james reston jr

So the Friends of the Seattle Public Library held a book sale today. $15 for 11 books.

No clue if most of these are any good, I’ll asterisk the ones I’ve already heard good things about.

The Manila Galleon by William Lytle Schurz. About the ships used to transport the wealth of the Spanish Empire across the Pacific Ocean.

The First Century by William K. Klingaman. About Europe and Asia (from the table of contents) during, well, the first century CE.

* Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. More about animals than brains this time.

The Discoverers by Daniel L. Boorstin. About how people have discovered things, historically.

The Secret Voyages of Sir Francis Drake by Samuel Bawlf. About…Sir Francis Drake. Hopefully not full of nutty conspiracies.

* Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell. I’ve heard very good things about her.

The Scents of Eden by Charles Corn. About the Spice Trade.

Dogs of God by James Reston Jr. About the Spanish Inquisition, the Expulsion, and other things that are going to make me angry. (At least I didn’t buy the two–two–900 page books about the area my great-great grandparents grew up in and how it was all destroyed during the Holocaust.)

Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon by John Hemming. About…the Amazon, its history, and all of the stupid Europeans who kept dying in it.

Tudor by Leanda de Lisle. About the Tudors–all of them and not just the monarchs.

* 1493 by Charles C. Mann. Sequel to 1491, reviewed here. About what changed in the Americas post-Columbus. It’s been on my list for over a year now and my birthday party’s tomorrow, so I texted to make sure my parents hadn’t gotten it for me (something I try very hard not to do, but also it was $2 and I wasn’t going to see a deal like that again). Dad texted back saying they hadn’t gotten it but they had looked for the book I did request–1453. What a typo, honestly.