Books (and other items) That Sumana Would Like

Man. Material goods. We need them, they clutter our lives, and then there is the gift thing.

If you are thinking of purchasing a gift for me, note that I support approximately everything that the Software Freedom Conservancy does, and that they can always use your donations. I am relatively well-off. So I really, really would prefer you donate to charity rather than give me something for my birthday or a like occasion. Charity Navigator's donation guide can help you find reputable, competent charities.

However, if you wish to give me an object, you can't go wrong with any of the books or other items below. Sure, I don't have enough shelf space as it is, but that's my problem.

My mailing address is:

PO Box 721160
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
United States of America

Non-Book Item Wishlist

  • A grey rug that is soft on bare feet
  • Sewing machine needles for a Brother machine
  • A vintage floor lamp
  • A gift card/certificate for housecleanings from Up And Go, a housecleaner co-op
  • A yummy vegetarian (ovo-lacto) meal
  • A transparent pint-sized drinking glass with pretty art on it
  • Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones or Beats headphones
  • Lavender- or jasmine-scented soap
  • Subtitled recordings of Anant Nag movies
  • DVDs of the British TV miniseries The Jewel in the Crown or Elizabeth (with Helen Mirren)
  • A tube wringer
  • Power symbol tie
  • A StressEraser
  • Music, in compact disc form or via DRM-free download:
    • "26 Scientists: Volume 1, Anning to Malthus" or its sequel by Artichoke
    • Russian choral chants
    • Bluegrass
    • Anything by Lawsuit, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Isla Wolfe, Imogen Heap, Lacuna Coil, The Decemberists, Useless ID, DeCadence, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Atom And His Package, Rilo Kiley, Spoon, Frisbie, The Vincent Black Shadow, Copperpot, Beautiful South, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Ditty Bops, Save Ferris, the Skatalites, Preston School of Industry, Rosie Burgess, Postal Service, Dropkick Murphys, 3 Mustaphas 3, or The Ataris
  • A gift membership in the UC Berkeley Alumni Association or the Columbia University Club of New York
  • Sewing lessons
  • After the pandemic: a vacation in, say, Helsinki or Philadelphia or Chicago or New Zealand or London or Amsterdam or San Francisco or Seattle or Portland, Oregon or Montreal or Singapore
  • Sessions with a personal trainer

Sumana's Book Wishlist

These are books that I would like to read, roughly ordered by my desire. When I borrow them from the library I take them off the list. You can probably find all of these books at Bookfinder, and many of them at Bookshop, the Powell's Books website or at any other independent bookstore.

