Books I'd Like To Read

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Most of the books on this list come from reviews in the magazines Entertainment Weekly and People. A lot of the descriptions are excerpted from the reviews. Please support these magazines and the books that they recommend.

Hofmann, Corinne The White Masai Memoir A Swiss tourist and a Masai warrior fall in love in Kenya; she moves to the bush with him and they wed. Just try to put this one down.
Hogsett, Jessie Detatched Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Surviving reactive attachment disorder. the true story of a young boy who never "attached" or "bonded" with his alcoholic mother. He felt unloved, uncared for, unsafe, sad, lonely and extremely angry. As he grew up, he, like most Reactive Attachment Disordered kids, acted out, exhibiting severely antisocial, even violent, behavior. You will travel back in time to view a young childs life through his own eyes. You will see an innocent boy become a severely emotionally disturbed teen. Then, against all odds, you will read about miracles few ever thought possible.
Hohn, Donovan Moby-Duck Non-fiction When journalist Hohn read about a shipment of 28,800 plastic ducks, frogs, etc that had fallen off of a storm-tossed ship, he set off on the adventure recorded here, sailing with driftology experts trying to chart the course of where things like the "floatees" go in ocean currents.
Holland, Barbara When All the World Was Young Memoir Barbara Holland's smart, funny, and poignant memoir about growing up "weird" in the 1940s and 1950s. Holland's innate individualism turned Jr. High into a nightmare: a well-meaning but clueless girl in the lunch line says to Barbara, "There's someone in my class who's just as weird as you are. You ought to know each other."
Holland, Jimmie The Human Side of Cancer, Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty Non-fiction Jimmie Holland, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center psychiatrist, is a longtime critic of the "mind over cancer" proponents who tell patients they must stay positive to survive their disease. Holland coined the term "the tyranny of positive thinking" to describe the belief. "The idea that we can control illness and death with our minds appeals to our deepest yearnings, but it just isn't so," she tells WebMD. "It is so sad that cancer patients are made to believe that if they aren't doing well it is somehow their own fault because they aren't positive enough."
Holland, Julie M.D. Weekends at Bellevue Memoir Suggested By:
For nine eventful years, Dr. Holland was the weekend physician in charge of the psychiatric emergency room at New York City's Bellevue Hospital.
Holleman, Marybeth The Heart of the Sound Travel Written on the 15th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Holleman explores the resiliency of nature, and the ways that resiliency is tested.
Holloway, Jeffrey Anxiety Workbook Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. 30 days to a life free of anxiety.
Holman, Sheri The Mammoth Cheese Fiction Town pastor wants to generate publicity for small town by convincing resident to make a huge cheese. Enjoyable slice of Americana.
Holmberg, Charlie N. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
Baker Maire has the extraordinary ability to transfer emotions and powers through her enchanted confections. She doesn't know where her gift comes from, in fact she has no memory of her past. [here's where it gets weird - may or may not want to read this book] But when marauders take her captive her true identity slowly begins to surface.
Holmberg, Charlie N. The Paper Magician Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
Series: The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, The Master Magician. The spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined--animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
Holmes, Hannah Suburban Safari Non-fiction 21st Century suburban naturalist. Entertaining lectures on the history of lawns and the domestication of dogs.
Holmes, Hannah The Well-Dressed Ape Non-fiction The focus is on Homo sapiens, but the animals claim the best moments. Smart and upbeat, this will leave you prouder of your similarities to the animal kingdom.
Holmes, Richard Falling Upwards Non-fiction The Victorian era, literature, and science are beautifully intertwined in a history of hot-air ballooning.
Holt, Anne Hanne Wilhemsen Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
"The Godmother of Norwegian crime fiction". Note: double-check this list - I think there may be some issues, especially near the end where the more recent books are listed.
  • Blind Goddess (1993)
  • Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (1994)
  • Death of the Demon (1995)
  • The Lion's Mouth (1997 -co-authored with Berit Reiss-Andersen
  • Dead Joker (1999)
  • No Echo (2000 - co-authored with Berit Reiss-Andersen)
  • The Truth Beyond (2003)
  • 1222 (2007)
  • Odd Numbers (2015)
  • I støv og aske (2016)
  • Offline (2017)
Holt, K.A. House Arrest Youth Suggested By:
After he's convicted of theft, Timothy keeps a journal to chronicle the ups and downs of life under house arrest. Serious and funny, thrilling and touching, sweet and snarky.
Holt, Nathalia Rise of the Rocket Girls Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Learn more about the women who worked in the space program. Holt's book is lively and immensely readable history. NASA.
Holway, John B. Bessie Coleman: Pioneering Black Woman Aviator Auto/Biography Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. She was the black Amelia Earhart. Back in the 1920s planes were made of wood and cloth held together with wire. And back then everyone knew blacks couldn't fly, and neither could women. But this spunky black woman from the cotton fields of Texas did loops above the Eiffel Tower, walked on wings above America, and jumped off planes to the oohs and gasps of crowds.
Home, Merrily Photo Book of Old New York City Photo Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. More than 100 slides of vintage New York City.
Honoré, Carl In Praise of Slowness Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
How a worldwide movement is challenging the cult of speed.
Hood, Ann Knitting Yarns Essays Anthology about knitting, including essays from Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors.
Hood, Ann The Obituary Writer Fiction A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras. Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen.
Hooker, Richard MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors Fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
The TV show M*A*S*H is based on this book. For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide
Hooper, Karen Amanda Tangled Tides Fantasy Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Yara Jones doesn't believe in sea monsters--until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.
Hopkin, Ben Darc Murders Collection Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book series.
Hopkins, Karen Ann Lamb to the Slaughter Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Christian mystery. Hmmm. The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.
Hopkins, Sarah Winnemucca LIfe Among the Piutes Auto/Biography Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The first known autobiography by an a Native American woman. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins' riveting, heartbreaking memoir is both a history of the Piute Indian tribe and an account of the devastation caused to the Piute people after their first contact with white men in the nineteenth century.
Horn, Dara The World To Come Fiction Suggested By:
Recommended by Alice Hoffman. "Nothing short of amazing."―Entertainment Weekly. A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history―from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.
Hornby, Nick A Long Way Down Fiction Four attempted suicides end up forming a whacky support group.
Hornby, Nick Funny Girl Fiction Barbara looks like Marilyn Monroe, but she wants to be Lucille Ball.
Hornby, Nick The Polysyllabic Spree Essays A year's worth of monthly columns.
Hornby,Nick Songbook Essays Collection of music-as-metaphor essays. Hopefully not as tedious as the soccer/football book.
Hornfischer, James D. Ship of Ghosts History Warship sunk in 1942 in the Sunda Straight and the survivors became POWs, many on the notorious Burma-Thailand Death Railway. Hornfischer exhaustively details the visceral terror of a naval battle, savage treatment by the Japanese captors, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Horowitz, Seth S. The Universal Sense Non-fiction Why's that song stuck in your head? Find the answer, and more, in this smart look at how the brain processes sounds.
Horstmann, Cay S., Gary Cornell Core Java 2 Volume I - Fundamentals, 2001 Computer Covers J2SE Version 1.3. This is the Sun book. Obsolete? Ramsey Library
Hoskyns, Barney Hotel California Non-fiction Veteran music journalist Hoskyns examines the often toxic relationshp tangles that connected CSNY, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, and just about everyone else who picked up a guitar in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon in the late 60s and early 70s.
Hoskyns, Barney Led Zeppelin IV Non-fiction Zeppelin's 1971 masterpiece dissected in geeky detail. Might suck, but might be worth a try.
Housden, Maria Hannah's Gift Memoir Lessons From a Life Fully Lived. True story of four-year-old who dies of cancer.
Houston, James Confessions of an Igloo Dweller Memoir Living with the Inuit.
Houston, Keith The Book Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
This history of the book is packed with lore about binding, papermaking, and printing presses.
Howard, Tim The Keeper Memoir American goalie who hone during the 2014 World Cup explains that he credits some of his soccer success to having Tourette's Syndrome. It endows him with a kind of sixth sense to he can anticipate which way his opponents will go.
Howe, Zo Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & rumours Auto/Biography Fleetwood Mac's songbird's rise from ordinary midwestern childhood to rock goddess status.
Howey, Hugh Half Way Home SciFi Suggested By: Author.
$4.29 Kindle book. Five hundred of us were sent to colonize this planet. Only fifty or so survived. We woke up fifteen years too early, we had only half our training, and they expected us to not only survive ... they expected us to conquer this place. The problem is: it isn't safe here. We aren't even safe from each other.
Howey, Hugh I, Zombie SciFi Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.
Howey, Hugh Sand Omnibus Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
$5.99 Kindle book. By Hugh Howey the author of the Silo/Wool/Shift/Dust series. The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.
  • Sand: Part 1 - The Belt of the Buried Gods
  • Sand: Part 2 - Out of No Man's Land
  • Sand: Part 3 - Return to Danvar
  • Sand: Part 4 - Thunder Due East
  • Sand: Part 5 - A Rap Upon Heaven's Gate
Howey, Hugh The Plagiarist SciFi Suggested By:
$1.07 Kindle book. By the author of the Silo/Wool/Shift/Dust series. Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world.
Howkins, Heidi K2: One Woman's Quest for the Summit Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Another mountain climbing book...
Howrey, Meg The Cranes Dance Fiction At first glance, there are plenty of parallels between the film Black Swan and Howrey's novel. Authentic behind-the-curtain details (Howrey is a former dancer) do occasionally overpower the plot.
Hoyt, Penelope The Nerdy Survivalist: How to Protect and Care For Your Family in the Direst of Circumstances Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book. Find out how you can start building a food storage even when you're on a budget, what steps you need to take BEFORE a disaster strikes, and what mistakes you should avoid right before a storm in this book by Penelope Hoyt.
Huang, Eddie Double Cup Love Memoir Suggested By:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fresh Off the Boat: When Eddie's life was turned upside down, he traveled to his parents' homeland for a ferociously funny journey of food and self-discovery!
Huang, Eddie Fresh Off the Boat Memoir Assimilating aint easy. Eddie Huang was raised by a wild family of FOB (fresh off the boat) immigrantshis father a cocksure restaurateur with a dark past back in Taiwan, his mother a fierce protector and constant threat.
Hudgins, Andrew The Joker Memoir Rip-roaring memoir that examines how the ancient and often offensive art of joke telling affects life, society, religion, and everything in between.
Hudson, Suzanne All the Way to Memphis and Other Stories Short Stories Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson. The title story finds Clista, the main character, taking the journey of her life to the geographical city, complete with its confluence of borders, blues, rivers, and legend. Of course Memphis, as we all know, is as real and complicated as the south itself.
Hughes, Langston The Best of Simple Fantasy This book compiles the cream of Langston Hughes' masterful interpretation of black life in the 1930s.
Hughes, Louis Thirty Years a Slave From Bondage to Freedom Classic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Note: the movie was based on Twelve Years a Slave, a different book.
Humes, Edward Garbology Non-fiction Suggested By:
Why do Americans generate so much trash, and where does it all go? An eye-opening journey into the world of garbage.
Hunter, S. A. Scary Mary Fantasy Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Mary has always been different. She'd like to be normal, but being able to hear ghosts means she'll never be like everyone else. She starts her junior year of high school hoping to be left alone, but Cyrus Asher is new and doesn't know or seem to care that she's a freak. They start hanging out and all is well until she goes over to his house. Cy's house is haunted, and not by Casper, the friendly ghost.
Huntley, Paula The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo Memoir A journal of her year in war-torn Kosovo when her husband was there to help rebuild the legal system.
Hurston, Zora Neale Dust Tracks on a Road Memoir Suggested By:
First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, Dust Tracks on a Road is Zora Neale Hurston's candid, funny, bold, and poignant autobiography--an imaginative and exuberant account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural south to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.
Hurston, Zora Neale Every Tongue Got To Confess Fiction Suggested By:
Delightful collection of African American folklore brings together a wealth of tales from communities all over the Deep South.
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God Fiction When Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres.
Hurwitz, Gregg The Kill Clause Crime/Mystery Hurwitz makes his characters vivid, and he is so steeped in the details of police procedure that it's like a literary 'Law & Order' without the commercials.
Hussey, Andrew Paris: The Secret History Non-fiction Describes daily life in the Paris throughout its history, though focusing on those living in the seedy underbelly of the city.
Huston, Charlie Caught Stealing Crime/Mystery In his debut novel, Huston has come up with a wrong-man plot worthy of Hitchcock.
Hyland, Mark Help! I Married a Quilter Memoir Mark writes about 17 years of marriage to an avid quilter from an outsider perspective. He exposes the idiosyncrasies and jargon of quilting from a non-quilting perspective, recognizing the love and dedication quilters have for their art.
Hyman, Peter The Reluctant Metrosexual Humorous Dispatches from an Almost Hip Life. Lad-lit genre. "Men with disposable incomes who like to shop are this year's black."
Hynd, Alan Prescription: Murder! Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Volume 3 authentic cases from the files of Alan Hynd. From the files and pen of world renowned true crime writer Alan Hynd (1903 - 1974) comes the final installment of deliciously dark true murder cases of the first half of the 20th Century. These stories, the third of these three short collections, are unified by a single theme: they all involve physicians.
Ide, Joe IQ Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Suggested List.
Take Sherlock Holmes and put him in one of modern-day LA's toughest neighborhoods. IQ is a high school dropout who solved cases for whatever his clients can afford.
Illgunas, Ken Walden on Wheels Memoir Suggested By:
In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental journey, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York. Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a master's program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventure--it would be his very own "Walden on Wheels."
Imboden, Thatcher and Cedar Imboden Phillips Uptown Minneapolis Non-fiction Highly readable and lovingly compiled history of Uptown.
Inc. Sourcebooks The Jane Austen Companion to Life Other A font called "Jane Austen" based on the author's actual handwriting appears throughout this small collection of Austen's thoughtful wit and wisdom.
Influential Individuals Tony Robbins Auto/Biography Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The life, lessons & rules for success. 35 of his most valuable and inspiring quotes relating to health, wealth, wisdom and well-being have been de-constructed and explained including actionable information as to how you can implement the lessons into your day-today life.
Influential Individuals Warren Buffet Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The life, lessons & rules for success.
Ingram, Jay The Velocity of Honey And More Sciend of Everyday Life Non-fiction Ingrams considers more ways in which science governs our daily existence. Why do stones skip? Why do people often wake up before their alarm clocks? The science behind six degrees of separation.
Irving, Clifford The Hoax Non-fiction By the guy who wrote the fake Howard Hughes auto-biography.
Irving, John A Son of the Circus Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$3.23 Kindle book. A Hindi film star . . . an American missionary . . . twins separated at birth . . . a dwarf chauffeur . . . a serial killer . . . all are on a collision course. In the tradition of A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving's characters transcend nationality. They are misfits--coming from everywhere, belonging nowhere. Set almost entirely in India, this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major publishing event.
Irving, John A Widow for One Year Fiction Basis for the movie, "A Door in the Floor". Estranged couple cope with the death of their son. Complex evolution of their daughter. Hey, it's the "Garp" guy...
Irving, John Avenue of Mysteries Fiction Juan Diego is a novelist who constantly slips into dreams of his youth in Mexico and his mind-reading sister. Charming - blends the fantastical with what is deeply real.
Irving, John The Imaginary Girlfriend Memoir Suggested By: Author.
Miniature autobiography (116 pages) detailing Irving's parallel careers of writing and wrestling. Note: this is included in "Trying to Save Piggy Sneed"
Irving, John Trying to Save Piggy Sneed Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by the author, beginning with three memoirs. The longest of the memoirs is "The Imaginary Girlfriend," his candid account of his twin careers in writing and wrestling, which, as the Denver Post observed, is filled "with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels . . . [and] combines the lessons of both obsessions."
Irving, John Various Fiction Suggested By: Author.
  • Setting Free the Bears (1968 - read)
  • The Water-Method Man (1972 - read)
  • The 158-Pound Marriage (1974 - read)
  • The World According to Garp (1978 - read)
  • The Hotel New Hampshire (1981 - read)
  • The Cider House Rules (1985 - Kindle)
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989 - Kindle)
  • A Son of the Circus (1994 - Kindle)
  • The Imaginary Girlfriend (non-fiction, 1995)
  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (collection, 1996 - Kindle)
  • A Widow for One Year (1998)
  • My Movie Business (non-fiction, 1999)
  • The Fourth Hand (2001 - Kindle)
  • A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound (2004)
  • Until I Find You (2005)
  • Last Night in Twisted River (2009 - Kindle)
  • In One Person (read 2013)
  • Avenue of Mysteries (2015)
  • Darkness As a Bride (forthcoming)
Isaacson, Walter Einstein Auto/Biography Einstein never met his first child, obtained a divorce by offering his first wife prize money from the Nobel he predicted he'd win, and once told his mistress that the missus wouldn't mind if they all lived together. A beach book this isn't; a triumph it is.
Isaacson, Walter Steve Jobs Auto/Biography "I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of," Jobs admitted to his biographer.
Isacoff, Stuart Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization Non-fiction The difficulties in inventing the piano. Even the ancients knew that an octave sounded nice, and so did a fifth. But solving the matter how to translate the difficult mathematics of music into a piano took some doing.
Isay, Dave All There Is Non-fiction Remarkable collection of true anecdotes about love and marriage, and all the obstacles in between, that's bound to win over even the most jaded of cynics.
Isay, Dave Listening Is an Act of Love Non-fiction Isay invited folks to tell a meaningful story at recording booths around the country. A man tells how he lost the love of his life on 9/11. Read a few and you'll want to grab a loved one and share your own story.
Isay, Dave Ties That Bind Non-fiction The founder of beloved oral history project StoryCorps draws from the project's rich archives for a collection of inspiring tales.
Issenberg, Sasha The Suchi Economy Non-fiction In a wide-ranging history of sushi, the author visits five continents (and a douzen countries), detailing how fish goes from sea to market to kitchen to plate.
Iyer, Pico Falling Off the Map Travel Some lonely places of the world. Uncannily observant, and hilarious.
Iyer, Pico The Art of Stillness Non-fiction Acclaimed travel writer explores the pleasures and healing properties of slowing down and taking time to think.
Izzard, Eddie Believe Me Memoir Suggested By: Other.
A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens. Gender fluid comedian and actor.
Jackson, Jim The Prepper's Grid Down Survival Guide Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. How to prepare if the light go out and the gas, water, or electricity collapses.
Jackson, John L. Jr. Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness Non-fiction Not surprisingly, African-Americans distrust the rhetoric of political correctness, and see instead the threat of racism lurking below every white surface. Conspiracy theories abound and racial reconciliation seems near to impossible. In Racial Paranoia, Jackson explains how this paranoia is cultivated, transferred, and exaggerated; how it shapes our nation and undermines the goal of racial equality; and what can be done to fight it.
Jackson, Joshilyn Various Fiction Suggested By: Author.
She was recommended by Sarah Addison Allen. Someone Else's Love Story was so good, I need to to back and read the rest of her books.
  • Gods in Alabama (2005 - read 2014/01)
  • Between, Georgia* (2007 - read 2014/04, listened 2018/01)
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming* (2008 - read 2014/07, listened 2018/01, Need to buy)
  • Backseat Saints* (2010 - read 2015/01, listened 2018/01)
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty* (2012 - read 2015/01)
  • Someone Else's Love Story* (2013 - read 2013/12)
  • My Own Miraculous (2013 short story - read 2014/01)
  • The Opposite of Everyone* (2016 - read 2016/02)
  • The Almost Sisters (2017 - read 2017/07)
Jackson, Shirley The Haunting of Hill House Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Horror classic - still one of the most terrifying books ever written.
Jackson, Shirley We Have Always Lived in the Castle Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$3.23 Kindle book. Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson. A deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
Jacobs, A.J. Drop Dead Healthy Memoir At 41, Jacobs is a pudgy, stressed, and by his own admission, prefers the "joy of lounging" to the "joy of running". You'll learn fascinating facts, but really this book is a testament to the joys - and benefits - of moderation.
Jacobs, A.J. The Year of Living Biblically Memoir One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. An agnostic man opts to live by the good book's rules.
Jacobs, Fay Fried & True - Tales from Rehoboth Beach GLBT Qlib. This second collection of newspaper columns and other jottings from Jacobs is every bit as sardonic, witty, sarcastic, and insightful as her first book, As I Lay Frying. With this difference: a thread of melancholy runs through it.
Jacobs, Jane A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece Non-fiction Jane Jacobs edits her great-aunt's memoirs. Camping with Indians, holding 100 wild dogs at bay by herself, traveling in a kayak wearing bear intestines.
Jacobs, Joan The Body Project Non-fiction Explores changing attitudes toward weight, body image, virginity...
Jacobs, Mara Against the Odds Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Anna Dawson book 1. I love Vegas, and I love the life I've built, but when one of my friends is murdered, and another one shot at, I know I need to take a serious look at myself. And I need to call in the big guns. Even if that means teaming up with Detective Jack Schiller, a man who's dealing with his own demons.
Jacobs, Michael Books Unbound: Craft 20 Innovative Bookmaking Projects
Jacobs, Michael Cards the Pop Up, Flip & Slide Craft Interesting card projects. Making bookmarks out of used envelopes, postal wreath card, slider card, secret message card (signal card), cards with mult sections that all flip open,various pop-up techniques, and more.
Jacobs, Michael & Judy Creative Correspondence Craft Readers will find a wealth of information on basic and advanced folding techniques. Specific topics include the mennonite fold, square paper foldnote, diamond front, circle foldnote, sleeves and inserts. Each technique is broken down into clear and concise step- by-step instructions.
Jacobsen, Mary-Elaine Liberating Everday Genius Non-fiction American adults who can and do break the mold.
Jacobson, Mark American Gangster Non-fiction A riveting account of 70s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas is just one piece in this collection of gripping stories spanning 30 years of NYC history.
Jaffrey, Madhur Climbing the Mango Trees Memoir Memoir of growing up the product of British schools in Delhi, India. Since Jaffrey's is the sort of account that triggers a longing for a life one never lived, the family recipes that capture an incredible time and place are a particularily nice touch.
Jahren, Hope Lab Girl Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Jahren's singular gift is her ability to convey the everyday wonder of her work exploring the strange, beautiful universe of living things tha endure and evolve and bloom all around us.
Jain, Anita Marrying Anita Memoir At 32 - an old maid by Indian standards - she traded the bustle of NYC for Delhi. Though she was open to the idea of an arranged marriage, both Indian men and mothers considered her too wordly and experienced for that.
Jakes, John North and South Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$1.99 Kindle book. Includes only book 1: North and South. Does not include book 2 Love and War, or book 3 Heaven and Hell. There was a miniseries starring Patrick Swayze (1985, 1986, and 1994).
Jakes, John The North and South Trilogy Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$4.29 Kindle books. North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and Hell.
James, E.L. Fifty Shades of Grey Other Erotica, ala Anne Rice, etc.
James, Henry The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl Classic Dry and dull, or "Three of the 20th Century's finest novels"?? Dunno, but they might be worth a try.
James, Jesse American Outlaw Memoir People claim to know everything about me, when they actually know nothing. But once you read this, you will know everything - the whole story, right here.
James, P.D. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Crime/Mystery Emily from Friends is on the TV show. James's other series feature Cordelia Gray, a private investigator in London; titles in this series include An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.
James, P.D. Time To Be In Earnest Memoir Suggested By:
In this "insightful and witty" memoir (Publishers Weekly), beloved crime and mystery author P. D. James reflects on her experiences during both world wars, her writing career, and more. "Deeply moving… Page after page recalls a vanished world"
Jamison, Kay Redfield An Unquiet Mind Memoir Suggested By:
A psychiatrist examines bipolar disorder through the lens of her own struggles with the disorder. This New York Times bestseller is "beautiful, funny, original… I absolutely love this book" (Pat Conroy).
Jamison, Leslie The Empathy Exams Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
First story: author acts out symptoms to test med students. Marathoners, the diseased, the impoverished. Reading a book about pain sounds painful, but Jamison turns pain into art.
Jane, Mary Keep Austin Weird GLBT Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A lesbian superhero love story for grown-ups.
Jay, Karla Tales of the Lavender Menace GLBT Life in the early years of feminism and gay liberation.
Jefferies, Richard After London Post-Apocalyptic The 1885 novel After London by Richard Jefferies is of the type that could be best described as "post-apocalyptic fiction"; after some sudden and unspecified catastrophe has depopulated England, the countryside reverts to nature, and the few survivors to a quasi-medieval way of life. The first chapters consist solely of a loving description of nature reclaiming England: fields becoming overrun by forest, domesticated animals running wild, roads and towns becoming overgrown, the hated London reverting to lake and poisonous swampland. The rest of the story is a straightforward adventure/quest set many years later in the wild landscape and society.
Jefferson, Margo Negroland Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Pulitzer Price-winning cultural critic reveals what it was like to grow up among Chicago's black elite in the mid-century.
