Monday, November 21, 2011

Bibliophile: Don't Want No 18th century Short People

Books. Books, Books, Books.

Food : from farm to fork statistics. Luxemburg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Did you know 41% of the family labor force for European farming is provided by women? It's true.

Book forged in hell : Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age / Steven Nadler.
Good title, though I was expecting the Necronomicon.

Canada's 10 least wanted foodborne pathogens. [Ottawa] : Canadian Food Inspection Agency, c2011.
Sadly, the sequel, Canada's 10 most wanted foodborne pathogens, sold very poorly.

Walt Disney on the front lines [videorecording] : animation from 1941-1945 / produced by Buena Vista Home Entertainment in association with David A. Bossert and Kurtti Pellerin ; producer and writer, Leonard Maltin.
This could be very interesting. I remember being fascinated as a kid by a video we got somehow of a 1940s cartoon where Scrooge convinces Donald to invest in war bonds.

Blood, sweat and cheers : sport and the making of modern Canada / Colin D. Howell. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2001.
I imagine there's a lot of hockey in here. Like, a lot a lot. Hopefully the fierce, gripping sport of curling gets its fair shake as well.

Crass struggle : glitz, greed, and gluttony in a wanna-have world. Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011. Naylor, R. T.
It's been a while since I finished "Evil Paradises," and I could go for something that will fuel my inner Marxist rage.

Onward : how Starbucks fought for its life without losing its soul. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. : Wiley & Sons, 2011. Schultz, Howard
...Starbucks has a soul? So yeah, here's a book on the history and goals of Starbucks written by its CEO. Now my inner Marxist is scared.

Your call is (not that) important to us : customer service and what it reveals about our world and our lives / Emily Yellin. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, c2009.
As someone who now has a rhetorical stake in instruction manuals, I find this line of thought fascinating.

First 60 seconds : win the job interview before it begins / Dan Burns. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2009.
Now that's crafty marketing. I bet he got a five-book deal to cover the next four minutes.

Greenback planet : how the dollar conquered the world and threatened civilization as we know it / H.W. Brands. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011.
So can you tell yet that the local business college just made some big purchases?

Connected : the surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives : how your friends' friends' friends affect everything you feel, think, and do. 1st Back Bay pbk. ed. New York : Back Bay Books, 2011.
Okay, two subtitles is cheating.

Making is connecting : the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 / David Gaunlett. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2011.
Reading YouTube : the critical viewers guide / Anandam Kavoori. New York : Peter Lang, c2011.
No jokes here; these two would probably be useful to read for my pop culture class next semester, and I want to make a mental note to come back to them.

Host in the machine : examining the digital in the social. Witney, Oxford, UK : Chandos Pub., 2010. Thomas-Jones, Angela.
This, on the other hand, gets points for the pun. I can't believe that's the first time I've seen that variation.

Designing culture : the technological imagination at work / Anne Balsamo. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2011.
And I know enough about Balsamo to know that when a new book of hers comes out, it's worth paying attention to. Consider the mental note extended. (Sidenote: looking for her wikipedia page, I was informed that it didn't exist, and that I might be really looking for "anna balls." Which also doesn't have a page that exists. Stop helping, Wikipedia.)

Digital fandom : new media studies / Paul Booth. New York : Peter Lang, c2010.
Okay, university library system, if you're just going to present me with book after book of material that's incredibly relevant to my area of research, then this is going to take all day.

Not quite adults : why 20-somethings are choosing a slower path to adulthood, and why it's good for everyone / Rick Settersten and Barbara E. Ray.
This doesn't apply to ME, clearly, but... it might help shed some life on... a friend... of a friend... yeah...

How to build your own country / written by Valerie Wyatt ; illustrated by Fred Rix. Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, c2009.
Mostly, I mention because a 40 page educational book clearly written for children has been filed between "Morality, leadership and public policy : on experimentalism in ethics" and "Globalization and human rights in the developing world." Sometimes, the Library of Congress gets whimsical.

Free for all : fixing school food in America / Janet Poppendieck. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
Seems somewhat topical, what with the "pizza is a vegetable" ruling and all.

Intern nation : how to earn nothing and learn little in the brave new economy. London ; New York : Verso, 2011.
Skills for the modern worker! Also, I appear to be back in the business section.

Prairie fabric : architectural intensification in Saskatoon / by Logan Kari Hepworth. Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo, 2011.
As a Saskatchewanier, this one had to get a mention. And congratulations to Logan Hepworth for completing his thesis. If I could only read one book on Saskatoon housing, this'd be it.

Media, masculinities, and the machine : F1, transformers, and fantasizing technology at its limits / Dan Fleming and Damion Sturm.
I don't even *like* Transformers (not part of my childhood culture), but yes, I would still like to read a book analyzing its masculinity.

Encyclopedia of the vampire : the living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture
Joshi, S. T., 1958.
Someone I know, but can't remember, is giving a paper on vampires in the near future. Maybe if they're reading this, (or more likely, someone who reads this knows who I'm talking about, and can tell me who the person is) they'll find this useful.

Kiss my relics : hermaphroditic fictions of the middle ages / David Rollo.
No interest in the topic, but good title.

Looney tunes golden collection.
Rabbit of Seville, Duck Amuck (which was actually adapted into a videogame), and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century? Yes, please.

Secret identity reader : essays on sex, death and the superhero / Lee Easton, Richard Harrison.
The super hero stuff will pretty much always get a nod with me.

Straight from the heart : gender, intimacy, and the cultural production of shōjo manga / Jennifer S. Prough.
I've watched every episode of Gossip Girl and My Little Pony. Is it any surprise I'd be a fan of manga designed for teenage girls?

Little everyman : stature and masculinity in eighteenth-century English literature / Deborah Needleman Armintor.
As an amateur 18th centurist, I'm intrigued. As a vertically challenged individual, I'm offended.

Dinosaur vs. bedtime / Bob Shea.
The epic battle.

Chinnovation: how Chinese innovators are changing the world / Yinglan Tan.
That title sounds kind of racist.

Later Days.


Library Diva said...

I liked the title of the post because when I worked in the museum field, I spent a significant amount of time attempting to destroy the myth that "people were shorter back then" (they were a little bit, but only an average of an inch or so. Not enough to affect the design of furniture and the architecture of buildings).

The post made me laugh though. Not sure where you got the titles of all these books from, but it definitely inspired me to try something similar on my own blog. I'm always searching for ideas!

Person of Consequence said...

I've been regularly scanning the titles of new books at my university library for a weeks now, in case anything useful or interesting arrives. I thought that by taking the more interesting titles and riffing on them quickly in a blog, I could write up a post and preserve my findings at the same time. Killing two books with one stone, if I can mix a metaphor.

I'm glad you liked the post; it's a new segment type for me, but I like the way it's encouraging some off-the-cuff reactions.