  1. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by Maria Winslow (self-published through
  2. Lobbyists at Work, edited by Beth L. Leech
  3. Managing Projects in the Real World: The Tips and Tricks No One Tells You About When You Start by Melanie McBride
  4. Rise Up Singing
  5. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
  6. Anything by Maggie Helwig
  7. The Secret History of Home Economics by Danielle Dreilinger
  8. Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H Maister
  9. The Trusted Advisor by David H Maister
  10. Helen Perry Curtis and the European Trip of a Lifetime by Laura Gellott
  11. Gynaecology by Ten Teachers by Geoffrey Chamberlain, Stanley G. Clayton and Ash Monga
  12. Ursula Franklin's The Real World of Technology
  13. The Status Seekers by Vance Packard
  14. These novels by Diane Duane in the Net Force Explorers series: One is the Loneliest Number, The Deadliest Game, Deathworld
  15. Askew: A Short Biography of Bangalore by TJS George
  16. Free, Fair, and Alive: The insurgent power of the commons by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich
  17. When We Fight We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
  18. The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
  19. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra
  20. The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
  21. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger and Gene Stone
  22. No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll
  23. anything by Kristin Cashore
  24. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
  25. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal
  26. Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  27. Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education by Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog
  28. Judy McKay's Managing the Test People: A Guide to Practical Technical Management
  29. Programmed Inequality from MIT Press
  30. Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis
  31. The Smart Money Method by Stephen Clapham
  32. From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice by Patricia Benner
  33. A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht
  34. Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion edited by Piyali Bhattacharya
  35. Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown
  36. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon
  37. Re Jane by Patricia Park
  38. Anything by Vandana Singh, such as Distances: A Novella
  39. The Wrench by Primo Levi
  40. The Hotel: Backstairs at the World's Most Exclusive Hotel by Jeffrey Robinson
  41. Hammer & Tickle by Ben Lewis
  42. Status Signals by Joel Polodny
  43. The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Danny Hillis
  44. Programming Language Pragmatics by Michael Scott
  45. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork
  46. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
  47. Gerald Weinberg's Becoming a Technical Leader: an Organic Problem-Solving Approach or The Psychology of Computer Programming to reread -- or, heck, probably anything else he wrote on the general topic
  48. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  49. The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century by R.M. Lala
  50. Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  51. 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make and How You Can Avoid Them
  52. The Game Producer's Handbook by Dan Irish
  53. Code by Charles Petzold
  54. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel
  55. Aster Glenn Gray's Honeytrap
  56. A Survival Guide for New Consultants by Alvin J Alexander
  57. The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk
  58. A History of the Future in 100 Objects by Adrian Hon
  59. The Pursued and the Pursuing by AJ Odasso
  60. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Albert Hirschman
  61. My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy
  62. Raising Hell by Norman Spinrad
  63. Figurative Language by Barbara Dancygier and Eve Sweetser
  64. Evening Is The Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  65. Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America by Sarah Schulman
  66. Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (UMN Press) by Sangay K. Mishra
  67. The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis
  68. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezyani
  69. Drugs: From Discovery to Approval by Rick Ng
  70. Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times edited by Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser
  71. William Esper's The Actor's Art and Craft
  72. Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
  73. Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald
  74. See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur
  75. A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis by Diane Ackerman
  76. Cultivating communities of practice: a guide to managing knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard A. McDermott, and William Snyder
  77. Running the books: the adventures of an accidental prison librarian by Avi Steinberg
  78. An Exchange of Hostages by Susan R. Matthews
  79. Anything by Ruth Reichl
  80. Set Phasers on Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error by S. M. Casey
  81. Anything by Alexis A Gilliland, with lowest preference going to the Wizenbeak trilogy
  82. To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski
  83. Agnisakshi: Fire, My Witness by Lalithambika Antharjanam
  84. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
  85. Generations by Neela Padmanabhan
  86. The Neighbours by P Kesava Dev
  87. The Bird Is Gone by Stephen Graham Jones
  88. A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King
  89. The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People by Ellis Amdur and Sgt. John Hutching
  90. Chaos for Breakfast: Practical Help and Humor for Nonprofit Executives by Robert A. Hall
  91. Drug Discovery: A History by Walter Sneader
  92. Handbook of Warnings edited by Michael Wogalter
  93. Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Kaner, Bach, Pettichord
  94. Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
  95. Facing the Extreme by Tzvetan Todorov
  96. The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold
  97. The Long Voyage by Jorge Semprun
  98. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John M. Zelle
  99. Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
