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try to catch the deluge in a paper cup

I wrote this list in a comment to peacey, and I figured I'd post it here, too, to rec them and also to remind everyone that yes, I am the dorkiest dork in Dorkdom.

Books I'm currently reading (as in, have actually picked up and read from in the last month or so):

Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis by James Roger Sharp - I'm reading this one way too slowly. It's loaded with good stuff, but I keep picking inconvenient times to read it.

John Adams by David McCullough. The minuscule amount I know about this man is embarrassing. This is a very good book, so I will not be embarrassed for long.

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam - A rec from someone on book_memes. I've been devouring it; it's fascinating, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at the same time.

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan - Decided I should know more about Islam considering all the kerfuffle these days. I picked this one because of good reviews (and the fact that it was written by an American secular Muslim and not some random non-Muslim historian) and I haven't been disappointed. So far it's a very well-written overview. I'm not only learning stuff I never knew at all, but I'm finding that if Reza Aslan wrote a menu I'd read it, because he's just that good. I can't wait to read his other books.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King - rereading the series. I have already gone on and on and on about how much I love it in previous posts.

Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring by Jean Watson - Bought this one to read for a class and fell in love with Jean Watson and her theories. I've put it away until later, though, because I used it to write a paper and don't want to be reminded of the whole paper-writing thing. Good book, though, so far.

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block - I had started to read this last year and it made me depressed, so I stopped. Now I'm reading it for my CBE/Doula course and it's actually very interesting (although it's still angry-making, which is its intent).

The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus- This is what got me rereading the books. It's been on my shelf forever; it's a great resource for us gimme-all-the-details geeks, as well as anyone who's read the series and is interested in how a story gets formulated, written, and published.

Canadians by Roy MacGregor - Bought this at Chapters in Toronto, on impulse. I've been semi-devouring this one, too, because I'm a sucker for stories about the everyday history of a people.

Flames Across the Border by Pierre Berton - Another Chapters purchase, this one planned. I've been meaning to read Pierre Berton's histories for some time but never got around to ordering any of the books. This one is about the War of 1812, about which I know very little. Barely into this one. It's another one of those books that's so choc-full that I reread whole paragraphs to make sure I didn't miss anything. I think I need to read more about the American Revolution before I finish it; 1812's roots are firmly planted there.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman - The well-known classic about the outbreak/first few weeks of the Great War. It reads like a novel; I really need to get it out of the car and actually finish it.

And those are only the books I've read from in the last month-ish, most of which have languished a bit due to school.

ETA: I forgot The Essential Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks. If you haven't experienced Rumi, you should. As in everyone. There's something for everyone in Rumi's poetry. I've taken to reading a poem or two before bed (although I've been lax the last couple of weeks--must restart, for it is awesome indeed).
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