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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.

Parker Bowles, Tom The Year of Eating Dangerously Travel Camilla's son (ew). Whether he's choking down dog stew in Korea of sipping cobra bile in China, Parker Bowles imbues his odyssey with self-deprecatory wit and sensitivity that make this travelogue a rare treat.
Parker, Emily Hygge Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. 25 secrets from the Danish art of happiness, getting cozy, and living well.
Parker, Jameson An Accidental Cowboy Memoir Guy from "Simon and Simon" got shot by a neighbor.
Parker, John L. Jr. Once A Runner Fiction Often tops Bookfinder's list of most sought-after out-of-print books. A college-age runner strives to complete a 4-minute mile.
Parker, Robert B. Spenser Detective Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
The Godwulf Manuscript (1973) God Save the Child (1974) Mortal Stakes (1975) There are 40 books in the series. Here is a list of the first few.
  • Promised Land (1976)
  • The Judas Goat (1978)
  • Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980)
  • Early Autumn (1981)
Parker, T. Jefferson California Girl Crime/Mystery Hard-boiled L.A. noir and psychologically lurid novel set in the cultural divide of the 60s.
Parnell, Sean and John Bruning Outlaw Platoon Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. Heroes, renegades, infidels, and the brotherhood of war in Afghanistan. A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell's stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Parnia, Sam and Josh Young Erasing Death Non-fiction Following years of advancements in modern medicine, doctors now have the power to resuscitate people who have been unconscious for as long as several hours. This New York Times bestseller investigates the afterlife and the journey of the subconscious during these near-death experiences.
Parr, Ben Captivology Non-fiction Suggested By:
Why does the mind fixate on some ideas, events, or people -- and not others? Discover the science of holding people's attention and seven triggers used to captivate audiences in this insightful read. "Parr keeps readers engaged, amused, and focused" (Success).
Parravani, Christa Her Non-fiction The searing story of an identical twin's struggle to go on after her beloved sister's tragic early death.
Passan, Jeff The Arm Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Passan spent three years researching every aspect of the epidemic of arm injuries in baseball, from the horrors of youth baseball to the doctors who perfected the dreaded Tommy John surgery to two big leaguers facing a future after their golden arms go bust.
Pasternak, Judy Yellow Dirt Non-fiction For decades, the U.S. put Navajos at risk mining uranium; the radioactive "dirt" remains and still kills. An investigative tour-de-force.
Patchett, Ann Commonwealth Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
This deeply pleasurable novel about a big blended family meanders through five decades, shedding light on secrets, tragedies, and relationships.
Patchett, Ann The Patron Saint of Liars Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls.
Patchett, Ann This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Non-fiction Each piece - whether about her failed marriage, the love of an adopted dog, or a vacation spent marooned in a hotel room - is wit-filled and elegantly executed.
Patchett, Ann Truth & Beauty Memoir Friendship of Lucy Grealy (who lost jaw to cancer as a child) and author Ann Patchett.
Patching, Will Remorseless Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate book 1. Criminal profiler Doc Powers tries to unravel the truth about a psychopathic potential parolee in time to prevent him wreaking bloody revenge on those he blames for his incarceration - including Doc himself.
Patneaude, David Epitaph Road Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Thirty years earlier, a widespread and hyper-deadly virus caused the near-extinction of the world's male population. Now women rule everywhere, and poverty, hunger, crime, and war are for the most part dim memories, or the stuff of cautionary lessons in history books.
Patrick, C.P. The Truth About Awiti Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. There is a commonly held belief the tropical storms and hurricanes that form off the coast of West Africa are not natural disasters, but rather they are retaliation by restless spirits impacted by one of the darkest chapters of world history--the trans–Atlantic slave trade.
Patrick, Phaedra The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson fan in relation to Helen Simonson's Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.
Patterson, D. B. Perdido River Bastard Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Prodigal son Duddy Doogan has a promise to keep. He is going home, to a place where his eccentric storytelling kin await his first visit since his father went missing two years ago. Home to where a powerful river carves an age-old border between Florida and Alabama, dividing the land and people living there. Home to a family tree moss-draped with secrets and lies, forgotten memories, and old mysteries buried in its roots.
Patterson, Scott The Quants Non-fiction Suggested By:
This New York Times bestseller tells the inside story of the Quants, a group of math geniuses who took over Wall Street -- and set the stage for one of the world's greatest financial disasters.
Pearl, Nancy Book Lust Non-fiction Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason. Written by librarian that CO and KR have seen speak. She sounds like fun, AND she says it's perfectly okay to stop reading a book if you don't like it.
Pearl, Nancy Book Lust to Go Non-fiction Recommended reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
Pearl, Nancy George and Lizzie Fiction Suggested By: Book Award List.
From list of books that you can finish in one sitting. With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.
Pearson, Allison I Don't Know How She Does It Fiction Brit-lit. Her London home life is more frenzied than the NASDAQ.
Pearson, T.R. A Short History of a Small Place Fiction Zany small town happenings in a cheerful ambling narrative.
Pearson, T.R. Seaworthy Non-fiction William Willis sails across the Pacific with only a cat and a parrot, and Pearson tells the (true) tale.
Peck, Cheryl Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs Essays Peck usually proves as playful and poignant as her title. Witty essays and [erg] poems.
Peiss, Kathy Hope in a Jar Non-fiction Historian Kathy Peiss traces the evolution of our beauty culture.
Pelaez, Jill Fletcher The Day is a White Tablet Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. In this gripping Southern saga, America is in the final days of the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict ever waged on her soil. Tench Traymore, a free black teen, has been following his older white cousin, Lance Traymore, as his cook. The two young men grew up together and are inseparable as they fight under the command of General Pickett.
Pelecanos, George The Night Gardener Crime/Mystery A riveting whodunit that doubles as a wide-angle portrait of urban America.
Pelicanos, George Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, and Soul Circus Crime/Mystery Black PI, white partner.
Pellegrino, Charles The Last Train from Hiroshima Non-fiction Devoted mostly to 30 people who - unbelievably - survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book is a tragic cautionary tale as well as a celebration of human resilience.
Penn, Joanna Career Change Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!
Penny, Louise A Trick of the Light Crime/Mystery An art critic is throttled in a flower bed and Inspector Gamache must look for answers in the back-stabbing Quebec art world. Smart plot, and fascinating nuanced characters.
Penny, Louise Armand Gamache Series (various) Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Unknown.
"The Canadian Kurt Wallander"
  • Still Life (2005)
  • A Fatal Grace (aka Dead Cold 2007)
  • The Cruelest Month (2008)
  • A Rule Against Murder (aka The Murder Stone 2009)
  • The Brutal Telling (2009)
  • Bury Your Dead (2010)
  • A Trick of the Light (2011)
  • The Beautiful Mystery (2012)
  • How the Light Gets In (2013)
Pepin, Jaques The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen Memoir Another chef story. That old guy from TV with the good fast food.
Pepperberg, Irene M. Alex & Me Memoir Suggested By: Author.
$1.07 Kindle book. A fascinating look at animal intelligence, Pepperberg's tale is also a love story between beings who sometimes "squabbled like an old married couple" but whose bond broke only with Alex's death at 31 in 2007.
Peppernell, Courtney Keeping Long Island GLBT Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Kayden is about to start her final year at college. And while she's always been a good listener, she's never been good at sharing. At the suggestion of her therapist, she finds a safe place for her secrets between the pages of a daily journal. Just when Kayden thinks things are finally back on track, her life takes an unexpected turn – a mysterious letter from someone named Alex.
Percy, Benjamin The Dead Lands Post-Apocalyptic 150 years after a flu-like virus wipes out civilization as we know it, what few humans remain live in outposts. When a stranger arrives from the wasteland with news of a place where rain falls, crops grow, and civilization still thrives, a small group led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark strike out against the wishes of the Sanctuary to find this new land.
Perella, Marco Adventures of a No Name Actor Non-fiction A bit-player writes about making movies.
Peress, Gilles and Michael Shulan and Charles Traub and Alice Rose George Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs Photo A document that will endure as a heartening monument long after most 9/11 books have been forgotten. I need to weep every time I open it. [Kris' note: this is from a review - not me]
Perle, Liz Money, A Memoir Memoir Moves to Singapore with her transferred husband, who shortly thereafter informs her that the marriage is over. How did a well-educated woman who had always held a job suddenly end up broke?
Perlstein, Linda Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers Non-fiction Perlstein spent a year with some sixth through eighth graders.
Perrin, Briar Beneath Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. When Mason's friend goes missing, he leads the search for his good friend. He slips and falls, crashing into an old, disused segment of the pit. Surrounded by evil creatures in the pitch darkness, can he find his way out to warn the locals? Or will the monsters escape and wreak havoc before he gets the chance?
Perrotta, Tom Little Children Fiction Bitingly hysterical exploration of bored young suburban parents and the child molester who disrupts their lives. By the author of "Election" and "Joe College".
Perrotta, Tom The Abstinence Teacher Fiction Sex ed meets Christian values in this satirical portrayal of confused suburban adults, from the author of Election.
Perry, Matteson Available Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Hilarious, touching post-breakup year of hound-dogging (really? ick - sounds yucky). He gets better, bolder - and finally learns that Nice (and Funny) does get the girl.
Perry, Steve Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us Non-fiction Man Up! is a hard hitting, hig, introspective look into what the Black community must do to save itself. Finally, a voice speaks to the complex relationship between personal and community responsibility. Steve Perry effectively calls to task organizations such as the NAACP and the Black church as well as talking heads like Michael Eric Dyson and Cornell West for their role in the retardation of the Black community. Ultimately Man Up! is about the simple solutions offered in each chapter.
Perry, Steve The Matador Series SciFi
  • The Man Who Never Missed (1985)
  • Matadora (1986)/li>
  • The Machiavelli Interface (1986)
  • The 97th Step (1989)
  • The Albino Knife (1991)
  • Black Steel (1992)
  • Brother Death (1992)
  • The Musashi Flex (2006)
Perry, Steve Venture Silk Series SciFi I gave mine to the library.
  • Spindoc (1994)
  • The Forever Drug (1995)
Perry, Thomas Blood Money Crime/Mystery Native American Heroine steals from the Mafia to give to the poor.
Peter, Peter The Subway Pictures Photo Peter uses hidden camera to catch candid photos of people in post-9/11 NYC.
Peters, Mark Japan Dreams: notes from an unreal country Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Highly recommended by Matthew Amster-Burton. Beautifully written, weird, sexy, and full of smart observations.
Petersen, Elle Home Workout Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The home workout plan on how to get fit for life.
Peterson, Farmer John Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables Cookbook CSA stories and recipes.
Peterson, Holly It Happens in the Hamptons Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
A single mom is lured to the Hamptons for the summer and learns the ways of the 1 percent of the 1 percent. Peterson chronicles this crowed with firsthand knowledge and a sense of the ridiculous. She's like Edith Wharton in Gucci flip-flops.
Peterson, Mary Pflum White Dresses Memoir Suggested By:
In this stunning New York Times bestseller, an Emmy Award winner tells the story of her mother -- a former nun and compulsive hoarder -- and their beautiful bond that couldn't be broken.
Peterson, Roger Tory All Things Reconsidered: My Birding Adventures Essays Collection of essays from Peterson's column in Bird Watcher's Digest. Peterson is the guy who published "A Field Guide to the Birds". The writing is bright and lively.
Petievich, Gerald To Live And Die In L.A. Crime/Mystery The movie is based on this book.
Petrie, Nick The Drifter Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Measures up to Jack Reacher. A former Marine lieutenant deeply damaged by his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second book is Burning Bright.
Petroski, Henry Small Things Considered: Why There is No Perfect Design Science/Nature Petroski brings sizable wit and imagination to bear on the everyday items rendered invisiby by their ubiquity.
Petroski, Henry To Engineer is Human Non-fiction About re-design. Eg: bridge designs that stand the test of time get copied and minimalized, then copied and stripped down some more, until eventually the design fails and we start over again.
Peyser, Mark and Timothy Dwyer Hissing Cousins Non-fiction Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth were miles apart politically, but they had more in common than you might think.
Philbrick, Nathan The Last Stand Non-fiction Meticulously researched account of General Custer's famous final moments at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Philbrick, Nathaniel Bunker Hill Non-fiction Though you know the ending, you'll whip through the pages, rooting for the ragtag band of patriots.
