April, 2016 Non-Fiction Titles we are reading

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April, 2016 Non-Fiction Titles we are reading

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apr 7, 2016, 3:50pm

Slowly absorbing the subtle clarity of Marilynne Robinson's Absence of Mind.

apr 8, 2016, 1:16pm

Just finished Consumed by Sarah Elton

apr 8, 2016, 1:47pm

>3 Jacksonian: I see you rated it midway. What are the book's strengths and weaknesses? Would you recommend it?

apr 10, 2016, 3:12am

>4 2wonderY: The premise of this book is that by the year 2050 our current agricultural system will be unable to feed our expected population of nine billion people worldwide. Elton's suggestions include: moving to sustainable agricultural systems, saving our heritage and landrace seeds, and adopting a more local food culture.

As far as strengths and weaknesses, the book is informative, quite interesting and although studded with statistics easy to follow along. However, Elton's first and third suggestions seem to overlap a bit and she sometimes veers too far into her "local stories." I'd recommend it if you're interested in the future of the world's fragile agriculture as well as books like The Omnivore's Dilemma and Plenty.

apr 10, 2016, 3:16am

Finished Plenty by Alisa Smith

apr 12, 2016, 9:33pm

Just finished The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs

apr 13, 2016, 9:37am

Having finished and reviewed The Shadow Club, I've now started on Natural Right and History by Leo Strauss.

apr 20, 2016, 7:19pm

apr 22, 2016, 12:45am

I recently finished Concrete Economics by Stephen S. Cohen and Brad DeLong and Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.

Current reading includes The Price of Thirst by Karen Piper and The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard Evans.

apr 23, 2016, 10:03am

Just finished Tomorrowland by Steven Kotler

apr 26, 2016, 8:36am

I'm reading Two Freedoms: Canada's Global Future by Hugh Segal

apr 26, 2016, 1:31pm

I just finished Give a Boy a Gun, which I enjoyed, and now I'm onto The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which I am FLYING through because it is such an engaging read.

apr 26, 2016, 2:23pm

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apr 27, 2016, 6:43am

I'm enjoying A Well-Rounded Life, a very good political biography.

apr 27, 2016, 5:11pm

apr 28, 2016, 12:12pm

Fascinated by the explorations and important contributions of this famous naturalist, engagingly described in The Invention Of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf.