Some have asked what books are in my piles of sabbatical reading in this picture, which appears in yesterday’s post.
It’s too much to put in a caption, so it gets a whole post of its own! I’ll list what’s in each pile starting from the left, top to bottom, with occasional commentary.
Links are to Amazon for convenience. Please don’t take this as an endorsement even though I know it implicitly is.
First pile: Children’s books on technology from the Book & Game Company sidewalk sale.
- DKfindout! Coding
- Look Inside How Computers Work. Read and now sitting in the CS Commons. Fact check: Mostly correct.
- This is Not a Science Book: A Smart Art Activity Book. Lots of human perception stuff. As a kid, I would have read it over and over but not done the activities. I took it home for when my daughter is older.
- Coding Projects in Python
- Klutz Circuit Clay Science Kit
Second pile: Scholarly reading to catch up on.
- Persuasive 2018 proceedings. On my reading list because I wasn’t there. Skimmed; read a few articles and wrote enthusiastically to the colleague who wrote a couple of them.
- Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination. I wrote a few pages; I want to read the rest to see what Batya has to say that’s new since I worked in her lab. (Also, it seems she forgot I gave her the term “moral imagination” at my last research lab retreat. That’s okay.)
- Persuasive 2019 proceedings. I missed this one too.
Third pile: Textbooks on research methods, a topic I feel inadequately educated on.
- Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction. I went looking for the bottom two books first. Then I was like, hey, didn’t Jonathan Lazar write a book on research methods specifically for HCI? (With, as he reminded me, Jinjuang Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser.) I’ve already cracked this one open as I was thinking about whether some design activities required IRB review.
- Constructing Grounded Theory.
- Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research.
Fourth pile: Behavior change technology, and politics. I think these were all cited by other things I was reading.
- Feminist Surveillance Studies.
- The Quantified Self.
- The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty, and the Limits of Competition.
- Technologies of the Self. I didn’t know I needed to read Foucault. I’m both excited and scared.
- The New Spirit of Capitalism. I doubt I’ll read the whole thing.
- Virtually on this pile is one I plan to check out of the library: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.
Fifth pile: Feminism, gender, and language, mostly scholarly.
- Language and Woman’s Place: Revised and Expanded Edition.
- Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work. I’m excited to read Deborah Tannen for work and not just for fun!
- The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?
- In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development.
- Joining the Resistance. I’m excited to read more by Carol Gillian, whose work I encountered as an undergrad.
- Counterbalance: Gendered Perspectives for Writing and Language.
- Language and Gender.
Sixth pile: Women, work, and confidence, not so scholarly.
- Girl, Stop Apologizing.
- The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know.
- Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits. By Whitman alumnus and trustee Jonathan Sposato. I was invited to introduce his book talk on campus. In a nice turn of situational irony, I was on maternity leave and categorically unavailable for evening engagements. I said no.
- How to Say It for Women: Communicating with Confidence and Power Using the Language of Success.
Friends: Please let me know if this list inspires further recommendations, or if there is a book you’d like to read together and discuss!