Philbrick, Nathaniel In The Heart of the Sea Non-fiction Sunken whaling ship Essex and its cannibal survivors.
Philbrick, Nathaniel Sea of Glory Non-fiction True story. 1838-42 exploration ship. Tyrant captain.
Phillips, Richard A captain's duty Memoir Somali pirates, Navy SEALs, and dangerous days at sea
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Call Me Irresistible Fiction Book before The Great Escape. Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen.
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth The Great Escape Fiction Sequel to Call Me Irresistible that's equally impossible to resist. Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen.
Phillips, Ty Blacktop Cowboys Non-fiction Rodeo cowboys. Like the steer wrestlers Phillips tailed during the 2004 season, he knows how to tell a good story. He captures the solitude and camaraderie which runs deep.
Phipps, Mona Red Dirt Girl Non-fiction Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. Mona Phipps describes growing up in the state of Oklahoma in the 1930's and 40's, and the rich family tapestry of being a 12th generation American.
Pick, Nancy The Rarest of the Rare Non-fiction Stories behind the treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Profiles of seventy-some items that make up a small but noteworthy segment of the massive Harvard collection. Includes stunning color photos.
Picoult, Jodi House Rules Fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Tale of a teen with Asperger's who is suspected of murder rocketed to No 1 with 600,000 copies in print. Autism Spectrum. Autistic. Asperger's syndrome.
Picoult, Jodi My Sister's Keeper Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.
Picoult, Jodi Nineteen Minutes Fiction Centered around a Columbine-like school shooting, the book jumps between characters and time periods, making us care as much fot the shooter, Peter Houghton, as for his victims. After murderining 10 classmates in a 19-minute rampage, he offers a terse explanation: "They started it."
Picoult, Jodi Plain Truth Fiction Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. Explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman -- the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.
Picoult, Jodi Second Glance Fiction Great ghost story.
Pierce, Marc Make Money on eBay Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. 50 items that you can always sell on eBay.
Piercy, Marge Gone To Soldiers Fiction Suggested By: Other.
$.72 Kindle book. Epic in scope, Marge Piercy's sweeping novel encompasses the wide range of people and places marked by the Second World War. Each of her ten narrators has a unique and compelling story that powerfully depicts his or her personality, desires, and fears. Special attention is given to the women of the war effort, like Bernice, who rebels against her domineering father to become a fighter pilot, and Naomi, a Parisian Jew sent to live with relatives in Detroit, whose twin sister, Jacqueline--still in France--joins the resistance against Nazi rule.
Piercy, Marge Sex Wars Fiction A patchwork panorama of late 19th century New York City. Sometimes a clunky read, still the sights and sounds and stink of early NYC linger long after the story is done.
Pierre, DBC Vernon God Little Fiction Vernon Little is the second-least-popular guy in school. Pierre has channeled the most afflicted and endearing heao since Rushmore's Max Fischer.
Pierson, D.C. Crap Kingdom Youth Suggested By: Library Display.
He was the only one who could save them. Then they picked someone else. As seen at the Eagan High School library.
Pike, Matt Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. For teenager Jack Baldwin, life as he knows it has always had an easy rhythm – family, friends, school and a regular schedule of Xbox. But when he's tipped off to impending global catastrophe, his casual existence is shaken to the core. Emerging from impact night, when a comet wipes out most of Earth's population, Jack quickly realises the real battle for survival has just begun. As supplies run low, the military disappears, neighbours turn on each other and the body count mounts, fellow survivors fast become the biggest threat of all.
Pileggi, Nicholas Wiseguy Non-fiction Book that inspired GoodFellas.
Pines, Trent D. Life on Altamont Court Humorous Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. When a gay couple moves in… The Inflatable Snowman. The Gigantic Inflatable Snowman. We thought that ‘Frosty' would lead to our demise. That 20-foot monstrosity had me questioning our decision to move into this seemingly quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. Was I ever wrong. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. This book is dedicated to the memories and life-changing events that took place during our stay on Altamont Court.
Pinker, Steven The Better Angels of our Nature Non-fiction Times are tough, but we don't need to give up on humanity just yet. Harvard prof Pinker says violence of all kinds has declined markedly over the centuries.
Pinkerton, Brian How I Started the Apocalypse Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. At night, they come for him. They surround his house. They beat down his door. They burst through the windows. They attack him in the dark. But Chaz Singleton is not going down without a fight. Chaz is alone in his battle for survival against overwhelming odds and he holds the fate of the world in his hands, whether he likes it or not.
Pipher, Mary Seeking Peace Non-fiction Author of Reviving Ophelia.
Pistone, Joe and Bill Bonanno with David Fisher The Good Guys Crime/Mystery Ex-undercover FBI agent Pistone is best known as Donny Brasco. The novel is a strange hybrid of autobiographical reflections and fictional mob thriller.
Pistone, Joseph AKA Donnie Brasco The Way of the Wiseguy Non-fiction In a new guide to Mob style and manners, former FBI undercover agent Joseph Pistone, who spent six years posing as mafioso Donnie Brasco, explains how to pass as a made man.
Pistorius, Martin Ghost Boy Memoir My Escape From A Life Locked Inside My Own Body. Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, failing all tests of mental awareness. Until he woke up.
Pitre, Urvashi Indian Intant Pot Cookbook Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. Traditional Indian dishes made easy and fast.
Plant, Steve Prepper's Pantry Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The survival guide to modern day emergency food & water storage.
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar Fiction A gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s.
Platt, Polly Savoir Flair! Non-fiction 211 tips for understanding the French Way.
Platt, Sean and David Wright Yesterday's Gone: Season One Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. On October 15th, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors wake to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Among them, a child searches for his family. A special agent turned enemy of the state survives a fiery plane crash with no way to reach his daughter. A serial killer discovers he's no longer at the top of the food chain. Now these strangers must find the strength inside them to weather the new world.
Plimpton, George Truman Capote Auto/Biography In which various friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors recall his turbulent career.
Plunket, Honorable Frederica Here and There Among the Alps Memoir Vivid account of early alpine journeys "by the with to persuade other ladies".
Pochoda, Ivy Visitation Street Crime/Mystery Suggested By:
On one particularly stifling night, Val and June, "hot and stir-crazy" white teenage girls, dare to take a pink rubber raft out onto the treacherous Hudson River. Val is found unconscious beneath the pier; June is missing. During the ensuing investigation, even the dead have their say. The mysteries of sexuality, guilt, race and class conflicts, artistic pursuits, and psychic abilities are all in play as Pochoda transforms Red Hook into a microcosm of human longing.
Pochoda, Ivy Wonder Valley Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Incandescent third novel. Characters include a naked jogger cuttings thru traffic, a kid out of juvie, a tennis star, and commune escapees. Pochoda keeps you guessing while bringing these lost souls in Los Angeles wonderfully, intensely alive.
Poe, Edgar Allan The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 2 Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Poeppel, Amy Small Admissions Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Admissions officer at an elite Manhattan private school - interviewing neurotic parents and prospective middle schoolers unexpectedly cures her funk. Sweet, smart, and satisfying down to the last pleasing twist.
Pogue, Lindsey and Lindsey Fairleigh After the Ending Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When people started getting sick, "they" thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them--with the rest of the world--but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.
Pollacks, John Cork Boat Non-fiction Built boat of wine corks.
Pollan, Michael Cooked Non-fiction Equal parts memoir, cookbook, and foodie dissertation. Pedantic at times, but a feast for intellectual omnivores.
Pollan, Michael Food Rules Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. "Avoid cereals that change the color of the milk" and more. Ummm...duh, but this guy has written of lot of intriguing looking books on food and I could use some better (and less obvious) rules, so this is worth looking into.
Pollan, Michael In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. His razor-sharp analysis of the American diet (as well as its architects and its detractors) offers an inspiring glimpse of what it would be like if we could reconsider what it means to eat well.
Pollan, Michael Second Nature: A Gardener's Education Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-five greatest books ever written about gardening, Second Nature has become a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with nature.
Pollan, Michael The Botany of Desire Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Johnny Appleseed's trees were for hard cider, not eating.
Polly, Matthew American Shaolin Memoir In his action-packed quest to immerse himself in Shaolin's insular culture as thoroughly as any Coke-drinking guy from Kansas can, Polly transforms from a gangly wannabe into a formidable kickboxer. Since he never loses his sense of humor when describing his grueling training, the shortcomings of Communist medicine, or the specifics of "iron crotch kungfu," Polly is an easy amateur to root for.
Pond, Karen Getting Genki in Japan Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Matthew Amster-Burton. A comic memoir by an American woman trying to figure out how Tokyo works.
Pond, Steve The Big Show Non-fiction Appears to have overheard everything during 15 years of total access behind the scenes at the Academy Awards.
Poole, Eric Where's My Wand? Memoir Memoir of growing up gay and Baptist in the 70s. Gut-splittingly funny.
Poole, Heather Cruising Attitude Memoir Veteran flight attendant's hilarious take on what really happens behind the scenes at 35,000 feet.
Poore, Michael Up Jumps the Devil Humorous Suggested By:
John Scratch, who happens to be the Devil, tries to win back his lost love in a witty read that's perfect for fans of Christopher Moore. "The sustained comedy in this hilarious novel is equaled only by its heart"
Popkin, Barry The World is Fat Non-fiction The author follows the expanding waistlines of four families in the United States, Mexico and India to argue that obesity is less a result of gluttony and sloth than a confluence of factors rooted in a fundamental conflict between human biology and modern society, where more calories are consumed than expended, and governments and multinational corporations shape everyday lives (a detailed section traces the growth of modern food and beverage conglomerates).
Porizkova, Paulina A Model Summer Fiction The heroine is a teen model in Paris. You? "It's my experiences, but filtered. She's more timid. I was a wild child."
Porpora, Kenny The Autumn Balloon Memoir Suggested By:
When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls.
Porter, Bruce Blow Non-fiction How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. Cocaine smuggling. Johnny Depp movie.
Portis, Charles True Grit Fiction Its recent success is likely due partly to the Coen brothers citing the book (rather than the Wayne movie) as their primary inspiration.
Portman, Frank King Dork Fiction Portman's focus is Tom's life at Hillmont High "which somehow manages to be horrifying and tedious at the same time." But in the politically incorrect adolescent context to masterfully evoked in this terrific novel, I was rooting for him all the way.
Poundstone, William Fortune's Formula Non-fiction The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat The Casinos and Wall Street. In Las Vegas, they used a betting system invented by Bell Lab's John Kelly to beat the roulette and blackjack tables. In the stock market, they got a quick-buy-and-sell technique known as arbitrage to yield an extraordinary amount of money with low risk. Also examines the seedy underbelly of gambling and organized crime that brainy gamblers sometimes encounter.
Powell, John How Music Works Non-fiction The difference between a note and a noise, how perfect pitch is no big deal, and why some songs make us cry.
Powell, Julie Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession Memoir Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.
Powell, Ray Retirement Planning Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The soon-to-be Senior's guide to an enjoyable and hassle free retirement.
Powers, Ron No One Cares About Crazy People Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
From nearly unbearable sorrows - two schizophrenic sons, one of them lost to suicide - Powers crafted a searing memoir and a powerful call to arms.
Pratt, Tim Heirs of Grace Fantasy Suggested By: Other.
$2.15 Kindle book. Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she'd hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.
Precious, Dana Born Under A Lucky Moon Fiction Not unlike Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and other beloved works of southern women's fiction except set in the American Midwest.
Preston, Lisa Orchids and Stone Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Daphne Mayfield sought a moment of quiet in a park--a break from city life, a tense relationship, and chronic overwork--but then an elderly woman makes a desperate plea. Daphne is reluctant to get involved when she's not sure what's happening, but she wants to help the stranger. Is the rambling old lady the victim of a crime or a victim of dementia?
Preston, Richard The Wild Trees Non-fiction A man falling 100 feet from a sequoia lands with a "deep, wet boom" and probably won't get up again. GROSS! After finishing Trees, you'll understand why someone might think it's a risk worth taking.
Price, Catherine 101 Places Not to See Before You Die Travel Places which are definitely not worth a trip, including a rendering plant, Times Square on New Year's Eve, and Euro Disney.
Price, David A. The Pixar Touch Non-fiction Pixar was a scrappy graphics-software and computer-hardware company, constantly in danger of extinction. Its saviors include cofounder Ed Catmull, who dreamed of being an animator but couldn't draw.
