BookFilter: Book which I'm pretty sure was about sleep and wakefulness at different times of the day; what's the name? [more inside]
I was talking with a friend about the "graveyard of empires," b*tching about politics, and we both realized that we knew pretty much nothing about the British experience in Afghanistan in the 19th century. (I have a vague recollection about it being background for some Sherlock Holmes stories. She remembered some Kipling.) What books would you recommend for getting a good understanding of that period of history? Bonus points for an engaging writing style and for not being the length of an encyclopedia. Thanks!
I want to have a permanent calendar-like book that lists all of my important annual stuff: birthdays, when to plant veggies, get car maintenance, make Xmas cards, etc., and I don't want to have to get a new one each year. What am I looking for? [more inside]