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The “Read Me” Project Reading List

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There’s a word for this.

It turns out there’s a word for “piles of books you’ve bought but haven’t read.”

The word is tsundoku, and it’s slowly making its way into the English language. (It has its own Wikipedia entry, so it shouldn’t be long now.)

This particular tsundoku ate the New Year’s resolution that gave rise to the “Read Me” Project List in the first place. The original list from January 2018 now reflects the new additions.

The removals now have their own index here.

The latest Project Update (2020) is here; the 2019 update is here.

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The “Read Me” Project Reading List

Adeney, Miriam. Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. [added 01.17.2019]

Akenson, Donald Harman. Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and The Talmuds. University of Chicago Press, 1998. [added 06.07.2019. I blame Tim Miller at Human Pages.]

Akyol, Mustafa. The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Arnstine, Donald. Philosophy of Education: Learning and Schooling. New York: Harper and Row, 1967. [added 09.2018]

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Baggini, Julian and Jeremy Stangroom. Do You Think What You Think You Think? New York: Plume, 2006. [added 12.26.2018]

Baker, Mark C. and Goetz, Stewart. The Soul Hypotheses: Investigations Into the Existence of the Soul. New York: Continuum, 2011.

Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room. New York: Vintage Books, 1956.

Barna, George. Revolution. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2005. [added 09.2018]

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Barrett, Leonard E., Sr. The Rastafarians. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Richards, Amy. Manifesta: Young women, Feminism, and the Future. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

Belfoure, Charles. The Paris Architect. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013.

Berger, Warren. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Bloomsbury. 2014 [added 03.23.2019]

Berke, Joseph H. The Tyranny of Malice: Exploring the Dark Side of Character and Culture. New York: Summit Books, 1988.

Birkel, Michael. Qur’an in Conversation. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press., 2014.

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Bos, Johanna W. H. Van-Wijk. The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges. Book 1, A People and a Land. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019. [added 12.5.19 A gift from the author.]

Bolz-Weber, Nadia. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. New York: Convergent, 2015.

Brown, Jonathan A.C. Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. London: Oneworld, 2014.

Bruyneel, Sally and Padgett, Alan G. Introducing Christianity. Orbis Books, 2003. [added 06.14.2019. I am fed up with “Western Religions” textbooks, and I have got to get the fall book order in …]

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Campbell, H.M. John Dewey. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1971. [added 09.2018]

Campbell, Joseph. with Moyers, Bill. Betty Sue Flowers, ed. The Power of Myth. New York: MJF Books, 1988. [added 08.31.2019, and don’t judge …]

Catapano, Peter and Critchley, Simon. The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. The Vision of Judaism. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House, 2004.

Conti, Joseph. Holistic Christianity: The Vision of Catholic Mysticism. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon Press, 2005.

Cooke, Tim, ed. National Geographic Concise History of World Religions: An Illustrated Time Line. National Geographic Partners/Brown Reference Group, 2011. [added 12.22.19 Christmas.]

Cooper, Derek. Twenty Questions that shaped World Christian History. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. [added 06.14.2019]

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.

Dean, Jodi. The Communist Horizon. Verso, 2018. [added 08.16.2019 – because bookstores (in this case West Bank Books, St. Louis) are tourist attractions for us]

de Bellaigue, Christopher. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times. New York: Liveright, 2017. [added n.2018 – Barnes & Noble’s topical displays seem to work.]

Deming, Will. Rethinking Religion: A Concise Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2005. [added 06.14.2019]

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2001. [09.2018]

Depka, Eileen. Raising the Rigor: Effective Questioning Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2017. [added 10.2018]

Dewey, John. Human Nature and Conduct: An Introduction to Social Psychology. New York: Modern Library, 1930

Doctorow, Cory. Walkaway. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.

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Eagleton, Terry. Why Marx Was Right. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. [added 12.26.2018]

Ecker, Gisela, ed. Feminist Aesthetics. Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.

Edmonds, David. Would You Kill the Fat Man? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. [added 12.26.2018]

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Pope Francis. The Name of God is Mercy. New York: Random House, 2016.

Frankopan, Peter. The Silk Roads. New York: Vintage Books, 2017. [added 04.27.2019; Barnes & Noble’s Mother’s Day coupons work.]

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Gibala, Martin. The One Minute Workout. Avery (Penguin), 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.]

Gonzalez, Justo L. A History of Christian Thought, Volume I: From the Beginnings to the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 Nashville: Abingdon, 1970.

__________. A History of Christian Thought, Volume II: From Augustine to the Eve of the Reformation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1970.

__________. A History of Christian Thought, Volume III: From the Protestant Reformation to the Twentieth Century. Nashville: Abingdon, 1970. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home.]

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Gottwald, Norman K. The Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel, 1250-1050 BCE. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1979. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home.]

Gould, Sam. Being Christian in the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017. [added 01.17.2019]

Goulston, Mark. Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. AMACOM. 2015. [added 03.23.2019]

Grimes, Martha. The Knowledge. Grove Press, 2018. [added 11.15.19. “Here, try this one.”]Check_-_2

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Haig, Matt. How to Stop Time. Penguin, 2017. [added 07.12.2019 Though I should know better than to fall for a novel.]

Hall, Douglas John. What Christianity is Not: An Exercise in ‘Negative’ Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013. [added 06.14.2019]

Hart, Josephine. Catching Life By the Throat: How to Read Poetry and Why. Great Britain: Virago, 2011.

Harvard Business Review. On Making Smart Decisions. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.

Harvey, David. The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach us About the Art of Persuasion. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.