Price, Deb and Joyce Murdoch And Say Hi to Joyce Non-fiction The life and chronicles of a lesbian couple.
Price, Jill The Woman Who Can't Forget Memoir Price, 42, is the first-ever diagnosed case of hyperthymestic syndrome which allows - forces her - to recall every day of her life from age 14.
Primrose-Smith, Steven No Place Like Home, Thank God Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. A 22,000 Mile Bicycle Ride Around Europe
Prince, Jennifer Eat Like a Farm Girl Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
$4.99 Kindle book. 3 ingredient plant based recipes.
Prior, Lily Nectar Magical/Mystical Hilarious novel. Ramona has bewitching body odor.
Proenneke, Richard Alone in the Wilderness (1 & 2) Memoir Suggested By: Other.
DVD. The account of the day-to-day explorations and activities of Dick Proenneke as he built a cabin in the remote wilderness of the Twin Lakes Region of Alaska. I think we saw some of this on PBS.
Prose, Francine A Changed Man Fiction Vincent Nolan, ex-skinhead walks into a human rights foundation and declares, 'I want to help you guys save guys like me from becoming guys like me.'
Prose, Francine Reading Like a Writer Non-fiction Essays on the art of reading by Prose, a novelist, writing teacher, and People Magazine reviewer. This could be a dud since lit classes with people telling me what to get out of book go over like a lead balloon.
Proulx, Annie Bad Dirt Short Stories Wyoming stories. Proulx's language sparkles as she describes diverse and often eccentric characters and laugh-aloud moments abound.
Proulx, Annie Bird Cloud Memoir Proulx struggles as she tries to build her house in rough country. When Proulx and her builders held their breath opening the box of Brazilian tile needed to replace the botched main floor, you'll hold yours right along with them.
Proulx, Annie Fine Just the Way It Is Short Stories We rarely get the chance to read about people like this in contemporary fiction - you'll never meet Proulx's taciturn, wind-bitten characters in Brooklyn - and her tales of their largely unexamined lives are rich, unsentimental, and affecting.
Proulx, Annie That Old Ace in the Hole Travel BOOKS ON TAPE. Read by Arliss Howard, recommended by Stephen King.
Proulx, Danny How to Build Classic Garden Furniture Craft Building. Garden Furniture...
Pryor, Liz Look At You Now Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
As a pregnant 17-year-old in 1979, Pryor was sent by her horrified parents to a locked govt facility for teen moms-to-be.
Putnam, Lt. Col. (Ret) Joe A. An American Advisor in Vietnam Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. In 1967, Joe Putnam, fresh out of officer training school, is shipped overseas to Vietnam as part of President Johnson's American Adviser program. Putnam would be one of the American soldiers advising the South Vietnamese Army on how to conduct a war against the North Vietnamese Army and their allies in the south, the Viet Cong. This plan would supposedly keep the Communists at bay without actually getting the U.S. into full-fledged war in Southeast Asia.
Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community Non-fiction Television, two-career families, suburban sprawl, generational changes in values--these and other changes in American society have meant that fewer and fewer of us find that the League of Women Voters, or the United Way, or the Shriners, or the monthly bridge club, or even a Sunday picnic with friends fits the way we have come to live. Our growing social-capital deficit threatens educational performance, safe neighborhoods, equitable tax collection, democratic responsiveness, everyday honesty, and even our health and happiness.
Pybus, Cassandra The Woman Who Walked to Russia: A Writer's Search for a Lost Legend Non-fiction Australian writer-researcher Pybus tracks down story of woman who walked from New York across America, through Canada and Alaska, and across the Bering Strait to her native Russia. Pybus makes remarkable journey of her own in the process.
Pyle, George Raising Less Corn, More Hell: Why Our Economy, Ecology and Security Demand The Preservation of the Independent Farm Non-fiction Can American farmers feed more of the world's hungry by growing fewer crops? Veteran journalist Pyle argues that they can?and they must, if the planet's food supply is to remain ample and safe. Growing too much food, Pyle says, actually exacerbates world hunger. Grain gluts, for example, result in dumping of crops in developing countries. Local farmers can't compete against the cheap American imports and go out of business.
Pyle, Howard The Adventures of Robin Hood Classic Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Queen Latifah From the Heart of a Queen Non-fiction Non-Fiction. Some autobiographical elements.
Queen, William Under and Alone Non-fiction Undercover ATF agent in L.A. posed as ratty-bearded, foul-smelling biker.
Queenan, Joe The Malcontents Essays The best bitter, cynical, and satirical writing in the world.
Queneau, Raymond Children of Clay Fiction Portrait of French Society in the first half of the century. Recommended by reviews of Amelie.
Quick, Amanda The River Knows Fiction All I know about romance and London I learned from Amanda Quick.
Quick, Matthew Every Exquisite Thing Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens.
Quick, Matthew Love May Fail Fiction Suggested By: Author.
An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodnessand her high school English teacher
Quick, Matthew The Good Luck of Right NOw Fiction Author of "The Silver Linings Playbook". When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.
Quindlen, Anna Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Memoir Thoughtful memoir joins the ranks of baby boomers fretting about their stage in life.
Quinn, Alice Queen of the Trailer Park Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Rosie Maldonne is outspoken and sexy. She's also unemployed, and, with three children and a cat, life is a little tough. The four of them--well, five, if you count the cat--live in the South of France, in a run-down trailer near a vacant lot. They make do, living off her part-time waitressing job and a little help from the state.
Quinn, Ryan End of Secrets Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Though her specialty is foreign cyberterrorism, CIA agent Kera Mersal finds herself plunged into a bizarre domestic case. Singers, writers, and artists are disappearing, leaving no trace in a world where everyone leaves a digital footprint. Posing as a journalist, Kera attempts to track the artists' last-known movements.
Quintero, Isabel Gabi, A Girl in Pieces Fiction Suggested By: Suggested List.
Bitingly funny exploration of Latina identify and early adulthood.
Rabb, Sanora Whose Names Are Unknown Fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression. Written with empathy for the farmers' plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author's firsthand experience.
Rabe, Peter Kill the Boss Good-By Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
$1.07 Kindle book. Donald E. Westlake suggested Peter Rabe.
Rabe, Peter The Box Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
$3.26 Kindle book. Donald E. Westlake suggested Peter Rabe.
Rachlin, Nahid Foreigner Fiction Suggested By:
"I have read [this book] four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it" (Anne Tyler). When Feri visits Iran after years in America, she finds herself wondering where she truly belongs.
Raddatz, Martha The Long Road Home Non-fiction Raddatz, and ABC correspondent who has covered the war since it began, blasts past the chilly rhetoric about "troop losses," crafting a tense, riveting narrative that brings home the real toll of any war - coffin by flag-covered coffin.
Raden, Aja Stoned Non-fiction Suggested By:
The history of jewelry mirrors the history of desire in this NYT bestseller. By tracing the journeys of eight precious stones through world events, this fascinating book reveals deep insights into human nature.
Raimes, James Gardening at Ginger Memoir Quietly charming memoir about tilling the soil and watching the wildlife at a country house in upstate NY.
Rakoff, David Fraud Essays Public radio journalist writes about other stuff.
Ralston, Jeannie The Unlikely Lavender Queen Memoir Suggested By:
A city girl to the core, Jeannie Ralston abandoned everything to move to rural Texas with her husband. Her charming misadventures and journey to adapt are captured in this "satisfying and enjoyable" memoir.
Ramineni, Shubhra Entice With Spice Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
$4.29 Kindle book. Easy Indian recipes for busy people.
Ramirez, Elora Indie Confidence Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Finding the gumption to get your story out of your bones and into the world.
Randall, Jessica The Obituary Society Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather's house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.
Rash, Ron Burning Bright Short Stories Suggested By:
Illuminates the impoverished, proud people of Appalachia: These 12 intense stories span the Civil War to the present day, weaving a patchwork of melancholy and myth.
Rash, Ron Something Rich and Strange Short Stories Small but affecting tales of poverty, addiction, pride, love, and despair threaded with life-altering acts of violence and a firm sense of humanity.
Rash, Ron The Cove Fiction Hauntingly simple and Southern. It begins with a skull that's discovered in a well, and by the end you'll find out to whom it belongs.
Raskiewicz, Scott Economic Democracy Non-fiction Ending the corporate domination of our lives.
Rathbone, Emma Losing It Fiction Suggested By:
A poignant, hilarious novel about a woman who still has her virginity at the age of twenty-six, and the summer she's determined to lose it and find herself.
Ravage, Barbara Burn Unit Non-fiction Medical essay about the history and modern treatment of burns. Slightly graphic, well written. Suggestion from
Rawics, Slavomir The Long Walk Memoir Narrative of his 1941 escape, with six fellow prisoners, from a Soviet labor camp in Siberia. Their suffering and courage dignify an astonishing adventure.
Rawles, James Wesley Various Post-Apocalyptic Recommended by ShelleyM
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
Ray, Janisse Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Memoir Growing up among the longleaf pine forests of S. Georgia
Raybourn, Deanna Veronica Speedwell Mystery series Fantasy Suggested By: Author.
Veronica Speedwell Mystery series. Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson.
  • A Curious Beginning (2015)
  • A Perilous Undertaking (2017)
Rayner, Jay A Greedy Man in a Hungry World Non-fiction Suggested By:
It's time to rethink buying local and eating organic. In this witty, eye-opening read, a respected food journalist challenges conventional notions about the food industry and argues that sustainability may depend on the very ideas we shun.
Rayner, Richard A Bright and Guilty Place Non-fiction Historical telling of the corruption in sunny Los Angels during the '20s and '30s that's as gripping a read as any Raymond Chandler story.
Read, Marie Secret Lives of Common Birds Non-fiction Enjoying Bird Behaviour Through the Seasons. This is a small book, but each page features a striking color photograph that uses light and depth of field to create an intense natural image.
Real Simple Meals Made Easy Cookbook From the magazine. One-pot meals, no-shop meals, 30-minute meals, no-cook meals, freezer meals, shortcut meals, all made easy.
Reaves, Sam Cold Black Earth Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When Rachel Lindstrom fled from her rural hometown in western Illinois to join the State Department and see the world, she never expected to return with her life in tatters. But after the horrors of war and a painful divorce, the only place where she can rebuild is the town she once escaped.
Rebecca Wells Various Fiction YaYa Sisterhood lady.
Redling, S.G. Flowertown SciFi Suggested By: Other.
$2.15 Kindle book. When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.
Reece, Captain Terry Flying North South East and West Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. How can one pilot cram so much into a single lifetime? Climb into Captain Terry Reece's cockpit, fasten your seatbelt, and hold on for an exciting journey into the world of aviation. Born to a family of transplanted North Carolinians who moved to Washington State, a young Reece explored the hills of the Pacific Northwest. Hiking in the mountains and being a fire lookout gave him a taste of adventure, but he craved more-and he got it.
Reed, Robert Marrow; An Exaltation of Larks; Sister Alice SciFi Various books, recommended by Landon
Reese, Erin The Adventures of Bindi Girl Memoir Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. Diving Deep Into the Heart of India. Erin Reese is a one-of-a-kind travel writer--a spiritual seeker and solo backpacker who dropped out of a successful career in corporate America, hit the road, and never looked back.
Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines Post-Apocalyptic The Hungry City Chronicles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.
Refslund, Mads Scraps, Wilt + Weeds: Turning Wasted Food Into Plenty Cookbook Suggested By: Suggested List.
Rehder, Ben Buck Fever Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Buck Fever: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy.
Rehman, Sabeeha Threading My Prayer Rug Memoir Suggested By:
This "rich and rewarding" memoir (Kirkus Reviews) follows Sabeeha, whose arranged marriage took her from Pakistan to the US -- and resulted in a life of learning and love. "An entertaining and honest story of one woman's journey to fuse the cultures of her past and present"
Reich, Robert B Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
America was once celebrated for and defined by its large and prosperous middle class. Now, this middle class is shrinking, a new oligarchy is rising, and the country faces its greatest wealth disparity in eighty years. Why is the economic system that made America strong suddenly failing us, and how can it be fixed?
Reichl, Ruth Comfort Me With Apples Memoir Memoirs chronicle author's love affairs, but food is romance too.
Reichl, Ruth For You Mom, Finally Memoir Suggested By:
Renowned restaurant critic Ruth Reichl explores the relationship that flavored her life in this moving New York Times bestseller. With personal letters and diary entries, Reichl takes a poignant journey to appreciating the mother she never truly understood.
