SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #19 & 20

Book #19 was "History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos" by Luis Francia. I was looking for a history of the Phillipines that was a) relatively current b) not boring and c) written with the average person in mind. This book fits the bill very well and was published in 2010. I will say that it's largely a political and military history, and there's less focus on anthropology, the average person's life, arts & culture, etc. after the section on Europeans' arrival. However, I found out most of what I wanted to know about the shaping of the nation and the culture and learned some surprising facts about pre-colonial times. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the Phillipines and how its somewhat unstable government got into the predicament it's in.

Book #20 was "Feynman," a graphic biography of the Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Myrick. It is told largely from Feynman's own writing, illustrated, but the author and illustrator also researched the Feynman archives and dug out some less-well-known writings, such as a speech given at a high school. It's fun and funny, and you may learn some things about quantum mechanics while you're reading it. I loved the whimsical illustration style and the inclusion of elements of both Feynman's work and his personal life. Highly recommended.

1. Blue Light [fiction]- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction]- Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki.
15. The autobiography of my mother [fiction]- Jamaica Kincaid
16. Death du Jour [fiction]- Kathy Reichs (unabridged audiobook)
17. What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior [non-fiction]- Gwen Bailey
18. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [non-fiction]- Christopher Hitchens

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