Monday, June 26, 2006

Latest additions to the book stack

I'm a few chapters from the end of President Carter's book Our Endangered Values: America's moral crisis for my book club, and I have to say: ouch, ouch, ouch. Such an indictment of our current political climate and leadership. Reminds me how much things have changed over the last 20-some years, with the religious right's rise to power. Makes a clear case for some huge changes under our current president, G.W. Bush, and exactly how they are contrary to almost all Americans' deeply held values. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Anyway, here are the books I borrowed from the library more recently.

Chez Panisse Fruit, and The Pleasures of Slow Food: Celebrating authentic traditions, flavors, and recipes. Looking further into the eat local, eat in season, eat great fresh food thing. This is the ONLY Chez Panisse book my library system has; how odd.

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An ethnobotanical guide. This is great! The first thing I thumbed to was lamb's quarters, and the writeup was really interesting.

Twilight in the Desert: The coming Saudi oil shock and the world economy. Skimming this; I don't have a desire to gain an extravagantly detailed knowledge of the production history and prospects of the huge oil fields, but there IS stuff here I want to know something about. First chapter: history of Saudi Arabia -- not all oil millionaire sheikhs. Hmmm.

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving energy independence from wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower. Still going where my curiousity leads.

The organic suburbanite: An environmentally friendly way to live the American dream. At first glance, looks like a totally lightweight and fluffy book, but I'll take a better look anyway.

I'm also supposed to read The Other Boleyn Girl for Monday's fiction book group meeting, which I might do 'cause I love that whole 1500-1680 time frame, but I'm starting to think that's one book group too many.


katie said...

Hi, Barbara. I've really enjoyed reading about how you're decreasing energy usage--a worthy goal indeed!

In addition to your hefty book selections (not so light summer reading for you!), might I recommend seeing An Inconvenient Truth? You are already so informed that you might not learn a lot of new info, but the presentation is incredibly powerful.

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

Barbara said...

Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by. I am definitely interested in seeing An Inconvenient Truth. I'll go look it up again and see when/where it'll be showing in our state. I already have a request in for the book at our library.

I hear that Mr. Gore's presentation has received all-star ratings from large portions of the scientific community. And I'm curious...

Carmen said...

I flat out LOVED the Other Boleyn girl. Very good.