Reichl, Ruth My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life Memoir Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. "I did what I always do when I'm confused, lonely, or frightened," she writes. "I disappeared into the kitchen."
Reichl, Ruth Tender At the Bone Memoir Suggested By:
A New York Times bestselling memoir that's as warm as freshly baked bread and as addictive as dark chocolate: This world-famous restaurant critic's coming-of-age experience ranges from her mother's horrible home cooking to her first bite of a mouthwatering soufflé.
Reichs, Kathy The Temperance Brennan Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
The Temperance "Bones" Brennan series
  1. Deja Dead (1997 - read 2016/07)
  2. Death du Jour (1999 - read 2017/03)
  3. Deadly Decisions (2000)
  4. Fatal Voyage (2001)
  5. Grave Secrets (2002)
  6. Bare Bones (2003)
  7. Monday Mourning (2004 - read 2016/12)
  8. Cross Bones (2005)
  9. Break No Bones (2006)
  10. Bones to Ashes (2007)
  11. Devil Bones (2008 - read 2017/01)
  12. 206 Bones (2009)
  13. Spider Bones (2010) (Also published as Mortal Remains)
  14. Flash and Bones (2011)
  15. Bones are Forever (2012)
  16. Bones of the Lost (2013)
  17. Bones Never Lie (2014)
  18. Speaking in Bones (2015)
Reid, Jan Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Memoir A look at the roles Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and some hookers played in creating the 1970 Derek and the Dominos album.
Reid, Penny Truth Or Beard Fiction Suggested By:
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has a huge crush on Beau. But what if Duane likes her instead?
Reid, Rob Year Zero SciFi Suggested By:
Aliens are hooked on Earth's pop culture! But when disaster looms, one man has just 48 hours to save the world. A "hilarious, provocative, and supersmart" read.
Reid, Shauna The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl Memoir A buoyant, funny, and immensely likable romp.
Reid, Taylor Jenkins Maybe In Another Life Fiction Suggested By: Suggested List.
Imagine a happier Sliding Doors, with less cheating and more cinnamon rolls. When Hanna moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles she makes a decision that change her life. We find out how in alternating chapters.
Reid, Terri Loose Ends Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn't think she's nuts.
Reidy, Jamie Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman Memoir Tell-all book which inspired the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway movie.
Reiss, Howard The Year of Soup GLBT Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. At the age of 30, Tess has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to live a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup. Tess has a talent for making soups with strong medicinal and spiritual qualities – something passed down from her great-great grandmother, a descendant of one of the Salem witches.
Reiss, Mike Cro-Magnon P.I. Crime/Mystery Head writer and producer of The Simpsons animated series. This book won an Edgar.
Reitman, Janet Inside Scientology Non-fiction Reitman interviewed hundreds of devotees and defectors for this searing expos.
Rekulak, Jason The Impossible Fortress Fiction Suggested By:
Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Magnum P.I. Or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.
Remini, Lee Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology Memoir No-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
Rempel, William C. At The Devil's Table Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
In this gripping true story, an award-winning journalist chronicles Colombian engineer Jorge Salcedo's shocking journey into the dangerous Cali cartel and his struggle to take it down.
Rendahl, Eileen Un-Bridaled Chick Lit Chloe Sachs runs out on her wedding - and ends up finding herself. A surprisingly moving and engrossing read.
Renn, Wanda and Patricia Arnod Strictly G.I.: The WWII Letters of Cpl. Wanda M. Renn Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Rensin, David The Mailroom: Hollywood History From the Bottom Up Non-fiction It's like something out of a Hollywood potboiler: start out in the mailroom, end up a mogul. Only for dozens of Hollywood's brightest, it happens to be true.
Resendez, Andres A Land So Strange Non-fiction Cabeza de Vaca was one of hundreds of Florida-bound settlers thrown off course by an incompetent pilot. Most died in the rough terrain along Texas' coastline, but deVaca and three others embarked on a decade-long trek across North America. The story is so riveting you'll wonder why so many history books ignore it.
Reynolds, Simon Rip It Up And Start Again Non-fiction Devo, Joy Division, and other oft-neglected post-punk trailblazers get a fresh look in this passionate, insightful history of early-80s rock on the cusp of MTV.
Reynolds, Susan (editor) WOODSTOCK REVISITED Non-fiction Tells about the three day festival through the eyes of the "average" person who attended or tried to attend.
Rhodes, Richard Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer Non-fiction Richly textured and deeply moving, Farm chronicles a year in the life of Tom and Sally Bauer of Crevecoeur County, Missouri, who cultivate nearly two square miles
Rhodes, Richard John James Audubon Auto/Biography Born in Haiti and raised in France, he landed on these shores in 1803, married an Englishwoman, explored the Appalachian frontier, tried his hand at business, went bankrupt, and reinvented himself in his middle age as a naturalist.
Rhodes, Richard The Making of the Atomic Bomb Non-fiction If the first 270 pages of this book had been published separately, they would have made up a lively, insightful, beautifully written history of theoretical physics and the men and women who plumbed the mysteries of the atom. Along with the following 600 pages, they become a sweeping epic, filled with terror and pity, of the ultimate scientific quest: the development of the ultimate weapon. Rhodes is a peerless explainer of difficult concepts; he is even better at chronicling the personalities who made the discoveries that led to the Bomb.
Ricafranca, Arnel Salads To Go Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Rice, Luanne Little Night Fiction Clare Burke's life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen
Rich, Katherine Russell Dreaming in Hindi Memoir How moving to India and mastering Hindi left one brave, beleaguered woman transformed.
Rich, Michael I. Business Plan: Beekeeping Non-fiction Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. Step-By-Step Guide: Transform Your "Hobby" Into A "Startup" - Beekeeping & Business Setup (Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Build Business).
Rich, Simon What in God's Name Fiction Potentially gimmicky story has real emotional heft and avoids condescending. Hysterical sharp dialogue.
Richards, Keith Life Memoir Groupies, he writes, were "like the Red Cross. They'd wash your clothes...bath you."
Richardson, Dot with Don Yaeger Living the Dream Memoir 1996 Olympic Gold medalist in women's softball. Though some of her motivational chat about playing your hardest seems a little familiar, Richardson's book is inspiration.
Richardson, Kat Greywalker Crime/Mystery After a brutal assault leaves her dead for two minutes, PI Harper Blaine finds herself able to slide between the physical world and a gray area full of vampires and otherworldly things.
Richardson, Kim Michele The Sisters of Glass Ferry Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Suggested by Joshilyn Jackson. Glass Ferry, Kentucky, is bourbon country. Whiskey has been a way of life for generations, enabling families to provide and survive even in the darkest times. Flannery Butler's daddy, Beauregard "Honey Bee" Butler, was known for making some of the best whiskey in the state, aged in barrels he'd take by boat up and down the Kentucky River until the rocking waters turned the spirits smooth and golden. Flannery is the only person Honey Bee ever entrusted with his recipes before he passed on, swearing her to secrecy as he did so.
Richman, Jana Riding in the Shadows of Saints Non-fiction Richman can see eye to eye with Mormonism's critics: She left the faith decades ago and detests its sexism. These are excellent questions, ones that most popular books dealing with Mormonism - including Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" - never answer, let alone ask.
Richmond, Michelle The Marriage Pact Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson. "So. Freaking. Good. And weird. And original. And unputdownable." Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.
Richoux, Ranae Shrimp Recipes Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. The Beginner's guide to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more.
Ricketson, Kathreen Mini Quilts Craft A guide to making offbeat pint-sized quilts for pillows, wall art.
Ridgeway, Rick Below Another Sky Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
A mountain adventure in search of a lost father. A renowned adventurer travels to Tibet with a young woman in search of her father's memory and gains a fresh perspective on his own life.
Ridley, Glynis Clara's Grand Tour Non-fiction True tale of a three-ton rhinoceros and a Dutch sea-captain who make a 17-year tour of Europe in the mid-18th century.
Riebel, Linda and Ken Jacobsen Eating to Save the Earth Non-fiction Food Choices for a Healthy Planet
Riggs, Ransom Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
And then there were three:
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011 - read 7/2015)
  • Hollow City (2014)
  • Library of Souls (2015)
  • Tales of the Peculiar (2016 - companion volume)
Riley, Captain James and Dean King Sufferings in Africa Non-fiction The Incredible True Story of a Shipwreck, Enslavement, and Survival on the Sahara. Recommended by the guy who wrote, "My Mercedes is Not For Sale".

Listed by Abraham Lincoln, alongside the Bible and Pilgrim's Progress, as one of the books that most influenced his life, few true tales of adventure and survival are as astonishing as this one. Shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in August of 1815, James Riley and his crew had no idea of the trials awaiting them as they gathered their beached belongings. They would be captured by a band of nomadic Arabs, herded across the Sahara Desert, beaten, forced to witness astounding brutalities, sold into slavery, and starved. Riley watched most of his crew die one by one, killed off by cruelty or caprice, as his own weight dropped from 240 pounds to a mere 90 at his rescue. First published in 1817, this dramatic saga soon became a national bestseller with over a million copies sold. Even today, it is rare to find a narrative that illuminates the degradations of slave existence with such brutal honesty.
Riley, Lesley Creative Lettering Workshop Craft Suggested By:
Combining Art with Quotes in Mixed Media. I haven't been able to find a copy of this to preview. Don't buy a copy until I get a chance to look at a copy.
Rimington, Stella Illegal Acton Crime/Mystery A former director of MI5 in the 90s, Rimington filler her brainy page-turner with authentic details and funny glimpses of the mundane realities of intelligence work, including awful hours, bumbling bosses, and department rivalries.
Rinzler, J. W. and Ridley Scott The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Non-fiction Rinzler explores every aspect of the production, from the writing of the screenplay to casting to location filming to special effects to composing the score and designing print ads. The book is profusely illustrated with preproduction sketches, on-set photos, excerpts from various script drafts, reproductions of Lucas' handwritten notes, and more.
Rinzler, J.W. The Making of Star Wars Non-fiction Abounds with candid cast pics and tidbits of trivia. Like, who knew Han Solo was envisioned as a green monster?
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson & The Olympians Youth The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian
Ritterbusch, Virginia Reframe Your Viewpoints Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Harness stress & anxiety. Transform it into peace & confidence.
Rivas, Mim Eichler Beautiful Jim Key Non-fiction Story about an amazing horse who did tricks. The owner paved the way for the animal rights movement.
Rives, T. M. Secret New York: Curious Activities Non-fiction Activities for intrepid explorers. NYPD ride-along, 5 foot square museum, survival school in Central Park.
Roach, Mary Bonk Memoir Roach tackles the funny science of sex with the same gusto she brought to the funny science of cadavers in Stiff, and the funny science of the afterlife in Spook.
Roach, Mary Grunt Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
The Curious Science of Humans at War
Roach, Mary Packing for Mars Non-fiction Space trips make astronauts taller - and other cool answers to questions you didn't even know you had.
Roach, Mary Stiff Non-fiction The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.
Robb, J.D. Various Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Available at the library as eBooks. Nora Roberts, the romance writer, writing under a pseudonym.
  1. Naked in Death
  2. Glory in Death
  3. Immortal in Death
  4. Rapture in Death (1996)
  5. Ceremony in Death (1997)
  6. Vengeance in Death (1997)
  7. Holiday in Death (1998)
  8. Midnight in Death, Silent Night Anthology (1998)
  9. Conspiracy in Death (1999)
  10. Loyalty in Death (1999)
  11. Witness in Death (2000)
  12. Judgment in Death (2000)
  13. Betrayal in Death (2001)
  14. Interlude in Death, Out of this World Anthology (2001)
  15. Seduction in Death (2001)
  16. Reunion in Death (2002)
  17. Purity in Death (2002)
  18. Portrait in Death (2003)
  19. Imitation in Death (2003)
  20. Remember When with Nora Roberts (2003)
  21. Two-part book: the first part is a present-day Nora Roberts story which sets up the back story for the second part, which features Eve Dallas and has been republished as Big Jack (2010)
  22. Divided in Death (2004)
  23. Visions in Death (2004)
  24. Survivor in Death (2005)
  25. Origin in Death (2005)
  26. Memory in Death (2006)
  27. Haunted in Death, Bump in the Night Anthology (2006)
  28. Born in Death (2006)
  29. Innocent in Death (2007)
  30. Eternity in Death, Dead of Night Anthology (2007)
  31. Creation in Death (2007)
  32. Strangers in Death (2008)
  33. Ritual in Death, Suite 606 Anthology (2008)
  34. Salvation in Death (2008)
  35. Promises in Death (2009)
  36. Kindred in Death (2009)
  37. Missing in Death, The Lost Anthology (2009)
  38. Fantasy in Death (2010)
  39. Indulgence in Death (2010)
  40. Possession in Death, The Other Side Anthology (2010)
  41. Treachery in Death (2011)
  42. New York to Dallas (2011)
  43. Chaos in Death, The Unquiet Anthology (2011)
  44. Celebrity in Death (2012)
  45. Delusion in Death (2012)
  46. Calculated in Death (2013)
  47. Thankless in Death (2013)
  48. Taken in Death, Mirror, Mirror Anthology (2013)
  49. Concealed in Death (2014)
Robbins, Alexandra Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Alexandra Robbins, 27, went undercover to write the funny but alarming exposé. "I thought the group piercing parties were pretty funny."
Robbins, Alexandra The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth Non-fiction Why those who aren't cool in high school tend to do so well after graduation.
Robbins, Alexandra The Nurses Non-fiction The unsung heroes of the medical world get their own full opera here in a funny, intimate, and often jaw-dropping account of live behind the scenes on the harried hospital floor.
Robbins, David The Fox Run (The Endworld, No 1) Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery "survivalist men's adventures" - recommended by the guys at UH.

From a review at, "This is the 1st I've read by Robbins and I intend to be back for more. It's action in postwar Minnesota as Blade, Geronimo and Hickock undertake a mission to find out what else is left outside their compound. Great touches abound-killer mutant squirrels, gladiatorlike combat with Wolverines and living killer clouds all make the world of Blade a living hell. In a surprising twist, the heroes are given a mission early on and by the end of this actionfest, they haven't even started the mission; thus promising plenty of action to come. Nice touch."
Robbins, Hannah Minimalist Living Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. How to reduce your stress and improve your quality of living through minimalism.
Robbins, Harold The Carpetbaggers Fiction Lusty, brawling tale of early Hollywood is racy even by today's standards.
Robbins, Jim The Man Who Planted Trees Non-fiction Suggested By:
Dan Milarch has spent the last 20 years trying to save the earth. His plan: Clone the strongest, longest-living trees and produce new ones that share the same ability to withstand climate change.
Robbins, John No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution Essays Suggested By:
Robbins shares his dispatches from the frontlines of the food revolution: From his undercover investigations of feed lots and slaughterhouses, to the rise of food contamination, the slave trade behind chocolate and coffee, what he calls the sham of Vitamin Water, and the effects of hormones on animals and animal products.
Robbins, John The Food Revolution Non-fiction How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World. By the son of the ice cream people. Recommended by Ethernautrix.
Roberts, David Alone on the Ice Auto/Biography Suggested By:
On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get bcak to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged over a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness...
Roberts, David Great Exploration Hoaxes Non-fiction This book is not only looks into the hoaxes by the psyche of the hoaxsters. Why would they do it? What were their motivations?
Roberts, Dr. Heidi PT DPT The Sitting Disease Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Restore your posture and eliminate body pain in 10 minutes a day.
Roberts, Siobhan Genius at Play Non-fiction Before tech giants were gods, Cambridge professor John Horton Conway was a creative rock star who studied coding and invented a famous computer program called Game of Life.
Robertson, Edward W. The Breakers Series Books 1-3 Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book. Lethal pandemic followed by war against those who made the virus.
Robertson, Jamie Cox A Literary Paris Essays Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris, and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light.
Robertson, Janet The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Another mountain climbing book...
Robin, Vicki and Joe Dominguez and Monique Tilford Your Money or Your Life Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century.
Robinson, Elisabeth The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters Fiction Film producer deals with Hollywood and a sick sister.
Robinson, Jackie I Never Had It Made Auto/Biography Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book.
Robinson, Kim Stanley Antarctica SciFi Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty which protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica's resources to be plundered, its eerie beauty to be savaged. As politicians wrangle over its fate, major corporations begin probing for its hidden riches. Adventurers come, as they have for more than a century, seeking the wild, untamed land even as they endanger it with their ever-growing numbers. And radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land from those who would destroy it for profit. All who come here have their own agenda, and all will fight to ensure their vision of the future for the remote and awe-inspiring world at the South Pole.
Robinson, Kim Stanley Mars Trilogy SciFi Suggested By: Author.
Terraforming Mars. I own the first Kindle book.
  • Red Mars (1993 - Kindle $2.14)
  • Green Mars (1994)
  • Blue Mars (1996)
  • The Martians (1999 - short stories)
Robinson, Kim Stanley New York 2140 Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
$3.23 Kindle book. As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.
Robinson, Kim Stanley The Three Californias Trilogy Post-Apocalyptic The Three Californias Trilogy (also known as the Wild Shore Triptych and the Orange County Trilogy) consists of three books by Kim Stanley Robinson, that depict three different possible futures of Orange County, California. The three books that make up the trilogy are
  • The Wild Shore (1984)
  • The Gold Coast (1988)
  • Pacific Edge (1990)
Each of these books describes the life of young people in the three very different near-futures.
Robinson, Kim Stanley The Wild Shore : Three Californias (Wild Shore Triptych) SciFi This book takes place in the year 2047, after 3,000 nuclear bombs are strategically placed in major cities all over the USA. The detonation of these nuclear weapons leaves the country in an age where Scavengers are set against those people trying to pull their family and world back to something that hardly resembles the past greatness of America. In this book the Russians are the culprits and they give several other countries the backing to help with the initial destruction. The countries of the world have ganged up on the USA for being greedy and using up most of the world's resources.
Robinson, Kim Stanley The Years of Rice and Salt Post-Apocalyptic The Years of Rice and Salt It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if? What if the plague killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt. This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world's greatest scientific minds in India.
Robinson, Lisa There Goes Gravity Memoir Lifelong music journalist's memoir - equivalent of a backstage pass.
Robinson, Peter Playing With Fire Crime/Mystery Part of the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series. Each time you think you're a step ahead of the author, he jumps in with a jaw-dropping and usually credible twist.
Robison, John Elder Switched On Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
A memoir of brain change and emotional awakening. This autism therapy turns out to be powerful voodoo, but it also awakens some unintended and not-all-wonderful consequences. Autism Spectrum. Autistic. Asperger's syndrome.
Robson, Justine Mappa Mundi SciFi For fans of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash. A lyrical, attentively written anti-utopia.
Rock, Andrea The Mind at Night Non-fiction Fascinating details about sleep and dreaming make this a damned compelling read. A slim 200 pages from cocktail ready factoids, to clean crisp explanations of brain chemistry.
Rockridge Press The DASH Diet Health Plan Cookbook Suggested By:
$1.07 Kindle book. Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes. Based on research by the National Institutes of Health, and endorsed by top-tier medical institutions like the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association, the DASH diet is a scientifically proven method to lose weight, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduce your risk of diabetes.
Rodgers, Judy The Zuni Caf Cookbook Cookbook Recommended by Orangette blog.
Rodi, Robert Dogged Pursuit Memoir My Year of Competing Dusty, the World's Least Likely Agility Dog
Rodi, Robert Seven Seasons in Siena Memoir Suggested By:
Gay guy moves to Italy and tries to fit in. By turns hilarious and heartwarming, and redolent with the flavor of the Tuscan countryside, Seven Seasons in Siena opens a window on daily life in one of the most magical regions in all of Italy--revealing the joys to be found when we stop being spectators and start taking an active part in life's rich pageant.
Rodreguez, Robert Rebel Without a Crew Memoir Chronicles the making of a movie for $7,000.
Rodriguez, Deborah Kabul Beauty School Memoir Suggested By:
New York Times bestseller: When a Michigan hairdresser founded a beauty school in Afghanistan, she became part of a community of women that would change her life.
Rogers, Ellen Kasey to the Rescue Memoir A sweetly inspirational tale about a single mom, her quadriplegic son and the capuchin monkey who helps them through.
Rogers, Olivia Junk Food Diet Cookbook Cookbook Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. Over 50 Comfort Food Recipes You Can Still Eat While on A Diet.
Rogers, Olivia Quick and Easy Recipes Cookbook Suggested By:
Free Kindle book. 34 Healthy & Tasty Meals for Busy Moms To Feed The Whole Family!
Rogers, Sally Fox Solo/Two in the Wild/Others Non-fiction Women in sports
Roiphe, Anne An Imperfect Lens Fiction Cholera epidemic that ravaged Alexandria, Egypt in 1883.
Roiphe, Katie The Violet Hour Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Fascinated by mortality ever since her own near-death experience, Roiphe set out to demystify dying by exploring how great writers (Freud, Updike, Sendak) faced their ends. Profound, poetic, and comforting.
Roiphe, Katie Uncommon Arrangements Non-fiction Riveting look at the unconventional unions of seven London literary couples in the early 1900s. This account of intellectuals and their lofty couplings may be the year's best beach read.
Roker, Al Storm of the Century Non-fiction Suggested By:
Details the deadliest natural disaster in US history. In September 1900, thousands of Texans in Galveston lost their lives in a hurricane.
Romm, Joseph Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know Science/Nature Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by A physicist and former acting assistant secretary in Clinton's Energy Department, Romm runs the blog, and is the author of several books on energy and climate. His new book is essentially a reference guide in which he poses common questions--"How do scientists know that recent climate change is primarily caused by human activity?" "How does climate change affect droughts?" "What will the impacts of sea level rise be?"--and answers them concisely and conversationally. While he is mostly successful avoiding wonkiness, he cites such a huge number of studies that it's almost unimaginable that anyone could walk away unconvinced of the matter's urgency.
Ronson, Jon The Men Who Stare At Goats Non-fiction Wry exploration of the U.S. Military's obsession with the paranormal.
Roosevelt, Theodore Through the Brazilian Wilderness Memoir Pretty much self-explanatory!
Root-Bernstein, Robert and Michele Sparks of Genius Non-fiction Shows how great minds DO think alike.
Rose, Devin Farm Flop Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A city dweller's guide to failing on a farm in two years or less. Peek inside the journal of a young suburban family who made the leap to a hobby farm, only to find themselves returning to the city less than two years later.
Rose, M.J. The Witch of Painted Sorrows Magical/Mystical After her father's suicide, Sandrine seeks refuge at his mother's Paris home. Sandrine is soon drawn in by the house's dark spirit.
Rose, Phyllis The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading Non-fiction Too many people choose to read by listening to critics. She chose a library shelf at random and read all fiction authors filed under LEQ-LES.
Rose, Terez Mertes Off Balance Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Ballet Theater Chronicles book 1. Alice thinks she's accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice's boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he's got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It's pain she's kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.
Rose, Terez Mertes Outside the Limelight Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Ballet Theater Chronicles book 2. Rising ballet star Dena Lindgren's dream career is knocked off its axis when a puzzling onstage fall results in a crushing diagnosis: a brain tumor. Complications from the extraction surgery kick off a long and difficult recovery, prompting the company's artistic director, Anders Gunst, to shift his attention to an overshadowed company dancer -- Dena's older sister, Rebecca, with whom Anders once shared a special relationship.
Rose, Willow Eleven, Twelve...Dig and Delve Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Rebekka Franck is visiting a dear friend when she is swallowed up by the hole and ends up trapped inside a limestone mine. Together with the surviving residents from the neighborhood, she tries to get by underground while waiting to be rescued. When the body of one of the survivors turns up inside the mines, they suddenly know that not only do they face starvation and thirst, they also have a killer among them.
Rosenberg, Judy The Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book Cookbook Suggested By:
Streusel-topped blueberry cake. Coconut fluff babycakes. Sour cherry fudge cake. You'll love the mouthwatering recipes in one of NPR's top 10 cookbooks of the year! Treat yourself to favorites from a legendary bakery that's become a true institution.
Rosenberg, Scott Dreaming in Code Non-fiction Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
Rosenblatt The Boy Detective Memoir Valentine to New York City of the 1950's and today.
Rosenblatt, Roger Unless It Moves the Human Heart Memoir In this slender volume he reveals the characters and conversations that emerged during one semester of his "Writing Everything" class. There is much to love and ponder within these passionate pages.
