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Filthy Lucre : Economics for People who Hate Capitalism
by Joseph Health

This was one of those books: you take it off a book truck, glance though it to assign subject headings, and half an hour later your only question is–buy it now or request it for birthday? (I bought it now.) Mr. Heath is a philosophy professor, not an economist, as he charmingly admits in his introduction, and his job here is to explain the different logical fallacies that people fall into when proposing or voting for various economic policies. Although one would guess from his title that he leans toward the liberal point of view, he is quite even-handed, with half of his book devoted to “Right-Wing Fallacies” and the other half to “Left-Wing Fallacies.” He is not proposing any particular economic policy himself, except that people should understand what is being proposed and why it may or may not be expected to work. I did think that some of his arguments were a bit shallow and skipped over real-life complications, but his main concern was not to criticize policies themselves so much as the logic behind them. Read it for a  good-humored introduction to economics and some of the best-known things people get wrong about it.

I would like to tag this as nonfiction, but that tag is not available.
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23 August 2009 @ 12:27 pm
Lately I've been reading books about food, which is a new thing for me. I've come across two that I particularly enjoyed.

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The last two books I’ve read have been treasures. Although their stories are vastly different, I’m going to discuss them together because each of them includes a love affair with books and words, and how they offer a refuge in times of crisis.

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25 July 2009 @ 08:41 pm
I just finished this book and I loved it.

How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson

Stated in high-concept form, this book is Gatsby meets Catcher in the Rye. Except I loved this book and didn't especially care of either Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye. This book is about spoiled rich kids, and writers. The kids are messed up, and who can blame them when their parents not only have servants but think nothing of "buying" a person -- such as hiring a writer to pen a custom novel for a sweet sixteen party, to try to outdo the other sweet sixteen parties.

Yet the main characters come off as fully realized people, good and bad and flawed, with hopes and dreams and disasters. They somehow charmed and enchanted me and pulled me in to their world enough that I cared about them and wanted them to get the things they wanted and needed.
22 June 2009 @ 10:46 pm
When I discovered elliptical trainers a few years ago, it became much easier for me to go to the gym. They're easy on the knees, comfortable to use, and best of all, it's easy to read while you're on them! I quickly decided that pleasure reading would provide motivation to work out. The good side of this is that, on a regular basis, I get to read interesting books that I enjoy for their own sake, and I get exercise at the same time. The disadvantage is that occasionally I get so lost in a book that it's tempting, once I've completed the workout, simply to lower the intensity and keep on "working out," in the least aerobically effective sense of the term, until I've finished the book. Felice is the latest book that's made it difficult to resist a three-hour non-workout.

07 June 2009 @ 10:22 pm
I tend to lurk but this community is too quiet considering all the excellent texts out there so I figured "why the hell not share... Here it goes.

The Stress of Her Regard
by Tim Powers

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05 June 2009 @ 01:41 pm
Welcome to what_weread, a community for anyone to recommend good books of any kind. The hope is that this will become a reliable source for book recommendations - a place to go when you're in search of your next good read or when you want to share your love for your favorite books.

Posting guidelines can be found on the user info page. If I've forgotten anything, we'll add it in as we go.

So, have you read anything good lately?