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 OpenHatch, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Software Freedom Conservancy do, 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.

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. Rise Up Singing
  2. Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor by Emma J. Justes
  3. Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H Maister
  4. The Trusted Advisor by David H Maister
  5. Gynaecology by Ten Teachers by Geoffrey Chamberlain, Stanley G. Clayton and Ash Monga
  6. Ursula Franklin's The Real World of Technology
  7. When We Fight We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
  8. Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  9. Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education by Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog
  10. Judy McKay's Managing the Test People: A Guide to Practical Technical Management
  11. From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice by Patricia Benner
  12. Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown
  13. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon
  14. Re Jane by Patricia Park
  15. Anything by Vandana Singh, such as Distances: A Novella
  16. The Wrench by Primo Levi
  17. The Hotel: Backstairs at the World's Most Exclusive Hotel by Jeffrey Robinson
  18. Hammer & Tickle by Ben Lewis
  19. Status Signals by Joel Polodny
  20. The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Danny Hillis
  21. Barbara Hambly's Stranger At The Wedding, a.k.a. Sorcerer's Ward
  22. Programming Language Pragmatics by Michael Scott
  23. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork
  24. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
  25. 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
  26. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  27. The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century by R.M. Lala
  28. Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  29. 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make and How You Can Avoid Them
  30. The Game Producer's Handbook by Dan Irish
  31. Code by Charles Petzold
  32. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel
  33. The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk
  34. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Albert Hirschman
  35. My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy
  36. Raising Hell by Norman Spinrad
  37. Figurative Language by Barbara Dancygier and Eve Sweetser
  38. Evening Is The Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  39. Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America by Sarah Schulman
  40. Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (UMN Press) by Sangay K. Mishra
  41. The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis
  42. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezyani
  43. At Amberleaf Fair by Phyllis Ann Karr
  44. Drugs: From Discovery to Approval by Rick Ng
  45. Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times edited by Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser
  46. William Esper's The Actor's Art and Craft
  47. Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
  48. Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald
  49. Cultivating communities of practice: a guide to managing knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard A. McDermott, and William Snyder
  50. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (anthology)
  51. Running the books: the adventures of an accidental prison librarian by Avi Steinberg
  52. An Exchange of Hostages by Susan R. Matthews
  53. Anything by Ruth Reichl
  54. Set Phasers on Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error by S. M. Casey
  55. Anything by Alexis A Gilliland, with lowest preference going to the Wizenbeak trilogy
  56. To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski
  57. Agnisakshi: Fire, My Witness by Lalithambika Antharjanam
  58. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
  59. Generations by Neela Padmanabhan
  60. The Neighbours by P Kesava Dev
  61. The Bird Is Gone by Stephen Graham Jones
  62. Red Tape Stories from Indian Country by Pamela Rentz
  63. A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King
  64. 1587, a Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline by Ray Huang
  65. The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People by Ellis Amdur and Sgt. John Hutching
  66. Chaos for Breakfast: Practical Help and Humor for Nonprofit Executives by Robert A. Hall
  67. Drug Discovery: A History by Walter Sneader
  68. Handbook of Warnings edited by Michael Wogalter
  69. Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Kaner, Bach, Pettichord
  70. Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
  71. Facing the Extreme by Tzvetan Todorov
  72. The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
  73. The Long Voyage by Jorge Semprun
  74. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John M. Zelle
  75. Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
  76. Learning From Museums: Visitor Experience and the Making of Meaning by John Falk and Lynn Dierking
  77. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer
  78. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Goffman
  79. Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
  80. Anything by Atul Gawande except Better and Complications
  81. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
  82. Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
  83. The WisCon Chronicles, any volume, from Aqueduct Press
  84. Any mystery novel by Katherine Howell
  85. Any mystery novel by Kathryn Fox
  86. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  87. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
  88. A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  89. Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle will Change your life by Sheila Chandra
  90. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder et al.
  91. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  92. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by Maria Winslow (self-published through Lulu.com)
  93. Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand
  94. Anything in Anthony Price's Audley series, especially The Labyrinth Makers, The Hour of the Donkey, Soldier No More or Other Paths to Glory
  95. Up At The Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
  96. Sabotage in the American Workplace: Anecdotes of Dissatisfaction, Mischief and Revenge by Martin Sprouse
  97. Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States by Pete Jordan
  98. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams
  99. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill
  100. Vernor Vinge's Marooned in Realtime
  101. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
  102. Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall
  103. The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
  104. The Interior Life by Katherine Blake (Dorothy Heydt)
  105. Daniel Abraham's Long Price books
  106. Peter Brazeau's Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered
  107. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, and Duane Berger
  108. The Money Machine: How the City Works by Philip Coggan
  109. Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA by Richard C. Lewontin
  110. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  111. The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  112. Triton by Delany, or anything by Samuel Delany
  113. Jack Finney's Time and Again
  114. Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg
  115. Double Star by Robert Heinlein
  116. Any work by Rupert Thomson, such as Divided Kingdom or The Book Of Revelation
  117. Super Spy by Matt Kindt
  118. Lucy A. Snyder's Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Other Oddities
  119. Peter Dickinson's King and Joker
  120. Murder at the MLA by D.J.H. Jones
  121. The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
  122. The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
  123. Dave Allan's Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters
  124. Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style
  125. No Trumpets or Bugles: Recollections of an Unrepentant Babu by J.B. D'Souza
  126. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
  127. Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball
  128. The Geography Of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
  129. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  130. Do It Marketing by Daniel Newman
  131. How Music Works by David Byrne
  132. Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times by Michael G. Peletz
