by Doctor Science
What I'm reading now and hope to post about soon:
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution By Francis Fukuyama. I may have to do a Read and Rant Along With Me! post (or series), because it's (a) an important, widely-read book, (b) in one of my favorite fields, rollerskate-history, (c) that has a pretty good take on a bunch of things, (d) but also some parts that make me go WTF?!? and want to argue with him. At length.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. The best kind of history book: it makes my own life and times more understandable. Also, with all these 60s-wayback-machine shows (Mad Men and its ilk), someone could make a GREAT TV show about the Migration. Probably on HBO, because of "language".
Other books I've recently finished:
Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway by Frank Schaeffer. I really love seeing someone grow and change their mind.
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter. Parts are *fascinating* and informative, others are seriously weak (e.g. no consideration of "passing", nothing on Hispanics as a "race").
The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual—and the Modern Home Began by Joan DeJean. Another history book that tells where our default assumptions come from, in this case about what kinds of things we need in a home.