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Just the usual list this week

cfk has bookflurries on Weds. nights

pico has literature for kossacks on Tues. nights, but it's on hiatus....

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if you like to trade books, try Book Mooch

Just the usual list this week:

Year's best science fiction edited by Gardner Dozois.  My favorite of the anthologies

Digital Dice: Computational solutions to practical probability problems by Paul Nahin.  The subtitle tells it.  This one has been on hold

Understanding jazz by Tom Piazza.  A nice book on jazz, with  a good accompanying CD

Matter by Iain Banks.  SF, just started.  Good, but requires a lot of attention

Life on the color line by Gregory Williams.  Williams, now the president of City College of New York, was born in Virginia during WW II.  He looked White, and assumed he was White (and, having met him, he looks as White as anyone).  But when the family business fell apart, the family broke up, and he moved to Muncie, Indiana, and discovered that his father was half-Black, which meant that Gregory was Black.  Fascinating.

Red state, blue state, rich state, poor state by Andrew Gelman.  (fair notice, I got a free copy from the author).  A fascinating book for us statistics-politics wonks, about the relationship between income and voting preference in different states, and how this evolved, and what it means.  I am almost finished with this one, and will have a full review in a separate diary.

Originally posted to plf515 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:41 AM PDT.

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