Books I've Read

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Date Read (from) - 2007-12-04
Date Read (thru) - 2007-01-01

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2007-12-04   The Indelible Alison Bechdel
(Bechdel, Alison - 1998)
Humorous Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For  
2007-12-03   What's So Funny?
(Westlake, Donald E. - 2007)
Crime/Mystery Blackmailed into stealing a valuable chess set by a PI and his wealth client, Dortmunder assembles his old-school ragtag team of crooks, none of whom are getting any younger.  
2007-12-02   Snowfall
(Smith, Mitchell - 2002)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic. First book in a trilogy. Since the catastrophe that collapsed civilization and caused a new Ice Age, the Trappers have inhabited a snowbound world for generations. When an invading tribe slaughters most of them, Jack Monroe, a former outcast, and Catania Olsen, a self-taught doctor, form an unlikely partnership to take the survivors to the warmer southern lands.

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2007-12-01   The Canon
(Angier, Natalie - 2007)
Science/Nature If nearly everything you ever learned in science class has vanished from your brain over the years, you're not alone. The Canon offers a passionate corrective. Angier has the infectious exuberance, unflagging wit, and knack for the well-turned simile of a born teacher.  
2007-11-05   The Green Mile
(King, Stephen - 1996)
Fiction Paul Edgecombe is a prison guard on death row in 1932. That year death row inmates included a tiny Creole with a pet mouse, a gigantic black man simpleton, and a wirey evil pimply young psychopath.  
2007-11-04   Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True
(Berg, Elizabeth - 1999)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
Book of writing tips and exercises.
2007-11-03   The Abolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
(Alexie, Sherman - 2007)
Fiction Arnold "Junior" Spirit is the first person to leave his reservation to go to the local all-white high school. As if growing up isn't tough enough, he doesn't fit in either at home or at school.  
2007-11-02   Serenity: Those Left Behind
(Whedon, Joss and Brett Matthews and Will Conrad - 2006)
Fantasy Graphic novel.  
2007-11-01   The Butterfly Hunter
(Ballard, Chris - 2006)
Non-fiction "Adventures of people who found their true calling way off the beaten path." An engaging gallery of odd-job holders. They're all passionate about their callings. Readers may be stoked by the subjects' gonzo self-actualization or daunted by the unusual talents, family connections, and obsessiveness required.  
2007-10-05   Babylon's Ark
(Anthony, Lawrence with Graham Spence - 2007)
Non-fiction In 2003, shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, conservationist Anthony entered Baghdad on a very different mission: to rescue the starving and dehydrated lions, bears, and tigers stranded in the city's bombed-out zoo. "Uplifting."  
2007-10-04   H.M.S. Surprise
(O'Brian, Patrick - 1973)
Fiction Set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Stephen runs across Diana Villiers in India and proposes. Gets into a fight with her benefactor, rich trader Canning.  
2007-10-03   The Notebook
(Sparks, Nicholas - 1996)
Fiction Sappy love story which jumps back and forth in time. Young couple fall in summer vacation puppy love, which doesn't survive the parting at the end of the summer. As an adult on the verge of marriage, the girl seeks out her first love. Looking back from the end of their lives, it takes the whole book to reveal whether she leaves her fiance for her first love or not...  
2007-10-02   The Handmaid and the Carpenter
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2006)
Fiction Spare rendering of the couple who would raise Jesus. Thus the oldest story ever told becomes fresh, even modern. I'm kinda scared, but I like Berg so it's worth giving it a go.  
2007-10-01   The $64 Tomato
(Alexander, William - 2006)
Memoir One day, contemplating a "ripe, heart-size Brandywine tomato," he decides to calculate just how much it cost him to produce. Totaling his expenses - manure, seeds, edging - he arrives at the astounding figure of $64. Engaging, funny, and down-to-earth.  
