2009 Reading List

A Listmania! list by M. Hyman "Artist at large" (Seattle, WA USA)
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The list author says: "This is a list of the books I've read in 2009"
The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny
1.  The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny by Wendell Steavenson
The list author says:
  "a very interesting story of the lives of iraqi generals and others, through the Saddam and post-Saddam regime"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
2.  The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The list author says:
  "interesting story tracing the life of Percy Fawcett and his obsessive exploration of the Amazon"
Used & New from: $0.03
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (707 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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The Road
3.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "apocolyptic, great voice"
$18.59   Used & New from: $0.04
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,763 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
4.  Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
The list author says:
  "fascinating and fun. read it"
$11.36   Used & New from: $2.98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Sweet Life: Desserts from Chanterelle
5.  The Sweet Life: Desserts from Chanterelle by Kate Zuckerman
The list author says:
  "Lovely cookbook"
$26.17   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work
6.  We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work by Jimmy Carter
The list author says:
  "surprisingly lightweight. can't see it happening."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe
7.  The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe by Lauren Goldstein Crowe
The list author says:
  "gets better as it progresses"
$20.94   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple
8.  Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple by Kaoru Nonomura
The list author says:
  "beautiful, interesting book"
Used & New from: $8.24
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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The Shadow of the Wind
9.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The list author says:
  "a beautiful novel. lovely characters, fantastic writing, magical realism, poignant... read it"
$11.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,694 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Clara's War
10.  Clara's War by Clara Kramer
The list author says:
  "an amazing, beautiful, touching book dealing with depravity and hope as told by a survivor of the holocaust. read it"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
11.  Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
The list author says:
  "too lightweight for my tastes"
$13.08   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight
12.  The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight by Mark Caro
The list author says:
  "fascinating, fun, entertaining... a worthwhile read"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust
13.  It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust by Elizabeth Bettina
The list author says:
  "interesting... not the best writing, but an interesting subject"
$19.88   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance of the Mind Between Autism and Psychosis
14.  The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance of the Mind Between Autism and Psychosis by C. R. Badcock
The list author says:
  "some very interesting parts, and some very wordy parts. not enough science for my tastes"
$28.45   Used & New from: $1.50
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
15.  The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown
The list author says:
  "very interesting, good writing... worth reading if you are interested in american history"
Used & New from: $4.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Why Just Her
16.  Why Just Her by Montgomery Blair Sibley
The list author says:
  "interesting view of the prosecution of the dc madam. good look at the legal system. could use some editing..."
$25.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946
17.  Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946 by Deborah Dwork
The list author says:
  "fantastic. covers a very different aspect of the holocaust... the lives and difficulties of those who tried and in some cases succeeded in escaping the third reich by fleeing to other countries. must read."
$35.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
18.  The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer
The list author says:
  "very interesting. important book to read to understand how much America was derailed as the Bush/Cheney team suspended the constitution, geneva conventions, and any other laws they didn't feel like following all in the name of freedom and justice"
$12.82   Used & New from: $0.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire
19.  The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire by Linda Himelstein
The list author says:
  "ok, but overly simplified and too fictionalized for my tastes"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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The State of Jones
20.  The State of Jones by Sally Jenkins
The list author says:
  "a great book. fascinating look at an interesting chapter in the civil war. very well written"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler
21.  High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler by Brian O'Dea
The list author says:
  "ok, not great..."
$10.66   Used & New from: $1.97
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Dreaming in Hindi
22.  Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich
The list author says:
  "a delightful surprise"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
23.  The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox
The list author says:
  "fascinating, fun, easy to read"
$20.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
24.  L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin
The list author says:
  "interesting subject matter, but mixed in execution"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The X and Y of Buy: Sell More and Market Better by Knowing How the Sexes Shop (NelsonFree)
25.  The X and Y of Buy: Sell More and Market Better by Knowing How the Sexes Shop (NelsonFree) by Elizabeth Pace
The list author says:
  "reasonably interesting, fast to read"
$19.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders
26.  Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders by Alan Deutschman
The list author says:
  "quite interesting, easy read about executive leadership. gives some good things to think about, is to the point, and nicely succinct"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States
27.  Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States by Andrew Coe
The list author says:
  "quite interesting cuisine history book tracing the history of Chinese cuisine, and the cultural interaction between America and Chinese cuisine, from 1784 to present times"
$19.63   Used & New from: $1.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

Strength in What Remains
28.  Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
The list author says:
  "another moving book, continuing in the tradition of mountains beyond mountains. well worth reading."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Every Patient Tells a Story
29.  Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders
The list author says:
  "fantastic. well written, interesting, lots of good observations."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
30.  Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II by Ram Oren
The list author says:
  "too dramatic... would have preferred the story told with less fictional additions"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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BRAND sense
31.  BRAND sense by Martin Lindstrom
The list author says:
  "some good ideas, but very wordy"
$18.43   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
32.  Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
The list author says:
  "Reasonably interesting, but not great... was somewhat disappointed compared to other books"
$11.71   Used & New from: $3.79
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
33.  The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins
The list author says:
  "much more geared towards large companies than the high tech world in which i've worked. some interesting parts, some parts that seem distant from the real world"
Used & New from: $0.52
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

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FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
34.  FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Julie M. Fenster
The list author says:
  "quick, pleasant and interesting"
Used & New from: $0.66
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation
35.  God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation by Joseph Sebarenzi
The list author says:
  "interesting history of modern rwanda and the genocide, told by former #3 in govt"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Masterpiece Comics
36.  Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak
The list author says:
  "good fun"
$15.01   Used & New from: $0.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
37.  The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily by Nancy Goldstone
The list author says:
  "interesting book about a 14th C italian ruler and the political and economic upheaval through which she navigated"
$20.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder
38.  Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder by Zachary Lazar
The list author says:
  "Interesting story... the author traces the story of his father, who was caught up in Arizona land fraud and killed by the mob. Very well written"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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The Angel's Game
39.  The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The list author says:
  "beautiful, intense, magical realism. a lovely book to read."
$19.21   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
40.  Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
The list author says:
  "too high level to provide practical advice"
$16.64   Used & New from: $6.97
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Realistic ? 5 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the author tell us what apocalyptic event took place? 32 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the man and boy stay in the bunker? 21 Aug 11, 2014
Where does the story take place? 15 Aug 11, 2014
Welcome to the Shadow of the Wind forum 41 Jun 25, 2014
the shadow of the wind 0 Mar 16, 2014
Do you think this book is appropriate for young teenagers (9th graders)? 6 Mar 13, 2014
Title significance and worse prisons than words? 1 Dec 2, 2013
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Book review on Ga-Ga.com 0 Jun 9, 2013
Why is the Kindle edition more expensive than the paperback? 2 Mar 11, 2013
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