by Tom Lutz
This book was a bit of a departure from the typical books I read. While I do frequent the non-fiction shelf (This is a non-fiction book) I typically limit myself to books regarding biology.
Essentially a social history of ‘slacking’ i actually found this book to be extremely interesting. It spoke not only of the development of the term through history, but also of the competing idea of a work ethic.
This book really resonated with me. The social struggle of work vs. leisure is discussed alongside the internal struggle individuals feel. I have been dealing with internal struggles of feeling as if I am doing an inadequate amount of work, while feeling over worked. Much to my surprise this is a feeling that has persisted over history.
This was a great read, even for those who may not be interested in history so much. I especially liked when they showed that many famous ‘slackers’ were actually workaholics and vice versa.
The Naked Ape
By Desmond Morris
I have this book from an english class I took a few years back. Normally I get rid of school books right after the semester ends. However, for the class we only read the chapters on Sex, and Fighting so I decided to hold on to the book until I could read it in its entirety.
While a majority of the information in the book is not founded on any studys (you will notice the book is very light on citations) it does give a good amount of insight into science in the 70’s. I found a great deal of the book to be inaccurate. Even as a biology student I was able to pick out a high percentage of information that was false.
For those looking for a book to truly learn about biology this may not be the book for you. However, if you view it from the stand point of a window into sciences past (since many of these views were common at the time of writing) it is an excellent read.
So I completely stole this idea from The Belle Lumiere, But since I also read a good amount I decided that this was something that I wanted to include in my blog.
By Natalie Angier
I tend to read mostly non-fiction science based books, and this is included in that category. This was however a slight departure from my ‘typical’ book in that this was not solely about the function of the brain. I was not sure how I would feel about this book, since the introduction seemed a bit slow. However, I did enjoy it greatly. I liked that it touched on subjects that I do not typically read about such as astronomy and archeology. While some of the anecdotes and stories discussed in the book have been seen in other non-fiction science books, This would make a wonderful introduction to the non-fiction genre.