2007-09-08   Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea
(Goldhammer, Catherine - 2006)
Memoir Renovating a dilapidated cottage on a budged, raising a teenager, as well as learning to live the life of a single woman, all proved to be more complicated - and surprisingly less painful - with the addition of a flock of chickens to the equation.  
2007-09-07   Stardust
(Gaiman, Neil - 1998)
Magical/Mystical Faerie tale. Young Tristran Thorn leaves his village to find a fallen star. He has all kinds of adventures and his life turns out to completely different from what he expected.  
2007-09-06   Traveling Mercies
(Lamott, Anne - 1999)
Memoir Lamott first wrote explicitly about her religious faith.  
2007-09-05   Ordinary Life
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2002)
Short Stories Elizabeth Berg. Short Stories. Ordinary Life.  
2007-09-04   Mongo: Adventures in Trash
(Botha, Ted - 2004)
Non-fiction Ted Botha is a journalist and mongo collector - an odd breed who scavange off of the street. Botha's comrades are a patch group of tribes living off the grid in New York City. It's delightfully weird, and though-provoking enough to make you consider panning through garbage for gold.  
2007-09-03   The Girl In the Flammable Skirt
(Bender, Aimee - 1998)
Short Stories Short stories with a twist of everyday [black] magic.  
2007-09-02   Willful Creatures
(Bender, Aimee - 2005)
Short Stories To curl up with an Aimee Bender story collection is to thank heaven you ever learned to read. Magical worlds brought to you by the author of "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" and "An Invisible Sign of My Own".  
2007-09-01   Tipping the Velvet
(Waters, Sarah - 1998)
Fiction Nancy Astley, who prepares oysters and other seafood for her father's various businesses in Whitstable, sees and falls in love with Miss Kitty Butler a cross-dressing entertainer on the stage. The two move to London and things get interesting from there.  
2007-08-05   Walking on Eggshells
(Isay, Jane - 2007)
Non-fiction Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents  
2007-08-04   Letters from Vietnam
(Adler, Bill (editor) - 2003)
Non-fiction Real letters written home from Vietnam.  
2007-08-03   The Other Side of Everest
(Dickinson, Matt - 1997)
Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm. An English adventure documentary film-maker was on assignment with a British actor who was attempting to summit Everest in 1996 at the same time as the big storm tragically took the lives of 12 climbers. Mountain climbing.
2007-08-02   Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish
(MacKall, Joe - 2007)
Memoir A memoir of living next door to a very conservative Amish family.  
2007-08-01   Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
(Kingsolver, Barbara)
Memoir The novelist's decision to "step off of the nonsustainable food grid" coincides with her family's move to an Appalchian farm. Though it's loaded with terrific information about everything from growth hormones to farm subsidies, Kingsolver's book borders on the sanctimonious.  
2007-07-10   Platoon Leader
(McDonough, James R. - 1985)
Memoir A Memoir of Command in Combat. West Point grad's memoir of his tour of duty in Vietnam.  
2007-07-09   What Did I Do Wrong?
(Pryor, Liz - 2006)
Non-fiction "When women don't tell each other the friendship is over." Has it happened to you? A pal suddenly distances herself, leaving you mourining a friendship - with no official cause of death?  
2007-07-08   Flight
(Alexie, Sherman - 2007)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$2.14 Kindle book. Follows an American Indian orphan as he travels back and forth in time.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2007-07-07   Big Girl in the Middle
(Reese, Gabrielle with Karen Karbo - 1997)
Auto/Biography Volleyball autobiography.  
2007-07-06   Everest: Alone at the Summit - A Survival Story
(Venables, Stephen - 2000)
Memoir Mountain climbing. Climbing the Kangshung Face in 1988 in a group of four - the smallest group ever to attempt such a difficult climb on Everest. Venables reached the summit alone, then a blizzard forced him to spend a night alone at 28,000 feet and that was just the beginning of the team's troubles.  
