The Scavengers' Manifesto by Anneli Rufus & Dristan Lawson
"...Discover one of the most gratifying (and thrifty) ways there are to go green. Whether its refurbishing found object into
furniture, hitting all the thrift shops in town, or harvesting fruit from neighbors trees (not on private property, of course!),
Rufus & Lawson chart the history of scavenging and the world-changing environmental and spiritual implications of
"scavenomics," and offer readers a framework for adopting scavenging as a philosophy and a way of life."
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"The story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian
desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself
king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if
Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into
a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament
of the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts."
Ishmael by Danial Quinn
"The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher
looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately
on a slender branch. “You are the teacher?” he asks incredulously. “I am the teacher,” the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a
creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that
extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like
all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within
ourselves. Is it man’s destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him—one more wonderful than he has
Recent Reads I have really enjoyed:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Considered Non-fiction but written like fiction)
"On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered
by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were
almost no clues.
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he
generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment,
yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence."
Fool by Christopher Moore (Hilarious)
"A hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege’s clownish jester,
Pocket. A rousing tale of “gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of
vulgarity and profanity.”