This was a really challenging read for me (I haven't read much Torah analysis AND the author is way smarter than I am), but despite its denseness, the poetry kept me reading. Not just lyrical writing, but also chunks of REAL poetry, Stevens and Rilke and so on. And Kafka! *swoon* Glad I finally read this book (I've been trying it off and on for years.)
Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis et al
Fictionalized retelling of Bertrand Russell's life that also works in a lot of period history & basic logic / foundational-math stuff. It's also pretty meta because there's a recurring thread where the writers/artists of the comic are arguing about how to write the comic. I loved it even though I was already pretty well versed on the history/theory bits (thanks W. Kaufmann & D. Hofstadter)... and if I'd discovered it at eighteen before I knew all that stuff, it would've blown my mind.
Pop Goes the Library, by Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns
Fun book with interesting ideas. Confessed I skimmed some of the parts that felt too "marketing"y to me, but overall I really dug it. The authorial voice is spot-on.
The Vulnerable Observer, by Ruth Behar
This book broke my heart, as it was meant to, and made me all wistful about anthropology as a lifestyle. Excellent, frank writing. Not outdated in the least even though it's about 15 years old.
Mean and Lowly Things, by Kate Jackson
This is an extremely specific and densely-packed book about every single non-science-y thing you might want to know if you were going to be an independent field scientist in the Republic of Congo. Who did a lot of snake handling. Also the author's warmth, fierceness, pragmatism, and intelligence shine through every page, which also makes it a memoir, I suppose. Man oh man, this book is completely awesome.
How I Paid for College, by Marc Acito
Funny & raunchy coming-of-age story. Good reading if you were quite fond of a bunch of Play People in HS or college; couldn't say how actual Play People might feel about it.
Flirt, by Laurell K. Hamilton
Fluff. Short, briskly-moving, at-least-there-was-some-plot-in-it-but-d