I have finished the Adam Worth, master thief book and moved on to the Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. It’s pretty awesome so far! It talks about the history of literary culture there, and the fight to save manuscripts from invaders. I'm not very far in yet, but it's been really exciting and interesting to read. I will keep y'all posted as I progress!
Other nonfiction books we've read recently:
- No Bone Unturned, by Jeff Benedict. Talks about the work of a foremost forensic anthropologist, especially the enormous legal case when the federal government tried to stop study of ancient American remains, blanket claiming them as Native American. This book was fascinating, and complicated. The anthropologist himself is one of the coldest fish I've ever seen, and we spent half the book deeply disliking him, then slowly warming up as he tried to use his coldbloodedness for the power of scientific good. Definitely worth a shot! Beware though, this book is pretty harrowing at points, since this IS the guy who had to piece together the victims of the Branch Davidians shoot-out in Waco.
- Sally Heathcote: SUFFRAGETTE, by Bryan and Mary Talbot and Kate Charlesworth. This one is a comic book about the militant suffragettes of Edwardian England. Read about feminists blowing shit up, throwing axes at politicians, and getting tortured by the prison system! For real, though, it's a good book, and feels especially timely seeing how political violence seems to be on the rise. I got this book because I like Bryan Talbot, and I don't regret this decision.
- The Death of Innocents, by Richard Firstman and Jamie Talan. It's about infanticide and SIDS! Hooray, wholesome reading for the whole family to enjoy! It focuses especially on the Juanita Hoyt case, and the fascinating mythos of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome that rose up and was based on faulty science. Honestly, I found that bit more interesting than the legal case itself, especially since I could see how I could've been taken in by similar reasoning. If you're aching to read about the politics of dead babies, this book is for you!
- Carnivorous Plants, by Slack. Awesome research text on the care, identification, and behavior of carnivorous plants. Also has beautifully drawn diagrams by the author. My sole complaint is that at times, the images and text were poorly integrated, probably due to print requirements; still totally worth it though!