In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

•"100 years of Harley-Davidson," by Willie G. Davidson.

From the very first production Harley-Davidson of 1903/04 to the 2002 VRSCA V-rod motorcycle, this book has them all. In addition to a portrait photo and spec sheet for each motorcycle, Davidson shows them in their context: Shots of races, policemen on their Harleys, and motorcycles from the war years mingle with publicity stills and essays on the motorcycle life.

•"The Octopus and the Orangutan," by Eugene Linden.

For anyone who's ever been intrigued by the stories of amazing animals, this book gives verified examples that will astound you. Orcas that fish for seagulls; otters, elephants and chimps that have learned to trade; octopi that can open their enclosures and escape... this is an eye-opening look into the world of wild animals and how they learn to interact with the human world.

•"Blood Diamonds," by Greg Campbell.

Diamond miners in Sierra Leone earn about 50 cents a day plus 2 cups of rice, and even that can be taken away at a moment's notice should any one of the various rebel groups make an appearance. Campbell follows the trail of "conflict diamonds" as they are stolen, smuggled out of the country and sold to finance the purchase of more weapons to continue the bloodshed.

•"Snake Hips," by Anne Thomas Soffee.

The wonderfully funny story of one woman who eschewed more popular yoga and ballet classes in favor of learning to belly dance. Before she knew it, Soffee was shimmying away in a world where younger and thinner aren't always better, big name dancers perform in Holiday Inns, and all the fashion rules are turned upside down.

•"Of Moths and Men," by Judith Hooper.

High school biology class taught us that peppered moths demonstrated evolution in action when, as England became more polluted, more dark-colored than light moths were found. But what if the scientist who proved that was influenced by the grants that funded his work? Hooper examines Kettlewell's life, and the science that made his reputation, in light of the company he kept.

•"Horseshoes, Cowsocks, and Duckfeet," by Baxter Black.

NPR's cowboy poet does a lot of thinking and has collected his thoughts into a book of very short, very funny essays about such things as pre-dawn calls from ranchers to their veterinarians, living a life with no keys, and honesty in language.

•"The Bitch in the House," edited by Cathi Hanauer.

A kaleidoscope of essays by women about the ways having families, marriages, babies, sex and work shape their inner lives. Perhaps a snippet of one woman's life will resonate with your own in this eclectic and occasionally voyeuristic mix. In any case, it is thought-provoking reading.

•"Girl Meets God," by Lauren F. Winner.

As Lauren, who has chosen to become an Orthodox Jew, delves deeper into the study of Judaism in college, she finds herself drawn to Christianity. Here is a year in her young Christian life, as she tries to integrate her Christian and Orthodox friends and reconcile her Jewish experiences with her new life and beliefs.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our website ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for "In the Stacks."

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