Yay, the semester is over, so I have time for reading whatever I want to!
I finally got The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, and The Grizzly in the Southwest by David Brown--both of which I had requested at the local library. So I have started reading them both--am switching back and forth. First impressions: Dawkins has an annoyingly gushy style, and in my case he is preachin' to the choir (pun intended). However, so far I have learned a thing or two about evolutionary biology and genetics. The Grizzly book is just going to be sad, I can already tell. It is a history of the bear and its habitat right exactly where I live, and its slow and painful extermination.
I just finished a fiction book as well: The Professor's House by Willa Cather, which is our library book discussion group's selection for June. It is quite odd. It takes place in the Midwest, with the exception of a detailed story about the discovery of a cliff dwelling on a mesa in New Mexico.
On my list for summer are the following books:
Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
House of Rain by Craig Childs
Coming Home to Eat by Gary Nabhan
and OF COURSE
The Marauders by our own Robert Gay!!!
I will also probably continue reading more of T. Jefferson Parker's detective murder mysteries, all of which take place around Laguna Beach, LA, general SoCal, etc. My old stompin' grounds. That guy really has a way with words, can write any California character you can think of, from cartel boss to hippie chick, from Vietnamese immigrant to rich yachtsman. My favorite book, so far, of his is California Girl.
There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
Steal your face right off your head!