Books (and other items) That Sumana Would Like

Man. Material goods. We need them, they clutter our lives, and then there is the gift thing.

If you are thinking of purchasing a gift for me, note that I support approximately everything that the Software Freedom Conservancy does, and that they can always use your donations. I am really well-off. So I really, really would prefer you donate to charity rather than give me something for my birthday or a like occasion. Charity Navigator's donation guide can help you find reputable, competent charities.

However, if you must give me an object, you can't go wrong with any of the books or other items below. Sure, I don't have enough shelf space as it is, but that's my problem.

My mailing address is:

PO Box 721160
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
United States of America

Non-Book Item Wishlist

Sumana's Book Wishlist

These are books that I would like to read, roughly ordered by my desire. When I borrow them from the library I take them off the list. You can probably find all of these books at Bookfinder, and many of them at the Powell's Books website or at any other independent bookstore.

  1. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by Maria Winslow (self-published through
  2. Lobbyists at Work, edited by Beth L. Leech
  3. Managing Projects in the Real World: The Tips and Tricks No One Tells You About When You Start by Melanie McBride
  4. Rise Up Singing
  5. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
  6. Anything by Maggie Helwig
  7. The Secret History of Home Economics by Danielle Dreilinger
  8. Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H Maister
  9. The Trusted Advisor by David H Maister
  10. Helen Perry Curtis and the European Trip of a Lifetime by Laura Gellott
  11. Gynaecology by Ten Teachers by Geoffrey Chamberlain, Stanley G. Clayton and Ash Monga
  12. Ursula Franklin's The Real World of Technology
  13. The Status Seekers by Vance Packard
  14. These novels by Diane Duane in the Net Force Explorers series: One is the Loneliest Number, Runaways, The Deadliest Game, Virtual Vandals, Deathworld
  15. Askew: A Short Biography of Bangalore by TJS George
  16. Free, Fair, and Alive: The insurgent power of the commons by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich
  17. When We Fight We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
  18. The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
  19. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra
  20. The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
  21. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
  22. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal
  23. Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  24. Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education by Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog
  25. Judy McKay's Managing the Test People: A Guide to Practical Technical Management
  26. Programmed Inequality from MIT Press
  27. The Smart Money Method by Stephen Clapham
  28. From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice by Patricia Benner
  29. A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht
  30. Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion edited by Piyali Bhattacharya
  31. Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown
  32. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon
  33. Re Jane by Patricia Park
  34. Anything by Vandana Singh, such as Distances: A Novella
  35. The Wrench by Primo Levi
  36. The Hotel: Backstairs at the World's Most Exclusive Hotel by Jeffrey Robinson
  37. Hammer & Tickle by Ben Lewis
  38. Status Signals by Joel Polodny
  39. The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Danny Hillis
  40. Programming Language Pragmatics by Michael Scott
  41. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork
  42. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
  43. Gerald Weinberg's Becoming a Technical Leader: an Organic Problem-Solving Approach or The Psychology of Computer Programming to reread -- or, heck, probably anything else he wrote on the general topic
  44. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  45. The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century by R.M. Lala
  46. Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  47. 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make and How You Can Avoid Them
  48. The Game Producer's Handbook by Dan Irish
  49. Code by Charles Petzold
  50. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel
  51. Aster Glenn Gray's Honeytrap
  52. A Survival Guide for New Consultants by Alvin J Alexander
  53. The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk
  54. A History of the Future in 100 Objects by Adrian Hon
  55. The Pursued and the Pursuing by AJ Odasso
  56. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Albert Hirschman
  57. My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy
  58. Raising Hell by Norman Spinrad
  59. Figurative Language by Barbara Dancygier and Eve Sweetser
  60. Evening Is The Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  61. Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America by Sarah Schulman
  62. Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (UMN Press) by Sangay K. Mishra
  63. The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis
  64. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezyani
  65. Drugs: From Discovery to Approval by Rick Ng
  66. Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times edited by Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser
  67. William Esper's The Actor's Art and Craft
  68. Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
  69. Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald
  70. See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur
  71. A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis by Diane Ackerman
  72. Cultivating communities of practice: a guide to managing knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard A. McDermott, and William Snyder
  73. Running the books: the adventures of an accidental prison librarian by Avi Steinberg
  74. An Exchange of Hostages by Susan R. Matthews
  75. Anything by Ruth Reichl
  76. Set Phasers on Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error by S. M. Casey
  77. Anything by Alexis A Gilliland, with lowest preference going to the Wizenbeak trilogy
  78. To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski
  79. Agnisakshi: Fire, My Witness by Lalithambika Antharjanam
  80. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
  81. Generations by Neela Padmanabhan
  82. The Neighbours by P Kesava Dev
  83. The Bird Is Gone by Stephen Graham Jones
  84. A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King
  85. The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People by Ellis Amdur and Sgt. John Hutching
