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Sunday, 9 October 2011

The hunt for read October

October reading guide.
Tariq Ali. The Obama Syndrome (2002). The book details, in the author’s eyes, the downward spiral of the US President to just another "skilful and gifted machine politician”. Ali describes the “Obama Syndrome” as 'a kind of mass myopic idealism that can only be treated by a dose of political reality.'
Tariq Ali. Clash of Fundamentalisms (2010). This puts the events of 9/11 in the perspective of the history of Islam.
The Executioner's Song (1979)—Norman Mailer's novelization of the life and death of a murderer, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The armies of the night (1968) The book is an account of the anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC in October 1967. In his non-fiction ‘fiction’ Norman Mailer offers a third person account of himself along with self-descriptions such as a Novelist/Historian, anti-star/hero of the March on the Pentagon.
Another recent Dylan book, Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (2011) written by David Yaffe. It is neatly structured into four main sections dealing with the subject’s voice; his diversions into film; race and minstrelsy; and plagiarism.
The latest instalment of a four-decade devotion: “Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, Writings 1968-2010” chronicles the artist’s highs and lows.
Australian History for Dummies. An informative history of the land down under – the land of boat people. Some do think that only those who arrive by plane, the favourite mode of travel for terrorists, may be welcomed in Australia.
A Short History of Nearly Everything. An exciting, informative journey into the world of science from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Bill Bryson explains the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study.
Roddy Doyle. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha the world of ten-year-old Paddy Clarke, growing up in north Dublin. From fun and adventure on the streets, boredom in the classroom to increasing isolation at home, "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" is the story of a boy who sees everything but understands little.
Roddy Doyle. The Deportees. All in all, it’s funny, accessible fiction that prescribes predictable moral actions towards immigrants through less predictable narratives.
The Wand in the Word : Conversations With Writers of Fantasy. Leonard S. Marcus’ engaging conversations with thirteen storytellers about their life and work, providing inspiring reading.
Steve Martini. Trader of Secrets.


Settling with Indigenous People. Australian regional agreements with its traditional owners. Includes chapters on agreements in Canada and New Zealand.
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In recent years the issue of indigenous rights, particularly in relation to land rights, sovereignty and 'justice' have been at the forefront of the political agenda and legal landscape in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Dan Olmsted & Mark Blaxill. The Age of Autism explores how mankind has unwittingly poisoned itself for half a millennium through the reckless use of one of earth's most toxic substances: mercury—and the tragic consequences
Geologica. The Origins of the Earth. An informative study of Earth’s physical features, landscapes, plants and animals. The origins of the Earth including plate tectonics are discussed.
John Lescroart. Damage.
Richard North Patterson. Eyes of a Child.


Nelson DeMille. The General’s Daughter
Lee Child. Worth Dying For
Michael Connelly. The Fifth Witness