To-read

My to-read list. Recommendations happily accepted! For right now, they come from things on my bookshelf that I feel guilty about not having read.

Since this list grows faster than I can possibly read it, and I read a lot that never makes it to the list, I am now crossing read books off so that I feel better about myself.

Gender and sexuality
-“Sexing the Body”, Anne Fausto-Sterling
– “Gender Trouble”, Judith Butler
– “The History of Sexuality,” Foucalt (I’ve never finished it. Don’t tell!)
– “Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word)”, Thea Hillman
-Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D.: Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of the Two Sexes.

Teaching
– “Savage Inequalities”, Kozol
– “We Make the Road by Walking”, Myles Horton and Paulo Freire
-Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, Updated Edition by Lisa Delpit

Science/history/culture
– Some sort of “everything you eat is disgusting” expose like “Fast Food Nation”, “Much Depends on Dinner”, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”
“Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers”, Mary Roach
“Boink: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex”, Mary Roach
-The Starvation Experiment, Todd
-On Monsters
-Spirit and Flesh, Life in a Fundamental Baptist Church

Race/ethnicity/color
– “Mistaking Africa”
-“Our Kind of People” Otis Graham
-Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, by Patricia Hill Collins
-Life on the Color Line
-Where White Men Fear to Tread

Fiction/literature
-The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, A.J. Jacobs
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks
-The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A.J. Jacobs
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
-The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
-Arundhati Roy’s The G-d of Small things
– “Fox Girl” by Nora Okja Keller
– “Beloved”, Toni Morrison
– “Zami: A New Spelling of my Name”
“The Color Purple”, Alice Walker
-“Timequake”, Kurt Vonnegut
– “Watership Down,” Richard Adams

  1. February 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    That’s hilarious. The book I suggested is on your “To read” wall. Oh well.

  2. November 2, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I really like your book blog and your writing style. It is exactly fun. And smart of course. I found your site because I just read Dave Egger’s short story in the voice of Steven the Dog. Actually, it was the letters he writes to executives in the short story collection Burned Children of America. Strange title for a book but it’s good. Anyway, I’m talking fast like a dog because that diction is in my head. Hopefully you are well. If you’d like to talk with me at all you can reply to me at enemytree@yahoo.com. m-mollye.

  3. March 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Both of those A.J. Jacobs books are niche memoirs, not fiction!

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