Saturday, May 05, 2012

Reading Sidebar Update

My reading list on the right sidebar has been updated.

Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality - Hannah Holmes. Julie and I read this on our commute to work. In addition to containing research on neurology I found the glimpse into mice research labs most interesting.

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina. Another commute read with Julie. John Media was the keynote speaker at a conference I attended in Nashville in March. He is an entertaining speaker and his book was an entertaining read.

Social Intelligence: The Revolutionary New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goldman. Julie and I began this book earlier this week.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. A coworker recommended this book. Julie and I will start it later this month.
The War Journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause: The Firsthand Account of One of the Greatest Escapes of WWII by Damon Gause. I bought this book based on its size and weight to take on a backpacking trip. Not the greatest book but enjoyable at the end of a tiring day.

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Normal and Elizabeth M. Normal. This book was a concession to the enjoyment of the previous book. I wanted another WWII book. I think it's the first WWII book I've read that was co-authored by a married couple.

Grey Seas Under: Heroic Adventures of a Gallant Ship and the Brave Men Who Battle the Cruel Sea by Farley Mowatt. I'd seen this book on the shelves in different locations and wasn't sure about its classification. I discovered it in the WWII history section but it was misplaced. Regardless it caught my attention. I've read a few of Mowatt's books and decided to give it a try. It was most enjoyable. I'm going to look for another of his books.

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett. I bought this book today. I enjoyed an archeology book a few months back and went in search of another. This is not archeology but was on a shelf near archeology and looks intriguing.  From the back cover:
Daniel Everett recounts the astonishing experiences and discoveries he made while he lived with the Piraha, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil.
Daniel Everett arrived among the Piraha with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications. The Piraha have no counting system, no fixed terms for color, no concept of war, and no personal property. Everett was so impressed with their peaceful way of life that he eventually lost faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them, and instead devoted his life to the science of linguistics. Part passionate memoir, part scientific exploration, Everett's life-changing tale is a riveting look into the nature of language, thought and life itself.


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