I finally got to my local library, and oh man isn't it a fantastic library. The thing that has me most excited is the fact that it has a HUGE nonfiction section. I couldn't stop grinning as the woman who gave me my card explained to me what I can check out and what was where in the library.
Audiovisual area is pretty big, and the fiction area had me accidentally meander into the Scifi area. Deliciousness. But the Nonfiction... yeah I think in 2 minutes I grabbed 2 books and then decided I couldn't continue at that rate and checked them out.
In hopes actually reading these books, I'm going to mention them here and you, my dear readers, should bug me to update you on what I thought. Or not. I can't really give you homework, but forcing me to read more books would be great!
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
One of those authors I'm told time and time again that I should read. Considering the main character has a problem I think I could relate to, I'm interested to see what Butler does with hyperempathy as a built in character flaw.
The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition... Socialism by John Nichols
As a liberal and an economics major (a pairing that rarely goes hand in hand) I'm really interested to see a historical take on socialism in America. More for the economics, though, because I want to see if there's any focus on unsuccessful ventures as well.
Beyond Boundaries by Miguel Nicolelis
I got it for the subtitle. "The new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives." Basically the infant stages of a cyborg race. Why not read about it before we become the borg?
Wish me luck reading! I'm hoping I can finish these by the time the books are due.