I told my husband that I wanted something from my Amazon wish list for Christmas.
My wish list is, in many ways, a living, breathing expression of my academic and intellectual interests over a ten year period. Its ebbs (the inclusion of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series was when my interest in cerebral development was at its lowest*) and flows (population politics in Italy) are reflected in the various subjects featured in the list.
I used to go to college bookstores and, going up and down the aisles of required and recommended textbooks, would jot down the titles I wanted read. It was like having the professors at NYU, Cooper Union, and Columbia co-curate my “to be read” (TBR) list. Being broke, of course, I never bought anything. Instead, titles got added to my Amazon wish list and, in the process of adding them, others would be recommended by Amazon’s algorithms and then they’d be added, too.
Occasionally, during rare moments of weakness, I’d buy a few books when visiting local shops.
Many of the books on my wish list are scholarly publications that my local library doesn’t have; they are also cheaper for me to buy than for my library to Inter-Library Loan.
My husband treated me to a very merry Christmas and now I get to strike 27 books off the list. They are mostly used — but used to someone else is new-ish to me!
- Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie
- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
- The Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie
- Peril at End House, Agatha Christie
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
- Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City, Jonathan Mahler
- Lipstick Jihad, Azadeh Moaveni
- Women of the Shadows, Ann Cornelisen
- The Three R’s, Ruth Beechick
- Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing, Anthony Brundage
- The Napoleon of New York, H. Paul Jeffers
- Between Salt Water and Holy Water: A History of Southern Italy, Tommaso Astarita
- Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania, to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies,, John Dickinson
- Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things, Ian Hodder
- The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. Caro
- The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues. A History of Greenwich Village, John Strausbaugh
- I Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography, Richard Hell
- The Epic of Gilgamesh, Maureen Gallery Kovacs
- The Great Latke Hamantash Debate, ed. by Ruth Fredman Cernea
- Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, Elizabeth L. Bradley
- The Two Madonnas: The Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community, Sabrina Magliocco
- The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Tales from the Ring, ed. by Jeff Silverman
- Victorian America: Transformation in Everyday Life, Thomas J. Schlereth
- Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov
- The Turkish Embassy Letters, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- Everything is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger
- The Making of the English Working Class, E.P. Thompson
*Book Sookie is a million times better than TV Sookie. Book Bill is a hundred times less annoying than TV Bill. And Book Shower Scene is a jillion times more satisfying than the romp in the snow on TV.