Andrew Hussey: Paris: The Secret History
This is soft, anecdotal history without hard facts or convincing arguments, but it's still a fun read. Influenced by the History Channel and London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd, it features the unwashed, licentious and satanic elements of Parisian society.
Thomas Gordon Smith: Vitruvius on Architecture
This is a beautiful edition of a text I've always had in the inexpensive Dover version, but have never taken time to read. It is the bible of classical architecture, the Roman source and inspiration for all Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque styles to follow. Smith has done a wonderful job of annotating and illustrating the text with original diagrams and numerous photographs.
Richard Phillips Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out and the Meaning of It All
Our son has been admitted to California Institute of Technology, so I have begun to read about one of his heroes, the late Caltech professor of physics Richard Feynman, who was ever ready to admit his own ignorance and his belief that healthy science is based on an acceptance of doubt. This is an enlightening read.
W. Allyn Rickett: Guanzi
Masterful translation of the classic Chinese book on statecraft and economic management, begun in the 3rd Century BC in the state of Qi (Shandong today).
- Ben Okri: Songs of Enchantment
Simply one of the most evocative writers in English today. Ben Okri won the 1991 Booker Prize for The Famished Road. This continues the story of a boy torn between this world and the world of spirits.
Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog : How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Fun blend of time travel scifi, costume drama and romance. A summer read recommneded by Book Lust
Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride
Takes me back to the Toronto of my tender years.