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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #360 on: December 22, 2008, 10:35:44 AM »

1. 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
2. History of Love - Nicole Kraus
3. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
4. Awake in the Dark - Shira Nayman
5. Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke
6. Flashman and the Redskins - George MacDonald Fraser
7. Guv'nor - Lenny McLean
8. Tales From the Red's Dugout - Tom Browning
9. Joe: Rounding Third and Headed For Home - Greg Hoard
10. Slam - Nick Hornby
11. Bad versus Worse - Joshua Piven
12. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million - Daniel Mendelson
13. The 1940 Cincinnati Reds: A World Champion and Baseball's Only In-Season Suicide - Brian Mulligan
14. Loser - Jerry Spinelli
15. Boy With Loaded Gun - Lewis Nordan
16. In the Penny Arcade - Steven Millhauser
17. Dusklands - JM Coetzee
18. The Human Fly and Other Stories - TC Boyle
19. There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights 1945-75 - Jason Sokol
20. Entries From a Hot Pink Notebook - Todd Brown
21. Flashman: A Novel - George MacDonald Fraser
22. Praise - Andrew McGahan
23. 1988 - Andrew McGahan
24. Black Ajax - George MacDonald Fraser
25. Flashman in the Great Game - George MacDonald Fraser
26. Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
27. Age of Iron - JM Coetzee
28. Kent Airfields of the Second World War - Robin Brookes
29. In the Heart of the Country - JM Coetzee
30. The White Earth - Andrew McGahan
31. This Republic of Suffering - Drew Gilpin-Faust
32. Last Night At the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan
33. Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian - Scott Douglas
34. Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
35. Last Drinks - Andrew McGahan
36. Slouching Towards Gomorrah - Dan Savage
37. The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven - Alan Warner
38. Bright, Shiny Morning - James Frey
39. Disgrace - JM Coetzee
40. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
41. Join Me - Danny Wallace
42. The Darling - Russell Banks
43. In Search of the La's: A Secret Liverpool - MW Macefield
44. When You're Engulfed By Flames - David Sedaris
45. Sweet Hereafter - Russell Banks
46. The Year of Living Biblically - AJ Jacobs
47. Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
48. Rule of the Bone - Russell Banks
49. House of Widows - Askold Melnyczuk
50. Underground - Andrew McGahan
51. Perfect From Now On - John Sellers
52. Salvation on Sand Mountain - Dennis Covington
53. Why We Watched - Theodore Hamerow
54. Perfect Circle - Sean Stewart
55. Goebbels Diaries 1942-1943 - Joseph Goebbels

56. Karoo Boy - Troy Blacklaws
57. Affliction - Russell Banks
58. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
59. Tweak - Nic Sheff
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #361 on: December 24, 2008, 12:02:22 PM »

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1 • Scott Adams - Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain - Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice
2 • Anna Quindlen - Good Dog. Stay
3 • Bill Shapiro - Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
4 • Dan Kennedy - Rock On: An Office Power Ballad
5 • Sam Bourne - The Righteous Men
6 • Melody Petersen - Our Daily Meds
7 • Rupert Everett - Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins
8 • David Giffels - All the Way Home - Building a Family in a Falling-Down House
9 • John Grisham - The Brethren
10 • Jim Holt - Stop Me If You've Heard This - A History and Philosophy of Jokes
11 • Josh Ozersky - The Hamburger
12 • Alison Bass - Side Effects - A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial
13 • Joshua M Greenberg - From Betamax to Blockbuster - Video Stores and the Invention of Movies on Video
14 • Franklin Foer - How Soccer Explains the World - An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization
15 • John Grisham - The Appeal
16 • Steven Watts - Mr Playboy - Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
17 • Tony Benn - Dare to be a Daniel - Then and Now
18 • Banksy - Wall & Piece
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19 • Christopher Matthew (w/illustrations by David Eccles) - When We Were Fifty
Beautiful collection of short poems - all in the style of AA Milne - riffing on getting to "a certain age". Simply delightful stuff


currently reading but unlikely to finish either before the end of 2008
• Jeff Kalis - I Want to Take you Higher - The Life & Times of Sly & The Family Stone
• Simon Armitage - Little Green Man

And that's 2008. I don't read anywhere near as many books as I once did and fell somewhat adrift of the magic fifty. Shame in a way, but there's always far too much else to distract me these days. If only god hadn't invented internet porn or the DVR.

