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

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