2011 Reading List

A Listmania! list by M. Hyman "Artist at large" (Seattle, WA USA)
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The list author says: "This tracks the various books I have read in 2011"
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
1.  The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The list author says:
  "interesting but not great"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core
2.  A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core by Enrico Perla
The list author says:
  "Pretty cool hacker book"
$35.98   Used & New from: $26.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us
3.  The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us by Sheril Kirshenbaum
The list author says:
  "fun. not as in depth science as would like, but interesting read"
$13.88   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
4.  Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard
The list author says:
  "Very interesting, scary, uplifting. an important book to read and think about"
$18.33   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution
5.  Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution by Edward Humes
The list author says:
  "fantastic, for both biz folks and green folks"
$19.84   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
6.  The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts
The list author says:
  "thorough and engrossing story of world war ii, covering asia, pacific, africa and european campaigns, politics, strategy and battles. a good in depth read."
$20.73   Used & New from: $3.97
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

A Widow's Story: A Memoir
7.  A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
The list author says:
  "lovely, emotionally intense, thought provoking"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
8.  Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum by Jason Felch
The list author says:
  "fantastic"
$9.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Chinaberry Sidewalks
9.  Chinaberry Sidewalks by Rodney Crowell
The list author says:
  "well told, but if you don't know the author's music, you might not find it so interesting"
$18.76   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
10.  Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels by Sarah D. Coffin
The list author says:
  "fantastic. beautiful large pictures, accompanies a great show in NYC"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The Savage City
11.  The Savage City by T. J. English
The list author says:
  "fascinating story about race relations in nyc in the 60s"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China
12.  Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China by David Wise
The list author says:
  "pretty interesting story of chinese spying on US nuclear weapons secrets"
Used & New from: $3.79
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good
13.  The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good by David J. Linden
The list author says:
  "interesting overview of current neurophysiology research, especially around pleasure responses"
$20.26   Used & New from: $1.73
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
14.  Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki
The list author says:
  "too lightweight for my tastes"
$17.82   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession
15.  The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann
The list author says:
  "great set of stories..."
$11.99   Used & New from: $1.87
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
16.  The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
The list author says:
  "quite fun, fast, and interesting"
Used & New from: $1.00
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)

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Sex and the River Styx
17.  Sex and the River Styx by Edward Hoagland
The list author says:
  "beautifully written, intelligent, environmental essays"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
18.  The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The list author says:
  "brilliant, fascinating, engaging book on the history of cancer and the science of cancer research. one of my favorite books of the year"
$19.65   Used & New from: $3.26
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (981 customer reviews)

The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain
19.  The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain by Tali Sharot
The list author says:
  "fascinating and fun look at neurophysiology. a good read"
Used & New from: $2.48
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth
20.  Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth by Andrew B. Newberg
The list author says:
  "ok, but less interesting than others"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
21.  The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney
The list author says:
  "interesting, but the ethics preaching overtakes the stories and the science"
$20.20   Used & New from: $6.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Flash Mobile: Developing Android and iOS Applications (Visualizing the Web)
22.  Flash Mobile: Developing Android and iOS Applications (Visualizing the Web) by Matthew David
The list author says:
  "disappointing. you won't really learn too much about flash or mobile, and certainly nothing about iOS"
$19.91   Used & New from: $2.92
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story (Sciencewriters)
23.  The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story (Sciencewriters) by Frank Ryan
The list author says:
  "fascinating. another great science book. very worth reading"
Used & New from: $4.21
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
24.  Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future by Robert B. Reich
The list author says:
  "interesting book, with analysis of the current financial situation and suggestions on how to address a number of these problems."
Used & New from: $2.18
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
25.  Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
The list author says:
  "wow. fascinating book about Hitler, Stalin, and the death of millions of innocents between the two maniacal systems."
$19.49   Used & New from: $8.84
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
26.  Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by Renée Mauborgne
The list author says:
  "suffers from post-selection bias. some interesting ideas, but overhyped"
$19.13   Used & New from: $1.51
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
27.  Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson
The list author says:
  "interesting stuff... lots of ideas on how to have lots of ideas."
$17.18   Used & New from: $2.93
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly
28.  What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly by Paco Underhill
The list author says:
  "reasonably interesting but not nearly as good as Why We Buy"
Used & New from: $0.29
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Humiliation (BIG IDEAS//small books)
29.  Humiliation (BIG IDEAS//small books) by Wayne Koestenbaum
The list author says:
  "a curious, hard to characterize book, a series of very short essays and thoughts almost, about various aspects of humilation"
$11.38   Used & New from: $2.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Post-American World: Release 2.0
30.  The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria
The list author says:
  "Excellent book. fascinating political overview of the role of america and the emerging world"
$16.60   Used & New from: $0.19
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)

Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan
31.  Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet
The list author says:
  "fasctinating. well worth reading"
$22.62   Used & New from: $0.61
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists
32.  Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists by Anthony M. Amore
The list author says:
  "so so... read Chasing Aphrodite instead"
$17.12   Used & New from: $1.04
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

What It Is Like to Go to War
33.  What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
The list author says:
  "very moving and interesting thoughts about war from a vietnam marine commander/rhodes scholar/writer."
$16.26   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes
34.  The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace
The list author says:
  "very interesting book, about a trek through the wilds of the Amazon, the preservation of nature and the tribes within. part heart of darkness, part nature journey, part anthropological. very interesting"
$17.11   Used & New from: $0.21
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
35.  Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms by Eugenia Bone
The list author says:
  "fun. exploration of the world of fungi. their biology, medicinal use, food use, economics, and those that love them."
$19.21   Used & New from: $12.63
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness
36.  Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness by Jeffrey H. Gitomer
The list author says:
  "ok, but not fantastic. primarily motivational. fortunately writing is succinct"
$15.61   Used & New from: $2.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
37.  1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
The list author says:
  "Fascinating book. Very worthwhile read with many ideas about how the ancillary impacts of exploration effect the world"
$20.18   Used & New from: $1.21
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human
38.  The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran
The list author says:
  "interesting book about the brain's function, often explored via stories of those with injuries and trauma that help show what different parts of the brain do and how we work"
$19.54   Used & New from: $4.70
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
39.  Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times by Eyal Press
The list author says:
  "very interesting, moving book, about whistle blowers and dissenters"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Travels in Siberia
40.  Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
The list author says:
  "Mixed travelog of journeys through russia. Not quite enough depth for my taste"
$15.19   Used & New from: $3.98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Bay Area readers? 0 Nov 10, 2011
Kindle version costs -more- than the dead tree version?! 0 Oct 3, 2011
No kindle version unfortunately. 3 Mar 12, 2011
Enchantment is a great read for employees and bosses alike 1 Mar 7, 2011
Enchantment: essential reading for anyone seeking the intangibles of success 1 Mar 7, 2011
No bull shiitake here... 0 Feb 24, 2011
Guy is the real thing, can't wait for this book. 0 Feb 15, 2011
 
   

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