May 2019 books read

  • Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History – Dan Flores, 2016. Quotes pulled, post tbd.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders, 2017. Quotes pulled, post tbd.
  • The Book of Delights – Ross Gay, 2019.
  • Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age  – Rosemary Mahoney, 1993 (later subtitle changed to The Private Lives of Irish Women). Quotes pulled, post tbd.
  • Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer, 2014. I saw the movie when it came out and then read the book (March 2018) but I had completely forgotten the experience of reading it. The Forbes Far-Out Film group watched the movie and so I picked up the book (again); it took me a while to remember I’d already read it, but the biologist’s nickname of “ghost bird” (love that!) and the Crawler generating text in the “tower” woke up the memory. I still prefer the movie but enjoyed the book enough this time that I’ll plan on reading at least the second in the Southern Reach trilogy.
  • Silence – Shūsaku Endō, 1966; translated by William Johnston. Quotes pulled, post tbd.
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker, 2017. Oh man oh man. I read William Dement’s The Promise of Sleep shortly after it came out in 1999, and it got me to change my behavior to truly prioritize sleep; the content of this book makes that one look like a mild argument in favor. Unfortunately some of the writing is a little cutesy, but my annoyance at that was totally drowned out by the galvanizing message that enough sleep daily is critical to every part of our physical and mental health. One of the few books I’ve been recommending to everyone!

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