2007-07-05   Climbing High
(Gammelgaard, Lene - 1999)
Memoir Mountain climbing. A woman's account of surviving the Everest tragedy in 1996. Looks to be a literal printing of her journal - it's not written like a story - the whole things is just paragraphs separated by double spaces. Dunno whether it would be interesting or annoying to read a list of disjointed thoughts. It's worth a try.  
2007-07-04   Beyond the Deep
(Stone, William, and Barbara am Ende with Monte Paulsen - 2003)
Non-fiction Cave/Caving. The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave. A story of exploring the Huautla Cave System in Mexico in 1994. (Huautla = wow-tla)  
2007-07-03   In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War
(Wolff, Tobias - 1994)
Memoir Wolff's unflinching account of his tour in Vietnam.  
2007-07-02   Eliminate Chaos
(Leist, Laura - 2006)
Non-fiction The 10-Step Process to Organize your Home & Life  
2007-07-01   In Beauty May She Walk
(Mass, Leslie - 2005)
Memoir Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60  
2007-06-05   Lamb
(Moore, Christopher - 2002)
Fantasy Suggested By: Author.
$2.15 Kindle book. Bought the Kindle book long after I read it. The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2007-06-04   Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing With the Pits!
(Sark - 2001)
Other Other books by Sark: "A Creative Companion", "Inspiration Sandwich", "Living Juicy", "Sark's Journal & Play Book", "The Magic Cottage Address Book", "Succulent Wild Woman", "The Bodacious book of Succulence", "Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed", "Transformation Soup".  
2007-06-03   The Mummy Congress
(Pringle, Heather - 2001)
Non-fiction Starts at a convention of mummy specialists, but reaches broadly.  
2007-06-02   Ink
(Green, Terisa - 2005)
Non-fiction The Note-Just-Skin-Deep Guide to Getting a Tattoo  
2007-06-01   Billie Jean
(King, Billie Jean with Frank Deford - 1982)
Auto/Biography Rambling auto-biography.  
2007-05-06   A Journey North
(Hall, Adrienne - 2000)
Memoir One woman's story of hiking the Appalachian Trail.  
2007-05-05   Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food
(Stern, Jane & Michael - 2005)
Essays Food. Travel. A "rollicking memoir." Uh. Okay.  
2007-05-04   Let Go of Clutter
(Schechter, Harriet - 2001)
Technical/Reference Eliminate clutter and the stress connected to it. Purge papers, prevent piles, clear out closets. Shed sentimental stuff without regret. Manage mental clutter.  
2007-05-03   On the Beaten Path
(Rubin, Robert Alden - 2000)
Memoir An Applachian Pilgrimage  
2007-05-02   Walking Home
(Winters, Kelly - 2001)
Memoir A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail.  
2007-05-01   The Loop Group
(McMurtry, Larry - 2004)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
$1.07 Kindle book, bought after reading. Strung out on family/work drama and turning 60, Maggie asks best friend Connie to join her on a road trip to Texas, where belabored wackiness ensues. The entire venture feels forced and a little musty. McMurtry's group falls short on charm. [I hope it's not all that bad. -Kris]
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
2007-04-05   The Clutter-Busting Handbook
(Emmett, Rita - 2005)
Technical/Reference Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free.  
2007-04-04   Dead Until Dark
(Harris, Charlaine - 2001)
Fantasy A Southern Vampire Mystery  
2007-04-03   Fluke
(Moore, Christopher - 2003)
Magical/Mystical Marine biologists are studying whales in Hawaii when unexpected things start happening.  
2007-04-02   The Dogs of Bedlam Farm
(Katz, Jon - 2004)
Memoir An adventure with sixteen sheep, three dogs, two donkeys, and me.  
2007-04-01   Riddley Walker
(Hoban, Russell - 1980)
Post-Apocalyptic Set in England, "Inland" a few thousand years after a nuclear war involving the USA "EUSA". People are living in a subsistence-level society surrounded by legends and hokey rituals.  
2007-03-08   Hiroshima
(Hersey, John - 1946)
Non-fiction Some guy interviewed a bunch of Hiroshima survivers.  
