One of my major projects for this month (and into mid-December) is an online course A Global History of Architecture. It is taught by one of the authors of the text book (right) Mark Jarzombek, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at MIT.
I'm now in week four of twelve. All materials are online and the class is free (I'm auditing, there is a fee for credit). It takes about six hours a week of video lectures and reading. So far we've made it from huts to Dorian Greece and I'm really liking it.
I still have time for plenty of other reading, most of it very good:
The Sacred Night by Jelloun Ben Tahar; Translated from the French by Alan Sheridan
Dreams? Nightmares? Fantasies? Allegories? It was good. Library book.
The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
This takes place near the end of World War 2 in Italy. Venetian fisherman helps a young escaped Jewish woman find her betrayer. A good read, nicely paced. Free advanced reader copy from publisher.
Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
Liked it, but not as much as Kit's Law. Library book.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
I thoroughly enjoyed this multiple viewpoint story of the early days of the Battle of Britain.
Free advance review copy from the publisher through the Library Thing Early Reviewer
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
This one is also told from multiple points of view but more in a third person narrative style, with some collective first person plural as the older women in an African American church view the activities of the younger generation. Takes place in Oceanside, California and Ann Arbor Michigan.
A couple of picture books
Mother Goose's Teddy Bears Illustrated and adapted to Mother Goose by Frederick L. Cavally.
A delightful 1907 children's book with teddy bears acting out nursery rhymes. On Project Gutenberg.
Penguin Problems by Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrations)
Nice whimsical pictures, with a count-your-blessings- and-be-happy-where-you-are story line. Library book
A comic book
Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope
by Berkeley Breathed
Welcome back Opus. A finished copy won in a
publisher sponsored contest.
"Architecture for Children" Explains Why We Should Teach Architecture to Kids by Ana Rodríguez; Translated by Amanda Pimenta
Zaha Hadid’s successor: my blueprint for the future "Patrik Schumacher preaches the gospel of ‘parametricism’, a system of architecture designed to cut out human error by valuing technology over art and intuition. But does it work?" Rowan Moore interviews Schumacher. They collide a bit and I found the comments as interesting as the interview. Someday I may figure out what they are talking about but my history of architecture class has barely reached the mud brick stage.
The untold story of Japanese war brides by Kathryn Tolbert
Fatherland. The Mountains of Iranian Kurdistan Photographs and a brief essay by Linda Dorigo.
Sagoromo, Co-Winner 2014 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize Background information and an excerpt from the translated work. Wonderful illustrations.
So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms: Haiku from the Year of the Great Earthquake and Tsunami by by Madoka Mayuzumi; Hiro Sato and Nancy Sato (Translators) excerpts from the other co-winner of the 2014 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize. I am purchasing a copy from the publisher, Red Moon Press Oops, just got an email from Red Moon--they no longer have any copies. Sigh...
The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr by Hadley Meares
"The fate of Aaron Burr's daughter remains a topic of contention."