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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #362 on: December 26, 2008, 11:28:55 PM »

101.  Dishes--Rich Wallace
102.  Lucky One--Nicholas Sparks
103.  Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World--Vicky Myron
104.  Last Exit to Normal--Michael Harmon
105.  Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene and How I Defied
        My Destiny--Jessica Queller
106.  Death Angel--Linda Howard
107.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--John Boyne
108.  Life As We Knew It--Susan Beth Pfeffer
109.  Turning Tables--Heather Macdowell
110.  What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany--Eric A Johnson
111.  The Diary of Petr Ginz--Petr Ginz
112.  Stop in the Name of Pants!--Louise Rennison
113.  Dashing Through the Snow--Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark
114.  Things I Want My Daughters to Know--Elizabeth Noble
115.  Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty--Jody Gehrman
116.  Cross Country--James Patterson
117.  Lost Souls--Lisa Jackson
118.  Killer Blonde--Laura Levine
119.  Lessons from a Dead Girl--Jo Knowles
120.  Zoe and Chloe on the Prowl--Sue Limb
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #363 on: December 27, 2008, 05:23:35 PM »

Well, there's no way I make it to 50 but here's what I have so far:

1. Slam - Nick Hornby
2. War Reporting for Cowards - Chris Ayers
3. Alternadad - Neal Pollack
4. Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer - Henry Petroski
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
7. Freakonomics: Dubner & Levitt
8. Our Daily Meds - Melody Petersen
9. Stuff White People Like - Christian Lander
10. Free Lunch - David Cay Johnston - Book about how taxpayers get fleeced by big business with the carrot of jobs to their area. Does the math that shows these low paying jobs do not make up for the taxes lost from the subsidies given to bring the business there in the first place. Especially with the "big box" stores since they end up running smaller businesses out of town, so job gain ends up almost equalling zero.
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #364 on: December 27, 2008, 07:36:31 PM »

46. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

Wonderful nonfiction account of brothel owners (and sisters) Minna and Ada Everleigh and Chicago's notorious Levee District circa the early 1900s.
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #365 on: December 27, 2008, 07:39:18 PM »

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46. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

Wonderful nonfiction account of brothel owners (and sisters) Minna and Ada Everleigh and Chicago's notorious Levee District circa the early 1900s.

Oops! Forgot to include the author's name, Karen Abbott.
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #366 on: December 29, 2008, 11:53:07 AM »

1. Rock On: An Office Power Ballad by Dan Kennedy
2. Overtreated:Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker by Shannon Brownlee
3. Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen.
4. Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkeybrain! by Scott Adams
5. Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See by Bill Shapiro
6. Apronisms by EllynAnne Geisel
7. Union 1812 by A.J. Langguth
8. The Loyal Mountaineers of Tennessee by Thomas William Humes
9. Portraits of Conflict: a Photographic History of Tennessee in the Civil War by Richard B. McCaslin
11. Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street by Darick Robertson and Warren Ellis
12. Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 - Lust For Life by Darick Robertson and Warren Ellis
13. Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me by Pattie Boyd
14. Bar Flower by Lea Jacobson
15. Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka
16. Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
17. The American Resting Place by Marilyn Yalom
18. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
19. Casualty Figures: How Five Men Survived World War One by Michele Barrett
20. Creepers by Joanne Dahme
21. The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert
22. All the Way Home by David Giffels
23. Red Carpets & Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett
24. Mantids by Ron Dakron
25. Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
26. Echoes of a Native Land by Serge Schmemann
27. Honeysuckle House by Andrea Cheng
28. King's Mountain and It's Heroes by Lyman Draper.
29. How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
30. Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole by Fergus Fleming
31. 31 Songs by Nick Hornby
32. Thirteen by Sebastian Beaumont
33. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
34. Last Light by Alex Scarrow
35. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
36. The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini
37. Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards Jones
38. Kentucky Clay by Katherine Bateman
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39. Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love & Partisan Resistance by Michael Bart

Currently reading:
40. Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by
Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #367 on: December 29, 2008, 02:58:26 PM »

1. David Guterson - Snow Falling on Cedars
2. JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3. Robert Harris - Enigma
4. JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5. Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
6. JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
7. Mark Bowden - Black Hawk Down
8. Barack Obama - Dreams From My Father
9. James Clavell - Shogun
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #368 on: December 29, 2008, 03:00:24 PM »

Wait... that's it? Nine? I only read nine books in 2008?!? And three of them were Harry Potter, so those barely count? Man, I suck.

For the record, I did read 200 pages of a 400 page investing book. But it was so dry and boring I couldn't finish it... and since it was really a book for a business school class or something like that, I talked myself into using it to prop up my air conditioner, so at least I got some use out of it.