  86. Chaos for Breakfast: Practical Help and Humor for Nonprofit Executives by Robert A. Hall
  87. Drug Discovery: A History by Walter Sneader
  88. Handbook of Warnings edited by Michael Wogalter
  89. Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Kaner, Bach, Pettichord
  90. Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
  91. Facing the Extreme by Tzvetan Todorov
  92. The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
  93. The Long Voyage by Jorge Semprun
  94. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John M. Zelle
  95. Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
  96. Learning From Museums: Visitor Experience and the Making of Meaning by John Falk and Lynn Dierking
  97. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer
  98. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Goffman
  99. Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
  100. Anything by Atul Gawande except Better and Complications
  101. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
  102. Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
  103. The WisCon Chronicles, any volume, from Aqueduct Press
  104. Any mystery novel by Katherine Howell
  105. Any mystery novel by Kathryn Fox
  106. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  107. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
  108. A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  109. Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle will Change your life by Sheila Chandra
  110. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder et al.
  111. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  112. Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand
  113. Anything in Anthony Price's Audley series, especially The Labyrinth Makers, The Hour of the Donkey, Soldier No More or Other Paths to Glory
  114. Up At The Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
  115. Sabotage in the American Workplace: Anecdotes of Dissatisfaction, Mischief and Revenge by Martin Sprouse
  116. Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States by Pete Jordan
  117. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams
  118. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill
  119. Vernor Vinge's Marooned in Realtime
  120. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
  121. Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall
  122. The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
  123. The Interior Life by Katherine Blake (Dorothy Heydt)
  124. Daniel Abraham's Long Price books
  125. Peter Brazeau's Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered
  126. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, and Duane Berger
  127. The Money Machine: How the City Works by Philip Coggan
  128. Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA by Richard C. Lewontin
  129. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  130. The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  131. Triton by Delany, or anything by Samuel Delany
  132. Jack Finney's Time and Again
  133. Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg
  134. Double Star by Robert Heinlein
  135. Any work by Rupert Thomson, such as Divided Kingdom or The Book Of Revelation
  136. Super Spy by Matt Kindt
  137. Lucy A. Snyder's Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Other Oddities
  138. Peter Dickinson's King and Joker
  139. Murder at the MLA by D.J.H. Jones
  140. The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
  141. The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
  142. Dave Allan's Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters
  143. Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style
  144. No Trumpets or Bugles: Recollections of an Unrepentant Babu by J.B. D'Souza
  145. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
  146. Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball
  147. The Geography Of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
  148. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  149. Do It Marketing by Daniel Newman
  150. How Music Works by David Byrne
  151. Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times by Michael G. Peletz
  152. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin
  153. The Brain Audit
  154. Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
  155. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
  156. A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption by Steven Hiatt, Erik Synnestvedt
  157. Double Your Freelance Rate
  158. Practical Homicide Investigation by Vernon Geberth
  159. The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
  160. Homicide by David Simon
  161. Trance-Formations by Bandler and Grinder
  162. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan
  163. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
  164. Any work by Gordon Korman. Many are out of print -- I'd specifically like those, his young adult works of the 1980s. Especially neat would be No Coins, Please or Our Man Weston. I think I own all his post-2000 books.
  165. The Practice of System and Network Administration by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, and Strata R. Chalup
  166. The Investigative Reporter's Handbook
  167. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual
  168. A Fly for the Prosecution
  169. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  170. Democracy and the Foreigner by Bonnie Honig
  171. The Devourers by Indra Das
  172. Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by F.W.H Myer
  173. Osamu Dazai's Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy
  174. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
  175. The Mud Pie Dilemma
  176. Why Buildings Fall Down
  177. The Backstage Handbook
  178. Introduction to Airborne Radar
  179. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  180. Thinkertoys
  181. Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang
  182. Becoming The Parent You Want To Be
  183. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  184. The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook by Genevieve Jolliffe & Chris Jones
  185. Directing the Film: Film Directors on Their Art
  186. Scenic Art for the Theatre
  187. The Lie that tells a Truth by John Dufresne
  188. Genderqueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, ed. Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins
  189. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
  190. Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James N. Davidson
  191. Don't Believe Everything You Think
  192. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn
  193. Moving the Earth by Herbert L. Nichols and David A. Day
  194. The Norton Book of Women's Lives, edited by Phyllis Rose
  195. The Horse's Mind by Lucy Rees
