Sunday, December 4, 2011

Recent readings

Funny in Farsi : a memoir of growing up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
Birth: the surprising history of how we are born by Tina Cassidy
Why people get lost : the psychology and neuroscience of spatial cognition by Paul A. Dudchenko

Sometimes I read something other than the funnies in the newspaper. I should spend more time in the scriptures and preparing lesson materials for the kids I teach in Primary. And for myself.
Most days I feel glad if I make it through the funnies and Dear Abby, if truth be told.

Besides the wonderful novel that I read last summer (The Help) and the sci-fi stuff we listened to in the car, the titles above are what have occupied some of my lunch time and bedtime reading.

The first one, Funny in Farsi was because I attended the Convocation on campus where this delightful lady spoke. A Muslim humorist. Some people think that's an oxymoron, but she was truly delightful and I'm glad we had her book so I could read it. Parts were laugh-out-loud funny.

The second one about the history of birth just happened by me one day at work and it sounded interesting to me as a woman who had given birth. The book jacket description drew me in, so I checked it out and just finished it on Friday evening. It was fascinating. I learned a good bit of history and am very glad I live now in the 21st century.

The last one on getting Lost was another that caught my eye at work. I DO get lost! I'm constantly turned around and it's frustrating! Mike shared a fairly recent experience about being lost one of the few times in his entire life. I haven't made it very far into this tome. It's rather scientific and right now I' learning about the beginnings of when psychologists used rats and mazes and . . .well, other stuff. I'm hoping this one will get better instead of deeper. I'll have to see how it goes. It's been gathering more dust than the others.

That's all--just what my brain has been up to of late. I think I'll work on addressing Christmas cards in coming days rather than spend time reading, however.


Gail said...

Didn't you also read "Unfamiliar Fishes" recently?

Linda Liebhardt said...

Why, Yes! Yes, I did. I KNEW there was something else to add to this most unusual list of "documentary" books, as Eric called them. He meant "non-fiction" I think.