  100. Learning From Museums: Visitor Experience and the Making of Meaning by John Falk and Lynn Dierking
  101. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer
  102. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Goffman
  103. Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
  104. Anything by Atul Gawande except Better and Complications
  105. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
  106. Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
  107. The WisCon Chronicles, any volume, from Aqueduct Press
  108. Any mystery novel by Katherine Howell
  109. Any mystery novel by Kathryn Fox
  110. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  111. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
  112. A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  113. Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle will Change your life by Sheila Chandra
  114. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder et al.
  115. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  116. Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand
  117. Anything in Anthony Price's Audley series, especially The Labyrinth Makers, The Hour of the Donkey, Soldier No More or Other Paths to Glory
  118. Up At The Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
  119. Sabotage in the American Workplace: Anecdotes of Dissatisfaction, Mischief and Revenge by Martin Sprouse
  120. Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States by Pete Jordan
  121. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams
  122. The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill
  123. Vernor Vinge's Marooned in Realtime
  124. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
  125. Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall
  126. The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
  127. The Interior Life by Katherine Blake (Dorothy Heydt)
  128. Daniel Abraham's Long Price books
  129. Peter Brazeau's Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered
  130. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, and Duane Berger
  131. The Money Machine: How the City Works by Philip Coggan
  132. Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA by Richard C. Lewontin
  133. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  134. The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  135. Triton by Delany, or anything by Samuel Delany
  136. Jack Finney's Time and Again
  137. Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg
  138. Double Star by Robert Heinlein
  139. Any work by Rupert Thomson, such as Divided Kingdom or The Book Of Revelation
  140. Super Spy by Matt Kindt
  141. Lucy A. Snyder's Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Other Oddities
  142. Peter Dickinson's King and Joker
  143. Murder at the MLA by D.J.H. Jones
  144. The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
  145. The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
  146. Dave Allan's Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters
  147. Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style
  148. No Trumpets or Bugles: Recollections of an Unrepentant Babu by J.B. D'Souza
  149. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
  150. Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball
  151. The Geography Of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
  152. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  153. Do It Marketing by Daniel Newman
  154. How Music Works by David Byrne
  155. Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times by Michael G. Peletz
  156. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin
  157. The Brain Audit
  158. Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
  159. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
  160. A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption by Steven Hiatt, Erik Synnestvedt
  161. Double Your Freelance Rate
  162. Practical Homicide Investigation by Vernon Geberth
  163. The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
  164. Homicide by David Simon
  165. Trance-Formations by Bandler and Grinder
  166. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan
  167. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
  168. Any work by Gordon Korman. Many are out of print -- I'd specifically like those, his young adult works of the 1980s. Especially neat would be No Coins, Please or Our Man Weston. I think I own all his post-2000 books.
  169. The Practice of System and Network Administration by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, and Strata R. Chalup
  170. The Investigative Reporter's Handbook
  171. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual
  172. A Fly for the Prosecution
  173. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  174. Democracy and the Foreigner by Bonnie Honig
  175. The Devourers by Indra Das
  176. Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by F.W.H Myer
  177. Osamu Dazai's Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy
  178. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
  179. The Mud Pie Dilemma
  180. Why Buildings Fall Down
  181. The Backstage Handbook
  182. Introduction to Airborne Radar
  183. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  184. Thinkertoys
  185. Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang
  186. Becoming The Parent You Want To Be
  187. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  188. The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook by Genevieve Jolliffe & Chris Jones
  189. Directing the Film: Film Directors on Their Art
  190. Scenic Art for the Theatre
  191. The Lie that tells a Truth by John Dufresne
  192. Genderqueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, ed. Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins
  193. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
  194. Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James N. Davidson
  195. Don't Believe Everything You Think
  196. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn
  197. Moving the Earth by Herbert L. Nichols and David A. Day
  198. The Norton Book of Women's Lives, edited by Phyllis Rose
  199. The Horse's Mind by Lucy Rees
  200. Stephen Pheasant's Bodyspace
  201. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society by Lila abu-Lughod
  202. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
  203. Reading The Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud
  204. Misquoting Jesus by Ehrman
  205. In Their Own Words by David Savran
