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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
Gap Creek - Robert Morgan I wanted to like this book a lot because it's written by a local author and is set in this general area, and I tend to appreciate books like that on a different level than books set in an unfamiliar place. However, there were a few things that threw me off.
First, I realize that many authors write religion/spirituality into their novels in order to make the characters accurate to their time or to their personalities, but in this novel the religious aspect just felt actually preachy. I don't know if I got that sense because I'm particularly sensitive to even a hint of religiosity or if other people have picked up on it too. It was minimal and didn't really take away from the story, but it did feel a bit out of place. Again, it could just be my interpretation of things, but I have read other novels in similar settings and I didn't get that feeling then.
The other thing that bothered me was that the male author describes a uniquely female experience in first person. I don't have anything against people writing from the perspective of another gender, but this particular scene was disconcerting perhaps because it was so vivid and violent and I had no way of telling if he drew on someone else's experience and just put it into his words or if, which I think is more likely, he just took what he thought he knew about the experience and embellished. It might have been accurate, but it didn't seem genuine.