Rosenthal, Bob Cleaning Up New York Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
In the 1970s Bob Rosenthal worked as a house cleaner. His book, part memoir, part how-to manual, became a cult classic that is finally back in print.
Rosoff, Meg Picture Me Gone Youth Elegantly written and suspenseful mystery. Nominated for National book Award in young people's lit.
Ross, James Bruce (Editor), Mary Martin McLaughlin (Editor) The Portable Medieval Reader Non-fiction All the aspects and strata of medieval society are represented here: the life of monasteries and colleges, the codes of knigthood, the labor of peasants and the privileges of kings.
Ross, Nancy Mini Farming Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A beginner's guide.
Ross, Sharon and Elise Kinkead Mastering Fine Decorative Paint Techniques Craft Paint. Techniques.
Roth, Benjamin The Great Depression: A Diary Non-fiction First-person diary account of living through the Great Depression, with haunting parallels to our own time.
Roth, Philip American Pastoral Other BOOKS ON TAPE. Read by Ron Silver, recommended by Stephen King.
Roth, Philip The Dying Animal Fiction Lecherous professor lures beautiful young woman into his web of words.
Rothbart, Davy Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World Art In the tradition of NPR's National Story Project comes this funky collection of letters, flyers and other miscellany from the pages of Found magazine.
Rotolo, Suze A Freewheelin' Time Memoir As a teen, she dated young singer Bob Dylan. Her memoir is more portrait-of-an-era than tell-all, but there are delicious bits: the hours Dylan spent in front of a mirror, trying on rumpled clothes to perfect his serious image.
Roufa, M. E. The Norma Gene SciFi Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. As the world's first completely illegal clone of America's 16th President, Abe Finkelstein grew up with just one wish: to live his life just like anybody else. But when you're a living ringer for one of the country's best-loved historical figures, privacy is hard to come by--especially when your face is on money. Across town, Norma Greenberg, one of the world's many Marilyn Monroe clones, is struggling with identity issues of a different sort.
Rouss, Shannan Easy For You Short Stories Short stories of life in LA. Characters are refreshingly un-airbrushed. Rouss resists all Hollywood cliches but one: that real life rarely lives up to the movies in our heads.
Rowan, Roy Chasing the Dragon History Memorable stories from former Life Magazine photographer.
Rowan, Roy Never Too Late Memoir A memoir with tips on aging (live with enthusiasm, exertion, and energy) from career "Life" and "Time" correspondent.
Rowan, Roy Throwing Bullets Non-fiction Following a season in the lives of two pitchers in the MN Twin's farm system vying for a single open slot in the Twins' rotation, Rowan offers a lively portrait of the circus atmosphere of minor-league baseball. The characters in this story are vivid and the emotional pull is strong.
Rowe, Maggie Sin Bravely Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Ms Rowe spent her Christian childhood agonizing about whether she was devout enough to get into heaven. Whacky and sincere memoir centering on her time in an Evangelical psychiatric facility.
Rowell, Victoria The Women Who Raised Me Memoir Suggested By:
Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. The Women Who Raised Me is the remarkable story of her rise out of the foster care system to attain the American Dream--and of the unlikely series of women who lifted, motivated, and inspired her along the way.
Rowlands, Penelope Paris Was Ours Essays Thirty-two writers reflect on the city of light. David Sedaris, and people I've never heard of.
Rowley, Steven Lily and the Octopus Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Debut novel. Whimsical, touching story about the love between a man and the elderly dachshund with whom he enjoys talking about cute boys. WTF? They say it's good. Huh.
Rowling, J.K. The Harry Potter novels Other BOOKS ON TAPE. Read by Jim Dale, recommended by Stephen King.
Rowling, J.K. The Tales of Beedle the Bard Fantasy It purports to be a scholarly tome ("translated from the ancient runes by Hermione Granger"; commentaries by the late Professor Dumbledore) concerning a clutch of moralistic bedtime stories attributed toe the titular scribe.
Rowly, RB Mother of Ten Auto/Biography Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Sequel to Whisper My Secret. Myrtle's first three children grew up without any knowledge of their mother after Myrtle was forced to give them up when they were still toddlers. Not only were the children deprived of contact with their mother, they also grew up devoid of any knowledge of each other after being placed in separate facilities.
Royte, Elizabeth Bottlemania Non-fiction Royte's lively investigation of water politics will leave you ashamed to drink out of plastic, uneasy about the tap, and impressed by her ability to synthesize complicated material int such a witty and engaging book.
Royte, Elizabeth Garbage Land Non-fiction On the secret trail of trash. She headed for landfills, treatment plants, and recycling centers, dug up unsettling stats, and ended up worried.
Rozell, Matthew The Things Our Fathers Saw Non-fiction Suggested By:
$1.07 Kindle book. I bought the Kindle book, but have not read it yet. The untold stories of the World War II generation. The telephone rings on the hospital floor, and they tell you it is your mother, the phone call you have been dreading. You've lost part of your face to a Japanese sniper on Okinawa, and after many surgeries, the doctor has finally told you that at 19, you will never see again. The pain and shock is one thing. But now you have to tell her, from 5000 miles away.
Rubenfeld, Jed The Death Instinct Crime/Mystery In September 1920 a bomb rocked Wall Street, killing 38 in a crime that remains unsolved. Ably blends fact and fiction.
Rubin, Gretchen Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill Non-fiction Suggested By:
Examines different views into Winston Churchill's life and contradictions.
Rubin, Gretchen Happier at Home Memoir Suggested By:
From the author of The Happiness Project! Gretchen workd to improve her life at home, one step at a time. "A soulful and enlightening guide for happiness seeker of all stripes" (Cheryl Strayed)
Ruby, Laura Bone Gap Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Suggested List.
Imagine Stephen King with a heap of magical realism. The story of two lives changed forever. Roza, a young girl kidnapped from a small Midwestern town, and Finn, the only witness to the crime.
Rucker, Rudy Software SciFi Early cyberpunk. See also "Wetware", "Freeware", and "Realware", which ares sequels in this Ware Tetralogy.
Rudnick, Paul Gorgeous Youth Recommended by Sue H. Becky is remade as Rebecca - pure five-alarm hotness to the outside world and an awkward mess of cankles and split ends when she's alone.
Ruff, Jenifer Full-Out Youth Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Lauren is an elite gymnast training full-time to qualify for the Olympic team, when an unexpected and terrifying incident changes everything in her world. Forced to abandon her identity, she has no choice but to become someone else, somewhere else, and face high school for the first time. A brand new scene of cliques, competitive cheerleading, and teenage drama would shake anyone, but that isn't the worst of Lauren's problems.
Ruhlman, Michael Grocery Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Why are we obsessed with food? Ruhlman looks for answers in this engaging exploration of the ways American eating habits have changed over the past half century.
Ruhlman, Michael House: A Memoir Memoir Blending reportage and memoir, Ruhlman details his home's complete history, putting it in context with an account of the first American suburb in 1869 and a description of his family's first Christmas in the house in 2001. His well-researched history of the suburbs will interest anyone who's ever lived in one, but his in-depth chronicle of his town will enthrall only those familiar with it. May have depressing bits about his not-so-hot marriage.
Ruhlman, Michael Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking Cookbook He divides the book into five parts (doughs, stocks, sausages, sauces, and custards). In each section he explains what essential properties make the ratios work and the subtle variations that differentiate, for instance, a bread dough (five parts flour, three parts water) from a biscuit dough (three parts flour, one part fat, two parts liquid).
Ruhlman, Michael The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America Memoir Ruhlman wanted to learn how to cook potatoes like that--like an art--and the CIA seemed the place to go. The fun part of this book is that we all get to go along for the ride without having to endure the trauma of cooking school.
Ruhlman, Michael Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit Non-fiction Ruhlman describes with awe the precision, speed and ingenuity required to repair or transplant an infant's tiny heart. His gripping OR scenes capture the life-and-death nature of each surgery and illustrate why only perfection is good enough in this new and rapidly developing specialty. As the clinic's physician's assistant tells Ruhlman with a bluntness characteristic of the people he depicts, This is a kid, not a Yugo here.
Ruhlman, Michael Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard Non-fiction Ruhlman (The Soul of a Chef) provides an insightful look at the life and work of legendary master boatbuilders Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, whose boatyard on Martha's Vineyard is the site of the most innovative work happening today.
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos The Shadow of the Wind Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
A New York Times bestseller and "gorgeous read" (Stephen King). In 1945 Barcelona, a bookseller's son uncovers an astonishing secret. Daniel's seemingly innocent quest to find other works by a particular author opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
Ruiz, Don Miguel The Four Agreements Non-fiction Suggested By: Friend.
A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). Recommended by ShelleyM in April 2016 letter.
  • Agreement 1: Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
  • Agreement 2: Don't take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
  • Agreement 3: Don't make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  • Agreement 4: Always do your best - Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Rummel-Hudson, Robert Schulyer's Monster Memoir A Father's Journey With His Wordless Daughter. Rummel-Hudson's memoir offers a moving account of his and wife Julie's unrelenting efforts to give their buoyant little girl a way to communicate.
Russell, Alan Guardians of the Night Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. As the sole members of LAPD's Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles's standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange--it might be out of this world.
Russell, Karen St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves Short Stories With this weird, wondrous debut, 25-year-old Russell blows up the apherism "Age equals experience." She also suggests that "Write what you know" is similarily useless. When people say language is what separates us from animals, she writes, "that's just us humans being snobby."
Russell, Osborne Journal of a Trapper Non-fiction Account of the life of a fur trapper in the Rocky Mountains between 1834 and 1843. The descriptions are so accurate that you can see the land he described today.
Russo, Meredith If I Was Your Girl GLBT Suggested By:
At a new high school, Amanda meets the boy of her dreams -- but will she lose him forever when he learns that she used to be Andrew? "Electrically inspiring. Read this wonderful book"
Russo, Richard Bridge of Sighs Fiction Small-town lives are elevated to big-time triumph and tragedy by Russo's prose. Didn't he write that "Empire Falls" book?
Russo, Richard Elsewhere Memoir A poignant tribute to his mother who, elegantly coiffed and perfectly lipsticked, shouldered her way through life with pluck, luck, and sheer bravado.
Russo, Richard Straight Man Fiction Funny college professor novel.
Ryan, Alan The Reader's Companion to Alaska Essays This is a wonderful compilation of writings by some our most prominent authors of their first (and lasting) impressions of the last American wilderness, Alaska.
Ryan, Terry The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Memoir How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less.
Sabbag, Robert SnowBlind Non-fiction Coke Smuggling/Dealing
Saberton, Ruth Runaway Summer Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Since leaving Polwenna Bay for the bright lights of London, actress Summer Penhalligan has tried her hardest to never look back; Jake, her childhood sweetheart, let her down terribly and the beautiful Cornish village holds nothing but painful memories. It's only when a volatile relationship threatens to destroy all she holds dear that Summer finds herself returning to the place she knows so well.
Sachs, David The Flood Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. When the Flood hit, America's East Coast was evacuated by every means possible. Hours later, the Festival of the Waves, a cruise ship assisting in the rescue, lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, and nowhere near enough food. Thousands of evacuees on board, including Travis, his-ex-wife, and their young son, find themselves alone in a big ocean.
Sachs, Jeffrey The Price of Civilization Non-fiction Matt Damon read it. "Well, then!" He says it's a really clear-eyed look at where we are as a country and where we need to go.
Sacks, Mike And Here's the Kicker Non-fiction Interviews with comedy writers, including Harold Ramis.
Sacks, Oliver Gratitude Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Neurologist Sacks, who died in 2015 at age 82, brought his trademark incisive curiosity about the human condition to these lovely essays on facing his own death.
Sacks, Oliver The Mind's Eye Non-fiction More riveting case studies of neurological anomalies, including Sack's own vision problems following melanoma of the eye.
Sacks, Oliver Three \"must-reads\" Non-fiction
  • Awakenings (1973)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985)
  • Uncle Tungsten (2005)
Safina, Carl Beyond Words Non-fiction Do animals have emotions? Elephants grieve, cradling their dead. An alpha wolf pretends to lose a wrestling match to his cub. A tiger, after humans take his kill, destroys their traps.
Sage, Lorna Bad Blood Non-fiction Growing up in the 50s.
Sakey, Marcus Brilliance Magical/Mystical In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They're called "brilliants", and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way.