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Helm, Thomas E. The Christian Religion: An Introduction. Prentice-Hall, 1991. [added 08.2018]

Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. New York: Free Press, 1996.

Hirsch, Edward. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. San Diego: Harvest Books/Harcourt, 1999.

Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. New York: Warner Books, 1991.

Husain, Ed. The House of Islam: A Global History. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. [added n.2018 – Barnes & Noble’s topical displays seem to work]

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James, William. The Meaning of Truth. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1997.

Janin, Hunt. Four Paths to Jerusalem: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Secular Pilgrimages, 1000 BCE to 2001 CE. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2002. [added 12.25.2018]

Jansen, John Frederick. Exercises in Interpreting Scripture. Philadelphia: The Geneva Press, 1968. [added 02.03.2018 – free to a good home]

Johnson, Bryant. The RBG Workout. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.]

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Kitagawa, Joseph M. The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History and Culture. London: Routledge, 2002.

Kwok, Jean. Mambo in Chinatown. New York: Riverhead Books, 2014.

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Lemann, Nicholas. The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

Leonard, Annie. The Story of Stuff. New York: Free Press, 2010.

Levy, Naomi. Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul. New York: Flatiron Books, 2017. [added 09.2018]

Lipton, Bruce H. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2008.

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Maimonides. The Guide for the Perplexed. Translated by M. Friedlander, with an introduction by David Taffel. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2004 (1190). [added 09.2018]

Mayer, Catherine. Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! London: HarperCollins, 2017. [added 11.2018]

McGowan, John. Postmodernism and Its Critics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.

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Milgram, Stanley. Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. HarperPerennial (Harper & Row), 1974. [added 08.16.2019 – because bookstores (in this case West Bank Books, St. Louis) are tourist attractions for us]

Murata, Sachiko and Chittick, William C. The Vision of Islam. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House, 1994.

Naipaul, V.S. The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief. New York: Random House, 2010. [added 09.2018]

Newhouse, Alana, ed. The 100 Most Jewish Foods (A Highly Debatable List). Artisan, 2019. [added 12.26.19]

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Oluo, Ijeoma. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2019. [added 12.26.19]

Orlean, Susan. The Library Book. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018. [added 02.04.2018 – when the family member for whom I bought it for Christmas finished reading it and passed it on]

Pasachoff, Naomi. Great Jewish Thinkers: Their Lives and Work. Behrman House, 1992. [added 12.25.19]

Patten, Bernard M. Truth, Knowledge, or Just Plain Bull: How to Tell the Difference. Prometheus Books, 2004. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.]

Pauketat, Timothy R. Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi. Penguin Library of American Indiana History. Penguin, 2009. [added 08.13.2019, the day we visited the Cahokia Mounds on our way to our vacation in St. Louis, which was also the day we hauled ourselves up the 160 steps to the top of Monks’ Mound despite our age and mobility issues, after we’d walked all through the museum in the visitors’ center and wondered what evidence leads the archeologists to say this or that artifact “would” or “must” have been used for this or that purpose, and then found this book in the gift shop, which will perhaps answer that question.]

Pechilis, Karen and Raj, Selva J. South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today. London: Routledge, 2013.

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Popkin, Richard H. and Stroll, Avrum. Philosophy Made Simple. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1993.

Quine, Willard Van Orman. Elementary Logic. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.

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Radin, Paul. Primitive Man as Philosopher. New York: New York Review Books, 2017. (1927, 1955, 1957)

Rainey, Lawrence, ed. Modernism: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

Reeves, Anne R. Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011. [added 10.2018]

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Renard, John. Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Ricoeur, Paul. The Symbolism of Evil. Boston: Beacon Press, 1967.

Rothstein, Dan and Santana, Luz. Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Harvard Education Press. 2011. [added 03.23.2019]

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Sandel, Michael J. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Sanneh, Lamin. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. Oxford University Press, 2008. [added 01.17.2019]

Schilbrack, Kevin. Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Song, Aengus. Flowers from the Garden of Evil: Everyone’s Guide to the Elements of Authoritarian Dogma. White Rose Publishers, 2014. (Kindle ed.) [added 11.09.2019 “Curiosity killed the cat.”]

Sontag, Susan. Regarding the Pain of Others. Picador (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), 2003. [added 08.16.2019 – because bookstores (in this case West Bank Books, St. Louis) are tourist attractions for us]

Spiro, Melford E. Culture and Human Nature New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1994.

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St. Clair, Kassia. The Secret Lives of Color. New York: Penguin, 2016.

Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. W.W. Norton and Company, 2010. [added 12.26.19]

Stenger, Victor J. God and the Folly of Faith. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2012.

Stone, Howard W. and James O. Duke. How to Think Theologically. 3rd edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Sutherland, John. How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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Tammet, Daniel. Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

Tara, Sylvia. The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means For You. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [added 12.26.19]

Taylor, Jodi. Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s. New York: Nightshade Books, 2013.

Thévenez, Pierre. What Is Phenomenology? Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1962.

Tuchman, Barbara W. The Guns of August. New York: Ballantine Books, 1962.

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Wade, Nicholas. The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Walton, Douglas. The New Dialectic: Conversational Contexts of Argument. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Wilhelm, Anthony. Christ Among Us: A Modern Presentation of the Catholic Faith For Adults. 6th edition. HarperSanFrancisco, 1996. [added 07.02.2019. Working on the fall book order, borrowing from someone else’s syllabus …]

Williams, Will. Geography in Bite-Sized Chunks. Metro Books, 2017. [added 11.16.19. Birthday at the bookstore.]

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. New York: Abacus, 2015.

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Reading rises.
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