Books I've Read for School [College Edition]

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  • The Jew Store by Stella Suberman
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • The Wild West: The Mythical Cowboy & Social Theory by Will Wright
  • Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin - Everyone in my class hated this. They said it was dry and really really boring. I, on the other hand, was fascinated by it. I loved reading it. I drove my sister crazy talking about Ben Franklin. I wrote down quotes from the book so that I would remember them later. I even made Ben my new hero - my new plan is to just learn everything I can so I can be educated in a ton of different areas. I guess I'm the exception, though, because I was the only person in my class who enjoyed reading it.
  • A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock by Evelyn Fox Keller - I'm not really one for biographies to begin with, but then throw in a bunch of confusing stuff about genetics on top of that? Forget it. I feel like the book was trying to appeal to audiences either with or without a scientific background, however it may have failed with both communities. Scientists would be bored with the simplistic descriptions of genetics and non-scientists would be completely lost on the more in depth chapters.
  • Past and Present: Ideas That Changed Our World by Stuart and Terry Hirschberg - This book is really great. It's filled with short articles by various authors and it gives all the background info I need to understand the context, etc. I haven't read nearly all of it yet, but I'm actually kind of looking forward to it...
  • An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks - This is a collection of case studies of Sacks' patients, and so interesting. I think it questions what is normal and reality, but I was never any good at reading comprehension. I'm even looking forward to reading more into it in my English class this fall.
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This list is really incomplete. I'll try to update it soon.

Hey, geek, I just noticed you're a Marylander too! So where in Maryland do you live?

Yep. I live in PG County, College Park area. Right next to UMD's campus, actually (one of the main reasons I'm not going there!). SO what about you?

I live in Baltimore County, about 20 minutes from the inner harbor. But both of my parents went to College Park.

Thanks! Excellent reviews. I think I'm going to have to sniff out Past and Present.

Thanks again!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs