Books of the Month – January 2011

I can’t remember a single month with such slim pickings – in quantity, that is, because I loved both of these true stories and recommend them heartily:

  • Running the Books, a brilliant memoir of a prison librarian who is able to describe the interactions of inmates and staff as an anthropologist (with a good sense of humor) and also intervene, too much as it turns out, in their lives
  • Fixing my Gaze,the story of a neuroscientist on a quest to gain the 3D vision she thought she could never have. Both inspiring and instructive.


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