Libraries: A Man’s World Too!
Asinof, Eliot. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Asinof writes of the first World Series after World War One. Baseball let the true fans down, amid conspiracy, scandal, and crooked gambling.
Berry, Wendell. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, and Gift of Good Land Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. Berry argues that we can’t deal with environmental and health crises without exploring our loss of moral and spiritual values.
Carter, W. Hodding. A Viking Voyage: In Which an Unlikely Crew of Adventurers Attempts an Epic Journey to the New World. Carter decides to recreate Leif Ericson’s voyage to Greenland with the hope of finding adventure in a world without unexplored territories.
Chethick, Neil. Fatherloss: How Sons of all Ages Come to Terms with the Death of their Dads. Chethick details stories of men who were changed, reshaped, and reborn on the death of their fathers.
Chinen, Allan B. Beyond the Hero: Classic Stories of Men in Search of Soul. Chinen gives an insightful look into the commonalities of men’s experiences throughout each culture.
Cottle, Thomas J. Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long Term Unemployment. Through the words of men who have been unemployed for 6 months or longer, Cottle demonstrates that work is crucial to the formation of a man’s identity and purpose for living.
Coupland, Douglas. Polaroids from the Dead. Coupland, in his mid 30’s, reflects on what it means to grow up and realize that you are no longer young. Essays include a Gen X’er’s take on old hippies trying to recapture their youth at a Grateful Dead concert.
Cutler, Howard. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. Psychiatrist Cutler questions the Dalai Lama on such topics as love, death, suffering, and happiness in his best-selling book of philosophy.
Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Diamond uses scientific fact to advance his thesis that Europe’s agricultural superiority led to the dominance of its countries through global history.
Farrell, Warren. Father and Child Reunion: How to Bring the Dads we Need to the Children we Love. Farrell argues that fathers are often missing from the family equation to the detriment of both children and mothers.
Greene, Bob. Duty: A Father, his Son and the Man who Won the War. In the last days of his father’s life, Chicago Tribune columnist Greene learns of his dad’s involvement in the bombing of Hiroshima. The book explores the love of family and the love of country.
Gup, Ted. The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA. Gup, a Washington Post reporter, investigates the “Book Of Honor,” a record of agents who died in the CIA. He also writes of those whose stories were not told due to security risks or departmental blunders.
Hoff, Benjamin. Tao of Pooh. The intricacy and wisdom of the Taoist philosophy is introduced through Milne’s famous character, Pooh Bear.
Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation. Leopold, whose works shaped environmental conservation policy in America, writes month-by-month essays on observing his Wisconsin farm.
The Pleasures of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman. Editor Robbins compiled and introduced previously unpublished or difficult-to-find short works by the maverick physicist Richard Feynman.
Kipnis, Aaron. Knights Without Armor: A Practical Guide for Men In Quest of Masculine Soul. Kipnis writes the global history of all of the men’s movements and explores the new masculine paradigm through the metaphor of “knights.”
MacLean, Norman. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. McLean’s classic tale of family and fly-fishing unites fathers, sons, and brothers in the most difficult of times.
Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Sagan explores the supernatural, creationism, and reports of alien abductions, and holds them up to the scientific method.
Steinhorn, Leonard. By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. Steinhorn takes an analytical look at American race relations and finds that while public facilities have been desegregated and black icons like Michael Jordan are venerated, true integration is a myth.
Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water. Reisner follows the history of American water policy, as he traces how California was able to finagle the government into moving water into the state.
Zubrin, Robert. Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Rocket scientist Zubrin, author of The Case for Mars, feels that its time to colonize the solar system and the galaxies beyond.
Compiled by Donna Ballard, Librarian, Reader Services Department.
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