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 6542
Astoria, NY 11106
United States of America

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. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
  3. Foy: A Novel by Gordon Atkinson
  4. Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor by Emma J. Justes
  5. Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H Maister
  6. The Trusted Advisor by David H Maister
  7. Gynaecology by Ten Teachers by Geoffrey Chamberlain, Stanley G. Clayton and Ash Monga
  8. Ursula Franklin's The Real World of Technology
  9. The Status Seekers by Vance Packard
  10. Askew: A Short Biography of Bangalore by TJS George
  11. When We Fight We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
  12. Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  13. Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education by Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog
  14. Judy McKay's Managing the Test People: A Guide to Practical Technical Management
  15. Programmed Inequality from MIT Press
  16. From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice by Patricia Benner
  17. Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion edited by Piyali Bhattacharya
  18. Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown
  19. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon
  20. Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  21. Re Jane by Patricia Park
  22. Anything by Vandana Singh, such as Distances: A Novella
  23. The Wrench by Primo Levi
  24. The Hotel: Backstairs at the World's Most Exclusive Hotel by Jeffrey Robinson
  25. Hammer & Tickle by Ben Lewis
  26. Status Signals by Joel Polodny
  27. The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Danny Hillis
  28. Programming Language Pragmatics by Michael Scott
  29. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork
  30. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
  31. 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
  32. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  33. The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century by R.M. Lala
  34. Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  35. 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make and How You Can Avoid Them
  36. The Game Producer's Handbook by Dan Irish
  37. Code by Charles Petzold
  38. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel
  39. A Survival Guide for New Consultants by Alvin J Alexander
  40. The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk
  41. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Albert Hirschman
  42. My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy
  43. Raising Hell by Norman Spinrad
  44. Figurative Language by Barbara Dancygier and Eve Sweetser
  45. Evening Is The Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  46. Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America by Sarah Schulman
  47. Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (UMN Press) by Sangay K. Mishra
  48. The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis
  49. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezyani
  50. At Amberleaf Fair by Phyllis Ann Karr
  51. Drugs: From Discovery to Approval by Rick Ng
  52. Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times edited by Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser
  53. William Esper's The Actor's Art and Craft
  54. Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
  55. Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald
  56. Cultivating communities of practice: a guide to managing knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard A. McDermott, and William Snyder
  57. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (anthology)
  58. Running the books: the adventures of an accidental prison librarian by Avi Steinberg
  59. An Exchange of Hostages by Susan R. Matthews
  60. Anything by Ruth Reichl
  61. Set Phasers on Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error by S. M. Casey
  62. Anything by Alexis A Gilliland, with lowest preference going to the Wizenbeak trilogy
  63. To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski
  64. Agnisakshi: Fire, My Witness by Lalithambika Antharjanam
  65. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
  66. Generations by Neela Padmanabhan
  67. The Neighbours by P Kesava Dev
  68. The Bird Is Gone by Stephen Graham Jones
  69. Red Tape Stories from Indian Country by Pamela Rentz
  70. A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King
  71. 1587, a Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline by Ray Huang
  72. The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People by Ellis Amdur and Sgt. John Hutching
  73. Chaos for Breakfast: Practical Help and Humor for Nonprofit Executives by Robert A. Hall
  74. Drug Discovery: A History by Walter Sneader
  75. Handbook of Warnings edited by Michael Wogalter
  76. Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Kaner, Bach, Pettichord
  77. Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
  78. Facing the Extreme by Tzvetan Todorov
  79. The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
  80. The Long Voyage by Jorge Semprun
  81. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John M. Zelle
  82. Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
  83. Learning From Museums: Visitor Experience and the Making of Meaning by John Falk and Lynn Dierking
  84. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer
  85. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Goffman
  86. Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
  87. Anything by Atul Gawande except Better and Complications
  88. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
  89. Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
  90. The WisCon Chronicles, any volume, from Aqueduct Press
  91. Any mystery novel by Katherine Howell
  92. Any mystery novel by Kathryn Fox
  93. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  94. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
  95. A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  96. Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle will Change your life by Sheila Chandra
  97. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder et al.
  98. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  99. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by Maria Winslow (self-published through Lulu.com)
  100. Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand
  101. Anything in Anthony Price's Audley series, especially The Labyrinth Makers, The Hour of the Donkey, Soldier No More or Other Paths to Glory
  102. Up At The Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
  103. Sabotage in the American Workplace: Anecdotes of Dissatisfaction, Mischief and Revenge by Martin Sprouse
  104. Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States by Pete Jordan
  105. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams
  106. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill
  107. Vernor Vinge's Marooned in Realtime
  108. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
  109. Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall
  110. The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
  111. The Interior Life by Katherine Blake (Dorothy Heydt)
  112. Daniel Abraham's Long Price books
  113. Peter Brazeau's Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered
  114. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, and Duane Berger
  115. The Money Machine: How the City Works by Philip Coggan
  116. Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA by Richard C. Lewontin
  117. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  118. The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  119. Triton by Delany, or anything by Samuel Delany
  120. Jack Finney's Time and Again
  121. Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg
  122. Double Star by Robert Heinlein
  123. Any work by Rupert Thomson, such as Divided Kingdom or The Book Of Revelation
  124. Super Spy by Matt Kindt
  125. Lucy A. Snyder's Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Other Oddities
  126. Peter Dickinson's King and Joker
  127. Murder at the MLA by D.J.H. Jones
  128. The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
  129. The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
  130. Dave Allan's Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters
  131. Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style
  132. No Trumpets or Bugles: Recollections of an Unrepentant Babu by J.B. D'Souza
  133. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
  134. Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball
  135. The Geography Of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
  136. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  137. Do It Marketing by Daniel Newman
  138. How Music Works by David Byrne
  139. Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times by Michael G. Peletz
  140. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin
  141. The Brain Audit
  142. Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
  143. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
  144. A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption by Steven Hiatt, Erik Synnestvedt
  145. Double Your Freelance Rate
  146. Practical Homicide Investigation by Vernon Geberth
  147. The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
  148. Homicide by David Simon
  149. Trance-Formations by Bandler and Grinder
  150. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan
  151. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
  152. 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.
