Books I've Read

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Date Read (from) - 2006-12-02
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2006-12-02   Before You Know Kindness
(Bohjalian, Chris - 2004)
Fiction "In this powerful novel a 12-year-old girl accidentally shoots her animal-rights activist father with a hunting rifle, throwing her family into turmoil." Huh. He always picks sensational subjects, but will it be too much? I really enjoyed the other ones.  
2006-12-01   Mary Poppins
(Travers, P.L. - 1934)
Fiction Mary Poppins. As in, the nanny.  
2006-11-08   We Are All Welcome Here
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2006)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Bought long after reading. 1964 Mississippi - polio-stricken mother, young teen daughter, and African-American housekeeper. Deftly told, this tale turns on a painful, liberating transition that allows each character to come wholly and appealingly live on the page.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-11-07   The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaption
(Jacobson, Sid, and Ernie Colon)
Non-fiction Couldn't make it through the 9/11 Commission's hefty report? Get this expertly illustrated look at that awful day and its lessons.  
2006-11-06   On the Beach
(Shute, Nevil)
Post-Apocalyptic On the Beach tells the story of the aftermath of an all-out nuclear war. The setting is Australia, one of the few places in the world to escape not only the bombs, put the deadly clouds of radioactive fallout from the war. But they'll only survive for a little while, because the global wind currents are slowly pushing the deadly fallout down to Antarctica.  
2006-11-05 3 On the Ridge Between Life And Death
(Roberts, David)
Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Roberts, a world-class mountaineer, spent his youth slinging lines across Alaskan peaks like SpiderMan. Now in his 60s, he has pushed himself to the dizziest limits and live to tell the tale. Others haven't been so lucky, and now all that carnage and grief has Roberts wondering if the thrills are worth the price. Mountain climbing.
2006-11-04   The Law of Similars
(Bohjalian, Chris - 1999)
Fiction State Prosecutor and widower seeks help from a homeopathic healder for a cold he's had for over a year. When one of her over-enthuisiastic patients eats a cashew, to which he's wildly allergic, and dies in an attempt to cure his asthma thinking that the homeopathic "law of similars" applies. The law states something to the effect that substances which aggravate a condition can actually motivate the body to cure itself. Unfortunately, the theory is also that the dose of the similar substance is diluted almost beyond detection.  
2006-11-03   Hit By a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Barn
(Friend, Catherine - 2006)
Memoir MN lesbian goes along with her partner's dream to farm.  
2006-11-02   The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
(Smith, Alexander McCall - 1998)
Crime/Mystery Precious Ramotswe opens the first female owned and operated detective agency in Botswana.  
2006-11-01   Arctic Quest
(Kister, Chad - 2003)
Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Odyssey through a threatened wilderness. He hiked and cheap-o rubber rafted through the Alaskan Arctic region. He can be reached at or Hike. Hiking.
2006-10-07   Water Witches
(Bohjalian, Chris - 1995)
Fiction Lawyer works for local Vermont ski resort seeking approval to add new lifts, runs, and to draw water from a local river for making snow. His wife is from a family of dowsers, "Water Witches" who do not all agree that the resort expansion is a good thing for the river or the mountain.  
2006-10-06   The Girls Next Door
(Van Gelder, Lindsy and Pamela Robin Brandt - 1996)
GLBT This brainy, funny report reads as if Margaret Mead had teamed up with Charles Kuralt to observe the girls in our midst. It's a wicked good read.  
2006-10-05   Quick Colorful Quilts
(Wilkinson, Rosemary - 2003)
Technical/Reference 15 sizzling new fast and easy quilts.  
2006-10-04   Making Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, and Turn
(Diehn, Gwen - 1998)
Craft Books for kids to make. Ideas for little hand-made books. It would be a good book to check out again sometime.  
2006-10-03   Take Another Little Piece of My Heart
(Des Barres, Pamela - 1992)
Memoir A Groupie Grows Up  
2006-10-02   Hearts in Atlantis
(King, Stephen)
Fiction Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday.  
