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A Problem from Hell by
Call Number: HV6322.7 .P69 2002
Publication Date: 2002-02-20
Particularly as I try and wrap my head around what is going on in Syria I find the first book which is now a classic by the recently appointed American ambassador to the UN to be a good reminder of the dangers of mass violence, while the next two on a deeply personal and more global scale remind us that violence need not be inevitable.
The Better Angels of Our Nature by A provocative history of violence--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank Slate Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.
Call Number: HM1116 .P57 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-25
Second Simplicity by
Call Number: PQ2603.O533 A25 2011
Publication Date: 2012-01-24
My Struggle by At eighteen years, old Karl Ove moves to a tiny fisherman's village in the far north of the arctic circle to work as a school teacher. No interest in the job itself, his intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine. He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals, and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls. But as the darkness of the long arctic nights start to consume the landscape, Karl Ove's life takes a darker turn. His writing repeats itself, his drinking escalates to some disturbing blackouts, his attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation and shame, and to his distress, he also develops romantic feelings towards one of his students. Along the way, there are flashbacks to his high school years and the roots of his current problems. Ever present is the long shadow cast by his father, whose own sharply increasing alcohol consumption serves as an ominous backdrop to the author's lifestlye.
Call Number: PT8951.21.N38 M5613 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
The Gallery by
Call Number: PS3503.U6385 G3 2004
Publication Date: 2004-03-31
Ten White Geese by
Call Number: PT5882.12.A55 O4913 2012
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
Necessary Errors by
Call Number: PS3603.R359 N43 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Call Number: PS3554.R84 P33 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Call Number: PQ6621.A38 N3 1946
The translation in English is also called Nada, and the translator is Edith Grossman. It's a bleak but beautifully written portrait of postwar Spain. It's also often called a bildungsroman.
Stars and Their Spectra by
Call Number: QB871 .K33 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-28
If you know a little bit about stars, this is a lovely book to learn more about their astounding variety and complexity. It hits a level in between the usual pop science books, and actual physics textbooks.
Journey into Gravity and Spacetime by
Call Number: QB334 .W49 1999
Publication Date: 1999-06-07
This is another book that hits a level above the generalities of pop science, but not requiring special physics or mathematics knowledge. If you read this, you will really understand something about general relativity and the curvature of space.
Unknown Quantity: Real and Imaginary History of Algebra by
Call Number: QA151 .D47 2006
Publication Date: 2006-06-02
The author is an objectionable human being, so don't buy this book. But you should borrow or steal it, for its rich mix of historical narrative and fascinating mathematical detail.
The Ethics of Ambiguity by
Call Number: BJ1063 .B38213 2015
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Changed my life. Recommended to me by Marilyn LaFay.
Men We Reaped by
Call Number: PS3623.A7323 Z46 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
A memoir dealing with history, racism, poverty, and the haunting deaths of young black men, all before the age of 30, in southern Mississippi, told by a woman who had to speak to this loss.
The Goldfinch by
Call Number: PS3570.A657 G65 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
The Good Lord Bird by
Call Number: PS3613.C28 G66 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-20
The 2013 National Book Award winner narrated by an escaped slave boy disguised as a girl.
Action Philosophers! by
Call Number: B72 .V3945 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-11
A graphic novel about history's greatest thinkers. (with apologies to your philosophy professors)
The Guns of August by
Call Number: D530 .T8 1962
Publication Date: 2004-08-03
Barbara Tuchman’s classic about the first World War, Pulitzer Prize winner. JFK was a fan, and allegedly considered the book important enough to give copies to his cabinet and military advisers.
The Sea by
Call Number: PR6052.A57 S43 2005
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Beautiful Ruins by
Call Number: PS3573.A4722834 B43 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-12