I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Here is what I currently have checked out of the library:
1. DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes
2. The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
3. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
4. The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
Do you get the sense that I feel my public school and prestigious college educations were substandard? Lest you get intimidated by all of this heavy reading, my bedside book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.