Salamon, Julie Facing the Wind Non-fiction True story: man murders family but rebuilds his life.
Sales, Nancy Jo The Bling Ring Non-fiction Group of L.A. kids whose obsession with fame compels them to swipe $3 million worth of swag from the homes of starlets.
Salisbury, Gay and Laney The Cruelest Miles Non-fiction The heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic. Alaska - diphteria vaccine.
Salzman, Mark Lying Awake Fiction Nun's visions are actually epileptic migraines.
Salzman, Mark True Notebooks Non-fiction This book will open your eyes to our brutal system of juvenile justice and leave you heartbroken. Salzman spent two years teaching writing at L.A.'s Central Juvenile Hall.
Sammet, J.E. Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals Technical/Reference Suggested By: Other.
In this work, Sammet (a woman and early computer pioneer) presents a view of high level programming languages that promotes attention to "the problem to be solved" by that language, as she asserts on an opening page. Thus she is innovative in establishing a tradition for consideration of end motivation in the architecture of such languages.
Sammon, Paul M. Future Noir Revised & Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner Non-fiction Suggested By:
$2.15 Kindle book. In this intensive, intimate, and anything-but-glamorous behind-the-scenes account, film insider and cinephile Paul M. Sammon explores how Ridley Scott purposefully used his creative genius to transform the work of science fiction's most uncompromising author into a critical sensation and cult classic that would reinvent the genre. Sammon reveals how the making of the original Blade Runner was a seven-year odyssey that would test the stamina and the imagination of writers, producers, special effects wizards, and the most innovative art directors and set designers in the industry at the time it was made.
Samson, Ian The Case of the Missing Books Fiction Israel Armstrong - vegetarian, Jewish, urban, supremely inept - gets a nightmare job: running a mobile library in rural Northern Ireland. He lives in a chicken coop, puzzles over village proverbs, hunts for stolen books, and makes a public spectacle out of buying himself a condom. The thin mystery plot frames a delightful fish-out-of-water comedy.
Samuel, R. J. Falling Colors Fantasy Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. KIRAN is the only vision painter working in Ireland, the only female in the ancient Indian profession. As a vision painter, she paints the hopes and dreams of her clients into existence. Her practice is not doing well and she works as a waitress in a struggling restaurant in Connemara. When Kiran is asked to paint the forbidden, forces are unleashed that she cannot contain, including two infuriating women with whom she must work in a race to restore order and save her gift.
Samuelsson, Marcus with Veronica Chambers Yes, Chef Memoir Suggested By:
World-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his remarkable story in this lyrical and glittering memoir.
Sandberg, Sheryl Lean In Memoir Speaks to the internal and institutional forces that can trip up an ambitious woman. Sandberg shares a gift that all women should give themselves. (I'm afraid this will be a depressing book making women feel like failure for not being president of Microsoft...)
Sanders, Bernie Outsider in the White House Auto/Biography Suggested By: Other.
$2.70 Kindle book. Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, Lawrence The Anderson Tapes Crime/Mystery Made into movie starring Sean Connery and Christopher Walken. They try to rob an NY apt bldg, and are taped by govt officials who don't care enough to stop it.
Sanders, Richard If a Pirate I Must Be... Non-fiction Suggested By:
Through audacity and guile, Bartholomew Roberts won notoriety as the greatest pirate captain of the Caribbean. The legendary Black Bart's daring exploits come to life in this amazing history of lawlessness at sea.
Sandford, John Kidd Series (Done Reading) Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
  1. The Fool's Run (1989 - read 2015/04)
  2. The Empress File (1991 - read 2016/12)
  3. The Devil's Code (2000 - read 2016/12)
  4. The Hanged Man's Song (2003 - read 2017/06)
That's it. There are no more books in this series.
Sandford, John Prey Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
  1. Rules of Prey (1989 - read 2015/04)
  2. Shadow Prey (1990 - read 2015/05)
  3. Eyes of Prey (1991 - read 2015/10)
  4. Silent Prey (1992 - read 2015/12)
  5. Winter Prey (1993 - read 2016/01)
  6. Night Prey (1994 - read 2016/03)
  7. Mind Prey (1995 - read 2016/12)
  8. Sudden Prey (1996 - read 2017/02)
  9. Secret Prey (1998 - read 2017/05)
  10. Certain Prey (1999 - read 2000/04, 2017/08)
  11. Easy Prey (2000 - read 2017/08)
  12. Chosen Prey (2001 - read 2017/10)
  13. Mortal Prey (2002 - read 2017-02) - reappearance of hitwoman Clara Rinker
  14. Naked Prey (2003 - read 2018/03)
  15. Hidden Prey (2004)
  16. Broken Prey (2005 - read 2005/11)
  17. Invisible Prey (2007)
  18. Phantom Prey (2008)
  19. Wicked Prey (2009)
  20. Storm Prey (2010)
  21. Buried Prey (2011)
  22. Stolen Prey (2012)
  23. Silken Prey (2013)
  24. Field of Prey (2014)
  25. Gathering Prey (2015)
  26. Extreme Prey (2016)
  27. Golden Prey (2017)
  28. Twisted Prey (2018)
Sandford, John Virgil Flowers Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Virgil Flowers series
  1. Dark of the Moon (2007 - read 2015/05)
  2. Heat Lightning (2008 - read 2015/12)
  3. Rough Country (2009 - read 2011/02)
  4. Bad Blood (2010 - read 2016/02)
  5. Shock Wave (2011 - read 2016/03)
  6. Mad River (2012 - read 2016/07)
  7. Storm Front (2013 - read 2016/11)
  8. Deadline (2014 - read 2017/03)
  9. Escape Clause (2016 - read 2017/04)
  10. Deep Freeze (Oct 2017 - read 2017/10)
  11. Holy Ghost (2018)
Sandford, John and Ctein Saturn Run SciFi Suggested By:
The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope--something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do
Sandlin, Tim Skipped Parts Fiction Thirteen-year-old Sam Callahan and his misbehaving mother, Lydia.
Sands, Jeff Letting Go Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A Marine's Journey Through War and His Search for Meaning
Santmyer, Helen Hooven ...And Ladies of the Club Fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Written by a first-time novelist in her late 80s. Rich, long, honest, funny, and satifsying saga full of very real characters. An account of a long-running book club. A big novel to get lost in.
Santos, Fernanda The Fire Line Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Account of the 2014 Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters. Will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.
Sapolsky, Robert M. A Primate's Memoir Memoir A neuroscientist's unconventional life among the baboons.
Sass, Lorna J. Cooking Under Pressure Cookbook Suggested By: Friend.
$2.15 Kindle book.
Sassoon, Rosemary Teach Yourself Better Handwriting Non-fiction This practical and informative book will help readers improve their handwriting and develop their own mature and individual style. Teach Yourself Better Handwriting includes self-diagnosis tests to identify problems, "before-and-after" examples illustrating common faults, and a detailed section on holding the pen. It also offers advice to those with special circumstances that may affect their handwriting, such as being left-handed or having a medical condition.
Satran, Pamela Redmond Younger Chick Lit Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Book on which the TV show with Sutton Foster is based.
Satterwhite, Robb What's What in Japanese Restaurants Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by Matthew Amster-Burton. If you're nervous about Tokyo restaurants, get this book which walks you through the different types of restaurants you'll find, how to navigate them, and what you'll find on the menu.
Saul, Jonas The Crypt Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Sarah Roberts thriller book 3. While Sarah Roberts searches for a weapon on the streets of Budapest, a strange man in a fedora follows her, but before she can find out who he is, she's arrested for a minor altercation. After her release from the Hungarian jail, she's ordered out of the country.
Savage, Dan American Savage Essays Savage's essays on fatherhood, cheating, and the subset of Americans who still think sexuality is a choice are powerful messages for both the head and the heart.
Savett, Laurence The Human Side of Medicine Non-fiction Essential reading for both doctors and patients.
Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids Fiction Alternative Earth where Neanderthals survived to the present.
Sayers, Dorothy L. Unnatural Death Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
$1.99 Kindle book. The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries book 3.
Sayers, Dorothy L. Whose Body? Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
$.99 Kindle book. The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries book 1
Schachner, Anna You and I and Someone Else Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Recommended by Joshilyn Jackson Frannie, who grew up with such a feckless father, wants her child to have a good one. She's just met Jude, who's lonely, earnest, and kind, but he comes with baggage of his own.
Schaeller, Marie Exploring Atlantic Canada Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A 2-week travel memoir of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.
Schenker, Jesse All or Nothing Memoir Addiction, drive, genius, and the high-stakes culinary world combine in this honest shocking memoir from this Iron Chef winner and owner of acclaimed NYC restaurant Recette.
Schenone, Laura The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken Memoir Lovely but rambling memoir. She decides to track down her family's hallowed ravioli recipe, only to find it includes supermarket cream cheese [the horror]. Her quest for a more authentic recipe takes her from New Jersey to the Ligurian mountains with countless digressions.
Schlender, Brent and Rick Tetzeli Becoming Steve Jobs Auto/Biography Suggested By:
A #1 New York Times bestseller: From snappy upstart to visionary leader, Steve Jobs left a lasting legacy in pursuit of his passion. This nuanced, "amazing read" (Jack Dorsey, Twitter cofounder and CEO) tells Jobs's dynamic story through the lens of those closest to him.
Schmidt, Gary D. Okay for Now Youth Examination of childhood lost, a nostalgia for small-town America in the 1960s, and the sense that kids might just be the smartest ones among us.
Schneider, Helga Let Me Go Memoir Chronicle of Schneider's emotionally-charged, final encounter with her mother who had been an unrepentant guard at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. A jarring, fascinating, moving read.
Schneider, J.A. Catch Me Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A Raney & Levine thriller, book 4. A terrifying serial killer who just targets couples, and leaves taunting notes for the NYPD signed CATCH ME
Schneider, Mindy Not a Happy Camper Memoir If the word "lanyard" makes you cringe, Schneider's wry memoir about a Maine summer camp is for you.
Schneider, Robyn Extraordinary Means Youth Suggested By:
After being diagnosed with a fatal disease, Lane moves to an isolated boarding school, where the entrancing Sadie upends his world. A captivating novel for fans of The Fault in Our Stars.
Schneider, Sally The Improvisational Cook Cookbook Schneider offers an original, practical and well-executed plan for improvisational cooking, experimenting, cooking creatively, playing with ingredients and recipes. As heard on "The Splendid Table" for meatloaf recipe variations.
Schnurnberger, Lynn and Janice Kaplan Mine are Spectacular! Chick Lit Sara and her friends attend sex-toy parties without losing their dignity or sense of humor. Whip-smart dialogue and spot-on metaphors create a hilarious hit.
Scholastic 100 Great Children's Books Other 100 Great Children's Books
Schonstein, Patricia A Time of Angels Fiction Beatrice leave Primo for a baker. Primo casts a spell to cause his rival's bread to turn out bitter and blue. Could this be a man's version of an Alice Hoffman character?
Schor, Juliet B. The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world. Unlike many experts, Harvard economist Juliet B. Schor does not blame consumers' lack of self-discipline. Nor does she blame advertisers. Instead she analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where spending has become the ultimate social art.
Schrag, Ariel Adam GLBT Suggested By: Suggested List.
A subtle and knowing comedy of manners about transgender identify from a queer, Jewish-American perspective. Even more subversive and hilarious than Transparent.
Schroeder, Alice The Snowball Auto/Biography Warren Buffet and the Business of Life. For this biography, he apparently held nothing back about either investing or his personal life. Schroeder has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subjec.
Schultheis, Rob Bone Games: One Man's Search for the Ultimate Athletic High Non-fiction Uh, one man's search for the ultimate athletic high.
Schultz, Emily The Blondes Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Could make for campy sci-fi, but this frighteningly realistic nail-biter is acidly funny as it is twisted.
Schultz, James Willard Rising Wolf, the White Blackfoot Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. James Willard Schultz, or Apikuni, (1859-1947) was a noted author, explorer, Glacier National Park guide, fur trader and historian of the Blackfoot Indians. He operated a fur trading post at Carroll, Montana and lived among the Pikuni tribe during the period 1880-82.
Schumer, Amy The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Essays Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by MPR Twitter. Refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.
Schwalbe, Will The End of Your Life Book Club Memoir Suggested By:
A son and his dying mother form a makeshift book club to cope with the pain of illness. New York Times bestseller.
