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Recent books

_Runaways: Dead End Kids_, Whedon (re) -- still good
_Avatar the Search 1-2_ -- okay
_Lies my teacher told me_, James Loewen -- really good. Reviewed
_Mexico: What everyone needs to know_, Roderick Ai Camp
_Anne of Green Gables_, L. M. Montgomery -- The Canadian classic. Didn't really grab me.
_A Brief History of Mexico_, Lynn Foster
_Mexico Facts and Figures, Ellyn Sanna_ -- kid's book. Mostly outlined one state after another. Claimed the Purepecha of Michoacan have an unusual language and terraces suggesting migration from Peru.
_Eyewitness Books: Axtec, Inca and Maya_ -- Eyewitness books are great in one area: lots and lots of photographs. It's like a museum in your hands.
_Alice in Puzzleland_, Raymond Smullyan -- I solved everything! In my head! Of course it does seem like the kiddie version of _What is the Name of This Book?_
_Before Columbus_, Charles Mann -- kid's version of 1491.
_Lifeways: Apache_, Raymond Bial
_The Roman Republic_, Don Nardo
_The Roman Empire_, Don Nardo -- Despite my own childhood knowledge of Roman history, I learned things. More later.

Reading or stacked up:
Hofstadter's Surfaces and Essences. Dennett's Intuition Pumps. Graeber's Debt. Stross's Neptune's Brood. Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean. Blindspot. History Lessons. Cartoon Guides to Calculus and Statistics. Women of Ancient Rome. Something on the Narragansett. Some book on Cortes's conquest.

I may triage some of those. Hofstadter has priority now, partly for being on two week loan.

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Aug. 6th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
If you really want to learn more about ancient Rome, I suggest books written by someone with an actual degree in the subject.

For example, the standard in the field on Roman women remains Roman Women: Their History and Habits by the amusingly-named JPVD Balsdon. It's hopelessly out of date historically, but it's the only thing on the subject approaching a work of scholarship to be found that wasn't written for kindergarteners.
Aug. 15th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Balsdon is Nardo's first listed reference (out of a couple dozen, modern and ancient) for _Women of Ancient Rome_, with the note of "dated by sturdy".

It's a kid's book, but I think not targeted for kindergarteners. And kids' books as a way of getting a fast survey of things is something I've thought about for a while.
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