Jenkins, Amy Screw the Gym! Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The guide to losing weight at home. No gym, no expensive equipment, no excuses.
Jenkins, Peter Looking For Alaska Memoir In 1999, Peter Jenkins and his family left their farm in Tennessee to live in Alaska for a few seasons, eventually renting a house in Seward, Alaska (pop. 2,830) on the Kenai Peninsula.
Jenkins, Ryan World War 2: Soldier's Stories Part V Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Stories from the African front.
Jennings, Ken Brainiac Non-fiction By Ken Jennings, the 2004 74-game $2.5 million winner of Jeopardy! Hooks you with its charming self-deprecation. Includes a mother-lode of tips on strategy if you so much as daydream about trying out for the show.
Jennings, Kevin Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son GLBT Baptist boy grows up ambivalent about his sexual orientation, an issue that trails him to a teaching stint at a Rhode Island prep school. Distinguishes itself from the glut of me-too coming out memoirs with equal parts humor and gravitas.
Jewell, Lisa Vincc & Joy Chick Lit What if your first love was the one you've been destined for all along? This realistic, often dark portrayal of modern love is populated with well-drawn characters, and ridiculously readable.
Jin, Ha The Bridegroom Short Stories Beautifully understated short stories of life in contemporary China.
Johansen, Erika The Invasion of the Tearling Fantasy For years, the Tearling has sent human cargo to neighboring Mortmense as insurance against invasion. Queen Kelsea stops the shipments, but her problems are just beginning. Huh. I'm not convinced, but EW INSISTS that I will love this.
Johns, Bud Old Dogs Remembered Essays Moving and sometimes funny anthology of essays and poems by other people commemorating dead dogs.
Johnson, Adam Emporium: Stories Short Stories By the author of 'Parasites Like Us' where they dig up an infected Clovis site which kills off humans. These short stories from his previous debut have the same "inventiveness, black humor, and penetrating insight."
Johnson, Craig Longmire Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Movie/TV.
  • The Cold Dish (2004 - Kindle)
  • Death Without Company (2006)
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished (2007)
  • Another Man's Moccasins (2008)
  • The Dark Horse (2009)
  • Junkyard Dogs (2010)
  • Hell is Empty (2011)
  • Divorce Horse (eBook short story, 2012)
  • As the Crow Flies (2012)
  • Christmas in Absaroka County (Four Longmire Christmas stories: eBook short stories, Penguin, 2012)
  • Messenger (2013)
  • A Serpent's Tooth (2013)
  • Spirit of Steamboat (2013)
  • Any Other Name (2014)
  • Wait for Signs (Twelve Longmire stories, 2014)
  • Dry Bones (2015)
  • The Highwayman (2016)
  • An Obvious Fact (2016)
  • The Western Star (2017)
Johnson, Craig The Cold Dish Crime/Mystery Suggested By:
$3.23 Kindle book. Walt Longmire Mysteries Book 1. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.
Johnson, Denis Tree of Smoke Fiction Think you don't need another long novel about Vietnam? In the book's best section, Johnson gives a chilling ground-level account of the Tet offensive.
Johnson, Harriet McBryde Too Late to Die Young Memoir LIfe as a 'crip' from a lawyer who is a disability rights activist.
Johnson, Karl Art of the Deal Non-fiction Johnson details exciting anecdotes of scams, hoaxes, and instances of conjuring, written in the parlance of magicians and card players, usually slang that is clearly explained for lay readers.
Johnson, Mat Loving Day Fiction When biracial Warren Duffy returns home to Philadelphia, he meets the teenage daughter he didn't know existed, who has been raised to believe she is white. Satirical and moving, a smart examination of racial identity in America.
Johnson, Maureen Various Youth Suggested By: Author.
John Green's "Let It Snow" co-author.
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes (2005 - read 2015/06)
  • The Last Little Blue Envelope (2011 - read 2015/07)
  • The Key to the Golden Firebird (2004)
  • The Bermudez Triangle (2006)
  • Devilish (2006)
  • Girl at Sea (2007)
Johnson, Robert Flynn and William Boyd Anonymous: Enigmatic Images from Unknown Photographers Art Like gold nuggets among worthless pebbles, the 200 classic images reproduced in this book include many of transcendent beauty and psychological insight, all with the magical, mysterious charge that comes from using our own imaginations to speculate on the circumstances in which they were taken.
Johnson, Steven Everything Bad is Good for You Non-fiction How today's popular culture is actually making us smarter.
Johnson, Steven The Ghost Map Non-fiction Johnson traces the courageous and ultimately successful attempt by an anesthetist/scientist/sleuth names John Snow to discover how cholera was transmitted. And he does so in a way that brings to nightmarish, thought-provokin life a world in which a swift but very unpleasant death can be just a glass of water away.
Johnson, T. Geronimo Welcome to Braggsville Fiction Suggested By:
Longlisted for the National Book Award! When four students protest a Civil War reenactment in a small Southern town, it leads to devastating consequences. "The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you'll read this year" (The Washington Post).
Johnston, Kristen Guts Memoir Details how years of boozing and drugging caused her stomach to explode shortly after she started the London run of some play
Jolly, Alison Lords and Lemurs: Mad Scientists, Kings with Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in Madagascar Non-fiction Author lived on a former sisal farm with the French family who own it, but who in addition to farming tried to preserve the nature and people of the area. Book provides an anthropoligical look at the Tandroy people and a historical look at Madagascar. Reviewed in "Science News".
Jonasson, Jonas The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Fiction Suggested By:
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, so he decides to escape.
Jones, Abel Ketogenic Instant Pot Cookbook Cookbook Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. 600 Low Carb High-Fat Keto Recipes that Cook Themselves.
Jones, Ann Kabul in Winter Non-fiction She found a country devastated by decades of war, the world's worst educational system, and a profound disconnect between the statements of the Bush administration and the sad truth on the ground.
Jones, Beth Simple: 30 Ways to Declutter Your Life Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Jones, Chris Too Far From Home Non-fiction Jones absorbingly recounts how both U.S. and Russion space agencies raced to rescue the men stranded in the International Space Station after the space shuttle Columbia exploded in a fireball in 2003.
Jones, Dylan The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music Non-fiction Irreverent takes on everyone from ABBA to Zappa. A perfect gift for the discerning fanboy in your life. Huh. Maybe me too?
Jones, Edward P. Lost in the City Short Stories Suggested By:
In these 14 stories set in black neighborhoods of Washington, DC in the '60s and '70s, Jones establishes a mood and a specific sense of place, but he also presents universal hopes and aspirations. Beautifully and economically written, the selections are filled with revealing details of poverty and degradation, and yet the protagonists are survivors who look to find hope and meaning in their lives.
Jones, Judy and William Wilson An Incomplete Education Non-fiction 3,6xx things you should have learned but probably didn't. It covers world history, art history, economics, literature, science, political science, religion, psychology, even film.
Jones, Margaret B. Love and Consequences Memoir A victim of sexual abuse in kindergarten, Jones (a.k.a. Bree) entered CA's fostercare system and found a loving home with an all-black family in South Central L.A.
Jones, Paul Hacking Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The fundamentals of hacking. A complete beginners guide.
Jones, Stan Village of the Ghost Bears Crime/Mystery The fourth mystery featuring Alaska state trooper Nathan Active involves a case of deadly arson at a local recreation center and has a finely laddered plot.
Jones, Stan White Sky, Black Ice Crime/Mystery Suggested By:
A "tough, gritty mystery" (Publishers Weekly) for fans of Tony Hillerman: State trooper Nathan suspects foul play when a double suicide takes place in a small Alaskan village.
Jones, Tayari An American Marriage Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson. A rising young executive and a talented artist, respectively, the couple has everything to look forward to. Then, while on a trip to visit Celestial's family, Roy is accused of rape by a woman in their hotel. He's innocent, but is convicted and sentenced to twelve years in prison. By the time he's exonerated and released, Celestial has started a relationship with his best friend. As wrenching as it is heartwarming, this masterful novel by the author of Silver Sparrow is both an illuminating examination of how the country's justice system tears apart African-American lives and a powerful, complicated love story.
Jones, Thomas D. and Michael Benson The Complete Idiot's Guide to NASA Non-fiction All about how NASA works.
Jones, Tom Sky Walking Memoir Jones recalls his decades-long run as an active astronaut in the 90s. Occasionally suffers from ponderous pacing, provides enough detail to please most die-hard stargazers.
Jordan, Teresa Riding the White Horse Home Non-fiction Lore and science of ranching. Women who coped with physical hardship and killing loneliness.
Jorgensen, Jay Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer Non-fiction Jorgensen captures a behind-the-scenes look at the world and work of this dedicated, prolific artist. He includes background information and gorgeous color photographs and illustrations of the costumes she meticulously designed.
Jourdan, Carolyn and Kim DeLozier Bear in the Back Seat I and II Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jourdan, Carolyn and Kim DeLozier Bear in the Back Seat II Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Adventures of a wildlife ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Joyce, Graham The Silent Land Post-Apocalyptic Recommended by Stephen King. A freak avalanche buries Zoe and Jake, a couple on a skiing holiday near the Pyrenean resort town of Saint-Bernard-en-Haut. After digging out, they find themselves the only inhabitants of the unnaturally silent landscape.
Joyce, Rachel Perfect Fiction Suggested By:
A tale that "could easily become a book club favorite" (The Washington Post). When an ordinary morning takes an unsettling turn, Byron must contend with frightening realities
Joyce, Rachel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Fiction Suggested By: Other.
$2.15 Kindle book. Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
Judd, Ashley with Maryanne Vollers All That Is Bitter and Sweet Memoir The actress, 42, spotlights three parts of her life: her childhood, spent in the shadow of a self-involved mother and a smothering sister...and more.
Julavits, Heidi The Folded Clock Non-fiction Julavits's spirited sense of humor about her foibles and misadventures, combined with her ceaseless intelligence and curiosity, explode the typically confessional diary form.
Junger, Sebastian War Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
The Perfect Storm guy. How do combat soldiers get through each day? Junger, embedded over a 12-month period in '07 and '08 with a 173rd Airborne platoon in Afghanistan's hostile Korengal Valley, explores these questions as he offers up a gritter portrait of life on the front lines. There is now a sequel: Tribe (2016)
Juska, Elise Getting Over Jack Warner Chick Lit Silly love songs make it hard for a gal to grow up.
Juska, Jane A Round Heeled Woman Memoir Before I turn 67 I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. True story!
K., Jerome (Jerome Klapka) Three Men in a Boat Classic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Kagen, Leslie Land of a Hundred Wonders Fiction Set in Cray Ridge, Ky., in 1973, Kagen's winsome second novel (after Whistling in the Dark) offers laughter and bittersweet sighs. As a child, NQR (Not Quite Right) Gibby McGraw survived an auto accident that claimed her parents' lives, but left her somewhat mentally challenged.
Kalanithi, Paul When Breath Becomes Air Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Confronted with a terminal cancer diagnosis at 36, neurosurgeon Kalanithi chose to share his struggle in this posthumous memoir. A profoundly moving meditation on mortality propelled by wit, humility, and an undiminished sense of wonder.
Kalish, Mildred Armstrong Little Heathens Memoir Suggested By:
NYT bestseller. An Iowa farm that offered one young girl and her family both extreme hardship and unexpected rewards during the Great Depression.
Kamkwamba, William The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Memoir Remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. William built a windmill to bring water and electricity to his impoverished African village.
Kandel, Susan I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason Crime/Mystery Pulpy, fashion-forward mystery. Equally sharp eye for dramatic plot twists and creative outfits, and yet, "the only thing about me that's size 6 is about two-thirds of one foot."
Kaneko, Amy Let's Cook Japanese Food Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Matthew Amster-Burton. Simple and westernized book.
Kaplan, Bruce Eric I Was a Child Memoir Remember how other kids' houses had a smell, but you couldn't smell your own? If you do, this sharply observed memoir is for you.
Kaplan, Janice The Gratitude Diaries Non-fiction Kaplan spent a year researching and practicing conscious gratitude, and guess what? Expressing appreciation makes everything better.
Kaplan, Robert D. Balkan Ghosts Non-fiction Reconstructs the Balkans' history as a time warp in which ancient passions and hatreds are continually resurrected. Insightful.
Kapranos, Alex Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand Essays Food essays. Reviews? Whatever. He sounded interesting on the radios and the reviews seem to be decent. He really liked the word, "prose".
Karasik, Judy The Ride Together Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
A brother and sister's memoir of autism in the family. Autism Spectrum. Autistic. Asperger's syndrome.
