walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

I've Been Reading

I really have.

I enjoyed the latest Sookie Stackhouse installment from Charlaine Harris, _Deadlocked_. I'm looking forward to the series ending.

I'm not sure why I bought _Controlling Cancer: A Powerful Plan for Taking On the World's Most Daunting Disease_ by Paul and Holly Ewald. It's sort of interesting, but I don't really trust Ewald; he's kind of predictable. "It's probably caused by a virus/bacterium/helminth! So we can fix it! Yes!" That's why I'm not sure why I bought it. I got the ebook, so it was cheap and there are checkable stories in it and they don't seem to be wrong.

_1001 Solution Focused Questions_ is really good, altho I'm not sure whether it should be recommended to a general audience. Like the truly awesome _Doing What Works in Brief Therapy_, it is aimed at clinicians. But it's great: it includes sort of cookbook-y stuff for therapists to use, along with a fantastic overview of how various specific therapy approaches relate to each other (in terms of who came up with them and who influenced who and how the content overlaps and so forth). It's very rah-rah, but I expect that from client-centered/forward looking therapeutic strategies; it's part of the schtick. By Fredrike Bannink and translated from Dutch.

_Sand County Almanac_, like many collections of stuff-written-for-magazines, is uneven. Like a lot of stuff written by people who were pissed off by FDRs programs, it's a little annoying. But a few pieces are good; the rest run heavy to anthropomorphizing of animals and overwrought, sentimental, nostalgic description. This was a book club selection.

_A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929_, by Paul Conkin is unbelievably good. He merges personal experience as a kid through work as a teenager and then as an adult, all relevant to agriculture in the US. He describes farm policy in enough detail to make sense of a lot of polemic out there. And he's basically quite fair minded. In the end, he doesn't really think we can roll back all of industrial agriculture without decreasing the number of humans on the earth, so someone out there is going to be mad about him, but I'm not one of them. This is an amazing book; you should read it. Also, pictures of combines! Everyone loves those, right?
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