this, although quite a dark look at life in Japan. About a gaijin journalist reporting for a Japanese newspaper. He ends up reporting about the Yakuza, prostitution and human trafficking. Probably so interesting for me as I lived in Japan for two years.

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation in Higher Education by  Anya Kamenetz . Recommended by my lecturer. A look at the tertiary education system in the US and changes, given it is getting more and more expensive to do a degree and it is becoming more exclusive plus uneconomical. She talks about the movement towards open education. Good but very focused on the US and I think I was expecting it to have a more international reach.

Where the mountains throw their dice by Paul Hersey. Read my post to find out what I thought of this.

Recent reads from my summer 2010/11 including: Four Fish by Paul Greenberg, Life at the Extremes by Frances Ashcroft, Voyaging the Pacific by miles Hordern and Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Catherine permalink
    June 29, 2010 3:40 am

    I’m getting into this comnents thing! You should see the movie Julie and Julia – it’s good because the focus of the book is Julie, but the focus of the movie is Julia – so it’s not too similar while at the same time staying true to the book. Hey, you sound so establishment ‘husband and two kids’! And how come you put up what you read on your blog? Right, I’m going to check any more categories to see if I can make some comments!

    • June 29, 2010 7:51 am

      You obviously need to start your own blog: maybe you can call it the frustrated worker and overworked mother of three! Just decided to put books up there for something more interesting and as a reminder of what I’ve read this year.

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