Karbo, Karen The Stuff of Life Memoir Karen Karbo is nothing if not funny. You'll thank her for not turning her chain-smoking father's death from lung cancer into a Lifetime movie weepfest. A touching portrait of one man's final days.
Kariya, Tetsu and Akira Hanasaki Oshinobo - A La Carte series Other Suggested By: Other.
This eccentric series is the best introduction to vast world of Japanese cuisine. Recommended by Matthew Amster-Burton.
  • Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine (January 20, 2009; la Carte volume 20) ISBN 1-4215-2139-3
  • Oishinbo: Sake (March 17, 2009; la Carte volume 26) ISBN 1-4215-2140-7
  • Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyoza (May 19, 2009; la Carte volume 2) ISBN 1-4215-2141-5
  • Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi & Sashimi (July 21, 2009; la Carte volume 5) ISBN 1-4215-2142-3
  • Oishinbo: Vegetables (September 15, 2009; la Carte volume 19) ISBN 1-4215-2143-1
  • Oishinbo: The Joy of Rice (November 17, 2009; la Carte volume 13) ISBN 1-4215-2144-X
  • Oishinbo: Izakaya: Pub Food (January 19, 2010; la Carte volume 12) ISBN 1-4215-2145-8
Karr, Mary Cherry Memoir Author of The Liar's Club. Account of stormy adolescence.
Karr, Mary The Liars' Club Memoir Suggested By:
Author recounts her childhood with wit and humor in this dazzling and devastating memoir.
Kashir, Sam and Jennifer MacNair The Bad and the Beautiful: Hollywood in the Fifties Non-fiction Hollywood gossip with a brain.
Kasson, John Rudeness and Civility Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
With keen insight and subtle humor, John F. Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America's colonial times through the nineteenth century. He describes the transformation of our notion of "gentility," once considered a birthright to some, and the development of etiquette as a middle-class response to the new urban and industrial economy and to the excesses of democratic society.
Katayama, Lisa Urawaza Non-fiction Suggested By:
Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan. From watering your plants while youre on vacation to getting rid of pesky stains! Youll never need a store-bought fix again.
Katz, Gayle Grounded Girls' Guid to Dealing with Difficult People and Saving Your Sanity Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Katz, Jon Dancing Dogs Essays Sixteen funny keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend.
Katz, Jon Saving Simon Memoir Suggested By:
Katz explores the value of compassion and chronicles his life-changing bond with a rescue donkey named Simon.
Katz, Jon The New Work of Dogs Non-fiction He does a terrific job of examining how dogs are handling their new work serving as many a family's nurturer in chief.
Kaufman, Kenn King Bird Highway Non-fiction A book about traveling and birding.
Kauter, Clare Losing Your Head Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Charlie Davies Mysteries book 1. "The funniest book I've ever read... It gave me stomach cramps from laughing so much!" - Morgana Best, best-selling mystery author. When rich boy James is accused of killing his uncle, he bets Charlie twenty grand that she can't find the real culprit, and she simply can't resist. The money, that is - she has no trouble resisting him, no matter how symmetrical his stupid face is.
Kazmierczak, Pamela 30 Easy Weeknight Dinners Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The winter recipes and winter food edition.
Kean, Sam The Disappearing Spoon Non-fiction Unpacks the periodic table's bag of tricks. The book's title refers to gallium, a metal that disintegrates in hot coffee. He makes even the most abstract concepts graspable for armchair scientists.
Kean, Sam The Violinist's Thumb Non-fiction Sam Kean is the best science teach you never had. Intriguing tales spun in light witty prose.
Kean, Thomas H., Lee H. Hamilton Without Precedent Non-fiction Co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission. Mostly dry, but deeply informative. Should be read alongside the commission's report.
Keats, John Keats: Poems Published in 1820 Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Keats, John Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Keim, Joe My People, the Amish Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The true story of an Amish father and son. Joe Keim paints a detailed picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies. More than a biography, this is an honest look at the heart-warming traditions that mingle with the deep-rooted legalism of the Amish community in Ashland, Ohio.
Keith, Sam and Richard (Dick) Proenneke One Man's Wilderness Memoir Suggested By: Other.
An Alaskan Odyssey. The DVD made from Dick's 16mm movies is "Alone in the Wilderness". We saw some of it on PBS.
Kellerman, Faye The Ritual Bath Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series book 1. Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.
Kellerman, Jonathan Various Crime/Mystery Sue and Hobe recommend him.
Kellow, Brian Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark Auto/Biography New Yorker movie reviewer who enlivened the art of analyzing movies.
Kelly, Caitlin Malled Memoir Laid off as a journalist, Kelly worked in sales at a mall. Her adventures - plus a stinging indictment of the retail industry.
Kelly, Jack Gunpowder Non-fiction The Chinese invented in the 10th century for fun and fireworks. Kelly's breathless style makes a potentially dry subject sizzle. Along the way, we meet Joan of Arc (good with God, better with artillery).
Kemelman, Harry Friday the Rabbi Slept Late Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. David Small is the new rabbi in the small Massachusetts town of Barnard's Crossing. Although he'd rather spend his days engaged in Torah study and theological debate, the daily chores of synagogue life are all-consuming--that is, until the day a nanny's body is found on the rain-soaked asphalt of the temple's parking lot.
Kemp, Christopher Floating gold : a natural (and unnatural) history of ambergris Non-fiction An entertaining and lively history that covers ambergris--a digestive byproduct from whales that is in most perfumes and one of the world's most expensive substances. Kemp presents an informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and the perfume industry.
Kenderian, Shant 1001 Nights in Iraq Memoir After living in Chicago for two yeras, the 17-year-old Armenian Christian Iraqi went home in 1980 to visit his estranged father. While there, he was forced into the Iraqi navy during Sadda Hussein's war with Iran. His story is mind-blowing enough to keep you turning the pages.
Kennedy, Dan Loser Goes First Memoir My thirty-something years of dumb luck and minor humiliation. Memoir details blazing failures as a dotcommer, a rock star, a health-club attendant, a pro-bass fisherman, and the list goes on...
Kennedy, Dan Rock On: An Office Power Ballad Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Kennedy's style - hilarious, paranoid and vulnerable - captures wonderfully the absurdity of the corporate music industry. That demise will come as no surprise to readers once they get a load of the endlessly inane meetings run by a series of company bigwigs desperate to figure out how to sell CDs to an audience that doesn't want them.
Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear Non-fiction The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. Reads like a novel (except for a slightly dull beginning with a detailed explanation of "The New Deal" and its related components).
Kennedy, Jacqueline Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy Non-fiction Book with accompanying CDs. Sealed for decades, Jacqueline Kennedy's 1964 interviews with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Kennedy, Michelle Without a Net Memoir Kennedy's vivid account of her months of homelessness makes a lively read, though you never really doubt that this resourceful and articulate young woman will find her way out of poverty in the end.
Kennedy, Pagan The First Man-Made Man Non-fiction Long before Renee Richards broke ground for transsexuals, Laura Dillon became a man in the late '40s. Dillon's tale makes for a wild read. It's also an absorbing look at a centure of medical breakthroughs that allow people to change noses or genitalia to match their identities.
Kennedy, Randall Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal Non-fiction Accusations of selling out?of betraying or neglecting the interests of blacks to curry favor with whites?are among the most damaging that African-Americans level at each other, according to Harvard law professor Kennedy. Called a sellout himself after his book Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word appeared, Kennedy here explores the charge's potency. He recounts the centuries-long history of sellout rhetoric
Kenney, Dave Twin Cities Picture Show: A Century of Moviegoing Non-fiction Filled with photos of the dazzling marquees and great theaters of yesterday and today [in the Twin Cities], historian Dave Kenney's highly readable account offers rich histories of some of the grandest theaters ever constructed.
Kenny, Deborah Born To Rise Non-fiction The inspiring story of a visionary educator and her accomplishments at Harlem Village Academy.
Keret, Etgar Suddenly, A Knock on the Door Short Stories Wisps of narrative that float on a mixture of wonder and melancholy. Many feature some kind of fantastical element - like a wish-granting goldfish.
Kershaw, Alex Escape From the Deep Non-fiction On Oct 25, 1944, the USS Tang, a Navy submarine, sank after being hit by its own renegade torpedo. There were 9/87 survivors. Escape is slow for the first 60 pages, but it picks up once the sub meets its untimely demise.
Kesey, Ken Kesey's Jail Journal Non-fiction In 1967 the author of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' began serving a a six-month sentence for marijuana possession. Now his prison diaries, profiles of fellow inmates, and psychedelic cut-and-paste collages are here.
Kesey, Ken One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Fiction Book, as in the movie.
Kessler, Lauren Raising hte Barre Memoir Her passion for ballet reignited in midlife. Determined to dance The Nutcracker, she spent nine grueling (and fascinating) months in classes with a professional company. Eloquent, inspiring, and funny.
Keyes, Marian Under the Duvet Essays Imagine Irish female Seinfeld.
Keys, David Catastrophe Non-fiction Investigation into 6th century haze plunging earth into semi-darkness.
Khong, Rachel Goodbye, Vitamin Fiction Suggested By: Book Award List.
From list of books that you can read in one sitting. Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice. Freshly disengaged from her fiance; and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.
Kick, Russ You Are Being Lied To Essays Essays about lies perpetrated by the news media and textbooks.
Kidd, Sue Monk The Invention of Wings Fiction Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimk, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery.
Kidder, David S. and Noah D. Oppenheim The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture Non-fiction : Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently with the Culturati. Quench your intellectual thirst with an overview of the literature, music, film, personalities, trends, sports, and pop references that have defined the way we live. From the Slinky to Star Wars; Beatlemania to Babe Ruth; flappers to fascism?refreshing your memory and dazzling your friends has never been easier, or more fun. Whether you're a trivia genius, pop-culture buff, or avid reader, you'll be riveted by this comprehensive journey through contemporary culture.
Kidder, Tracy Mountains Beyond Mountains Auto/Biography A magnificent profile of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Schindler of infectious diseases who's done much but wants to do even more.
Kiernan, Denise The Girls of Atomic City Non-fiction The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Kiernan, Stephen P. The Curiosity Fiction Suggested By:
Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated.
Kiernan-Lewis, Susan Wicked Good Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Liddy James put off her dream of owning her own French cupcake shop for 25 years. Now a widow and an empty nester, she knows if she's ever going to do it, she better make it happen soon. 
Unfortunately, there are a few roadblocks in her path to finally achieving her dream. One is a sexy DEA Agent dealing with the local meth problem who obviously wants her--but preferably not living in the same town.
Killilea, Marie Karen Memoir In 1940, Marie defied doctors when they suggested she institutionalize her daughter Karen, a premature baby born with cerebral palsy. This award-winning memoir chronicles Karens inspiring success against all odds.
Kilmer-Purcell, Josh I am Not Myself These Days Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book.
Kilmer-Purcell, Josh The Bucolic Plague GLBT How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
Kilroy, Mike Nine Meals Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. When the sun belched and the power grid failed, it was only nine meals until the end of the world. Billy "Shep" Shepard always thought the apocalypse would come from an asteroid with a funny name, or a super bug, or a nuclear war, or even Yellowstone blowing its top. It came from none of those things. Instead it came from an angry sun in the form of the biggest Coronal Mass Ejection mankind had ever seen – and it slapped the human race back a century.
Kim, Joseph Under the Same Sky Non-fiction Kim survived - barely - on the streets of North Korea before escaping to China. Never a good student, he was determined to master English, finally making it to college in the USA.
Kimball, Katie Better Than a Box Cookbook Suggested By: Unknown.
$.99 Kindle book. How to transform processed food recipes into whole food favorites.
Kimball, Katie Smart Sweets: 30 Desserts to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book.
Kimbrell, Andrew, editor The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture Non-fiction Fatal Harvest takes an unprecedented look at our current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat.
Kimelman, Emily Insatiable Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Sydney Rye Mystery book 3. When a dangerous man from her past calls, Sydney Rye finds she cannot turn him away. Robert Maxim explains that the daughter of a powerful friend has gone missing and he wants Rye to find her. In exchange, he offers her something she had given up hope of ever having; freedom from her past.
Kimmel, Haven She Got Up Off the Couch Memoir Fans of Kimmel's breakout memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, will be delighted to learn that they continued to lead lives of ordinary wonder.
Kincaid, Jamaica My Garden Memoir Referenced as a "green thumb classic" in a review of William Alexander's "The $64 Tomato".
King, Carole A Natural Woman Memoir Her deaf and intellectually disabled brother inspired her to strive for excellence. She spent a year in a rustic cabin in Idaho.
