Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So many books
If you still haven't finished your holiday shopping, here are a few more ideas from my FAVE list.
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
The strange loop is the "self" constantly changing through "feedback" in the form of relationships, meditations, emotions. This is not a quick read, but the concepts Hofstadter introduces are intriguing.
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz
I've blogged about Frances Gessner Lee, the woman who used meticulously crafted miniatures to teach law enforcement professionals how to analyze a crime scene, long before CSI. This book has wonderful close-up photos of Lee's miniatures and a story for each scene.
Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in the Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous and Ann Goldstein
This story is about people of different cultures, living in Rome, miscommunicating because of language and cultural conventions, centered around the elevator in their building and what it means to each character. An odd mystery, but a great read!
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbuilt.
The sub-title says it all!
All the DEXTER books by Jeff Lindsay.
What's not to love about this serial killer with a strict code of justice? I love both the books and the TV show. It's the only TV show I watch without multi-tasking. No knitting, folding flyers, putting stamps on promo material, or sorting through correspondence during this one.