  133. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin
  134. The Brain Audit
  135. Double Your Freelance Rate
  136. Practical Homicide Investigation by Vernon Geberth
  137. The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
  138. Homicide by David Simon
  139. Trance-Formations by Bandler and Grinder
  140. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan
  141. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
  142. 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.
  143. The Practice of System and Network Administration by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, and Strata R. Chalup
  144. The Investigative Reporter's Handbook
  145. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual
  146. A Fly for the Prosecution
  147. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  148. Democracy and the Foreigner by Bonnie Honig
  149. The Devourers by Indra Das
  150. Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by F.W.H Myer
  151. Osamu Dazai's Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy
  152. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
  153. The Mud Pie Dilemma
  154. Why Buildings Fall Down
  155. The Backstage Handbook
  156. Introduction to Airborne Radar
  157. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  158. Thinkertoys
  159. Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang
  160. Becoming The Parent You Want To Be
  161. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  162. The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook by Genevieve Jolliffe & Chris Jones
  163. Directing the Film: Film Directors on Their Art
  164. Scenic Art for the Theatre
  165. The Lie that tells a Truth by John Dufresne
  166. Genderqueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, ed. Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins
  167. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
  168. Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James N. Davidson
  169. Don't Believe Everything You Think
  170. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn
  171. Moving the Earth by Herbert L. Nichols and David A. Day
  172. The Norton Book of Women's Lives, edited by Phyllis Rose
  173. The Horse's Mind by Lucy Rees
  174. Stephen Pheasant's Bodyspace
  175. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society by Lila abu-Lughod
  176. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
  177. Reading The Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud
  178. Misquoting Jesus by Ehrman
  179. In Their Own Words by David Savran
  180. Formulas for Painters by Massey
  181. The Painter's Handbook by Gottsegen
  182. Pathologic Basis of Disease by Robbins & Cotran
  183. The Movie Business Book by Jason Squire
  184. Victor Villenueva's Cross-Talk in Comp Theory
  185. Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D Ching
  186. Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points
  187. Which Equalities Matter? by Anne Phillips
  188. Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman's Essays in Taxation (author may be mixed up there)
  189. Weston's Rulebook for Arguments
  190. [Hidden] Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
  191. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts by Susan Hayward
  192. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (How to Help Your Child) by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  193. Any work by Anthony Trollope excepting The Way We Live Now and Barchester Towers and The Warden and his autobiography
  194. Anything by Bruce Schneier, except Beyond Fear
  195. The Aeneid, Robert Fagles translation
  196. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
  197. Jan Slonczewski's Still Forms on Foxfield
  198. Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo
  199. Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida
  200. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon
  201. Any work by George Eliot excepting Middlemarch or Silas Marner
  202. Sheri Tepper's science fiction, especially The Gate to Women's Country
  203. Deadly Meeting by Robert Bernard
  204. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap Press, April 2007)
  205. Anything by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  206. How to Design Programs by Felleisen, Findler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi (the paper version, though I can access it for free online)
  207. Principles of Corporate Finance by Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers
  208. Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life by Richard Pilbrow
  209. 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
  210. Seeing Like A State by James Scott
  211. Charles Taylor's Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition
  212. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century by Philip Ball
  213. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World The Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese
  214. Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
  215. Anything by Max Gladstone
  216. Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  217. John Holt's How Children Learn and How Children Fail
  218. 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
  219. 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")
  220. Personal Days by Ed Park
  221. Immunology: The Immune System in Health and Disease by Janeway, Travers, Walport, and Shlomchik
  222. The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
  223. The Revenge Effect by Edward Tenner
  224. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
  225. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  226. Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack
  227. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead
  228. Information Storage and Retrieval by Robert R. Korfhage
  229. The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman
  230. Things I've Learned From Dying by David Dow
  231. Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  232. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  233. Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch
  234. The Machine That Changed The World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
  235. Stuart Sutherland's Irrationality: the Enemy Within
  236. The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzberg
  237. Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine
  238. 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?
  239. The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics by Michael Walzer
  240. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  241. A Book of Conquest: The "Chachnama" and Muslim Origins in South Asia by Manan Ahmed Asif
  242. Life's Dominion by Ronald Dworkin
  243. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo With Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965 by Samuel M. Steward
  244. Michael Blumlein's The Healer
  245. The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  246. The Octavian Nothing books by M.T. Anderson
  247. The Sin Eater by Alice Thomas Ellis
  248. Any of the Blue Monday anthologies by Chynna Clugston-Major
  249. Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
  250. 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
  251. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz
  252. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts
  253. The Family Cow by Dirk Van Loon
  254. My Life With the Saints by [Father] Jim Martin
  255. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored by Adam Phillips
  256. Psychological Testing by Anastasi and Urbina
  257. Centuries of Childhood by Philippe Aries
  258. The Murder of Helen Jewett by Cohen
  259. Beginning by Kenneth Branagh
  260. The Making of the Trek Conventions by Joan Winston
  261. A Budget of Trisections by Underwood Dudley
  262. John Rawls's Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy
  263. Any children's book in Russian
  264. Kevin Carson's Organization Theory
  265. Fiasco by Stanislaus Lem
  266. Children's letters to God: the new collection (Workman Publishing, 1991, New York)
  267. Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows by Sydney Biddle Barrows
  268. Why churches should not pay taxes by Dean M Kelley
  269. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  270. The Key to Metal Bumping An Instructive Manual of Body and Fender Repair Practices by Framnk T Sargent
  271. War Through The Ages by Lynn Montross

Non-Book Item Wishlist

If you've read this far and you wish I would give you weird ideas for non-book, non-charity gift ideas for me, you're in luck.


Last updated 27 February 2017
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