Books Of Interest October 30, 2013

Moss and Leigh Fermor pictured in German unifo...

Moss and Leigh Fermor pictured in German uniforms ready for their abduction of General Kreipe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a number of books that I thought might be interesting to the readers of our blog:

The Beast: Riding The Rails And Dodging Narcos On The Migrant Trail     Oscar Martinez

This is a moving account of the hardship and misery of Central American migrants as they struggle against insurmountable odds to come to the United States. I love books like this where people face unbelievable challenges to get what they want out of life. I am definitely putting this in my pile!

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools And The Mad Pursuit Of Life On Earth     Richard Conniff

Richard Conniff tells the story of amateur naturalists in the 18th and 19th century who explored the globe in pursuit of new life forms. I had recently read where they had discovered a new ant species and I wonder how many more species are in our world to discover, especially in the depths of the oceans.

Great American City: Chicago And The Enduring Neighborhood Effect     Robert J. Sampson

This book is thought-provoking in the sense that it causes us to think about our neighborhoods and the effect it has on us. This reminded me of Jane Jacobs and what I am currently reading on the subject of emergent behavior and complex adaptive systems.

Focus     Daniel Goleman

The author, who wrote the bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, brings to the reader a subject that has previously been under discussed. He brings attention research to the forefront and discussed three aspects: inner, outer and other focus. He explains that to reach our potential that we need all three types of focus and gives the reader practice exercises to move them forward. I am embarrassed to say I have not read Emotional Intelligence. Any readers have comments on that book?

Love And Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality     Edward Frenkel

This book shows the author’s passion and quest in understanding the beauty of mathematics while also showing how mathematics is intertwined in our lives and culture. The author, through the reviews I have read, shows a tremendous passion and heart for his subject. I hope all readers can have that passion for something in their lives.

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure     Artemis Cooper

At the age of eighteen, Mr. Fermor decided to walk across Europe, through nine countries and over the next year also learned three languages. With the discovery of that it made me put this on my evergrowing pile of books. I am really enjoying reading biographies and memoirs of people I have never heard of. I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and read something or about someone that you have little knowledge.

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