August 17, 2015, by Dan Flatt
Summer Reads – The sequel
Following our post a couple of weeks ago, we have a fresh batch of recommended summer reads from library staff. See one that you fancy? Why not take one out?
Katie Fraser, Senior Librarian (Faculties of Science and Engineering), George Green Library
The girl with all the gifts, by M.R. Carey (PR6105.A744)
“I heard about this post-apocalyptic novel via Sean May from the School of Biosciences, who recommended it in his lecture ‘Zombie genomics: or the didactic dead’ (part of UoN’s Popular Culture Lecture Series.) It’s a really compelling read. There are interesting characters, it’s a fresh take on the zombie genre, and the science behind it is apparently pretty sound too.”
Valerie Housley, Associate Director – Strategy and Planning, King’s Meadow Campus
Reflections on a life in social work : a personal & professional memoir, by Olive Stevenson (HV28.S85)
“If you are interested in the development of social work in Britain from the 1950s, this book is an interesting account of how one woman helped to formulate theory and practice as she built her own career. Eventually she became a leading light at the University of Nottingham, passing on her knowledge and wisdom to other generations. I am always inspired to hear about women pioneers, and this book did not disappoint.”
Faith Kirk, Library Support Assistant, King’s Meadow Campus
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson (GDQA76.2.J63 ISA)
“This book may be of interest to anyone who has bought or used a desktop computer, iPad, iPhone, listens to music on iTunes, loves watching Pixar films or is just interested in successful people and how they reach such great heights. I was fascinated to read that from a child who had a bad start in life there emerged a weird and complicated character, who was neither engineer or computer geek, but was later to become a shrewd business man with a dark, often cruel side responsible for developing many of the electronic gizmos that now rule our lives.”
Suzanne Prior, Senior Library Adviser, King’s Meadow Campus
The Establishment and how they get away with it, by Owen Jones (HM1263 JON)
“Owen Jones is a writer for the Guardian and a political lobbyist, he gives an exposing account of the corrupt links between the Westminster lobbies, newsrooms and boardrooms of the City. He names the networks of people who run our society and how they are running things for their own interests.
Written last year it is still quite current and mentions familiar stories. It doesn’t go into too much depth, but be warned, although it may enlighten you it may make you angry!”
Kenneth Robinson, Library Adviser
The Why Axis: hidden motives and the undiscovered economics of everyday life, by Uri Gneezy and John A. List (HB74.P8.G6 )
“Of course, those of us who have made the correct life choice of working in LRLR, don’t really need to read this.
However, there are many lesser mortals in the rest of the world who do.
The authors explain in the simplest language how it is possible to get people who generally don’t want to do the “right” thing – go to school, eat healthy food etc., to do the right thing.
Sometimes they just pay them money.
This is called “nudge theory” and it’s happening all around us – have you been on a “mindfulness” course recently?”