  196. Stephen Pheasant's Bodyspace
  197. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society by Lila abu-Lughod
  198. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
  199. Reading The Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud
  200. Misquoting Jesus by Ehrman
  201. In Their Own Words by David Savran
  202. Formulas for Painters by Massey
  203. The Painter's Handbook by Gottsegen
  204. Pathologic Basis of Disease by Robbins & Cotran
  205. The Movie Business Book by Jason Squire
  206. Victor Villenueva's Cross-Talk in Comp Theory
  207. Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D Ching
  208. Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points
  209. Which Equalities Matter? by Anne Phillips
  210. Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman's Essays in Taxation (author may be mixed up there)
  211. Weston's Rulebook for Arguments
  212. [Hidden] Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
  213. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts by Susan Hayward
  214. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (How to Help Your Child) by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  215. Any work by Anthony Trollope excepting The Way We Live Now and Barchester Towers and The Warden and his autobiography
  216. Anything by Bruce Schneier, except Beyond Fear
  217. The Aeneid, Robert Fagles translation
  218. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
  219. Jan Slonczewski's Still Forms on Foxfield
  220. Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo
  221. Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida
  222. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon
  223. Any work by George Eliot excepting Middlemarch or Silas Marner
  224. Sheri Tepper's science fiction, especially The Gate to Women's Country
  225. Deadly Meeting by Robert Bernard
  226. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance by James C. Scott
  227. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap Press, April 2007)
  228. Anything by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  229. How to Design Programs by Felleisen, Findler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi (the paper version, though I can access it for free online)
  230. Principles of Corporate Finance by Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers
  231. Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life by Richard Pilbrow
  232. Any of Rick Cook's Wizardry series, such as Wizard's Bane, The Wizardry Compiled, The Wizardry Cursed, The Wizardry Consulted, and The Wizardry Quested
  233. Charles Taylor's Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition
  234. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century by Philip Ball
  235. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World The Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese
  236. Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
  237. Anything by Max Gladstone
  238. Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  239. John Holt's How Children Learn and How Children Fail
  240. The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology edited by Wiebe Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor Pinch
  241. Crash: Ten Easy Ways to Avoid a Computer Disaster by Tony Collins and David Bicknell (subtitle also listed as "Learning from the World's Worst Computer Disasters")
  242. Personal Days by Ed Park
  243. Immunology: The Immune System in Health and Disease by Janeway, Travers, Walport, and Shlomchik
  244. The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
  245. The Revenge Effect by Edward Tenner
  246. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
  247. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  248. Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack
  249. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead
  250. Information Storage and Retrieval by Robert R. Korfhage
  251. The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman
  252. Things I've Learned From Dying by David Dow
  253. Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  254. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  255. Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch
  256. The Machine That Changed The World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
  257. Stuart Sutherland's Irrationality: the Enemy Within
  258. The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzberg
  259. Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine
  260. Any work by J.D. Salinger, excepting Nine Stories or Franny and Zooey. Yes, I've never read Catcher in the Rye. Yes, I was an angsty teenager. I never got the memo, okay?
  261. The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics by Michael Walzer
  262. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  263. A Book of Conquest: The "Chachnama" and Muslim Origins in South Asia by Manan Ahmed Asif
  264. Life's Dominion by Ronald Dworkin
  265. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo With Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965 by Samuel M. Steward
  266. Michael Blumlein's The Healer
  267. The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  268. The Octavian Nothing books by M.T. Anderson
  269. The Sin Eater by Alice Thomas Ellis
  270. Any of the Blue Monday anthologies by Chynna Clugston-Major
  271. Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
  272. Any work by D.H. Lawrence, excepting Lady Chatterley's Lover and Sons and Lovers and the stories contained in Dover's Selected Stories anthology
  273. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz
  274. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts
  275. The Family Cow by Dirk Van Loon
  276. My Life With the Saints by [Father] Jim Martin
  277. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored by Adam Phillips
  278. Psychological Testing by Anastasi and Urbina
  279. Centuries of Childhood by Philippe Aries
  280. The Murder of Helen Jewett by Cohen
  281. Beginning by Kenneth Branagh
  282. The Making of the Trek Conventions by Joan Winston
  283. A Budget of Trisections by Underwood Dudley
  284. John Rawls's Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy
  285. Any children's book in Russian
  286. Kevin Carson's Organization Theory
  287. Fiasco by Stanislaus Lem
  288. Children's letters to God: the new collection (Workman Publishing, 1991, New York)
  289. Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows by Sydney Biddle Barrows
  290. Why churches should not pay taxes by Dean M Kelley
  291. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  292. The Key to Metal Bumping An Instructive Manual of Body and Fender Repair Practices by Framnk T Sargent
  293. War Through The Ages by Lynn Montross

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