King, Dean Skeletons On The Zahara Non-fiction In 1815, American captain James Riley and his 11 men were shipwrecked off the Moroccan coast and washed ashore on the cliffs below the Sahara. They were captured and enslaved by Muslim nomads. Only half of them survived.
King, Melissa She's Got Next Memoir Her story of years spent playing pickup [basketball] games wherever she could find them. Part sports memoir, part chick-lit, and part amateur philosophy.
King, Sandra The Book of Bright Ideas Fiction Suggested By:
For fans of Fannie Flagg: In 1961, nine-year-old Button befriends whimsical Winnalee, and the two search for secrets to add to Winnalee's Book of Bright Ideas. But when a devastating truth comes to light, their lives will change forever.
King, Sara Fortune's Rising Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Outer Bounds book 1. Book 2 is Fortune's Folly. Humanity, in its struggle to escape its own planet's demise, began sending colony ships from Earth almost seven hundred years ago in the desperate hope a handful would find some place habitable to human life and be able to continue our species. Only one ship survived.
King, Stephen Cell SciFi Cell phones start turning their users into "phone crazies" - killers who can levitate and read minds. King hates cellphones and doesn't own one.
King, Stephen Lisey's Story Fantasy Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went--a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
King, Stephen The Shining Fantasy Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.
King, Stephen and others Rage Against the Night Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Under the onslaught of supernatural evil, the acts of good people can seem insignificant, but a courageous few stand apart. These brave men and women stand up to the darkness, stare it right in the eye, and give it the finger. These are the stories of those who rage against the night, stories of triumph, sacrifice, and bravery in the face of overwhelming evil.
King, Stephen and Richard Chizmar Gwendy's Button Box Fantasy Suggested By:
Novella. In Castle Rock, Maine, young Gwendy receives a mysterious gift from an unsettling stranger.
Kingsolver, Barbara Animal Dreams Fiction A woman returns whom to take care of her father. Kingsolver draws heavily on Arizona's Native American and Hispanic cultures.
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible Fiction A profoundly affecting story of Africa's mysterious ways, and God's. Missionary pastor tries to speak the native language but has unfortunate mispronounciations. At Poisonwood'd center is the evil that can flourish when arrogance is cloaked in righteousness.
Kinsella, Sophie Can You Keep A Secret? Chick Lit Spunky Londoner confesses enbarrassing things to a stranger on her plane and then learns that he is actually the dashing head of her company.
Kinser, Joshua Good Dog, Bad Mountain Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. A memoir about a dog, a young man, and a hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Kipling, Rudyard The Man Who Would Be King Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. A British journalist meets two interesting adventurers in India ruing their plan of blackmailing a Rajah. They return to him several months later asking for maps and books of the area. They have a new quest in mind now: to become kings in the remote Afghanistan and rule over a unified nation.
Kipling, Rudyard The Man Who Would Be King Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Kipling, Rudyard The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Eerie Tales Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Contents: The Phantom 'Rickshaw; My Own True Ghost Story; The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes; The Man Who Would Be King.
Kipnis, Laura How To Become a Scandal Non-fiction Media studies prof Kipnis offers up a theory of scandal - why people in high places self-destruct, and why we may need them too.
Kirchner, Ann Sala's Gift Memoir Sala Kirschner spent five years as a slave in Nazi camps as a teen. Now her daughter has gathered Sala's vintage snapshots and the letters that reached her in the camps into a moving volume.
Kirkby, Mary-Ann I Am Hutterite Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$1.06 Kindle book. The fascinating true story of a young woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.
Kirkman, Robert and Tony Moore The Walking Dead Graphic Novel Suggested By: Movie/TV.

  • Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
  • Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
  • Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
  • Volume 4: The Heart's Desire
  • Volume 5: The Best Defense
  • Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life
  • Volume 7: The Calm Before
  • Volume 8: Made To Suffer
  • Volume 9: Here We Remain
  • Volume 10: What We Become
  • Volume 11: Fear The Hunters
  • Volume 12: Life Among Them
  • Volume 13: Too Far Gone
  • Volume 14: No Way Out
  • Volume 15: We Find Ourselves
  • Volume 16: A Larger World
  • Volume 17: Something To Fear
  • Volume 18: What Comes After
  • Volume 19: March To War
  • Volume 20: All Out War (Part One)
  • Volume 21: All Out War ( Part Two)
  • Volume 22: A New Beginning
  • Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams
  • Volume 24: Life And Death
  • Volume 25: No Turning Back
  • Volume 26: Call To Arms
  • Volume 27: The Whisperer
  • Volume 28: A Certain Doom
Kirn, Walter Mission to America Fiction Two mormans decend from their Montana mountaintop to find new blood for the gene pool. The barbs are spot-on and the apostles, with their naivete about everything from Cheetos to Wiccans to reality TV, are hopelessly endearing.
Kirn, Walter Up in the Air Fiction Sharp and funny, protagonist Ryan Bingham is written with first-person, stream-of-consciousness narration about his frequent-flier exploits. Adapted by Jason Reitman for the George Clooney movie.
Klam, Julie Friendkeeping Memoir Have you ever had a friend who started doing yoga and really loved it? Has that friend tried force you do join her cult of yoga-doers? A rollicking must read.
Klavan, Andrew Hunting Down Amanda Crime/Mystery Smart, gritty thriller.
Klay, Phil Redeployment Non-fiction Suggested By: Suggested List.
12 searing stories about the Iraq War by a Marine who observed during the surge are a blazing literary achievement that strikes at the brutality and banality of war and powerfully memorializes its casualties both living and dead. Recommended by President Obama.
Klein, George with Chuck Crisafulli Elvis: My Best Man Memoir Suggested By:
George Klein met Elvis Presley in the eighth grade -- and remained one of his closest friends throughout the star's meteoric rise to fame. Klein shares his memories of the music legend in this revealing memoir! "George was with Elvis from the beginning. He personally knows the story" (Dick Clark).
Klein, Jessi You'll Grow Out of It Essays Suggested By: People Mag.
SNL and Inside Amy Schumer comedy writer's hilarious, astute essays about the perilous path to modern womanhood which will have to wincing in recognition.
Klein, Samanta Sous Vide Cookbook Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The complete Sous Vide cookbook for beginners and experts in Sous Vide.
Kleinedler, Steve, et al 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses & Misuses Non-fiction This quick guide features 100 words that frequently trip us up. Well, none of the examples tripped me up, so this may be another Strunk & White fiasco.
Kleinfield, Sonny His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond Non-fiction The complexities and contradictions of the friendship between a 93-year-old wheelchair-bound woman living in a New York City nursing home and a poor, 20-year-old Hispanic volunteer charged with visiting her on afternoons is the subject of this inspirational book.
Kleinzahler, Agust Cutty, One Rock Memoir The austere poet writes about the Jersey Mob, Brit poetry, and the family dog in this poignant memoir.
Klinkenborg, Verlyn The Rural Life Non-fiction Year-long meditation on the deep joys and ordinary beauty of our daily lives.
Klosterman, Chuck Fargo Rock City Memoir How rock bands changed his life. It'll stick to you like the decal on a black concert t-shirt.
Klosterman, Chuck Killing Yourself to Live Memoir Chronicles his 21-day, 600-CD road trip across America in search of famous rock-star death sites.
Klosterman, Chuck Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Essays He shows how 'The Empire Strikes Back' created Gen X, and John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler schtick in 'Say Anything' ruined the mind of every American female born between 1965 and 1978.
Kluger, Jeffrey The Sibling Effect Non-fiction What the bonds among brothers and sisters reveal about us. Addictively readable.
Kluwe, Chris Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies Non-fiction On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities
Knight, David Jacob The Phone Company Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Phone Company has been around for a long time. As civilization grew, so did PCo's power, slowly spreading its lines across the continent. Today it's in everything. It's in the air around us.
Knight, Thomas Jefferson and Ethel Knight Free State of Jones and the Echo of the Black Horn Non-fiction Suggested By:
In Civil War–era Mississippi, Captain Newt Knight took over a town and created a groundbreaking mixed-race community. Featuring perspectives from two of Knight's descendants, this gripping history reveals his life and lasting impact.
Knighton, Ryan Cockeyed Memoir Those of us in the sighted world may have walked past a blind person and asked, "How, exactly, do they do it?" This feisty, bittersweet memoir, both answers that question and shrugs it off as he describes his 15-year descent into darkness, the result of a rare degenerative eye disease.
Knipper, Stephanie The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
Perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen! When estranged sisters Rose and Lily reconnect at their family's flower farm, Rose's daughter begins to show miraculous powers. This heartfelt novel "will appeal to those seeking elements of magic realism, family relationships, and personal growth" (Library Journal).
Knisley, Lucy French Milk Memoir A recent college grad's graphic memoir about the six weeks she spend in Paris with her mom. Slight, but charming.
Knorr, Roseanne A Grown-Up's Guide to Running Away From Home Non-fiction How to pay for your getaway. What do to about children and pets. Bureaucratic challenges. Those faraway place get a lot closer.
Knowles, Drew Rouge 66 Adventure Handbook Travel Christened "The Mother Road" by John Steinbeck, the 80-year-old highway reaching from Chicago to L.A. is a festival of vintage Americana lovingly document in this photo-illustrated guide.
Knowles, Harry Aint it Cool? Hollywood's Redheaded Stepchild Speaks Out Non-fiction The internet movie guy.
Knowles, John A Separate Peace Fiction Classic novel of friendship and lost innocence. Two roommates at New England's Devon School in the summer of 1942.
Knowlton, Elizabeth The Naked Mountain Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Well-written account of the 1933 German-American expedition to Nanga Parbat, which included a woman. Tragedy ensued, along with controversial death(s). Mountain climbing.
Kobayashi, Kentaro Donburi Mania Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Matthew Amster-Burton. Delightful little cookbook of rice bowl dishes.
Kodas, Michael High Crimes Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
This account of an Everest ascent effectively strips the journey of all sentiment. During his 2004 expedition, Pulitzer-winning journalist Kodas finds the slopes of the famed mountain rife with theft and drug use. Equipment vanishes. Money-hungry guides take on ill-prepared climbers, then leave them to their fates in the unforgiving terrain near the top. Mountain climbing.
Kohn, Edward P. Hot Time in the Old Town Non-fiction The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt. For 10 hellishly hot days in August 1896, the poorly ventilated tenement blocks of immigrant New York were transformed into massive ovens: horses dropped dead in the streets and nearly 1,300 people perished.
Kolata, Gina Rethinking Thin Non-fiction Many obesity researchers believe body weight is inherited much like height. "Lean people think they are morally superior," one scientist told Kolato, but they're really winners of the genetic lottery. It isn't willpower, then, but a battle against biology - an especially pointless one given that new studies show "having a bit of extra fat appears to be protective."
Komito, Sanford I Came, I Saw, I Counted Non-fiction Sandy Komoti, one of the crazy guys from "The Big Year" bird book. Out of print?
Konigsberg, Ruth Davis The Truth About Grief Non-fiction Five stages? Maybe not. This hopeful book upends old ideas and emphasizes resilience.
Konkoly, Steven The Jarkarta Pandemic Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Perseid Collapse Series stand-alone prequel. Cases of a highly lethal virus appear in major cities around the globe. Most ignore the warning signs. Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended period of seclusion, Alex thinks he's ready for the pandemic. He's not even close.
  • Stand-alone prequel: The Jakarta Pandemic (Kindle)
  • Book 1: The Perseid Collapse (Kindle)
  • Book 2: The Event Horizon (don't own)
  • Book 3: Point of Crisis (don't own)
  • Book 4: Dispatches (don't own)
Konkoly, Steven The Perseid Collapse Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By:
$1.07 Kindle book. In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, the Fletchers, along with their closest friends, are forced to separate--each group setting off on a harrowing journey. Alex Fletcher heads to Boston, on a rescue mission to find his son and friend's daughter--both trapped at college during the 'event'. What he finds along the way will shake him to the core and alter his life forever.
  • Stand-alone prequel: The Jakarta Pandemic (Kindle)
  • Book 1: The Perseid Collapse (Kindle)
  • Book 2: The Event Horizon (don't own)
  • Book 3: Point of Crisis (don't own)
  • Book 4: Dispatches (don't own)
Kopelman, Jay and Melinda Roth From Baghdad with Love Memoir A tenderhearted Marine officer risks all to get a stray puppy, stranded in Iraq, safely to the U.S. Dry eyes aren't an option.
