Books I Missed Reading In 2015

These are books I have not had the opportunity to read in 2015 but look very interesting, so hopefully I will get to them soon!!!

The Fly Trap Fredrik Sjoberg

The author is an entomologist and studies hoverflies in his native Sweden. I don’t have a clue what a hoverfly is and I am not sure if it really is a main part of the story. The author examines himself and entomology in general in why he does what he does and explores the beauty of small things. This, for some reason, looks very appealing to me from the standpoint of why someone does what he does and attempts to understand it. I suppose I have the same problem and concerns.

Here are some reviews:

From The New York Times

Another From The Guardian

And From The Swedish Review

Ghettoside: A True Story Of Murder In America Jill Leovy

Based in South Los Angeles, and unfortunately a pattern in America that is become too common, a young black man is shot on the sidewalk near his home and his assailant jumps in a nearby SUV and drives away most likely thinking that he would never be caught. But John Skaggs, a detective is assigned to the case and this book moves at a quick pace in describing what has become a tragic and as I mentioned earlier too common occurrence in American life. This interests me from the point of view that we are considering building a new jail here in Madison County, TN and I hope this book gives me some insight.

Here are some reviews:

The New York Times

From The LA Times

And The Washington Post

Check out this video featuring the author:

Neurotribes: The Legacy Of Autism And The Future Of Neurodiversity Steve Silberman

This is the winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction and explores autism and our understanding, acceptance of autism and how we can better integrate this part of our society more fully. Silberman uncovers the underbelly of autism research and its history and the great strides we are making to have full acceptance of this bewildering cognitive difference in humans.

Here are some reviews:

From The New York Times

From The Guardian

From The Blog Marginal Revolution

Here is a video to check out:

The Prize: Who’s In Charge Of America’s Schools? Dale Russakoff

The author shows us the aftermath of Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million pledge to the Newark, New Jersey school system and even with the support of governor Chris Christie and mayor Cory Booker, the education professionals in Newark protect their turf at all costs. Russakoff shows how the teachers in the trenches and the students, who battle with poverty and violence fare. I am looking forward to reading this and seeing what is happening in America’s education battle. Is their a need for more money? What is the answer?

Some reviews:

From The Chicago Tribune

The New York Times

From GettingSmart.com

Here is an interview with the author, Dale Russakoff:

The Shape Of The New: Four Big Ideas And How They Made The Modern World Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot

The authors explore four big ideas that came out of the Enlightenment: freedom, equality, evolution and democracy and how the men such as Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Darwin and Karl Marx used their thinking in moving mankind forward. The book argues that we must understand the history of these ideas and how these thinkers and their writings put these ideas in place and for us to continue to move forward with these ideas we must understand how they came into being and their history.

Some Reviews:

From PublishersWeekly.com

From The New York Times

Kirkus Reviews

SPQR: A History Of Ancient Rome Mary Beard

This exhaustive history of Rome by the author is a tribute to research in understanding how Rome came into being from a village in Italy to over one million residents during this time period. It explores the evolution of thinking and how the government shaped Europe, North Africa, and The Middle East during this period as well as it explores the thinking of the people about democracy, inequality and entire groups of people that have not been heard from in this period about Rome. I am excited about reading this because, I hope, it will give me some new perspectives about how I think about Rome and its people.

A review:

A Review From The Guardian

A video from the author, Mary Beard:

$2.00 A Day: Living On Almost Nothing In America Kathryn J. Edin And H. Luke Shaefer

When I read the title of this book, I assumed it was a misprint. I had no concept that over 1.5 million American households survive at this level of subsistence. Absolutely incredible!!!. The authors give us evidence that a low-wage does not even come close to being able to provide for families in America. Of the seven books, that I found that I needed to read here, this is number one on my list!!!

Here are some reviews:

Mother Jones

The Huffington Post

Here is a video from one of the authors, Kathryn J. Edin

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