22 September 2006

Off the Library Cart (1491) 9/22/06

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann- I finished this book yesterday after a slow and leisurely reading. I very much enjoyed it. Mann goes through the current debates surrounding the population of the Americas before Columbus, the technological advances and level of civilization of the American Indians, and their control or lack of control over the environment. I was aware of many of these debates and this book brings many of them together nicely. And as always, what you learned in your high school history book hardly scratches the surface of the wonder and diversity that was ancient America. Highly recommended.

I didn't finish anything else this week, I'm still halfway through The Living by Annie Dillard and may or may not finish it (although her writing is excellent). Here are the others waiting in the wings:

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolman

Strength and Honor: The Life of Dolley Madison by Richard N. Cote

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley

The Balkans: A Short History by Mark Mazower

Those Who Love by Irving Stone

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia by Tom Bissell

Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant edited by John Gee and Brian Haugild

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for turning comments back on... :)

    That one (1491)'s been on my list for a while. Good to know you liked it. I'll be interested to see what you think of Rough Stone Rolling (another one on my long list...)