on my current book stack:
the title basically explains it all for this book. i’m about 2/3 of the way through this book but have read in a few reviews that it really gets good in the last third. so far bauerlein has discussed study after study that shows that those under 30 (i’m one of those, by the way), on the whole, are not demonstrating the intellectual depth of previous generations. at fault? the dependence of parents, teachers, and politicians on the promises that the advances of the digital age will produce an intellectually advanced generation. no where does bauerlein say that technology is bad. what is bad is assuming that kids and young people can figure out on their own the best way to use and not use technology, particularly in regards to education.
i’m a sucker for books about the history of food. this one traces the history of american food and its culinary development. kamp is a good writer, even though he wanders into gossipy territory a bit too often, and focuses on the emergence of a food culture in the 20th century.
book three – Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways To Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson
yes, it’s a cookbook, but it is also a great read. in the beginning of the book swanson gives great advice on how to build a healthy pantry and incorporate more whole foods into your diet. she also makes ingredients like agave, amaranth, and teff less intimidating. the recipes i’ve made so far have been wonderful, too – crunchy, creamy white beans with swiss chard and a clementine, kumquat, and celery salad. i also took her up on her suggestion to add coconut milk, mango, and banana to my steel cut oats – so good.
and on my book wish stack:
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang. i am quite excited to read this book. i saw the authors speak at a colloquium about immigration reform and was impressed by their biblical approach to the immigration debate.
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner. this book seems like it will be a good follow-up to Not For Sale. as heart-wrenching as it can be to read such books, i’ve found that i need to read several books on such a topic to really let the issue sink in and make me want to act. knowing more about a situation such as slavery makes it harder to just ignore it.