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

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