June 2018 books read

  • Vacationland – John Hodgman, 2017 – Funny, touching, local relevance
  • Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things – Amy Dickinson, 2017 – I met Dickinson at a Susquehanna County Library author’s luncheon for Mighty Queens of Freeville. She’s charming and I enjoyed this one too, but it’s a little choppy structurally.
  • The Three Body Problem – Cixin Liu, 2007 – Weird but interesting.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon, 2003 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2010
  • GerminalÉmile Zola, 1885 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery, 1908 – re-read for the umpteenth time after watching episode 1 of the “Anne with an E” reboot (which is very good).
  • Ask a Manager – Alison Green, 2018 – I’m a huge fan of the blog and this captures its fundamental messages–concise and useful but not as entertaining, although some AAM classic letters are excerpted.
  • How to be an Adult:  A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration – David Richo, 1991
  • The Best of Jack Vance – Jack Vance, 1976 – Re-read; I love Vance’s style, although he’s maybe fading a little on my palate with time. I used to think “The Moon Moth” was one of the most satisfying stories ever; still pretty darn good!
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – Dan Harris, 2014 – I’d been meaning to read this for several years and finally got around to it. A little more memoirish than I expected and much more focused on meditation (I think I had it confused with Dan Gilbert type books), but it helped me finally get serious about a meditation practice myself, just in time to make it my “re-wirement challenge” for the Yale Science of Well-Being class (highly recommend!)

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