More recent reads … fiction, fish, food, & foreign

Okay, it has been awhile since I have updated on what books I have recently been reading …

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – Yes, for the first time in a really long time, I read a work of fiction that was written less than five decades ago!  I read this book because we were going to have book club and it is one of Jill’s favorite works.  Honestly, it is a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in great storytelling, historical fiction, and strong female characters.
  • Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg – A great work about the last frontier of food … the ocean!  The author knowledgeable and effectively writes about the effects that humans have had (and are having) on four main species of fish – salmon, tuna, bass, and cod.  This self-referential work (he realizes that he is writing about food at a time when everyone is writing about food) is a great example of the work produced when people are passionate about their subject.  An easy read with strong opinions on the types of seafood we should consume.
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler – This book promises a lot, delivers on mouth-watering food descriptions, finely defines the various problems, and is a failure on style!  With too many short chapters, I found this book’s organizational and information structure jumpy and annoying.  It is a well-informed book but not very well-written.
  • Shaping the Humanitarian World by Peter Walker – Read for tutoring … not my type of book.  Good coverage of the various actors in the humanitarian project and worth reading to learn about them and their actions.  Some history but main focus is current world.

Now, off to the library to find some more reading material …