2007-03-07   When the Light Goes
(McMurtry, Larry - 2007)
Fiction Duane Moore needs a triple bypass. The book is slapdash in execution, larded with halfhearted sex scenes, and populated by stick figures. [Harsh!] The light from this once luminous series may have gone for good. [Well, I still wanna read it - and, dang, I thought that Duane died last time, but I guess not!]  
2007-03-06   Down in Bristol Bay: High Tides, Hangovers, and Harrowing Experiences on Alaska's Last Frontier
(Durr, Bob - 1999)
Memoir Professor from Syracuse University in NY leaves in 1964 to live in the wild in Alaska and become a fisherman.  
2007-03-05   Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle's Memoir
(Wintle, Edwin John - 2005)
Memoir Troubled teen moves from Connecticut to NYC to live with her gay uncle in hopes of calming her down.  
2007-03-04   Parable of the Sower
(Butler, Octavia - 1993)
Post-Apocalyptic Lauren Olamina is cloistered inside a neighborhood enclave in a U.S. where the distance between the haves an the have-nots had widened to a gaping chasm. One night, violence explodes and the walls of her neighborhood are smashed. Lauren leads a tiny band of desperate followers through a thousand miles of Hell toward promises of a new life.  
2007-03-03   The Sunday Philosophy Club
(Smith, Alexander McCall - 2004)
Crime/Mystery By author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Thoroughly engaging mystery.  
2007-03-02   Forever In Blue
(Brashares, Ann - 2007)
Chick Lit The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood  
2007-03-01   Culled
(Spurrier, Simon - 2006)
Post-Apocalyptic From the new series, "The Afterblight Chronicles". A mysterious plague sweeps the world, killing all but a select few.  
2007-02-05   Children of Men
(James, P.D. - 1992)
SciFi The book on which the movie is based. Sometime in the late 1990s, people suddenly lose the ability to have children. The book takes place 25 years after the last year in which children were born. Suddenly, there's a reason again for hope.  
2007-02-04   My Adventures in Bodybuilding
(Paris, Bob - 1997)
GLBT An unguarded memoir of a bodybuilder's rise to become Mr. Universe, among winning other titles.  
2007-02-03   The Whole World Was Watching
(Patterson, Romaine with Patrick Hinds - 2005)
GLBT Living in the light of Matthew Shepard.  
2007-02-02   Girls in Pants
(Brashares, Ann - 2005)
Chick Lit The Third Summer of the Sisterhood. The summer after graduation. The girls go their separate ways for the summer, but keep in contact and plan an end-of-summer get together before they all leave for college.  
2007-02-01   Two in the Wild
(Rogers, Susan Fox - 1999)
Essays Writers share tales of adventure from friends, mothers, and daughters.  
2007-01-05   M*A*S*H
(Hooker, Richard - 1968)
Fiction MASH. As in the book which preceeded the movie. Written by an ex-Army surgeon.  
2007-01-04   Skylight Confessions
(Hoffman, Alice - 2007)
Magical/Mystical Red-headed Arlyn Singer, grieving over the death of her father, vows that the next man she sees will be her true love. Well, it doesn't exactly work out. They hook up and have themselves a miserable family. Only the woman who comes to be their nanny really wins.  
2007-01-03   I Am Legend
(Matheson, Richard - 1954)
Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic. One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle. His influence on a generation of bestselling authors--including Stephen King and Dean Koontz--who first read him in their youth is, well, legendary. (found on list on  
2007-01-02   Bored of the Rings
(Harvard Lampoon - 1969)
Fantasy The classic.  
2007-01-01   Post Captain
(O'Brian, Patrick - 1972)
Fiction Captain Jack Aubrey hides from his creditors in London, escapes in a costume, woos Sophie and dallies with Diana much to the chagrin of Stephen Maturin. Sails around in the experiment weapon the Polychrest, and ends up as interrim captain of the Lively.  
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