2006-10-01   A Meeting at Corvallis
(Stirling, S.M. - 2006)
Post-Apocalyptic Third book in the "Dies the Fire" trilogy, wherein war-mongering medievalists create a new world after technology goes kaput. Post-apocalyptic.  
2006-09-13   The Pull of the Moon
(Berg, Elizabeth - 1996)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Bought after reading. At age 50, Nan runs away from home and her husband, Martin. The story is told in her journal entries and her daily letters home to Martin.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-09-12   Never Change
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2001)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Spinster Myra Lipinsky nurses former classmate and crush, Chip Reardon, through his terminal brain tumor. He opens her eyes and heart to love.
2006-09-11   Like Mother, Like Daughter
(Edwards, Jakii - 2001)
GLBT Autobiography. Jakii is the unwanted daughter of a poor, promiscuous bi-sexual woman. She had a crappy, abused, neglected childhood. And, apparently, she blames it on the fact that her mother is bi-sexual.  
2006-09-10   Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
(Bechdel, Alison - 2006)
Memoir Comic (graphic novel?) about her childhood with her closeted gay father.  
2006-09-09   Granita Magic
(Roden, Nadia - 2003)
Cookbook Easy recipes for crunchy frozen fruit treats.  
2006-09-08   I'm With the Band
(Des Barres, Pamela - 1987)
Memoir Confessions of a groupie. The updated 2005 edition.  
2006-09-07   The Handmaid's Tale
(Atwood, Margaret - 1986)
Fiction In the not-so-distant future, religious ultra-conservatives overthrow the US government and force women into servitude.  
2006-09-06   Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress
(Ginsberg, Debra - 2000)
Memoir Author spent twenty years waitressing while hoping for a career as a writer. Recounts experiences in pizzeria, diner, and a high-end Italian restaurants.  
2006-09-05   The Best Thing I Ever Tasted
(Tisdale, Sallie - 2000)
Non-fiction Well, you think you know from the title.  
2006-09-04   Tuck Everlasting
(Babbitt, Natalie - 1975)
Fiction Winnie Foster runs across an odd teenager in the woods near her house. Turns out he and his family have found the fountain of youth, but it's not necessarily the best thing ever.  
2006-09-03   Better Than Homemade
(Wyman, Carol - 2004)
Non-fiction Amazing foods that changed the way we eat.  
2006-09-02   The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
(Brashares, Ann - 2003)
Chick Lit Bridget goes to visit her estranged grandmother. Tibby goes to a film program at a college in Virginia. Carmen and Lena stay home. They share the pants.  
2006-09-01   Baby Be-Bop
(Block, Francesca Lia - 1995)
Magical/Mystical This book tells more about the early years of Dirk McDonald, his grandmother Fifi, and Duck Drake his future partner.  
2006-08-17   The Foretelling
(Hoffman, Alice - 2005)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Bought long after reading. Horse-women warriors migrate across the plains and fight off invaders. Daughter of the queen is rejected by her mother and questions her destiny to rule her people.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-08-16   Missing Angel Juan
(Block, Francesca Lia - 1993)
Magical/Mystical Angel Juan is afraid of how much he loves Witch Baby Wigg Bat, so he runs off to New York to grow into his own person before committing to being 1/2 of such an intense couple. Witch Baby follows after him and stays in almost-Grandpa Charlie Bat's apartment while she searches for Angel Juan.  
2006-08-15   Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys
(Block, Francesca Lia - 1992)
Magical/Mystical Witch Baby Wigg Bat moves outside and covers herself with mud cuz she's sad that Cherokee is sleeping with Raphael, while she and Angel Juan are not. They form a band, the Goat Guys, and Cherokee makes special goat garb for each of them. Things get out of hand.  
2006-08-14   Weetzie Bat
(Block, Francesca Lia - 1989)
Magical/Mystical First book, introducing Weetzie Bat and all her friends and family. It's filed in the "YP" section of the library.  
2006-08-13   Madam Will You Talk?
(Stewart, Mary - 1955)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Book Lust's Nancy Pearl. I read Mary Stewart's Merlin series when I was in high school and liked it. I accidentally bought the Kindle book in June 2018, but when I saw here that I had already read it, I returned it for a refund (it hadn't downloaded yet).
