Christmas Reading List, Part 3

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How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. This is our third installment of staff picks for the holidays. Take a look.

Ken, our Librarian in Saskatoon:

  • Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra – John Szwed (Music Biography): Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his “Intergalactic Arkestra” of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music.
  • Selected Poetry and Prose – Stéphane Mallarmé (Poetry and Prose): Collects a sampling of the verse, letters, essays, and critical reviews of the nineteenth-century French writer, Stéphane Mallarmé.
  • The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds – Alan E. Bernstein (Non-Fiction): What becomes of the wicked? Hell – exile from God, subjection to fire, worms, and darkness – for centuries the idea has shaped the dread of malefactors, the solace of victims, and the deterrence of believers.

Kelly C., our Web/SaaS Administrator:

  • Job: A Comedy of Justice – Robert A. Heinlein (Science Fiction): After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn’t the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world…
  • The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (Science Fiction): Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam – Reza Aslan (Religion): Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and complexity.

Check back next Monday for our last installment of good reads.

One thought on “Christmas Reading List, Part 3

    Ken said:
    December 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Robert A Heinlein was at the center of my reading world from age 12 and all through High School. His space operas are second to none. But his adult fiction never took with me – I found his libertarianism and militarism heavy-handed & disingenuous. But I’m sure I’ll get to Job sooner or later …

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