Feb 26th 2006 12:38:31 pm
I ordered these four books from Amazon on Friday. They are all pretty much for school, although they are for pleasure, too. I guess that is a good sign when you can buy books you really want and then use them for school projects…
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – Nonfiction about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. I have been wanting to read this for a long time! It is about the construction of the White City and a serial killer who prowled the fair. Exciting!
- Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler – Nonfiction about the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. I am currently taking a class about cultural museums, and this book was recommended. The first American anthropological museums were so crazy – just a bunch of collected weird stuff!
- Bazaar Bizarre: Not Your Granny’s Crafts! by Greg Der Ananian – Ok, so I really wanted this book just for the fun of it… but I am actually writing a research paper about the online craft movement, so it is also research!
- Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec by Jean Railla – I read the intro to this book online and it really spoke to me. It is all about how feminism steers women away from the traditional “woman crafts” but how many ladies are re-discovering the importance and the joy of stuff like sewing and home decorating… anyway, it is more research!
I am nervous about buying these books instead of trying to find them at the library. I hate having more stuff that I am just going to have to move again someday, and I also don’t want to clutter my house more than it already is… plus the whole thing about saving the trees (we live in Eugene – it is required that you worry about recycling if you live here)… but I really think I will like all of these books! The craft ones have lots of activities and projects in them, so I must keep those! And, all of them may come in handy for future school papers and maybe even my thesis, so they are kinda like textbooks. Plus, they are all paperback so maybe they won’t be too tough to move…