September 2017: nonfiction

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September 2017: nonfiction

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Redigerat: sep 1, 2017, 3:04am

Pardon my precociousness {dang spelled it right the first time!} for starting the September thread since I rarely post here.

I wanted to mention I just finished reading What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri. I thought it might give me some insight in how to communicate with my Dr.s and it does explain there are actual metrics by which the medical room conversations can be measured but there is no "prescription" for the best way to facilitate the Dr./patient relationship. Dr. Ofri does explain the dynamics of the situations and presents solutions for many however.

I came across this book at a podcast of The People's Pharmacy

sep 1, 2017, 9:03pm

I've just started a re-read of Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah, under strangely embarrassing circumstances. I own the book, and read it when I first acquired it, about a decade ago. But I can't find my own copy, despite searching through many of the boxes where most of my library is currently trapped. So I used a regional inter-library loan system to borrow a copy from a nearby university library.

Anyway, it was worth the bother. I'm nearly halfway through and getting a lot out of the review.

sep 5, 2017, 5:39pm

I finished both Only One God? and The Card Catalog and posted my reviews. Soon to finish: Low Magick.

Redigerat: sep 6, 2017, 3:46pm

>3 paradoxosalpha: The Card Catalog sounds intriguing. Will have to see if I can find a copy!

Redigerat: sep 13, 2017, 11:40am

I struggled through the LTER The History of British and American Author-Publishers. If the book has a value, I suppose it's the unexplored topic but it is so poorly written, and so rife with the author's opinions that even that was lost. In her view authors who self publish are either poisoned to death or killed by malicious doctors. The final absurdity was her claim that Alice Walker's book "The Color Purple" was to blame for the incarceration rate of African Americans.

sep 13, 2017, 12:07pm

I'm reading God's Secretaries, about the creation of the King James Bible. It's excellent. I'm learning all sorts of history and theological thoughts.

sep 13, 2017, 2:12pm

>6 2wonderY: I read that, it was good. I do prefer the UK title, Power & Glory is far more evocative of the King James' use of language.

Finished Medieval Women, it was interesting, scholarly and full of further reading. However I do wish it had finished with a summary chapter to answer the opening chapter rather than just finishing. Did it answer the questions posed in the introduction? In a way, but only to say the answer lies between yes and no.

sep 13, 2017, 4:00pm

>6 2wonderY: I read that in 2003. I found it interesting.

sep 16, 2017, 5:56am

Getting excited all over again with Lisa Randall's narrative, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space. One third done, best parts yet to come.

sep 16, 2017, 10:41pm

I just finished another book of Hebrew goddess scholarship with The Cult of the Goddess Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah, and posted my review. I haven't quite decided on what I'm reading next. I've got a few article-length pieces to keep me busy until I do, and today I chanced into a copy of Astro Noise, so maybe that will be it.

sep 17, 2017, 5:38pm

>5 snash: oh dear, I won that, too.
>6 2wonderY: Isn't that a wonderful book!

sep 17, 2017, 8:45pm

>11 LyzzyBee: Maybe I'm overly critical. Others have written positive reviews so... I'll be interested to see what you think.

sep 22, 2017, 12:44pm

Finished a short book, Why Don't We Learn from History? which addresses the title question to some extent with the reasons that one would imagine. Otherwise it addresses "What can we learn from history." The author is an English military WWI historian so most examples are from that arena. Although he champions truth, his learned lessons seem to be colored by his own prejudice. Despite all, it was worth reading and food for some thought.

sep 22, 2017, 2:19pm

The ocean and its denizens have always fascinated me so I checked creatures of the deep (second edition) out of the library and am learning a lot and enjoying the amazing photographs.

sep 23, 2017, 1:43pm

Just about to start a couple of the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize books - the winner, Testosterone Rex and one of the shortlist books I Contain Multitudes. I've asked my local library to buy the other shortlisted works, but what with the current financial situation it looks unlikely.