Spring Textbooks

Remember those packages I showed you last Tuesday? Above is all the books I found when I opened the envelopes and cardboard boxes, and all of the books above are the books I’m going to be reading for the next semester. Eighteen books in total arrived on Tuesday, but two more books I need for the semester were purchased over the weekend and a third (re)ordered on Monday.

I’m taking four classes this semester — Policy and Economics of Food (also known as Not Your Mother’s Home Economics), Rescue and Resistance During the Holocaust (which I mentioned here and here), Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, and Research Design in Geography. The first three classes are the ones I’m most interested in, although they are all completely different, but they are all going to be a lot of work.

In case you’re wondering, the two shrink-wrapped books are still in their wrapping because I cannot return them if they are unwrapped. Although that’s not really a necessary precaution seeing as how I’m definitely taking the courses I’m signed up for.

For Rescue and Resistance During the Holocaust:

  • Children with a Star (Debórah Dwork) — Subtitled “Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe”, I actually already finished this book and reviewed it as it was the first book to read for my class.
  • Every Man Dies Alone (Hans Fallada) — The only novel assigned by my professor, which was kind of a shock unto itself.
  • The Forger (Cioma Sfchönhaus) — Subtitled “An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin”, this is the last book I will be reading for my class so don’t expect a review until late April.
  • I Remember Nothing More (Adina Blady Szwaiger) — This book is “a doctor’s powerfully moving memoir of her struggle to save the children of the Warsaw Ghetto”. Sounds interesting.
  • Jews in Nazi Berlin (Beate Meyer, Hermann Simon, and Chana Schütz) — Subtitled “From Kristallnacht to Liberation”, this is the third largest tome but will not be read until later in the semester.
  • Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter (Kazik) — A memoir about — what else — the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
  • The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943 (Barbara Epstein) — I’m actually more interested in the second part of the subtitle — “Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism” — as I know very little about the Soviet Union, let alone the U.S.S.R during the Holocaust.
  • The Neppi Modona Diaries (Kate Cohen) — Subtitled “Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family”, this one is actually available on Amazon Kindle but I purchased this book before receiving my iPad for Christmas.
  • The Order Has Been Carried Out (Alessandro Portelli) — This book is about a Nazi Massacre in Rome, which is an area I know little about in relation to the Holocaust.
  • Refuge in Hell (Daniel B. Silver) — My professor has decided to replace this book with a different one, but I’ve decided to keep it to read on my own time based simply on the subtitled — “How Berlin’s Jewish Hospital Outlasted the Nazis”.
  • Rescuing the Children (Vivette Sameul) — The next book (a memoir) for my class to be assigned and I’ll be starting the book after class on Thursday.
  • Survivors (Bob Moore) — Know better by its subtitle (“Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe”) than title, this book is fourth book to be assigned for my class and it is quite large so I’ll be beginning it soon.

For Research Design in Geography:

  • Approaches to Social Research (Royce A. Singleton Jr. and Bruce C. Straits) — From what I’ve read so far — about 100 or so pages — the authors are attempting to be funny in a tongue-in-cheek way or they are insulting their readers’ intelligence.

For Policy and Economics of Food:

  • The CAFO Reader (Daniel Imhoff) — I eat meat. I’m kind of afraid of this book because it’s suppose to look a the “tragedy of industrial animal factories”.
  • Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser) — I read this book for English class junior year of high school, and a reread might be in order to remember all the finer parts of Schlosser’s argument.
  • Food, Inc. (Karl Weber) — We watched the documentary of the same name during our first class (I had already seen it before, though), and my professor said this ‘participant’s guide’ is a collection of essays by those featured in the documentary.
  • Food Politics (Marion Nestle) — Subtitled “How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health”, I started this book over winter break and lost interested because it’s a bit repetitive.
  • Kitchen Literacy (Ann Vileisis) — I purchased this one on my iPad for Kindle because I will be reading it over spring break.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan) — My mom read this book over the summer and loved it so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
  • Perfection Salad (Laura Shapiro) — I actually already finished this book and reviewed it.


  1. What a fascinating, diverse spread of books you have lined up! I’ll look forward to your thoughts on them as you read them. Some, like Food Inc and Fast Food Nation, are on my own TBR.


    • Very diverse, for sure. There aren’t too many connections between the classes that I’m taking this semester, but they all (but one) seem really fascinating. I’m especially excited to read all the food books as that’s an area I have really explored.


Please feel free to share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: