Used-bookstore favorites

Here are some gems I’ve found at used bookstores –

A Late Phoenix  Aird, Catherine
Forbidden Sanctuary  Bowker, Richard

Web of Everywhere  Brunner, John

The Stardroppers  Brunner, John
New Writings in SF-7  Carnell, John

Under the Green Star  Carter, Lin

The Dreamstone   Cherryh, C.J. *
Childhood’s End  Clarke, Arthur C.

 
Spock, Messiah!  Cogswell, Theodore R.

Duende Meadow  Cook, Paul *

 
The Cloud Walker  Cooper, Edmund

Sea-Horse in the Sky Cooper, Edmund

Transit  Cooper, Edmund

The Overman Culture  Cooper, Edmund

 
A.I.s    Dann, Jack *

 

The Alchemist’s Pursuit   Duncan, Dave

Swimmers Beneath the Bright  Easton, M. Coleman
Iskiir  Easton, M. Coleman

Star-Anchored, Star-Angered  Elgin, Suzette Haden

The Stone God Awakens  Farmer, Philip José

The Unreasoning Mask  Farmer, Philip José

By the Time I Get to Nashville  Fenn, Lionel
Cyber Way  Foster, Alan Dean

Copernick’s Rebellion  Frankowski, Leo

Plainsong: A Thomas Dunne Book  Grabien, Deborah

Vengeance For A Lonely Man (Hawk & Fisher, #4)  Green, Simon R.

The Silver Bear (Silver Bear, #1)  Haas, Derek

The Mind Brothers  Heath, Peter

The Sleep Eaters  Lymington, John

The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn  Mayhar, Ardath

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld  McKillip, Patricia A.

A Place Beyond Man: The Archives of Varok  Neeper, Cary

Virtual Zen  Nelson, Ray Faraday
Protector (Known Space)  Niven, Larry

The Crystal Gryphon (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle, #5)  Norton, Andre

A Plague of Pythons  Pohl, Frederik
The Cool War  Pohl, Frederik

Stepfather Bank  Poyer, David

The Tears of the Singers  Snodgrass, Melinda M.

The People Beyond the Wall   Tall, Stephen

 

Books set in France

Want to hear what living in France is like from an outsider’s perspective? Try these books –

Nonfiction
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (Provence)
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (Paris)
The Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater (Provence)
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart (Paris)

Fiction
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Paris)

Juvenile fiction with a lot of pictures

Do you have a child who is having a hard time reading? Do you want to transition them away from comic books to slightly more challenging material? Here’s a good starting place. These books (many are series) have many simply-drawn illustrations – some several per page.

Angleberger, Tom- Origami Yoda (series)
Bolling, Ruben- EMU club (series)
Brallier, Max- Galactic Hot Dogs (series)
Cronin, Doreen- Into the Wild
Fry, Michael- The Odd Squad (series)
Kinney, Jeff- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
McMullan, Kate- School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble elementary school
Patterson, James- Middle School (series)
Peirce, Lincoln- Big Nate (series)
Pilkey, Dav- Captain Underpants (series)
Pinchon, Liz- The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Russell, Rachel Renee- The Dork Diaries (series)
Skye, Obert – Creature from my closet (series)
Smith, James- Barry Loser (series) includes “I am still not a loser” and “I am so over being a loser”
Stilton, Geronimo- Geronimo Stilton (series)
Watson, Tom- Stick Dog (series) and Stick Cat

My favorite children’s book illustrators

Sometimes I read children’s books for the art more than for the story. This is my current list of all the artists I love. This list will be added to as I find more.

Jill Barklem
Aaron Becker
Peter Brown
Ross Collins
Tim Egan
John S. Goodall
Stephanie Graegin
Michael Hall
John Hendrix
Holly Hobbie
Leigh Hodgkinson
Ayano Imai
Oliver Jeffers
Maira Kalman
Jon Klassen
Hilary Knight
Barbara Lehman
Jon Muth
Adam Rex
David Roberts
Dan Santat
Dr. Seuss
David Shannon
David Soman
Melissa Sweet
Chris Van Allsburg

Camino de Santiago books

The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit by Maclaine, Shirley

Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure, and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago by Egan, Kerry

Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James by Downie, David

A different view of the Camino de Santiago by Watson, Bill

Buen Camino by Murtagh, Natasha
Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain by Hitt, Jack

Camino de Santiago (Footprint Handbooks) by Symington, Andy

Camino Lingo by Nóvoa, Reinette
The Pilgrimage to Santiago by Mullins, Edwin
Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela by Rudolph, Conrad
Sacred Travels: Recovering the Ancient Practice of Pilgrimage by George, Christian

 

 

I liked the ones by Hitt, Conrad, and Maclaine the most – but whatever you find will be the one you need to read.  The one by Hitt inspired the movie “The Way”.

“Home” resources

What does “home” mean? When is “progress” a step backwards? If we are building for a community in need, we must consult the community to see what it values. What about co-housing – sharing resources?

—-Movies—

The Pruitt-Igoe myth. Housing project in St Louis.

Surviving Progress. Overconsumption, environmental collapse.

The Human Scale. Architect Jan Gehl. Cities for people – human sized, meant for livabilit

Tomorrow we disappear. India slums rehab. Doing for people (the poor) versus doing to people.

Commune. About Black bear ranch. Features Peter Coyote

Urbanized. Documentary by Gary Hustwit about design. “Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives?” (from the description)

Blackout. “The lights went out and all hell broke loose” – about the chaos that followed the July 13, 1977 New York City blackout. Haves and have-nots.

“10 that changed America” – 10 homes, parks, and towns that changed our nation. Urban design, relationship of environment upon the people who live in it. Shaping people by where they live.

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

—-Books—

“Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World” by Chapin, Ross

“A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction” by Alexander, Christopher W.

“Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures” by Diedricksen, Derek

Books that wish they were apps.

Perhaps there are too many kids growing up with books that are digital. They don’t know how to appreciate a book that doesn’t move or make noise.

Here is a list of books that think they are apps. They don’t beep or wiggle, but they are interactive, nonetheless. They are all picture books.

“Mix it Up!” by Herve Tullet

“Press Here” by Herve Tullet

“Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson

“Touch the Brightest Star” by Christie Matheson

“Shake to Assemble” by Calliope Glass

“Look” by Edouard Manceau