So February 18th is World Anthropology Day, and as per usual, I wanted to share books with you that somehow, in someway are anthropological in nature. With that in mind, I picked a set of 10 great books to celebrate World Anthropology Day. Granted the day might be over, but it is never too late to learn more or read books, right?
Note that I am not an anthropologist (though the profession certainly intrigues me – every aspect of it) so maybe some books might not be a perfect fit. I did try to look at the categories/listings that Goodreads users and/or Amazon tracked them by, along with the fact that they do appear on other similar lists. Also, the books are as varied as they can be, so don’t be surprised if a picture book follows a textbook-ish book.
In all honesty, I am yet to read many of these books though most have been on one of my TBRs or the other for a long time. And while I tried to include all aspects of anthropology there is, I ended up exploring linguistic anthropology more than anything else, so many of the books lean towards that.
So here is my list of
10 Great Books To Celebrate World Anthropology Day
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by Jared Diamond
by Yuval Noah Harari
When We Became Humans: Our incredible evolutionary journey
by Michael Bright and Hannah Bailey
by Bill Bryson
While I am not sure if this would be linguistic anthropology, this has been on my tbr and I truly enjoy reading Bryson, so here it is.
by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams, and Illustrations by Amy Husband
A book I am yet to read; but the blurb and what I saw of it so far have me intrigued.
by Malcolm Gladwell
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
by Ibram X. Kendi
Repeating words from an earlier post — I am yet to review Stamped but suffice to say that reading this meant I want to read more by both these authors. (Well, I had already read Antiracist Baby by Kendi earlier this year!!)
Stamped is actually an adaptation for younger readers – of Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning, so you pick that instead if you wish.
by Jared Diamond
This book is simply beautiful. The illustrations are brimming with imagination, detail and color, and take you on a tour of a world that you would love to live in – Dinotopia. I did find this on one anthropology list, and if you think it is far-fetched, then I can use the connection that the author is an anthropologist (he earned his degree in that field).
by Joan Didion
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee, along with Harari made it on my list of auto-buy authors even before I had read a single book by them. Truth be told, I am yet to read Mukherjee, but he still remains on that list.
More Lists to Check Out
- A whole list of mystery books here
- A short list of popular novels from Barnes and Noble
- Recommended reading from Anthropology4U
- My list of books for people who love words and language
And then, there are of course
Movies to Watch
- The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) – A movie I have watched often; first as a young girl, a few times in between, and more recently with my teens.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – A brilliant though slightly disturbing movie (and the book is worth a read too).
- Avatar (2009) –
- Into the Wild (2007)
- Babette’s Feast (1987)
- Babies (2010)
- Water (I) (2005)
- The Class (2008)
- Schooling the World (2010)
And Now, the End Of This Post
Dear reader, have you read any of these Books To Celebrate World Anthropology Day? Your thoughts on them (if you have)? Which one are you tempted to read the most among these? Any recommendations for me – books and/or movies?