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Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation
Daniel F. Chambliss, Russell K. Schutt
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright
One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking: 600 recipes from the nation's best home cooks, farmers, pit-masters and chefs
Molly O'Neill
When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka
A Place on the Corner (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries)
Elijah Anderson
I Speak English: A Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Ruth J. Colvin
Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa
Habeeb Salloum
Cultural Sociology: An Introduction
Les Back, Andy Bennett, Laura Desfor Edles, David Inglis, Ron Jacobs, Ian Woodward, Margaret Gibson
Violence in the City of Women: Police and Batterers in Bahia, Brazil
Sarah J. Hautzinger
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
Grace Llewellyn

The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City

The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City - Matthew C. Gutmann Not terrible, and some interesting information, but I personally prefer ethnographies to be a little more rich with personal accounts and stories. Reading this felt like the author was a bit detached.
The Golden Mean - Nick Bantock MIND. BLOWN.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs I have a habit of buying books I remember wanting to read, letting them sit on the shelf for quite a while, and then when I finally get around to reading, I've completely forgotten what that particular book is about. As such, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this, and the creepy photographs sprinkled throughout the narrative threw me off at first (as interesting as some of them are, I'm not sure how much they actually add to the story), as did the somewhat bland introduction, but ultimately I enjoyed reading it, and actually had a hard time putting it down. Looking forward to the next book in the series coming out in January!
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel - Jeff Backhaus I can see the potential for criticism but I still felt intensely as I was reading which to me indicates that the author has done something right.
Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology - David Graeber Highly readable, despite being written by an academic; addresses many of the questions I had as a person new to anarchism and anarchist thought. Also an excellent critique of current systems of thought regarding the necessity of states.
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro Sad/creepy. Not exactly what I expected but to be fair by the time I got it out of the library I didn't even remember what it was about, just that I wanted to read it.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ott, Jonathan Lethem Very eerie; I couldn't put it down.

Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop

Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop - Stephen Cresswell Might add (or remove) a star after we've tried out some recipes. A fun book to read even if you don't decide to try any of the drinks.
Punk Land - Carlton Mellick III This book was a pile of shit and I feel stupider for having read it. Ugh. Trying way too hard.
The Round House - Louise Erdrich Depressing and emotionally difficult, but extremely well-written, particularly the combination of events in the novel and somewhat related folk tales. Great pacing.
Lonesome Animals - Bruce Holbert Good story, but basically detestable characters and overly descriptive at times. I didn't need the entire recipe every time someone cooked a meal.

Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry

Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry: (University Center for Human Values) - Michael Ignatieff, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Amy Gutmann, David A. Hollinger, Thomas W. Laqueur, Diane F. Orentlicher I enjoyed reading this, but strongly disagree with certain premises taken for granted by the contributors - namely the statist idea that there are cases where national sovereignty and maintaining so-called order should take precedence over human rights. I was also confused by the notion that human rights need to be grounded in something. If you need an outside source to convince you that hurting and killing other humans is wrong...I'm just not even sure what that says about your character.
Shades of Grey: A Novel - Jasper Fforde Will be desperately awaiting the release of the sequels. What an awesomely twisted book. Horrible but in that great dystopian way.
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook - Martha Stewart It's a beautiful book, with a wide variety of recipes for probably near every level of kitchen skill. I'll be trying out the banana bread recipe tomorrow and am reserving rating the book until I can see how a recipe turns out.

Update: banana bread recipe was phenomenal, and turned out well despite my temperamental mixer. Can't wait to try out some more recipes from this book.
The Fourth Bear - Jasper Fforde As I said in a status update, this book was a bit too self-aware...maybe that was the joke, but it kind of broke the flow of the story for me. All that said, story was still great and I love unraveling the mystery along with the characters.
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde Very fun read, and a good mystery too, albeit unconventional.