Books

Here’s a list of books I’ve read. Most of them are recent reads. Some are my all time favorites. 

Eragon -Christopher Paolini (audio)

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne (audio)

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms – Gail Tsukiyama (audio)

Atonement – Ian McEwan (audio)

The Success Principles – Jack Canfield (audio)

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations – Jeffrey Brown

Fire in the Blood – Irene Nemirovsky (audio)

An Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah

Literacy and Longing in L.A. – Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson (audio)

True at First Light – Ernest Hemingway (audio)

MarchGeraldine Brooks, 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winner (audio)

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize Winner (audio)

A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle (audio)

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – Diana Gabaldon

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman – Nora Ephron (audio)

The History of Love – Nicole Krauss (audio)

Thunderstruck – Erik Larson – non-fiction story of Marconi’s wireless communications and a famous gruesome murder in London

Water for Elephants: A Novel – Sara Gruen (audio) – Really well written and well performed on CD. On the surface this book is about “running away to join the circus,” but it is also a poignant comment about aging.

 The Annotated Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen/edited by Dave Shapard

Snowflower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See (audio)

Native Guard – Natasha Trethaway, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer for poetry

The Last King of Scotland – Giles Foden (audio) – Fascinating look at a dictator. I’m ready to watch the movie now although I hear it is very different from the book.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling. Yes, it was everything you ever wanted in a Harry Potter novel, and it was worth waiting for until midnight at the local Borders book store. Of course, I had to wait until Ian finished it first.

The Book Thief  – Markus Zusak (audio) – Not another Holocaust story and yet a Holocaust story, this book employs clever literary techniques and beautiful active imagery where words jump from person to person. Here’s what the NY Times had to say about it and what the author says about it. Well done, indeed.

Pomegranate Soup – Marsha Mehran – I found this by accident in the library when I was searching for Persian cookbooks. I was attracted by the word “pomegranate” in the title. Frances and Grant introduced me to some friends named Maziyar and Jane. Maziyar is Iranian and has been educating us on the richness of Persian cooking. One night he made us a stew at Frances’ request that included pomegranate juice. So, of course, I had to check out this book.

In an Instant – Lee and Bob Woodruff – absolutely moving story about the Woodruff family’s journey through tragedy and recovery following the injuries Bob sustained from an IED in Iraq while covering the news for ABC. I started this book on the plane to Dallas and couldn’t put it down. One word of caution, find a convenient spot for your box of Kleenex…you’ll need it. Read more about the Woodruffs here.

Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Payton (audio) set in Johannesburg, this book tells the sad tale of the effects on society of racial and economic inequalities.

The Demon in the Freezer – Richard Preston (audio) – a very scary biographical account of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks and the potential threat of small pox.

On Call in HellRichard Jadick – a moving memoir about the hell that is war and the people who have the guts to do that for us

The Wild Trees – Richard Preston (audio) – story of the lost world in the canopy of the giant redwood forests

The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner (audio) – engrossing rags to riches story

The Good German – Joseph Kanon (audio) – I liked this little spy-thriller with a touch of romance set in Berlin just as WW 2 ends. I’m eager to see the movie.

Blue Shoes and HappinessAlexander McCall Smith (audio) – This author has written several of these light novels set in Botswana. What’s fun about them is not their sophisticated plots, but their insights into Botswanan culture and lifestyles. This audio version  is particularly fun because it is read by Lisette Lecat, a South African-born playwright.

CelebrationsMaya Angelou

The Poets of New Jersey – edited by Emanuel di Pasquale, Frank Finale, Sander Zulauf

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollen (audio) Thanks to Jennifer!!

 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (audio)

When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden – Bill Maher (audio & hardcopy) Don’t miss the hardcopy. The “war posters” are great.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (audio & hardcopy) probably my all time favorite.

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

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