  206. Formulas for Painters by Massey
  207. The Painter's Handbook by Gottsegen
  208. Pathologic Basis of Disease by Robbins & Cotran
  209. The Movie Business Book by Jason Squire
  210. Victor Villenueva's Cross-Talk in Comp Theory
  211. Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D Ching
  212. Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points
  213. Which Equalities Matter? by Anne Phillips
  214. Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman's Essays in Taxation (author may be mixed up there)
  215. Weston's Rulebook for Arguments
  216. [Hidden] Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
  217. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts by Susan Hayward
  218. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (How to Help Your Child) by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  219. Any work by Anthony Trollope excepting The Way We Live Now and Barchester Towers and The Warden and his autobiography
  220. Anything by Bruce Schneier, except Beyond Fear
  221. The Aeneid, Robert Fagles translation
  222. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
  223. Jan Slonczewski's Still Forms on Foxfield
  224. Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo
  225. Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida
  226. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon
  227. Any work by George Eliot excepting Middlemarch or Silas Marner
  228. Sheri Tepper's science fiction, especially The Gate to Women's Country
  229. Deadly Meeting by Robert Bernard
  230. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance by James C. Scott
  231. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap Press, April 2007)
  232. Anything by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  233. How to Design Programs by Felleisen, Findler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi (the paper version, though I can access it for free online)
  234. Principles of Corporate Finance by Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers
  235. Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life by Richard Pilbrow
  236. Any of Rick Cook's Wizardry series, such as Wizard's Bane, The Wizardry Compiled, The Wizardry Cursed, The Wizardry Consulted, and The Wizardry Quested
  237. Charles Taylor's Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition
  238. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century by Philip Ball
  239. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World The Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese
  240. Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
  241. Anything by Max Gladstone
  242. Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  243. John Holt's How Children Learn and How Children Fail
  244. The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology edited by Wiebe Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor Pinch
  245. Crash: Ten Easy Ways to Avoid a Computer Disaster by Tony Collins and David Bicknell (subtitle also listed as "Learning from the World's Worst Computer Disasters")
  246. Personal Days by Ed Park
  247. Immunology: The Immune System in Health and Disease by Janeway, Travers, Walport, and Shlomchik
  248. The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
  249. The Revenge Effect by Edward Tenner
  250. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
  251. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  252. Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack
  253. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead
  254. Information Storage and Retrieval by Robert R. Korfhage
  255. The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman
  256. Things I've Learned From Dying by David Dow
  257. Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  258. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  259. Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch
  260. The Machine That Changed The World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
  261. Stuart Sutherland's Irrationality: the Enemy Within
  262. The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzberg
  263. Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine
  264. Any work by J.D. Salinger, excepting Nine Stories or Franny and Zooey. Yes, I've never read Catcher in the Rye. Yes, I was an angsty teenager. I never got the memo, okay?
  265. The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics by Michael Walzer
  266. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  267. A Book of Conquest: The "Chachnama" and Muslim Origins in South Asia by Manan Ahmed Asif
  268. Life's Dominion by Ronald Dworkin
  269. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo With Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965 by Samuel M. Steward
  270. Michael Blumlein's The Healer
  271. The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  272. The Octavian Nothing books by M.T. Anderson
  273. The Sin Eater by Alice Thomas Ellis
  274. Any of the Blue Monday anthologies by Chynna Clugston-Major
  275. Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
  276. Any work by D.H. Lawrence, excepting Lady Chatterley's Lover and Sons and Lovers and the stories contained in Dover's Selected Stories anthology
  277. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz
  278. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts
  279. The Family Cow by Dirk Van Loon
  280. My Life With the Saints by [Father] Jim Martin
  281. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored by Adam Phillips
  282. Psychological Testing by Anastasi and Urbina
  283. Centuries of Childhood by Philippe Aries
  284. The Murder of Helen Jewett by Cohen
  285. Beginning by Kenneth Branagh
  286. The Making of the Trek Conventions by Joan Winston
  287. A Budget of Trisections by Underwood Dudley
  288. John Rawls's Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy
  289. Any children's book in Russian
  290. Kevin Carson's Organization Theory
  291. Fiasco by Stanislaus Lem
  292. Children's letters to God: the new collection (Workman Publishing, 1991, New York)
  293. Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows by Sydney Biddle Barrows
  294. Why churches should not pay taxes by Dean M Kelley
  295. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  296. The Key to Metal Bumping An Instructive Manual of Body and Fender Repair Practices by Framnk T Sargent
  297. War Through The Ages by Lynn Montross

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