Schwarcz, Joe The Fly in the Ointment Non-fiction 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life. Follow-up to Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs. Interesting and entertaining look at the impact of chemistry in our lives.
Schwartz, Barry The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Non-fiction Suggested By:
Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions--both big and small--have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress.
Schwartz, Jinx Just Needs Killin' Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. After several months of cruising Mexico's hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez, Hetta's in Puerto Escondido, a place once described by author John Steinbeck as "a magic harbor." Anchored out, swaying on the hook at the whim of breeze and tide, surrounded by magnificent views and turquoise water can be magical. Stuck at anchor alone? Not so much.
Schwartz, John Burnham Reservation Road Fiction Hit and run tragedy affects family and draws you in.
Scott, Bonnie 100 Easy Camping Recipes Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Scott, Hannie P. Nana's Family Cookbook Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Out of the many cookbooks I've created over the past few years, this one is by far the most special. These are my mom's recipes and a few other recipes from family members. This book means more to me than any other book I've ever created. These recipes are what I grew up on. These recipes are what I'm made of (literally)!
Scott, Robert Falcon Scott's Last Expedition Volume I Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Being the journals of Captain R. F. Scott
Scott, Sir Walter Ivanhoe Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book.
Scottoline, Lisa Courting Trouble Crime/Mystery Redheaded lawyer, low-calorie legal thriller.
Scottoline, Lisa and Francesca Serritella Have a Nice Guilt Trip Non-fiction True tales of how we live now from a mother and daughter who are best pals, and a very funny writing team.
Scovell, Nell Just the Funny Parts Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Frank, funny inside look at the entertainment industry, plus advice about getting ahead. From a TV writer and producer who worked on The Simpsons and NCIS among others.
Seabrook, JOhn The Song Machine Non-fiction Fascinating look at how the catchiest pop hits are manufactured and why they get under our skin.
Seals, James Anger: Natural Treatments to Manage Frustration and Stress Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book.
Sebolds, Alice The Lovely Bones Fiction Murdered girl looks down from heaven. Surprisingly uplifting even funny, turns sorrow into grace.
Sedaris, Amy I Like You (Hospitality Guide) Other Hilarious guide to the domestic arts. Add in a slew of (non-joke) recipes and some curiously handly tricks with panty-hose, and you've got one hell of a how-to. Or the best hostest gift on the planet.
Sedaris, Amy and Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert Widfield Fiction Think of this brilliantly bilious book as 'Lake Wobegon' without the gentle humor, homespun wisdom, or lake.
Sedaris, David Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Essays Yeah, another one. Hopefully won't creep me out too much.
Sedaris, David When You Are Engulfed in Flames Essays It's gotten some pretty mixed reviews.
See, Lisa Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Fiction According to a provincial Chinese custom, at age 7, Lily and Snow flower are effectively married as heterosexual girlfriends.
Segal, Francesca The Awkward Age Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
After five years as a widow, London teacher Julia alten falls for a divorced American doctor. What a pity her daughter, 16, and his son, 17, don't get along. This page-turner is witty, compassionate, and wickedly astute.
Seidemann, Erin Postcards From the Sky Memoir Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Adventures of an Aviatrix. Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot--from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can't possibly be her plane's owner ("Where's your boyfriend?")--while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive.
Sellers, Heather You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know Memoir Face blindness lady.
Sellers, Robert Hollywood Hellraisers Non-fiction The never-dull exploits of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson. One hell of a ride.
Semegran, Scott Boys Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. These are the stories of three boys living in Texas: one growing up, one dreaming, and one fighting to stay alive in the face of destitution and adversity.
Semple, Maria Today Will Be Different Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
All-in-one-day narrative about a Seattle mom may not have the slapstick charm of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, but it's every bit as quirky and blade-sharp.
Seneca Moral Letters to Lucilius Classic Suggested By: Other.
$1.07 Kindle book. Recommended by some other book. Can't remember which letter in particular I was looking for.
Senghor, Shaka Writing My Wrongs Memoir Suggested By:
A New York Times bestseller: Shaka Senghor recounts his harrowing downward spiral from promising student to inmate charged with murder -- and his path to redemption. "Extraordinary… You will reconsider everything you've ever thought about poverty, the prison-industrial complex, and the connection between the two" (Essence).
Serano, Julia Whipping Girl GLBT Suggested By: Suggested List.
Foundational text for anyone hoping to understand transgender politics and culture in the US today, particularly as experienced and shaped by trans women.
Sessums, Kevin Mississippi Sissy Memoir A charming but bracingly unsentimental work. Vanity Fair editor Sessums documents his square-peg early years in Forest, Miss., conjuring a time and place - and a raft of characters - that are utterly compelling.
Sethi, Aman A Free Man Auto/Biography Suggested By:
This compelling biography traces the unconventional life of laborer Mohammed Ashraf -- and paints a vivid portrait of Delhi's many sides. "Funny, poignant, and deeply moving".
Settersten, Richard and Barbara E. Ray Not Quite Adults Non-fiction Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone
Severson, Kim Spoon Fed Memoir Whether hiding chicken nuggets from slow-food guru Alice Waters or obsessing about Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl, NY Times food writer Kim Severson has certainly been under the influence of cooking's greatest grande dames.
Sewell, Charlie I'd Rather You Call Me Charlie Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Reminiscences fill with twists of devilment, devotion, and a little danger here and there. I'd rather you call me Charlie spans sixty-five years of reminiscences replete with the dreams of a five-year-old that came to life with humor, mischief, and some degree of peril growing into my teenage years.
Shachtman, Tom Rumspringa Non-fiction Riveting account of an Amish rite of passage allowing teens to sample worldly pleasures - smoking, drinking, casual sex - to "innoculate" them against sin. About 80 percent later opt to join the church.
Shackleton, Sir Ernest South! Memoir Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917
Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry South! Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. The story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition. I "bought" two copies of this. Not sure if they're identical or not, cuz Amazon did NOT tell me I already owned it.
Shah, Tahir The Caliph's House Memoir Reminiscent of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, this fixer-upper expat tale populated by eccentric locals through whom Shah attempts to decipher Moroccan culture.
Shakespeare, Nicholas Priscilla Auto/Biography Shakespeare pieces together the life of his glamorous aunt by paging thru old letters.
Shaler, Robert C. Who They Were Non-fiction Review from Science News. Inside the World Trade Center DNA Story: The Unprecendented Effort to Identify the Missing. Shaler was at the time the director of forensic biology in New York's Office of the Medical Examiner. In riveting detail, he describes the around-the-clock work that he and his team of scientists and volunteers put into separating, cataloging, and testing 20,000 body parts retrieved at the towers. All the while, the forensic scientists were dealing with and consoling grieving families.
Shambrook, Jenifer The Cornbread Bible: A Recipe Storybook Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. Dr. Jennifer Shambrook not only shares recipes for some great, low-cost, Southern cooking, but also shares the stories behind the recipes. The people who created the recipes and the people for whom the recipes were created populate this recipe storybook.
Shanor, Karen and Jagmeet Kanwal Bats Sing, Mice Giggle Non-fiction The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives
Shapiro, B. A. The Art Forger Fiction Suggested By: Other.
$2.14 Kindle book. Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--still the largest unsolved art theft in history--one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece--the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years--may itself be a forgery.
Shapiro, Bill (editor) Other Peoples' Rejection Letters Non-fiction "Dear Mama, I'm sorry. I've tried to change my aditude but I can't help it. P.S. I know you hate me."
Shapiro, Susan Five Men Who Broke My Heart Memoir Suggested By:
In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men who'd broken her heart and find out what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than the next.
Shapton, Leanne Swimming Studies Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Author and illustrator Shapton looks back at the years she spent honing the "dumb focus" needed for competitive swimming. A lovely meditative memoir.
Shaver, Theresa City Escape Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
NEED TO BUY this - currently $3.99 Kindle book. Stranded series book 4 out of 5. Mrs. Moore knew that leaving the city was the best chance that she and her students had to survive the EMP pulse but when half of her charges refused to leave she knows she has to stay and try and protect them. Fighting against time and the people in her group that refuse to face the reality of their situation will be a huge challenge.
Shaver, Theresa Frozen Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
NEED TO BUY this - currently $3.99 Kindle book. Stranded series book 5 out of 5. The odds of survival in winter in Alberta, Canada where the temps can sink to -40F decrease when an EMP takes out all modern conveniences such as furnaces and electricity. When the teen's town is hit with a devastating virus, the teens take it upon themselves to travel first to the closest military encampment to find the medicine their loved ones so desperately need.
Shaver, Theresa Home Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
$3.23 Kindle book. Stranded series book 3 out of 5. Bought as part of set of the first three books, but the first book was free so price averaged across the other two. Alex and Emily's two groups are finally united after making their way home to Canada from Disneyland, but a peaceful, happy homecoming is not to be. The survivors are shocked to learn that their town is under siege and their families are both prisoners and slaves.
Shaver, Theresa Sea Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Author.
$3.23 Kindle book. Stranded series book 2 out of 5. Bought as part of set of the first three books, but the first book was free so price averaged across the other two. A group of teens on a class trip to Disneyland are left stranded. An EMP over North America has destroyed everything electronic. No cars, no planes, no phones, no electricity. Refusing to wait for someone else to help them, ten courageous young people take charge of their future and choose to begin the long journey home. 1500 miles of adventure and lawless country await. Will their determination be enough?
Shaw, David W. The Sea Shall Embrace Them Non-fiction Real-life 1854 wreck of the steamship Artic makes for a harrowing tale of a disaster that could have been prevented.
Shaw, John Craig Life and Times of a Wayward Geologist Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Free kindle book. This is a memoir of a man who grew up in the 40s and 50s in Mobile, Alabama, during a time when the South was strictly segregated--"We didn't know any black people except for our maids." After graduating from Murphy High School, he went on to the University of Alabama during the 60s when racial strife was at its peak, when George Wallace stood in the door to try to block the registration of two black students. After graduating with a degree in geology, he went on the University of Hawaii, studying oceanography until his draft board called him home. At the time Vietnam was being accelerated.
Shaw, Tucker Everything I Ate Memoir A yearlong photo-diary (spanning nearly 500 pages) documenting the daily intake of one hungry New Yorker.
Shawn, Allen Twin Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
His father, New Yorker editor William Shawn, carried on a decades long affair with a staffer. Hardest for the author, though, was the prevailing silence on the subject of his institutionalized twin Autistic sister. Autism Spectrum. Autistic. Asperger's syndrome.
Shawn, Allen Wish I Could Be There Memoir An extraordinarily incisive account of his struggle to understand the genesis of his agoraphobia, delving into psychology and neuroscience while examining his own personal history. Comprehensive insights into the lives of those who suffer from anxiety disorders.
Shayne, Alan and Norman Sunshine Double Life Memoir They write about what it's like to be a gay couple in the '50s. Recommended by Alan Cumming.
Shea, Ammon Reading the OED Memoir One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages. A word lover devours 20 volumes of the OED.
Sheehan, Jason Cooking Dirty Memoir In the spirit of Kitchen Confidential, Sheehan's restaurant memoir details the maddening, often absurd, and intermittently satisfying life of a culinary jack-of-all-trades.
Sheffield, Rob Turn Around Bright Eyes Non-fiction The widower and Rolling Stone contributor finds love again with an astrophysicist who shares his karaoke obsession.
Sheilds, Carol The Stone Diaries Fiction Margaret Atwood likes Carol Shield's stuff. Do I like M.A. or not?
Sheilds, Carol Unless Fiction Upper middle-class novelist and doctor husband have satisfactory life until daughter takes to panhandling on the streets of Toronto.
Shelasky, Alyssa Apron Anxiety Memoir When she fell for a chef, former People writer Shelasky didn't know a grater from a grinder. But she soon found her way around the kitchen - and a new calling.
Shelby, Jeff The Murder Pit Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Free Kindle book. A Moose River Mystery book 1.
Sheldrick, Dame Daphne Love, Life, and Elephants Memoir After she wed in 1960 she and her husband took in a baby elephant abandoned during drought. The couple took in others, caring for them until they could return to the wild.
Shelley, Mary The Last Man Post-Apocalyptic The first work of modern apocalyptic fiction may be Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man. The last portion becoming the story of a man living in a future world emptied of humanity by plague, it contains the recognizable elements of the subgenre.
Shepard, Alan and Deke Slayton Moon Shot Non-fiction The inside story of America's race to the moon.
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