Mystery Ride (some reads along the way)

The road there.

A friend included her list of books, which she is reading, in a letter at my request. In response, I provided a list of what captures me. Here is that excerpt, in case anything might please you too:

The way I read is perhaps odd; I tend to have a book pile and draw from it over many months. Much of it is non-fiction, so small bites work best. I usually read my fiction in gulps though. Often I hold onto them to look up bits I liked. 
One, that I read years ago, came to mind: Nekropolis, by Mauren F. McHugh. This is a science fiction set in a future Morroco where people bond themselves with bio/chem tech which causes them to love and obey. Very disturbing and interesting. 
I just read The Broken Earth series by a wonderful black woman author. She is found here: Well worth looking at; she is a well-educated woman who also writes engagingly. I love her, she includes geology in an interesting way! 

On my bookshelf/pile/kindle:
The Fruitful Dakness - Joan Halifax ;auto-bio, buddhist/ tribal/ travel. wise, mythic, insightful
Art and Fear - Bayles & Orland: Observations on the perils and rewards of artmaking.
The World Without Us - Alan Weisman: scientific imagery of the word recovering when man is gone.
The Dream of the Earth - Thomas Berry: some marvelous insights into man vs earth on all levels; a Sierra Club book.
Molded in the Image of  ‘changing woman’; Navaho views on the human body and personhood - Maureen Trudelle Schwartz: an anthropologist that was adopted into a home and tribe, she provides exact quotes which challenge the reader to understand a culture so close, yet so different. Really good.
From the Glittering World; A Navajo Story; Irvin Morris. This is mythology told by a contemporary Dine writer.
The Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate - Peter Wohlleben, great stories about tree life. Fun.
Becoming - Michelle Obama; revelations about herself and family. Just lovely.
Educated - Tara Westover. escaping via education. worthy concept.

Dream Work by Mary Oliver: great poet, love her
On the Loose by Jerry and Renny Russell: a fantastic journey in 1969, by these two young men. every Pacificas Crest hiker or wilderness lover should read it. Sierra Club.
Nature - Emerson
Walking - Thoreau
Leaves of Grass- Whitman
Letters to a Young Poet - Rilke
View with a grain of sand - Wislawa Szymborska; great poems, nobel prize winner

The Authentic Life - Bayda: Zen, 'Skillful Means’ with the saving grace of staying with the real issue: enlightenment.
Emptiness - Guy Armstrong
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree; Voidness - Buddhadasa Bhikku
I AM - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person - M.C. Richards

The Overstory : Richard Powers. Coalescing short stories with a tree. Very nice. You would like it.
Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman: basically anything they write. I like the humor and the view.
Hillerman: Leaphorn and Chee series: detectives in Navajo Land. Fun.
Any Medieval ‘who dunit’ (you can google this!)
The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin: Science Fiction well done.
heart of ease

3 thoughts on “Mystery Ride (some reads along the way)

  1. I lived on the Navajo reservation a few times during the early 80’s. I learned more about the Navajo rez by reading Hillerman’s books than by living there. I even had a Navajo friend whom I’d walk with everyday, and got to be the first white folks invited out to her relatives Hogan. I went to Hopi ceremonies before living on the rez. And still I didn’t get to learn the deeper stuff other than through his books.

    I get my books mostly through the local free library book boxes. Sometimes it is the same genre I usually read but sometimes I’m led to something I wouldn’t have sought out otherwise.

    I love the crystal!

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    1. How wonderful! It has been an interesting subject to learn more about, there is so much that is hidden in this world.
      I get books by trading them in or gifts. Mostly I borrow from the library first, to see if I want to own them.Eventually I pass books on when they no longer serve me. I am not too interested in collecting dust or anything else! 🙂


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