You’re Saying It Wrong

Authors: Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. My second…

On Tyranny

Author: Timothy Snyder Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century Published: 2017 I read it: August 2017 We seem to lack a consensus on the acceptability of referring to Adolf Hitler in the course of argumentation. Most of us are convinced that even using the name or historical…

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Authors: Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue Published: 2015 I read it: June 2017 I’ve been reading Sam Harris and listening to his Waking Up podcast for a while now, so I’m familiar with his thoughts on Islam. His concerns haven’t changed…

Doubt: A History

Author: Jennifer Michael Hecht Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson Published: 2003 I read it: June 2017 I had this on my shelf for quite a while, having snagged it at a used bookstore…

The Myth of the Spoiled Child

Author: Alfie Kohn Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Coddled Kids, Helicopter Parents, and Other Phony Crises Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 We live on a busy street, with all the constant dread that fact brings when our children are quite small and adventurous. Cars and motorcycles…

Radical Homemakers

Author: Shannon Hayes Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture Published: 2010 I read it: April 2017 We have backyard chickens. I never predicted this. But my wife is a DIYer who built the coop herself as well as several functional wooden items inside and outside our home.…

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Author: Jon Ronson Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2015 I read it: March 2017 Consider me convinced. Ronson’s book about public shaming is instantly fascinating; it’s a perfectly modern subject matter to pair with his light and accessible writing style. He’s funny, of course, with dry quips dropped here and there: In fact, ever since…