good books and good works

I was tagged by Britt from Have Fun Do Good with this Book Meme last week.

Total number of books I own:

A lot. No really, imagine a lot of books. Now imagine that they reproduced. Asexually.

Last book I read:

Not For Bread Alone by Moe Foner. A really interesting, quick read memoir the guy who founded SEIU 1199’s Bread and Roses Project. Not a polished author, but a subject matter near and dear to my heart.

Last book I bought:

Hmmm. I bought a first edition of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard at a book sale last month. I think that was it.

5 Meaningful Books

I have to say, I’m having a hard time limiting myself to five. I’m picking five non-fiction, but there are many meaningful novels in my past, too.

Hey Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray by Allison Owings

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left  by Linn Shapiro

Dispatches by Michael Herr

Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol

…and of course, the tagging it forward:



Doppelganger (has there ever been a book blog I didn’t tag you with?)



Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!


October 30, 2007. books for grown-ups, memes.


  1. tag! I’m it! « alala replied:

    […] 1st, 2007 at 9:10 pm (bookblog) So Landismom tagged me with a book meme! And I’m sure she didn’t mean it in the “tsk tsk, you haven’t been reading […]

  2. alala replied:

    Well, thanks for the tag. It made me realize I have a lot of catching up to do. (Meaning my actual life needs to move a little closer to my intentions, not that I’m in competition with anyone else. Remember reading contest in school? Win a prize for reading the most books? Ugh. As if reading wasn’t its own reward).

  3. Anjali replied:

    Just noticed this tag. Thanks for the post idea — I’ll do it tomorrow.

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