  153. The Practice of System and Network Administration by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, and Strata R. Chalup
  154. The Investigative Reporter's Handbook
  155. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual
  156. A Fly for the Prosecution
  157. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  158. Democracy and the Foreigner by Bonnie Honig
  159. The Devourers by Indra Das
  160. Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by F.W.H Myer
  161. Osamu Dazai's Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy
  162. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
  163. The Mud Pie Dilemma
  164. Why Buildings Fall Down
  165. The Backstage Handbook
  166. Introduction to Airborne Radar
  167. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  168. Thinkertoys
  169. Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang
  170. Becoming The Parent You Want To Be
  171. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  172. The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook by Genevieve Jolliffe & Chris Jones
  173. Directing the Film: Film Directors on Their Art
  174. Scenic Art for the Theatre
  175. The Lie that tells a Truth by John Dufresne
  176. Genderqueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, ed. Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins
  177. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
  178. Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James N. Davidson
  179. Don't Believe Everything You Think
  180. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn
  181. Moving the Earth by Herbert L. Nichols and David A. Day
  182. The Norton Book of Women's Lives, edited by Phyllis Rose
  183. The Horse's Mind by Lucy Rees
  184. Stephen Pheasant's Bodyspace
  185. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society by Lila abu-Lughod
  186. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
  187. Reading The Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud
  188. Misquoting Jesus by Ehrman
  189. In Their Own Words by David Savran
  190. Formulas for Painters by Massey
  191. The Painter's Handbook by Gottsegen
  192. Pathologic Basis of Disease by Robbins & Cotran
  193. The Movie Business Book by Jason Squire
  194. Victor Villenueva's Cross-Talk in Comp Theory
  195. Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D Ching
  196. Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points
  197. Which Equalities Matter? by Anne Phillips
  198. Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman's Essays in Taxation (author may be mixed up there)
  199. Weston's Rulebook for Arguments
  200. [Hidden] Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
  201. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts by Susan Hayward
  202. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (How to Help Your Child) by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  203. Any work by Anthony Trollope excepting The Way We Live Now and Barchester Towers and The Warden and his autobiography
  204. Anything by Bruce Schneier, except Beyond Fear
  205. The Aeneid, Robert Fagles translation
  206. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
  207. Jan Slonczewski's Still Forms on Foxfield
  208. Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo
  209. Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida
  210. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon
  211. Any work by George Eliot excepting Middlemarch or Silas Marner
  212. Sheri Tepper's science fiction, especially The Gate to Women's Country
  213. Deadly Meeting by Robert Bernard
  214. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance by James C. Scott
  215. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap Press, April 2007)
  216. Anything by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  217. How to Design Programs by Felleisen, Findler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi (the paper version, though I can access it for free online)
  218. Principles of Corporate Finance by Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers
  219. Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life by Richard Pilbrow
  220. 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
  221. Charles Taylor's Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition
  222. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century by Philip Ball
  223. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World The Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese
  224. Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
  225. Anything by Max Gladstone
  226. Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  227. John Holt's How Children Learn and How Children Fail
  228. 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
  229. 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")
  230. Personal Days by Ed Park
  231. Immunology: The Immune System in Health and Disease by Janeway, Travers, Walport, and Shlomchik
  232. The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
  233. The Revenge Effect by Edward Tenner
  234. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
  235. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  236. Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack
  237. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead
  238. Information Storage and Retrieval by Robert R. Korfhage
  239. The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman
  240. Things I've Learned From Dying by David Dow
  241. Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  242. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  243. Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch
  244. The Machine That Changed The World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
  245. Stuart Sutherland's Irrationality: the Enemy Within
  246. The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzberg
  247. Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine
  248. 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?
  249. The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics by Michael Walzer
  250. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  251. A Book of Conquest: The "Chachnama" and Muslim Origins in South Asia by Manan Ahmed Asif
  252. Life's Dominion by Ronald Dworkin
  253. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo With Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965 by Samuel M. Steward
  254. Michael Blumlein's The Healer
  255. The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  256. The Octavian Nothing books by M.T. Anderson
  257. The Sin Eater by Alice Thomas Ellis
  258. Any of the Blue Monday anthologies by Chynna Clugston-Major
  259. Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
  260. 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
  261. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz
  262. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts
  263. The Family Cow by Dirk Van Loon
  264. My Life With the Saints by [Father] Jim Martin
  265. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored by Adam Phillips
  266. Psychological Testing by Anastasi and Urbina
  267. Centuries of Childhood by Philippe Aries
  268. The Murder of Helen Jewett by Cohen
  269. Beginning by Kenneth Branagh
  270. The Making of the Trek Conventions by Joan Winston
  271. A Budget of Trisections by Underwood Dudley
  272. John Rawls's Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy
  273. Any children's book in Russian
  274. Kevin Carson's Organization Theory
  275. Fiasco by Stanislaus Lem
  276. Children's letters to God: the new collection (Workman Publishing, 1991, New York)
  277. Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows by Sydney Biddle Barrows
  278. Why churches should not pay taxes by Dean M Kelley
  279. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  280. The Key to Metal Bumping An Instructive Manual of Body and Fender Repair Practices by Framnk T Sargent
  281. 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 19 December 2017
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