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Three books I placed on reserve a while ago showed up all at once at the library today and I nearly cried. My stack of books is pretty big now and I’m reading through them in ADD fashion.

I had to spend a lot of time today updating one of my websites, which used far too much left brain power, so sitting here a making a list of my current reads is about all I have the mental energy for at the moment.

1. DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education is one of those books that is must-reading if you’re interested in higher education or have kids on the verge of going to college. I forgot to include it in the photo. Oops.

2. Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas. Dipping into Seth Godin’s books always gives me a lot of ideas.

3. KJV Giant Print Gospels and Psalms Green Hardcover. The story of how I recently acquired this Bible, and why I put drops of nag champa incense sent to me from the North Carolina mountains on one of the pages, would require a blog post of its own.

Suffice to say I’m happy to own a Bible that only has the Gospels and Psalms. I like the simplicity.

4. Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (Terry Lectures). I LOVE Marilynne Robinson’s novels Gilead and Home. I’ve always had the fear that her non-fiction would be too minds-on for me (and prove my own “absence of mind”). But when I saw this video of her interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show I put the book on reserve:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Marilynne Robinson
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

5. How Doctors Think. My daughters’ pediatric endocinologist told me this book, along with Kitchen Table Wisdom, are the two books she thinks every doctor should read.

6. Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. Fabulous eye candy in this book.

7. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. I touched on the major theme in this book here.

8. The Cloud of Unknowing. The copy in my photo is the wrong Cloud of Unknowing book. Oops. I’ll have to get the correct copy of this 14th century book about prayer and English mysticism, which was recommended by a friend.

9. Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. No, I’m not breaking up with anybody. This book caught my eye at the library because I’ve not seen one like it before and because I’ve written some blog posts about friendship lately.

10. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. I mentioned Jacqueline Novogratz in this post. This book is about how she came to start the Acumen fund, which provides microloans to entrepreneurs in third world countries.

I’m glad my youngest girls begged me to take them to Bernie’s Beach tomorrow so they can go swimming and I can sit and read.


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