book stack – wish stack

on my current book stack:

The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein: Book Cover

book one – The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein

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.

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nationbook two – The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution by David Kamp

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.  

Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients Into Your Cooking Cover

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.


5 thoughts on “book stack – wish stack

  1. especially interested in the digital age one. i see the effects in myself and i’m over thirty but i really see them in my nieces and nephews. scary.

    seems like you are weathering the ambiguity well, my friend…let’s talk soon!


  2. Thanks for the book recommendations. I appreciate you bringing up the issue of slavery in your last few posts. It has me thinking. It seems to be a topic that is getting more attention. On the Diane Rheam (sp?) show on NPR yesterday she covered this topic.

    I am also a sucker for books on the history of food. I picked up “Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light” by Mort Rosenblum at the library this week, and I am planning on reading a little bit on my weekend (!) getaway (!) to Charleston (!). I’m a wee bit excited.

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