April 29, 2011

New to the Reading List: 29 April 2011

(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)

Aladdin's Lamp

Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World, by John Freely

Did you know that all the so-called "Great Ideas" of the Greek and Roman periods would've been completely lost to white people forever, if not for Islamic scholars translating them into their own languages, and holding on to them while Caucasians burned and raped their way through the Middle Ages? This "NPR-worthy" book apparently lays out the entire tale of what exactly happened.

The Oxford History of Britain

The Oxford History of Britain, by Oxford University Press

The last two thousand years of British history are complicated ones, so I always treasure an excuse to go over the broad strokes yet again; and here's the latest reason to do so, an "vivid, engaging" new look at the subject from the American wing of Oxford University Press, and designed specifically for Americans who don't know much about the subject.

Fairy Parties

Fairy Parties: Recipes, Crafts and Games for Enchanting Celebrations, by Colleen Mullaney

Put on my list simply because I must now see what a book like this actually looks like, this is a richly illustrated guide to throwing themed parties for five-year-old girls in which they all get to dress like fairy princesses. No, seriously.

Equations of Life

Equations of Life, by Simon Morden

Just out a few weeks ago, this post-apocalyptic noir tale is already getting great notices at Goodreads, part 1 of a trilogy that will be quickly released in full over the course of the summer.

The Summer We Read Gatsby

The Summer We Read Gatsby, by Danielle Ganek

An impulse choice at my neighborhood library earlier this week, by an author who already has an earlier novel in my reading list as well (Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him), according to the dust jacket this is a character-based dramedy about two mismatched sisters who jointly inherit a run-down cottage in Long Island, not just a story about them but a look at the entire contemporary culture of this "Martha-Stewartville" section of the New York metropolitan area. This might turn out to be bad chick-lit, so we'll see.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:35 AM, April 29, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP news | Literature |