Barry Chevannes: Rastafari: Roots and Ideology (Utopianism and Communitarianism)
Been working on this one since my spring sojourn in the Caribbean. Though it's certainly interesting, I'm reading it with pencil in hand to underline and make notes in the margins. I may have to return to Little Seal before I have time for such concentrated study again.
Jane Goodall: Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
My brother read excerpts of this book aloud to me as we drove to Maine this summer. I'm working on the whole thing now. Goodall brings an interesting perspective to the local and whole foods discussions, and she uses funny acronyms like "FOJ" (friends of Jane).
Mike Fay: Last Place on Earth (National Geographic)
Nick Nichols and Mike Fay undertook an incredible task as they traversed the Congo and Gabon. Now that I'm working for Nick, I'm getting pretty intimate with the contents of this book. From a totally unbiased position (!), let me say that the photographs are stunning and the changes they inspired in West Africa are truly remarkable.
Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
I am only a few chapters in to this true story of an American climber whose failed summit of K2 leads to a life dedicated to giving back to Pakistan. At least that is what I think it's about... Very excited to meet Greg Mortenson when he comes to speak at Village School this month!
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International)
Picked this one off the bedside table at my aunt's house on Vinalhaven Island. I'm early in the chapters and am already thinking that love is a frightening thing. Deliciously frightening, I think. Wish I could read the book in Spanish.
Sara Gruen: Water for Elephants: A Novel
This captivating novel about train-traveling circus folk somehow complements my own current existence, as I swoosh across Japan and marvel at this foreign world. I mean, there are no elephants, freaks, or hobos around here. But somehow Asia feels like the perfect place to read a magical love story about another world to which I'm an outsider.