2006-08-12   The Sisterhood of the Traveling
(Brashares, Ann - 2001)
Chick Lit Chick-lit. Friends share pants, which magically fit all who wear them. There's a sequel, too.  
2006-08-11   What Should I Do With My Life?
(Bronson, Po - 2002)
Non-fiction Worked odd jobs and got to know 55 people, then turned their tales into useful examples.  
2006-08-10   Pretty Good for a Girl
(Basich, Tina with Kathleen Gasperini - 2003)
Memoir Tina Basich - early adopter snowboard girrrrl.  
2006-08-09   Witch Baby
(Block, Francesca Lia - 1991)
Magical/Mystical Witch Baby is unhappy about everything and wonders who are her parents.  
2006-08-08   Talk Before Sleep
(Berg, Elizabeth - 1994)
Fiction Ruth is dying of breast cancer. Friend Ann can't bear to lose her.  
2006-08-07   The Devil Wears Prada
(Weisberger, Lauren - 2003)
Chick Lit Chick-lit based on her experience working for Vogue.  
2006-08-06   Fresh Fruits
(Aoki, Shoichi - 2005)
Photo Tokyo street fashion. Super kewl! Would be a fun book to cut up and use to make cards, but it's too expensive new for that. Fruits is a little bit better than Fresh Fruits, the sequel.  
2006-08-05   Necklace of Kisses
(Block, Francesca Lia - 2005)
Magical/Mystical Weetzie Bat, 40-year-old punk fashion nymphette, runs away from home to a magical pink hotel when her long-time boyfriend is too depressed by the events of September 11, 2001 to kiss her anymore.  
2006-08-04   Lemons Never Lie
(Westlake, Donald E. as Richard Stark - 1971)
Crime/Mystery Tart tension from Richard Stark, aka Donald E. Westlake.  
2006-08-03   Brokeback Mountain
(Proulx, Annie - 1997)
GLBT Short story about the lasting [gay] love affair between a ranch hand and a failed rodeo rider. Note: this is a short story, so you'll have to find the book that it's in.  
2006-08-02   Ruby
(Block, Francesca Lia and Carmen Staton - 2006)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
$1.07 Kindle book. Bought after reading. Abused girl gets through rough childhood with magical mystical fantasies. Grows up and sets her sights on newly famous movie star whom she pursues with a plan and some spells.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-08-01   Eleven On Top
(Evanovich, Janet - 2005)
Crime/Mystery Stephanie Plum quits her job as a bounty hunter. After failing rapidly and flammably at a series of jobs, she starts work at Rangers. But who is responsible for the series of explosions and fires that seem to follow her?  
2006-07-08   The Center of Everything
(Moriatry, Laura - 2003)
Fiction Book is packed with 80s references. Evelyn Bucknow is a moody, smart, pimples-and-all teen growing up in rural Kansas.  
2006-07-07   Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures
(Moran, Lindsay - 2005)
Memoir She worked as a case officer (recruiting foreign informants - "agents") for the CIA from 1998 to 2003. Tales of her entry into and training in the CIA, and her assignment in Macedonia.  
2006-07-06   The Rivals
(Howard, Johnette - 2005)
Non-fiction Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova: Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendshp  
2006-07-05   The Parrot's Lament
(Linden, Eugene - 1999)
Non-fiction And other true tales of animal intrigue, intelligence and ingenuity  
2006-07-04   Death Trance
(Zimmerman, R.D. - 1992)
GLBT Alex witnesses the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Toni, and his blind crippled forensic psychiatrist hypnotizes him to help solve the crime.  
2006-07-03   Blood Trance
(Zimmerman, R.D. - 1993)
Crime/Mystery Sequestered on a remote island estate, blind parapalegic psychologist Maddy, sends her brother Alex out to answer a desperate call for help from a former patient. Then she uses hypnosis on him to extract details of the visit. Oh, and there was a murder so the details are important.  
2006-07-02   Becoming Bobbie
(Stevens, R.J. - 2003)
GLBT Growing up a tomboy, Bobbie lives for three things: cars, music, and time with her mechanic dad. Moving from school to school as a professional "New Kid", Bobbie strikes out on a redemptive search for love, a place in the world, and for a space within that feels like home.  