Korelitz, Jean Hanff Admission Fiction With acceptance rates at Ivy League schools now impossibily low, this timely novel written by a former "reader" of personal essays at Princeton has built-in appeal for anyone seeking insight about the ferocious competition. Well-researched insider tidbits.
Korkus, Jim and McLain, Bob The Revised Vault of Walt Non-fiction Unofficial, Unauthorized, Uncensored Disney Stories Never Told. This first volume in Disney historian Jim Korkis' best-selling Vault of Walt series features nearly 30 little-known insider stories about Disney including:
  • The perilous four-month stint of famed Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones at the Disney Studios
  • Why two women you've never heard of were among Walt's most important influences
  • Walt's admiration for and brief collaboration with legendary artist Salvador Dali
  • Walt and Lillian Disney's raucous 30th wedding anniversary celebration in Frontierland
  • How Walt's early infatuation with polo led to an injury that plagued him for the rest of his life
  • The story of Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and the Disney craftswoman who tended it for decades
  • Walt's fondness for chili and cold weenies, with authentic recipes to create his favorite dishes
Korn, Fadumo Born in the Big Rains Memoir As a girl Korn led a near-idyllic life, herding goats and traveling with her tribe in Somalia. But all that ended when she turned 7 and was subjected to the ritual of genital mutilation. A moving, unsentimental, and informative account of the painful personal experience.
Kornblut, Anne E. Notes From the Cracked Ceiling Non-fiction Journalist Kornblut presents an unsettling look showing how sexism, media mockery, and failed strategies keep women from higher offices. Full of astonishing anecdotes.
Koslow, Sally Slouching Toward Adulthood Non-fiction Koslow write wittily about the infantilization of American youth as increasing numbers treat getting a job and moving out as just an option.
Kostova, Elizabeth The Historian Fantasy Twilight for smarty-pants.
Koterba, Jeffrey Inklings Memoir Political cartoonist Koterba didn't know his twitching and flailing were caused by Tourette's when he was a boy - he thought he was crazy (and so did his family). A powerful and touching portrait of an artist.
Kozak, Harley Jane Dating Dead Men Chick Lit Stumbles on corpse while searching for Mr. Right
Kraft, Chris Flight Memoir My life in mission control. Flight is the stirring account of the U.S. space program from its infancy to its greatest triumphs - from the one man who was there for it all, Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr., the first NASA Flight Director.
Krakauer, Jon Missoula Non-fiction Inspired by the story of a friend who was raped by a man she trusted. Equal parts riveting and horrifying, it's a hell of a read.
Krakauer, Jon Three Cups of Deceit Non-fiction Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson's public image.
Krakauer, Jon Under the Banner of Heaven Non-fiction Krakauer takes readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy.
Krakauer, Jon Where Men Win Glory Non-fiction The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Krauss, Erich Wave of Destruction Non-fiction Stories from the wake of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami. Knowledgable account of survivor stories, and something of a page-turner.
Kring, Sandra The Book of Bright Ideas Fiction Much to her mother's dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother's ashes and a tome she calls 'The Book of Bright Ideas'.
Kroese, Robert Monday Morning in the Mailroom of Good and Evil Fiction Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book. I think I started this and was underwhelmed.
Krouse, Erika Come Up and See Me Sometime Short Stories 13 sharp stories with nervy women worth getting to know.
Krueger, Willam Kent Vermilion Drift Crime/Mystery Crafty MN PI Cork O'Connor finds the remains of six bodies. Five may have been there since 1964; the sixth was murdered a week ago.
Kurlansky, Mark The Big Oyster Non-fiction A fascinating history of the oyster's role in NYC's development.
Kurlansky, Mark The Last Fish Tale Non-fiction By the author of Cod and The Big Oyster. Pollution, global warming, and overfishing threaten to wipe out our supply of fish.
Kurson, Robert Crashing Through Non-fiction Blinded at 3 by an explosive chemical, he became an Olympic skiier and CIA analyst before making medical history in 2000 as one of only about 20 people to regain sight after a lifetime of Braille and guide dogs. He learns that he'll never process visual stimuli normally. He can't recognize people by their faces, and he half-longs for the security of blindness. But grit and creativity carry him through.
Kurson, Robert Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See Auto/Biography Suggested By:
Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May's vision. Even if the surgery worked, history was against him. Fewer than twenty cases were known worldwide in which a person gained vision after a lifetime of blindness. Each of those people suffered desperate consequences we can scarcely imagine.
Kurzweil, Allen Whipping Boy Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Ol​d Bully
Kurzweil, Ray The Singularity is Near Non-fiction When Humans Transcend Biology. Kurzweil ponders topics including the prospect of extraterrestrial intelligence, surpassing the speed of light, and extending human life. Must reading for devotees of futurist literature.
Kushner, David Alligator Candy Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Kushner decided to investigate his own past to answer long-lingering questions about the abduction of his brother 30 years ago.
Kushner, David Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids Non-fiction A fat New Jersey kid who got hooked on "Magic: the Gathering" and turned his childhood obsession into millions by counting cards at casinos, winning online poker tourneys, and coming up with advanced analyses of sports bettting.
Kusy, Frank Dial and Talk Foreign at Once Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When Frank Kusy is challenged by his publisher to research a book on India in just 66 days, he thinks it will be a breeze. How wrong he is. From the very start, it's a rollercoaster ride of daily dramas and madcap meetings he never dreamt could come his way. And in the background, someone close is lying in wait to sabotage his best-laid plans.
Kusy, Frank Rupee Millionaires Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. It is 1990, the heyday of Thatcher's Britain, and a new decade is dawning. As London's banks and stock-markets start filling up with young entrepreneurs called "yuppies", a completely different type of wheeler-dealer – the world traveller merchant adventurer – is emerging on the other side of the world, in India.
Kwan, Kevin China Rich Girlfriend Fiction Suggested By: Friend.
Author of Crazy Rich Asians. Field guide Asia's uberwealthy and comic satire at its best.
Kyle, Aryn The God of Animals Fiction Alice and her overworked father are trying desperately to hold on to the family's small-town Colorado horse ranch. This debut delivers all the fun of the book about horses you loved as a kid - but with the added weight and seriousness of a novel for grown-ups.
La Plante, Lynda Above Suspicion Fiction A mystery to devour this novel starring Anna Travis, the clever daughter of a former London police chief.
Lacey, Robert Model Woman Auto/Biography Biography of Eileen Ford, the brutally honest model behind Ford Models. Fascinating look at the woman who, perhaps more than anyone, shaped our ideas of what it means to be a sophisticated American beauty.
Lackberg, Camilla Various Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Patrik Hedstrom/Fjallbacka Books. Husband and wife team solve murders in their Swedish seaside village.
  • The Ice Princess (2002)
  • The Preacher (2004)
  • The Stonecutter (2005)
  • The Gallows Bird (2006)
  • The Hidden Child (2007)
  • The Drowning (2008)
  • The Lost Boy (2013)
  • Buried Angels (2014)
  • The Ice Child (2016)
LaFerla, Jane Fresh Paint: New Looks for Unfinished Furniture Craft Painting the unpainted.
Lagercrantz, David The Girl in the Spider's Web Crime/Mystery The 4th book in the Lisbeth Salander series, but not written by Stieg Larsson.
Lahiri, Jhumpa Unaccustomed Earth Short Stories This mesmerizing collection explores the universal struggles Bengali immigrants face in the U.S.
Laing, Olivia The Trip to Echo Spring Non-fiction Beautiful, fascinating meditation on the relationship between drinking and great writing. "My stories written when sober are stupid...all reasoned out, not felt." F. Scott Fitzgerald.
LaMarche, Una Like No Other Youth A strict Hasidic girl and a nerdy west Indian boy fall for each other after getting trapped in a hospital elevator.
Lamb, Bette Golden and J.J. Lamb Sin & Bone Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Gina Mazzio RN Medical Series book 2. STOP ME BEFORE I KILL AGAIN That's the plea RN Gina Mazzio hears when she gets an anonymous call the night before her wedding. The cops say it's a crank call. Her fiancé says she's altar-shy. Her fellow workers call her "crazy."
Lamb, Wally Wishin' and Hopin' Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book.
Lamott, Anne Operating Instructions Non-fiction Beautiful and honest account of her first year as a single parent.
Lamott, Anne Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Non-fiction Chronicle of an uncommonly openhearted struggle to lead a sane and moral life, drawing from whatever traditions speak to her.
Lamott, Anne Some Assembly Required Memoir Son Sam became an unwed father at age 19. She soon found herself in love with baby Jax. She records his antics along with her own control-freak neuroses and the general family tumult.
Lamott, Anne Stitches Non-fiction Encouraging each reader to reflect and focus on what it is, after all, that really matters.
Lampert, Ross B. The Eternity Plague Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. In 2035, Dr. Janet Hogan makes a stunning discovery: infected by five species of naturally-mutated viruses, every one of earth's nine billion inhabitants has become immortal. Or have they? By the time Janet learns that this immortality is an illusion, it's too late to change people's beliefs. Some love her for creating this miracle and the coming paradise they long for. Others hate her for what they see ahead: immoral behavior without consequence, overpopulation, famine, and worse. Zealots demand that she save people's souls, humanity, the earth… or the viruses. Or else.
Lancaster, Craig The Fallow Season Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$.99 Kindle book. From the bestselling author of 600 Hours of Edward comes the story of two small-town characters whose fates are inextricably linked.
Lancaster, Jen If You Were Here Fiction Mia's obsessed with Abington Cambs, the setting of many John Hughes movies. She buys Sixteen Candle's character Jake Ryan's house, despite its major flaws. Witty and hilarious, even for non-Hughes fanatics.
Lanchester, John Capital Fiction Big, vivid, complicated portrait of London. Convincing and entertaining look at modern life in urban Britain.
Lanchester, John I.O.U. Non-fiction Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. Lanchester illustrates exactly how loans from predatory and incompetent players wound up being sold as triple-A investments, and how a subsequent housing market dip toppled the financial system.
Landay, William Defending Jacob Crime/Mystery 14-year-old boy has been stabbed and Andy's son, Jacob, has been arrested for the crime. Grabby premise and careful plotting keeps you turning pages through the shocking gut-punch of an ending.
Landis, Deborah Nadoolman Hollywood Sketchbook Art A Century of Costume Illustration. 100-year history of cinematic costume design that include never before seen illustrations and profiles of influential wardrobe designers.
Lane, Harriet Her Crime/Mystery Two women strike up a casual friendship that seems harmless, if unlikely, until it becomes clear that one of them is plotting something sinister.
Lane, Jennifer Blocked Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He's a tall drink of water -- blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.
Lane, Summer Day Zero Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Novella. First installation in a series. Since the collapse of modern society, she's been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life. And then everything changes. After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death. They are alone, but they are ready. Day Zero begins today.
Lang, J.A. Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. It's autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion. Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery--he's missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village.
Lang, Michael The Road To Woodstock Memoir In this lively memoir, Lang, one of the festival's cocreators, retells the story some of it already well-known of the halting steps that he and his partners took to develop the greatest rock concert of all time.
Langer, Adam Crossing California Fiction Five gifted teens and their clueless elders in 1979-1981 Chicago. Begins and ends with the halting romance of two awkward geniuses. Character, Michelle, steals the show: her acid tongue will dazzle you with her smarts.
Langman, Kris Logic to the Rescue Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When Nikki Murrow failed her first High School debating match she did what anyone would do. She hid in a closet. She found comfort hiding among the mops and cleaning supplies, but she also found two imps – tiny creatures from a magical kingdom who lead her on a strange journey into the Realm of Reason.
Langridge, Richard Dan and Frankie Save the World SciFi Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. Serial loser Dan Pratt never asked to be the saviour of humanity. All he ever wanted was to get drunk and play video games with his best friend/uninvited lodger Frankie. When it later becomes apparent that the insurance company he works for is actually a front for a sect of evil, body-snatching jelly-slugs (and prompted by his trusty best friend and movie aficionado, Frankie), Dan reluctantly agrees to investigate.
LaNier, Carlotta Walls with Lisa Frazier Page A Mighty Long Way Memoir Suggested By:
Carlotta Walls was the youngest of the "Little Rock Nine" -- the nine black students who risked everything to challenge segregated education in America. This account tells her story in her own words.
Lankford, Andrea Haunted Hikes Travel The former National Park Service Ranger digs up a wealth of spooky lore about National Parks in North America, throwing in trail maps for the intrepid. Particularily rewarding for history lovers. (Is this something Beth would like?)
