I had an hour to kill before my writing group meeting, and being without the kids, I could indulge in browsing the stacks.
I should definitely keep the kids close to me while at the library, as they get bored and whiny by the time I get to three books, so I never go overboard.
I seriously went overboard yesterday.
1. AIDS in America by Susan Hunter
Weird pairing - Alan Cumming wrote the preface, Donald Trump wrote the forward. I think Americans today see AIDS as a chronic condition and not the epidemic it was in the 80s and early 90s. This book discusses just how wrong those assumptions are and the public health crisis brewing again.
2. High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction by Sam Skolnik.
A different take on my new interest in exploring addictions.
3. High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health by Elizabeth Grossman
This book called to me from a table top display promoting Earth week. Considering my husband and I are modest gadget people, this is a concern of mine.
4. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
A woman with a humanitarian group goes to Afghanistan after the war starts in 2001. This is a memoir of her time there and the stories from the Afghani women she befriended.
5. Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson
I know of Robinson due to his constant presence on Keith Oberman's "Countdown" show back in the early and mid 00s. I really liked to hear Robinson speak and his ideas, even when I disagreed with him.
6. Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips
I am reading the updated version (2009). It is on the financial meltdown of 2006-2008 and the beginnings of President Obama's tenure. The blurb by Bill Moyers sealed my decision to pick this up.
7. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
Finally getting around to reading this! the original.
8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Finally getting around to reading this! the sequel.
9. Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the right) Attitude by Shannen Doherty
I admit to being a fan of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, although none of the "heart throbs" from that show was a crush of mine. I loved Doherty on that show and the seasons she portrayed Pru on Charmed. So when I came across this book, I had to pick it up.
10. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
Because Overdrive is still showing The Big Short as unavailable/checked out, I decided to pick up something else by Lewis. Call it the movie effect, but I want to read all the books by Lewis. This books deals with electronic micro-day trading (aka flash trading) that has had more than a few hiccups that affected the stock markets.
11. Caffinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter
Finally getting around to reading this! the trilogy.