2006-07-01   Venus Envy
(Wertheim, L. Jon - 2001)
Non-fiction The women of professional tennis, circa 1999: Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova, Monica Seles, and a host of less prestigious players.  
2006-06-06   You Cannot Be Serious
(McEnroe, John - 2002)
Auto/Biography Autobiography (with a pro writer) of tennis star, John McEnroe.  
2006-06-05   Brookland
(Barton, Emily - 2006)
Fiction In the late 1700s, as New Yorkers adjust to the Revolution's end...Barton's book is enriched by historical facts and scenes painstakingly rendered in fluid and evocative prose, but it's the characters who make this convincing story.  
2006-06-04   Postcards from the Boys
(Starr, Ringo - 2004)
Memoir Book of postcards sent to Ringo Starr from the other Beatles.  
2006-06-03   Death Wore a Smart Little Outfit
(Outland, Orlando - 1997)
Memoir The Fabulous Debut Mystery! San Francisco trust fund baby, Binky, hangs out with seemingly unemployed friend, Doan. A murder happens, they solve it.  
2006-06-02   A Long Vacation
(Verne, Jules - 1888)
Fiction 15 boys are shipwrecked on an uninhabited island where they must work together to survive for the next two years before making their escape.  
2006-06-01   My One-night Stand With Cancer
(Katan, Tania - 2005)
Memoir Tania Katan was 21 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time, and exactly 10 years later it happened all over again. Loaded with blistering humor, her memoir is an unforgettable account of her experiences.  
2006-05-04   The Protector's War
(Stirling, S.M. - 2005)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic. It's been eight years since the Change rendered technology inoperable across the globe. In Oregon, Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of great renown. Their closest ally is the mystical Clan Mackenzie led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper Mackenzie. And some people sail over on a boat from England.  
2006-05-03   Alas, Babylon
(Frank, Pat - 1959)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery - recommended by the guys at UH. From the "rare" shelf - an old classic.  
2006-05-02   The Number of the Beast
(Heinlein, Robert A. - 1980)
SciFi "When four very sensual geniuses suddently find themselves the target of alien hostilities, they are forced to flee their universe. And their adventures ravish the imagination with unparalleled excitement."  
2006-05-01   Dies the Fire
(Stirling, S.M. - 2005)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery - recommended by the guys at UH.

The Change occurred when a blinding white flash rendered all electronic devices and firearms inoperable. This is a tale of the survivors of a dark age that humanity was unprepared to face.
2006-04-06   Vault of the Ages
(Anderson, Poul - 1952)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic earth. Northerners being moving south and raiding farms as cooling temperatures at home starve them out. Southerners try to gain an technical edge on their enemies from a taboo repository of ancient knowledge.  
2006-04-05   Dear Sir or Madam
(Rees, Mark - 1996)
Auto/Biography The autobiography of a female-to-male transsexual.  
2006-04-04   Gay Old Girls
(Gershick, Zsa Zsa - 1998)
Non-fiction Interviews with lesbians in their 60s-90s, or thereabouts.  
2006-04-03   Lucifer's Hammer
(Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle - 1977)
Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Friend.
$6.80 Kindle book. Bought Kindle version after reading. Comet hits the earth. Aftermath ensues.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-04-02   Istanbul: Memories and the City
(Pamuk, Orhan - 2003)
Memoir Haunting tribute to Turkey's great metropolis. "The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots." Deeply serious, but often very funny.  
2006-04-02   Dinner with Persephone
(Storace, Patricia - 1996)
Memoir Memoir of a year spent living in Athens.  
2006-04-01   Istanbul: DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
(Ayliffe, Rosie - main contributor - 2004)
Travel Istanbul Guidebook  
2006-03-07   The Greek Islande: DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
(Dubin, Mark (main consultant) - 2006)
Travel Travel guide.  
2006-03-06   Top 10 Athens: DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides
(Davenport, Coral and Jane Foster - 2004)
Travel Athens guidebook  
2006-03-05   Bite Club: A West Hollywood Vampire Novel
(Bodner, Hal - 2005)
GLBT A vampire starts killing gay young men in West Hollywood. Coroner Becky O'Brien calls old friend, Chris Driscoll to help solve the crimes.  
