A CHANCE FOR SOME RECREATIONAL READING.  The summer session is a good time to make some headway toward meeting the Fifty Book Challenge.  In the second quarter report, the links go to the review at the Challenge. Some books are particularly good (+); others particularly bad (-).
  1. Elsewhere, U. S. A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety, 24 April 2011.
  2. The Last Jew of Treblinka, 3 May 2011 (+).
  3. A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph 1862-1863, 19 May 2011 (+).
  4. In the Basement of the Ivory Tower, 25 May 2011.
  5. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, 1 June 2011.
  6. Methland: The Death and Life of An American Small Town, 12 June 2011.
  7. Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards, 19 June 2011.
  8. Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con that is Breaking America, 20 June 2011.
  9. This Land is Your Their Land, 22 June 2011 (-).
  10. Water for Elephants, 24 June 2011.
  11. Against All Enemies, 28 June 2011.

There are additional books stacked and ready for review, and the bookworm will continue to grow as summer progresses.


(Cross-posted to European Tribune and 50 Book Challenge.)


Kerry said...

Do you actually finish books you rate as particularly bad ? Perhaps so you can add to the bookworm with a clear conscience?

Stephen Karlson said...

It's good practice to read a book, or a working paper, or a candidacy exam in full before making an evaluation.

There are some books scattered around the house that may never get reviewed as I've not gotten enthusiastic enough, or disciplined enough, to finish them.