Lankford, Terrill Lee Blonde Lightening Fiction Lankford shows in telling detail how a film really gets made. "Blonde" is a continuation of "Earthquake Weather", but it stands alone as testament to all the cynical, underhanded, and tragic things you think you know about Hollywood.
Lankford, Terrill Lee Earthquake Weather Fiction Lankford's, a former screenwriter-director, take on L.A. is dead-on like the "tragic" irony that "people at the very bottom of the food chain are passing judgement on what should be made into feature films."
Lanpher, Katherine Leap Days Essays Behind her are a successful career at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, an unsuccessful marriage and a younger woman's belief in endless possibilities. Essays include warm memories of her childhood in St. Paul.
Lansky, Aaron Outwitting History Non-fiction The amazing adventures of a man who rescued a million Yiddish books. Aaron Lansky innocently embarked on a project that turned out to define his life.
Lansky, Sam The Gilded Razor Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Recounts the prescription-drug addiction that overwhelmed his last years at an elite prep school, and the subsequent boot camps and psych wards he slogged through. Funny as it is dark.
Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism. This ancient book is also central in Chinese religion, not only for Taoism but Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts.
LaPorte, Nicole The Men Who Would Be King Non-fiction Spielberg/Geffen/Katzenberg. The trio envisioned a Hollywood utopia where creativity would trump corporate greed.
Largo, Michael Final Exits Non-fiction For dad? A-to-Z guide to ways that people die.
Larkin, Joan A Woman Like That GLBT Lesbian coming out stories.
Larman, Craig Applying UML in Patterns Computer From Omar V.
LaRoche, Loretta Life is not a Stress Rehearsal Non-fiction Bringing yesterday's sane wisdom into today's insane world. See also "Relax-- you may only have a few minutes left : using the power of humor to overcome stress in your life and work"
Larson, Arthur Eisenhower: The President Nobody Knew History Uh, Eisenhower...the president...
Larson, Erik Dead Wake Non-fiction The story of the Lusitania's sinking by a German U-boat has been told before, but this version features new details and the gripping immediacy that Larson is famous for.
Larson, Erik Isaac's Storm Non-fiction On Sept 9, 1900 Galveston was laid to waste by the deadliest hurricane in history.
Larson, Erik The Devil in the White City Non-fiction Creepy true story of serial killer at the 1893 World's Fair.
Larson, Jayne Amelia Driving the Saudis Memoir Larson, an actress who once moonlighted as a chauffer, recounts the seven weeks she spent driving around the Saudi royal family in LA. What you think you know about wealth and privilege is just Disney claptrap compared to how the filthy rich actually live.
Larson, Leslie Slipstream Fiction Over four rain-soaked weeks five downtrodden Los Angelenos, each grappling with a life-altering crisis, intersect each other's lives amid the empty bustle of LAX. Her exquisitely calibrated prose makes it clear that she knows these people to their bones.
Lasch, Christopher The Minimal Self Non-fiction Suggested By:
In times of uncertainty, individuals become obsessed with their own survival -- but at what cost? A National Book Award–winning author diagnoses the flaws of self-centered culture.
Laskin, David The Children's Blizzard Non-fiction Suggested By:
"Heartbreaking… reads like a thriller" (Entertainment Weekly): Learn about the devastating 1888 blizzard that claimed the lives of hundreds of poor European settlers. A "gripping chronicle of meteorological chance and human folly and error".
Laurain, Antoine The Red Notebook Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by eBookDaily: Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
Lawhead, Stephen R. The Pendragon Cycle Fantasy
  • Taliesin (gave mine to the library)
  • Merlin
  • Arthur
  • Pendragon
  • Grail
  • Avalon
Lawless, Wendy Chanel Bonfire Memoir Would Georgann Rea, their beautiful, gimlet-downing, social-climbing mother, be taking them to Schraft's today - or locking them in the closet. Movie over Mommie Dearest!
Lawson, Guy War Dogs Auto/Biography Suggested By: Movie/TV.
The True Story of How Three Stoners From Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History.
Lawson, Nigel An Appeal to Reason Science/Nature Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by the New York Times (144 pages). For a skeptical view of climate change, you might turn to Nigel Lawson's book. Lawson, the former secretary of state for energy under Margaret Thatcher, argues that though climate science does contain a measure of truth, it is mostly overstated -- in his view, any decrease in quality of life over the next 100 years would be modest, at most. And even if the most pessimistic environmental forecast were to prove true, Lawson believes, society would do what it has done for centuries: adapt. His standpoint is decidedly economic, laying out a case for why taking action now is both expensive and unwarranted.
Lawson, Nigella Nigella Express Cookbook Ingredient lists tend to be small, but results are definitely impressive.
Lazar, Aaron Paul Under the Ice Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. LeGarde mysteries book 9. After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family's fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille's nightmares is released from prison.
Lea, C.J. and Catherine Lea The Contestant Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Raymond is a serial killer - brilliant and resourceful. Once a respected behavioural analyst and profiler, a hit-and-run accident five years ago left him confined to a wheelchair, and now he grudgingly scratches out a living with online contests using fake or stolen identities.
Leahy, Christopher W. The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife Science/Nature Nontechnical, yet pithy descriptions. Definitions of terms. Essays, but also cagalog-style information. Birdwatcher's calendar. Reviewed in "Science News".
Leahy, Robert L. The Worry Cure Non-fiction Suggested By:
Designed to address general worries as well as the unique issues surrounding some of the most common areas of worry--relationships, health, money, work, and the need for approval--The Worry Cure is for everyone, from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator.
Leavitt, David The Man Who Knew Too Much Non-fiction Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
Leavitt, Steven D. and Stephen J. Dubner Freakonomics Non-fiction Do Sumo Westlers cheat? What do crack gangs and McDonald's have in common?
LeBey, Barbara Family Estrangements: How They Begin, How to Mend Them, How to Cope With Them Non-fiction Written with clarity, intelligence, and deep compassion, Family Estrangements offers a penetrating and useful look at the common problems that can damage family relationships.
LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx Non-fiction Full of compassion and detail, but also twitty women who choose men poorly.
LeBlanc, Nicole Random Family Non-fiction A moving, gritty look at the hard-scrabble lives of several Bronx youngsters.
Lebovitz, David The Sweet Life in Paris Memoir Pastry chef shares his experiences of moving to Paris.
Leckie, Ann Ancillary Justice SciFi Suggested By: Other.
BooksAndBars for April 2016. Ann Leckie's sociopolitical space opera almost singlehandedly breathed new cool into the stereotype of spaceships trundling through far-off systems amid laser battles.
  1. Ancillary Justice
  2. Ancillary Sword
  3. Ancillary Mercy
LeClerc, Georges-Louis All the World's Birds Non-fiction A combined edition of 36 Enlightenment-era volumes by famed naturalist LeClerc. $350, 670 page door-stop. Boasts plenty of ornithological faces, as well as brilliant, detailed reproductions of engravings by some French artist.
LeDuff, Charlie Detroit: An American Autopsy Non-fiction Suggested By:
A Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist returns to his hometown to find a once-vibrant city in crisis. A New York Times bestseller "full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness" (Kirkus Reviews).
Lee, Don The Collective Fiction Characters meet at Macalaster College! Three young artists form the Asian American Artists Collective. Heartbreaking, sex, and funny story about fractured friendships.
Lee, Harper Go Set A Watchman Fiction Sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, set 20 years later.
Lee, Hyeonseo with David John The Girl with Seven Names Memoir Suggested By:
At the age of 17, Hyeonseo Lee escaped from North Korea. This extraordinary true story follows her struggle for survival in a completely new land -- and her eventual return to the border to rescue her family.
Lee, Linda Francis The Devil in the Junior League Chick Lit Not even the requisite happy ending can blunt Lee's deliciously sharp jabs at Texas blue bloods.
Lee, Nancy, Lonnie Schlein, and Mitchel Levitas A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath Non-fiction A detailed visual, graphis, and written account of the WTC attacks in 2001.
Lee, Stephan The Living Post-Apocalyptic Teen post-apocalyptic genre (that's a thing now!). Plot driven YA with characters worthy of John Green. Shy, a teenager working a summer job on a luxury cruise ship, finds himself at the epicenter of a series of mysterious disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, a pandemic...
Lee, Tanith Sabella Fantasy Recommended by Holly Black. The main character is a vampire. Descriptions so lush and rich that you can feel them yourself. Tanith Lee's writing is seductive: you'll want to live in that big house on the plateau the stuff they do.
Lee, Tommy Tommyland Memoir Motley Crue drummer recaps rise from scrawner outsider to badass rock star. The pages vibrate with Lee's crazy energy.
Leeks, Andy As They Slept Memoir Infuriated by the snoozing passengers surrounding him, Andy posted a status declaring that sleeping on trains is a complete waste of time. Andy set out to write a book from start to finish on the daily commute to show a better use of the time.
Leeming, David James Baldwin: A Biography Auto/Biography Suggested By:
Remembered as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and a dedicated civil rights activist, James Baldwin was a gifted man who passionately fought systemic oppression. A "highly perceptive, revealing biography" (Publishers Weekly) by Baldwin's friend and former secretary.
Lefcourt, Peter The Dreyfus Affair GLBT Baseball star falls in love with his second baseman.
Legg, Brandt The Last Librarian SciFi Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Justar Journal book 1. In the year 2098, there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution. The world is secure and Earth's 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy. There is also only one remaining library that still houses physical books. In addition to the dusty volumes, the library holds many secrets. But the government has decided to shut it down and burn the contents. Unless an unlikely trio can save the books, humanity will lose more than just what is printed on those antique pages.
Lehane, Dennis A Drink Before the War Crime/Mystery He's the Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone guy. "Dennis Lehane has done pretty well with the blue-collar Iris milieu of South Boston.
A Drink Before the War (Kenzie-Gennaro 1994)
Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie-Gennaro 1996)
Sacred (Kenzie-Gennaro 1997)
Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie-Gennaro 1998)
Prayers for Rain (Kenzie-Gennaro 1999)

Mystic River (2001)
Shutter Island (2003)
Coronado: Stories (2006)
The Given Day (2008)
Lehane, Dennis Live By Night Fiction From the New York Times bestselling master of suspense who wrote Mystic River and Shutter Island: Set in the crime-riddled Prohibition Era, this engrossing novel chronicles one mans ascent from common criminal to bootlegger mastermind.
Lehr, Leslie What a Mother Knows Fiction Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen, "I can say I've read the first chapter and it's intoxicating."
Leinbach, Michael D. Bringing Columbia Home Non-fiction Suggested By:
The untold story of a lost space shuttle and her crew. On February 1st, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry and all seven astronauts on board were lost.
Lelic, Simon A Thousand Cuts Fiction History teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into a London secondary school assembly and opens fire, killing three students and a colleague before turning the gun on himself. Lelic takes a sadly familiar crime and delves into the equally familiar menace at its root: bullying.
LeMieux, Richard Breakfast at Sally's Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. One Homeless Man's Inspirations Journey.
Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach Ashley's War Non-fiction Suggested By:
True story of the remarkable women serving on Special Ops teams in Afghanistan - women whose unique abilities had a profound effect on American-Islamic relations. "A tremendous story - Very moving" (Jon Stewart).
LeMoine, Ray and Jeff Neumann with Donovan Webster Babylon by Bus Memoir Two twenty-something guys in Iraq in 2004. Anecdotes of administrative chaos and horrific poverty in Iraq. The choicest material in this strenuously lighthearted book is their infiltration of expat society: a mix of Republican Bee Gees fans, boozy humanitarians, and mercenary goons.
Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography Youth Creepy kid's book ala Roald Dahl.
Lennon, John Skywriting By Word of Mouth Essays Suggested By:
Published after his death, this anthology of John Lennon's writings and drawings provides an eye-opening perspective on the musical legend's creative life. "Marvelous, delightful reading… for John Lennon fans, a must."
Lennox, Lucy Taming Teddy GLBT Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Made Marian Series book 2. Teddy: If there's one thing I don't do, it's commitment. You don't become an award-winning photographer by staying in one place. I'm always on the road, looking for the next shot, the next award, the next hot body. Which is how I end up on Dr. James Marian's front porch in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska. He's known as the Wildlife Whisperer, and I want to photograph him in action. He's reluctant at first, but I can be persuasive.
Lent, B. The Great Molasses Flood Non-fiction Actually killed a bunch of people in Boston.
Lent, Jeffrey Lost Nation Fiction Guy escaping his past wins teenage prostitute in card game.
Leon, Donna Doctored Evidence Crime/Mystery Noone seems unhappy that Maria Battestini has been bludgeoned to death in Venice. Until the cold case is picked up again. More Columbo than Dirty Harry, Commissariao Brunetti is a very Italian figure who goes home for stupendous lunches with the family.