2006-03-04   Skipping Towards Gomorrah
(Savage, Dan - 2002)
Essays The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America.  
2006-03-03   On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience
(Manahan, Nancy)
Essays Madwoman Press. Lesbians talk about the Girl Scouts.  
2006-03-02   White Butterfly
(Mosley, Walter - 1992)
Crime/Mystery Easy Rawlins is living with adopted son, Jesus, daughter, Edna, and wife, Regina. The cops come calling for his help solving a series of murders of black girls. The cops took notice when a white girl was added to the series and developed a sudden interest in discovering the culprit.  
2006-03-01   Confessions of a Video Vixen
(Steffans, Karrine - 2005)
Memoir Some chick who was in a movie and a rap video or three, drank and drugged her way around L.A. writes her tell-all memoir.  
2006-02-07   Love My Rifle More Than You
(Williams, Kayla - 2005)
Memoir Zonked-out punk rocker becomes levelheaded Army recruit. As one of her unit's few Arabic-speaking soldiers [Kris' note: WHAT? Where did she learn Arabic?], she assists in a degrading "interrogation" of an Iraqi prisoner.  
2006-02-06   Envelopes: A Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail
(Russell, Harriet - 2005)
Craft Russell mailed letters to herself with illustrated envelopes that obscured the address in puzzles. She sent 130, and only 10 went undelivered. Kewl!  
2006-02-05   Honeymoon with My Brother
(Wisner, Franz - 2005)
Memoir Wisner is dumped by fiance just before wedding and demoted at work. Goes on honeymoon trip anyway and brings his brother. The vacation lasts two years!  
2006-02-04   The Water is Wide
(Conroy, Pat - 1972)
Auto/Biography Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Book on which the John Voight movie is based. Pat Conroy "Conrack" teaches poor black kids on Yamacraw Island off of the South Carolina Coast.
2006-02-03   Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s
(Lileks, James - 2004)
Non-fiction Eye-popping, gasp-inducing collection of the disco era's fugliest decor blunders.  
2006-02-02   Dry
(Burroughs, Augusten - 2003)
Memoir Running with Scissors guy in gay rehab.  
2006-02-01   Shadow Divers
(Kurson, Robert - 2004)
Non-fiction In 1991 divers find wreck of Nazi U-Boat 60 miles off the New Jersey coast. Located in 230 feet of water, it is filled with silt, skeletons, and swastika-stamped china. Not a super great book, but intriguing.  
2006-01-08   The Twelfth Card
(Deaver, Jeffery - 2005)
Crime/Mystery Someone sees girl in library researching her black ancestors and tries to kill her. Lincoln Rhymes and whats-her-name to the rescue.  
2006-01-07   The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family
(Laskas, Jeanne Marie - 2003)
Memoir Around here neighbors are people who wave across the acres as your car goes by.  
2006-01-06   Too Close to the Falls
(Gildiner, Catherine - 1999)
Memoir Laugh-out-loud hilarious autobiography of high-energy girl.  
2006-01-05   An Embarrassment of Mangoes
(Vanderhoof, Ann - 2006)
Memoir 'Under The Tuscan Sun' set in the Caribbean. Highly personal account of a two-year trip, akin to reading a letter from a close friend.  
2006-01-04   You're Not From Around Here, Are You?
(Blum, Louise A. - 2001)
Memoir A lesbian in small town America. Has a baby with her girlfriend using artifical insemination.  
2006-01-03   The Art of Mending
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2004)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Bought 12 years after reading. Lady goes up to Twin Cities with her family for the State Fair, and her dad has a stroke. Meanwhile, her chronically difficult sister drags up memories of abuse.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2006-01-02   Being There
(Kosinski, Jerzy N. - 1970)
Fiction As in the movie...  
2006-01-01   Five People You Meet in Heaven
(Albom, Mitch - 2003)
Fiction I've heard of it. People raving about it? Can't remember. From the "Tuesdays with Morrie" guy.  
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