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Don't buy me these books! (A newsmonger holiday eco reading list)



I've been negotiating with myself for months now over how to review first one then another excellent appearing books beginning to line the bookstore shelves this season. But I’ve come up against a hard reality at the close of our Information Age: what tops my reading list day after day isn’t the product of our most daring investigative journalists or deeply considered philosophical works. My reading list, seemingly self-replicating and pernicious, is in the sea of electronic reminders, notes, and entreaties that populate my email inbox every minute of every hour. And while I expect to master the hundreds of messages that filter in daily in the end, for now surrender seems like the only honest thing I can do.

So, I have come to this: a list of the books currently cluttering my TV and bedside tables, my auto’s backseat, and my office real estate. Here, in no particular order, are the books that I would be reading (or, if reading, finishing) had I the time. If you are in better shape, snatch any of them up and let me know what you find inside.

off the grid: inspiring stories of an alternative to today's cubicle-formed, grid dependency (with portraits from Lajitas!).

Yellow Dirt: one of my "favorite" chronically under-reported, domestic tragedies. (Hello, Panna Maria!)

Germs Gone Wild: Political and business leaders (and your daily paper) desperately wanted the crown jewels of the off-the-rails U.S. bio-terror research industry to land in San Antonio. Let's talk about outbreak, shall we?

Clandestine Crossings: Trinity University prof and borderlands expert, David Spener, has been leading thoughtful discussions at the Sol Center. Check in, if you can.

A Paradise Built in Hell: Because another world is not only possible, but inevitable. Here's reason to hope it's a better one, too.

Share This!: What good is all this scattered social-media juggling? Big good and real good, according to this recommended author.

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