Friday Reads: BLF Staff Edition

Happy Friday! What better way to gear up for the weekend than to curl up with a good book.

Today, the BLF staff is reading…

Liz, Volunteers Coordinator:

You Can’t Eat GNP: Economics as if Ecology Matters

by Eric Davidson

Economic growth can’t be sustained without a healthy environment.

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World

by Sandor Ellix Katz


Kadi, Festival Director:

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

By H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace

Who knew? In 1953, at the height of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top-secret program, code-named MKULTRA, to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. Realizing that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions, and powders against the adversary, the CIA hired America’s most famous magician, John Mulholland, to write two manuals on sleight of hand and covert communication techniques.

In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed. Mulholland’s manuals were thought to be among them—until a single surviving copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the agency’s archives.

The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland’s instructions for CIA officers on the magician’s art of deception and secret communications.

Caixia, Logistics Coordinator:

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

by Miranda Kennedy

A twentysomething reporter leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects.  In Delhi, she runs into difficulties renting an apartment as a single woman and learns that the proper way for women in India to ride scooters—perched sideways. In the five years Kennedy spends in India, she peels back India’s globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women’s lives have scarcely changed for centuries.

Emily, Schools Program Coordinator:

The Man Who Died Twice: The Life and Adventures of Morrison of Peking 

by Peter Thompson and Robert Macklin

The story of George Morrison, an Australian journalist who reported on China for the London Times during the Boxer Rebellion.

A Deepak Chopra Book picked up at the ISB book sale. Emily trying to remember title, “I think it’s called secrets to Life or something.”

Mengfei, Program Assistant/Media Liason:

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Goldblatt

Literary history meets whodunit.


An audiobook of Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

Like an extended lunch with Liz Lemon!