Books in 2009

I never read as much as I should. My reading habits are also cyclical–I’ll read something very quickly, then not pick up anything for weeks after that. I need to change that. Anyway, here’s some stuff that I read in 2009:

  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan. This wasn’t much of a lifestyle-changer for us, as we had already started moving in the direction of being local-vores, but still great reading.
  • Tools for Conviviality, Ivan Illich. This book, like most of Illich’s work, has done much to shape my view of how society should be structured.
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford. In a sense, a postmodern meditation on Tools for Conviviality.
  • Any number of essays by Joel Salatin. I consider ourselves lucky to have found a local grass farmer in Joe Rush.
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy. No, we haven’t seen the movie yet.
  • Mommy’s Doing Pull-ups in the Basement Again, Jenifer Hemphill.