Still - 9 books? Wow. I need to read more.
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #369 on: December 29, 2008, 03:45:11 PM »

I wish I could keep track.
I'd guess somewhere above 30, less than 60...don't know for sure.
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #370 on: December 29, 2008, 05:37:45 PM »

47. Mortified: Real Words, Real People, Real Pathetic, David Nadelberg

Can't recommend this highly enough. A collection of journal, diary, and other written works penned in the 1980's and early 1990's by now-adults. Hysterical proclamations of love to classmates and celebrities (John Taylor of Duran2 gets several entries); also, original song lyrics and other cathartic adolescent venting. Hilarious. Can't wait to read the follow-up, Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield.

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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #371 on: December 31, 2008, 04:06:08 PM »

101.  Dishes--Rich Wallace
102.  Lucky One--Nicholas Sparks
103.  Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World--Vicky Myron
104.  Last Exit to Normal--Michael Harmon
105.  Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene and How I Defied
        My Destiny--Jessica Queller
106.  Death Angel--Linda Howard
107.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--John Boyne
108.  Life As We Knew It--Susan Beth Pfeffer
109.  Turning Tables--Heather Macdowell
110.  What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany--Eric A Johnson
111.  The Diary of Petr Ginz--Petr Ginz
112.  Stop in the Name of Pants!--Louise Rennison
113.  Dashing Through the Snow--Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark
114.  Things I Want My Daughters to Know--Elizabeth Noble
115.  Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty--Jody Gehrman
116.  Cross Country--James Patterson
117.  Lost Souls--Lisa Jackson
118.  Killer Blonde--Laura Levine
119.  Lessons from a Dead Girl--Jo Knowles
120.  Zoe and Chloe on the Prowl--Sue Limb
121.  Joys of Love--Madeleine L'Engle
122.  Sloppy Firsts--Megan McCafferty
123.  Caught Between the Pages--Marlene Carvell
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #372 on: December 31, 2008, 05:01:34 PM »

1. Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction - Christopher Janaway
2. Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction - Catherine Belsey
3. Kant: A Very Short Introduction - Roger Scruton
4. The Loudest Sound and Nothing - Clare Wigfall
5. International Migration: A Very Short Introduction - Khalid Koser
6. Descartes: A Very Short Introduction - Tom Sorell
7. From May To December - Pat MacEnulty
8. White Devils - Paul McAuley
9. A Man Without A Country - Kurt Vonnegut
10. A Good And Happy Child - Justin Evans
11. Existentialism & Human Emotions - Jean-Paul Sartre
12. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
13. Travels In The Scriptorium - Paul Auster
14. The True Patriot - Eric Liu, Nick Hanauer
15. Of Empire - Francis Bacon
16. Eat The Dark - Joe Schreiber
17. Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock
18. Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction - Michael Inwood
19. Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
20. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
21. A High Wind In Jamaica - Richard Hughes
22. Standard Operating Procedure - Philip Gourevitch / Errol Morris
23. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
24. Linger Awhile - Russell Hoban
25. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda - Philip Gourevitch
26. The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
27. The Unknown Masterpiece - Honorι de Balzac
28. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
29. The Wall (Intimacy) Jean-Paul Sartre
30. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays - Albert Camus
31. Vicious Circle - Mike Carey
32. The Ethics of Ambiguity - Simone de Beauvoir
33. The Ruined Map - Kobo Abι
34. Eragon - Christopher Paolini
35. Eldest - Christopher Paolini
36. The Edge of Reason - Melinda Snodgrass
37. Brisingr - Christopher Paolini
38. The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Beats My Life - Grandmaster Flash
39. Voices - Arnaldur Indriđason
40. The Stranger - Albert Camus
41. Is Christianity Good For The World? A Debate - Christopher Hitchens / Douglas Wilson
42. Orcs - Stan Nicholls
43. Descartes' Bones - Russell Shorto
44. The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks


45. Shadow's Edge - Brent Weeks
46. Across The Face Of The World - Russell Kirkpatrick
47. Beyond The Shadows - Brent Weeks
48. Lost In The Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook - Kay Bozich Owens & Lynn Owens
49. The Name Of The Rose - Umberto Eco
50. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
51. Atheist Manifesto - Michel Onfray

Currently Trying to finish today:
52. Unpopular Essays - Bertrand Russell
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #373 on: December 31, 2008, 08:15:43 PM »

94.  Looks - Madeleine George
95.  Compound - S.A. Bodeen
96.  My Father's Son - Teri Fields

I'm reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld right now, but there's no way I'll finish by midnight.  So, I guess I'm ending up at 96 for the year.  Maybe next year, with no grad school at all, I'll beat 100. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2008
« Reply #374 on: December 31, 2008, 08:58:38 PM »

48. The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath, Ronald Hayman

Perhaps the most balanced analysis of Plath I've read yet. Certainly the fairest critical portrait of Ted Hughes and his sister, Olwyn.

Gah! So close to 50 and yet so far!
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