The End of Policing (A. Vitale) Vitale lays out the case for moving funds and responsibilities from policing. It's not a particularly well written book, but states the case for "de-funding" reasonably well. Despite the title, he simply envisions a more focused, less confronting role.
May - Jun
Obama - An Intimate Portrait (P. Souza) Souza was the official White House photographer during the Obama administration, and this is a collection of his work. Damn, I miss Obama. The book was a gift from a couple of Christmases ago that I hadn't gotten around to going into. VERY nice!
The Big Over Easy (J. Fforde) No, I spelled that name right. The book is even stranger than the spelling of the author's name. It's the tale of Humpty Dumpty's death after falling off a wall, as investigated by the Nursery Crimes Division of the Police Department. Inspired lunacy, and much needed for my psyche.
Mar - Apr
The Honor of the Queen (D. Weber) I went into a funk when the whole corona thing went down and found "The Real Population Bomb" to be exactly what I didn't want. I turned to this second book in the series I'd started (see below). More escapist fun. Thanks again, Linda.
The Real Population Bomb (P. H. Lotta & J. F. Miskel) I've always wanted to read the original Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich to see where he went wrong (or was he just jumping the gun?) This looked like a similar doom and gloom, but I found it much different and going in a direction I didn't want to go. I stopped rather than punish myself.
DVD - Understanding the Quantum World (E. W. Carlson) I got lost and gave up. I want to try again, but this time be more active, reading the book before viewing a chapter. I swear, I'm smart enough.
Jan - Feb
Mobituaries (M. Rocca) I saw an interview of author Mo Rocca plugging this book and it sounded fascinating. It was even better than I was hoping for. It's both humorous and very educational. Rocca writes obituaries (short bios) of many people I never heard of but should have, new takes on people whose names I knew, and even concepts, trends, etc. that have long since died (disco!) Strongly recommended.
On Basilisk Station (D. Weber) The first in a series of sci-fi adventures about a ship set up for failure on a mission set up for failure and the captain who through strength of will makes a success of it all. Given to me for Christmas by niece Linda Lots of fun! (Thanks again, Linda.)
A Gentleman in Moscow (A. Towles) A Christmas gift from my sister in law Alice who always recommends great books, this is a novel about Russia just after the revolution and an aristocrat who manages to survive execution. I've only just started, but the writing is excellent and I'm looking forward to getting into this NY Times best-seller.
Shin the Scholar - 2020
Last update: July 4, 2020
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