Leonard, Elmore Be Cool Crime/Mystery Chili Palmer - movie is based on this book.
Leonard, Elmore Get Shorty Crime/Mystery Chili Palmer - movie is based on this book.
Leonard, Elmore Raylan Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Movie/TV.
$2.14 Kindle book.
Leonard, Elmore Raylan Givens Series Fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Raylan Givens - US Marshall first in Florida, then Kentucky. Played by Timothy Olyphant in the TV series.
  • Pronto (1993 - read 2017/04)
  • Riding the Rap (1995 - read 2018/02)
  • Fire in the Hole - short story (2001 - read 2017/04 - Kindle) Part of short story collection titled "When the women come out to dance." (2002)
  • Raylan (2012 - Kindle)
Leovy, Jill Ghettoside Non-fiction Suggested By:
Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities--and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.
Lepore Jill Book of Ages Non-fiction Reveals an unseen side of Benjamin Franklin, but its real accomplishment lies in its depiction of the daily lives of 18th-century women.
Lepore, Jill The Mansion of Happiness Non-fiction Lepore analyzes our ideas about birth, childhood, adulthood, and old age, connecting them to changes in science, technology, and industry. She's surprisingly fun to read.
Lerner, Betsy The Forest for the Trees Non-fiction An editor's advice to writers. But don't let that scare you - there are lots of tidbits about well-known writers, past and present.
Les Becquets, Diane Breaking Wild Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Amy Raye is a seasoned outdoorswoman who gets lost in the cold Colorado wilderness during an elk hunt. As she fights for survival, a local search-and-rescue worker named Prudence tries to find her.
Lesage, Vicki Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book. Being a mom in America is hard enough... Try navigating Paris with a stroller in one hand and a croissant in the other! In this humorous memoir, Vicki shares the highs and lows of raising her family in the City of Light.
Lesser, Elizabeth Marrow Memoir Suggested By:
Author explores how a life-and-death bone marrow transplant brought her and her sister closer together - and revealed the things that matter most.
Lessing, Erich and Vincent Pomarède The Louvre: All the Paintings Art Suggested By: People Mag.
3,022 works on display in the Louvre are presented here in color with detailed captions.
Lethem, Jonathan Amnesia Moon Post-Apocalyptic Chaos, a young man who is living in a movie theater in what was once Wyoming, eating canned food and drinking as much booze as he can find. He's barely keeping it together, and it make matters stranger it seems as though his own apocalypse might not actually line up with reality. Teaming up with a girl named Melinda as they drive across the country in an attempt to figure out not only who broke the world, but how every town seems to have developed its own apocalyptic reality.
Levesque, Richard The Girl at the End of the World Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Her family dead, alone in a corpse-strewn metropolis, she has no choice but to survive. She needs food, shelter, a safe place to sleep. She discovers that an ordinary girl is capable of extraordinary things, and that she's more resilient than she imagined. Even so, she wishes more than anything that she could just find another survivor.
Leviathan, David Every Day Youth Suggested By:
A has no friends. No parents. No family. No possessions. No home, even. Because every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person. Note: follow-up book (not really a sequel) Another Day. A is able to access each person's memory, enough to be able to get through the day without parents, friends, and teachers realizing this is not their child, not their friend, not their student. Because it isn't. It's A. It's a lonely existence--until, one day, it isn't. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. But can their love transcend such an obstacle?
Leviathan, David and Rachel Cohn Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Youth Suggested By:
16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.
Levie, Eleanor and Rhonda Murphy Country Paint: Traditional Decorative Paint Techniques Craft Decorative Paint Techniques.
Levine, Paul Bum Rap Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Lassiter, our favorite linebacker-turned-lawyer, has had it with sleazy clients, shifty prosecutors, and a justice system out of whack. He's ready to call it quits when he gets a call from Victoria Lord. Her lover and law partner Steve Solomon has been charged with murder and needs the hardest-hitting lawyer in Miami.
Levine, Sara Treasure Island!!! Fiction Recommended by KEW in OH: When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper; gift wrapper; laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. When had she ever dreamed a scheme? When had she ever done a foolish, overbold act? When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold?
Levitin, Daniel J. The Organized Mind Non-fiction Want to get more stuff done? Stop multi-tasking! Guidelines for drowning out the white noise and recapturing our mojo.
Levy, Ariel The Rules Do Not Apply Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Levy was successful, pregnant, and married (to another woman) when everything went wrong. Levy is frank and self-lacerating about the blind spots even the smartest women stumble into - and the combination of luc, hope, and hard work it takes to come out the other side.
Levy, Bernard-Henri American Vertigo Non-fiction French Levy travels across America and picks up pieces of history along the way. Writes his observations of America(ns).
Levy, Marc P.S. from Paris Fiction Suggested By: Book Award List.
From list of books that you can read in one sitting. From Marc Levy, the most-read French author alive today, comes a modern-day love story between a famous actress hiding in Paris and a bestselling writer lying to himself. They knew their friendship was going to be complicated, but love--and the City of Lights--just might find a way.
Lewan, Todd The Last Run Non-fiction Spectacular maritime page-turner. Five scruffy Alaskan fishermen stayed out too long one afternoon and soon were boatless and bobbing around in Artic waters as the Coast Guard tried to resue them in hurricane winds. Obsessively reported, meticulously crafted, morally complex, and action-crammed.
Lewis, Edna The Taste of Country Cooking Cookbook Memoir-style cookbook. Along with recipes, Lewis offers glimpses of daily life in the Depression-era South.
Lewis, Michael Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life Memoir A tribute to the high school basketball coach who helped him learn to become a winner.
Lewis, Michael Flash Boys Non-fiction Page-turner about how the stock market is "rigged" thanks to high-frequency traders.
Lewis, Michael Liar's Poker Memoir Lewis describes his four years with the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, from his bizarre hiring through the training program to his years as a successful bond trader. Lewis illustrates how economic decisions made at the national level changed securities markets and made bonds the most lucrative game on the Street. His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable.
Lewis, Michael Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Non-fiction Baseball, Billy Bean of the Oakland A's.
Lewis, Michael The Big Short Non-fiction The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar's Poker.
Lewis, Sinclair It Can't Happen Here Fiction Suggested By:
During the Great Depression, a new president gains power, becoming a dictator in the name of protecting the people from biased press, socialism, and crime. "One of the most important books ever produced in this country" (The New Yorker).
Lewis, Sinclair Main Street Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Lileks, James Falling Up the Stairs Fiction The Regrettable Food guy.
Lileks, James Mr. Obvious Fiction The Regrettable Food guy.
Lin-Liu, Jen Serve the People Memoir After the author interns at a noodle stall and masters dumplings, she gets hooked on the culinary scene. Charming guide to modern China and its kaleidoscopic cuisine.
Lin-Liu, Jennifer On the Noodle Road Non-fiction Food/Travelogue?? Suggested by SB member.
Lincoln, Abraham The Gettysburg Address Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Gift From the Sea Essays Charles Lindbergh's wife essays exploring women's role in society.
Lindstrom, Eric Not If I See You First Youth Suggested By:
Sharp-witted Parker doesn't want to be treated differently just because she's blind. And she's definitely not giving her ex-boyfriend, Scott, a second chance.
Lindstrom, Martin Brandwashed Non-fiction Suggested By:
Are giant corporations manipulating your mind? This hard-hitting exposé of the business world's arts of persuasion just might open your eyes. "Smart, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud funny" (Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics).
Link, Kelly Get in Trouble Short Stories Brilliantly strange short stories. You'll long to return the minute you leave.
Linsdau, Aaron Antarctic Tears Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world. Linsdau takes the reader to Antarctica. They experience incredible storms, skiing blind through whiteouts, crossing invisible crevasses, and skirting disaster. The book shows what happened every day of the expedition.
Linson, Art What Just Happened? Memoir Bitter Hollywood tales from the front line.
Lipiner, Lucy Long Journey Home Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner's childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused her and her older sister from their beds and, with other relatives in tow, left their town of Sucha, home to 780 Jewish people. It was a decision carefully planned and carried out by the author's father which resulted in saving the lives of fifteen people.
Lipman, Elinor The Ladies' Man Fiction Man who leaves her at the altar returns to make peace.
Lipman, Elinor The Pursuit of Alice Thrift Fiction A socially inept surgical intern who stumbles into romance.
Lippman, Laura What the Dead Know Crime/Mystery In 1975, teen Sunny Bethany and her kid sister, Heather, head to a suburban mall to watch Escape from Witch Mountain, then vanish without a trace. What really happened to the girls? Lippman takes her sweet time peeling back the layers using skin-crawling flash-backs and a cast of finely drawn characters.
Lippman, Laura Wilde Lake Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life.
Lipstadt, Deborah E. Denial Non-fiction Suggested By:
This "fascinating and meritorious work of legal -- and moral -- history" (Kirkus Reviews) is now a major motion picture starring Rachel Weisz. Sued for calling David Irving a Holocaust denier, Deborah Lipstadt mounted a shattering defense in a momentous legal battle.
Lisick, Beth Helping Me Help Myself Memoir One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone. A witty, disarmingly earnest account of the year she spent test-driving renowned self-help franchises. Author of the high-spirited 2005 memoir, "Everybody Into the Pool"
Lister, Michael Innocent Blood Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. John Jordan Mysteries book 7. When John Jordan was twelve years old, he came face-to-face with the man who went to prison for the Atlanta Child Murders. Six years later, John returns to Atlanta to discover the truth. As he battles his demons and embarks on his first murder investigation, Jordan learns the ropes from the one and only Harry Bosch.
Litman, Ellen Mannequin Girl Fiction Growing up in Soviet Moscow, diagnosed with scoliosis and fitted with a brace, her oddities feel suddenly on display. Tender, bittersweet coming-of-age tale.
Littlefield, Bruce Moving In Non-fiction Littlefield hilariously chronicles a year of living in domestic non-bliss with his partner, Scott.
Littlefield, Sophie A Bad Day For Pretty Fiction The second novel featuring Stella Hardesty blends humor and southern-fried crime-solving to delicious effect.
Livingston, Glenn Never Binge Again Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Reprogram yourself to think like a permanently thin person. Stop overeating and binge eating and stick to the food plan of your choice.
Livingston, Lee In the Rearview Mirros Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Not so long ago, two carefree 18-year-olds hitchhiked across a country of wide-open highways and wide-open people. Ride with them on this nostalgic look back at "America of the Big Heart." It was 1961, before the deaths of JFK and MLK, before Vietnam. IndieReader calls their adventure out of adolescence into the beginning of responsibility: "A must read not only for the baby boomer generation, but great commentary on friendship, mental illness and, ultimately, the road towards redemption."
Llewllyn, Richard How Green Was My Valley Fiction Welsh coal-mining family and their struggles. Feels real.
Lloyd, John and John Mitchinson Tales from the Wild Kingdom Non-fiction Some raccoons weigh in at 50-percent body fat. Trappers trained beavers to fish for them. A lusty male frog might mistakenly mount a dead fish.
Lloyd, John and John Mitchinson The Book of General Ignorance Non-fiction Suggested By:
Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,The Book of General Ignorance is a witty "gotcha" compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It'll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.
Lockman, Darcy Brooklyn Zoo Non-fiction Lockman took notes while working at Kings County Hospital for this behind-the-scenes look at the health care system.
Lockwood, Al and Sunny Lockwood Cruising Panama's Canal Travel Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Experience the sights, sounds, and thrills of cruise travel, told with the wit and charm of a travel memoir.
Logan, Chuck Absolute Zero Crime/Mystery Stillwater native.
Logue, Mark and Peter Conradt The King's Speech Non-fiction It's the book on which the film is based, written by the grandson of King George VI's speech therapist.
Lomborg, Bjorn The Skeptical Environmentalist Non-fiction Using statistical information from internationally recognized research institutes, Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental issues that feature prominently in headline news around the world, including pollution, biodiversity, fear of chemicals, and the greenhouse effect, and documents that the world has actually improved.
Longstreet, James From Manassas to Appottomax Memoirs of the Civil War in America Classic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Lopez, Barry Arctic Dreams Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Based on Barry Lopez's years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.
Lopp, Michael Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager Non-fiction Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopps web site, Rands In Repose. Drawing on Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, this book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other.
Lord, M.G. Astro Turf Memoir Growing up in the 60s with a rocket-engineer father.
Lord, M.G. Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science Non-fiction This is the story of a rocket laboratory, the world-renowned Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) by a daughter of one of the scientists.
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