Books Read 2011

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer (Austin, TX USA)
 
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart
1.  The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart by Robert G. Cushing
The list author says:
  "Really interesting book about how we have separated ourselves with likeminded others over the last 30 years or so.  Austin author.  Reminds me to try to look outside of my box. (PBS, swap)"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
2.  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
The list author says:
  "Another Austin author.  Well done--covers the history of the Comanches, the Texas Rangers and the settlers of early Texas. (PBS, purchase)"
$22.29   Used & New from: $5.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,343 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

In the Woods
3.  In the Woods by Tana French
The list author says:
  "Irish police procedural with background mystery thrown in for good measure.  Thought the writing was good, but disappointed not to find out what happened in the older mystery.  Ordered the next book in the series immediately. (PBS, swap)"
$9.52   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,300 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

Treasure Island
4.  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The list author says:
  "Trying to read more classics. (Kindle, free)"
$8.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (871 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)
5.  Tick Tock (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "Probably would not have read this if it hadn't been free for kindle, it was a quick fluffy mystery. (Kindle, free)"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

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Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
6.  Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel by Armistead Maupin
The list author says:
  "A bit outside of my box, reading wise, but an interesting group of characters living in SF.  Will eventually have to get around to reading the other books with these characters.  (Nook, free)"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
7.  The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
The list author says:
  "Very interesting, covers how the food industry layers fat, sugar and salt in a way that makes it hard to resist, and leads to overeating. (PBS, swap)"
$12.10   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Faceless Killers
8.  Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
The list author says:
  "Swedish police procedural. (PBS, swap)"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Cutting for Stone
9.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The list author says:
  "Love this wonderful book by one of my favorite nonfiction authors, but completely different than his prior efforts.  He blends medicine with the story of expats in Ethiopia.  I cried at the end.  (Kindle, $5)"
$10.38   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,730 customer reviews)

The Likeness
10.  The Likeness by Tana French
The list author says:
  "Second of three novels by Tana French.  They are mysteries, but character driven more than plot driven.  The prose is beautiful and dense, not a particularly fast read, but riveting nonetheless.  (PBS, purchase)"
$9.94   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (600 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
11.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "Wow.  I knew that the financial crisis was bad, but I had no idea of the magnitude of the greed at work.  I cannot believe that no one has gone to jail for this.  Unbelievable.  Michael Lewis has a facility for making the complicated financial transactions understandable. (Kindle, $5)"
$11.01   Used & New from: $1.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,322 customer reviews) | 17 customer discussions

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
12.  A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Epic fantasy novel.  Starting #2 in the series immediately.  (Kindle, $5)"
$12.83   Used & New from: $0.24
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,495 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
13.  A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Second in the Song of Fire and Ice series.  I am enjoying this series very much but taking a break for some lighter/shorter reads!  (Kindle, $5)"
$13.96   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,996 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro)
14.  Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro) by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "Kenzie and Gennaro look for the girl they found in Gone Baby Gone.  Very quick read (24h), with the usual snappy Lehane dialogue. (PBS, swap)"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes
15.  Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes by Emily Franklin
The list author says:
  "Part cookbook, part memoir of life with young children. (PBS, purchase, $4.08)"
$19.45   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
16.  A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Book 3 in the series.  I am prepared now to watch the HBO version.  While I appreciate that GRRM is not afraid to kill and maim his popular characters, I keep hoping that at least one character will get to enjoy a modicum of happiness.  No such luck yet... (Kindle, $8.65)"
$6.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,420 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
17.  The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "Mickey Haller novel(#3?)with topical references to the financial/foreclosure crisis.  Well paced in the Connelly tradition, but the twist was awfully easy to anticipate.  One of the few authors that I will preorder in hardback.  (Kindle, $14.99)"
$18.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,171 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks
18.  The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks by Robin Romm
The list author says:
  "Searing memoir of loss, though the narrator is seriously unlikable until the end. (Kindle, $10.89)"
Used & New from: $1.55
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Prince of Thieves: A Novel
19.  Prince of Thieves: A Novel by Chuck Hogan
The list author says:
  "Book on which the movie "The Town" is based.  I liked the book better.  (MMPB, $7.99)"
$10.67   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
20.  The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
The list author says:
  "Very sad story (sad for one Wes, anyway) about the failure of our system to help at risk kids.  (PBS, swap)"
$8.45   Used & New from: $0.16
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
21.  Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson
The list author says:
  "For my ExecTeam book club.  (Mfr, $20)"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)

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Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's - What Parents and TeachersNeed to Know
22.  Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's - What Parents and TeachersNeed to Know by Rondalyn Varney Whitney
The list author says:
  "Trying to figure out the school system to help my kid.  (Amazon used)"
$13.64   Used & New from: $0.03
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Lacuna: A Novel
23.  The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
The list author says:
  "I have mixed feelings about this book.  It took more than 100 pages for me to get really interested.  It is full of the beautiful prose we expect from Kingsolver, and many interesting parallels between McCarthyism and current day. (PBS, swap)"
$19.20   Used & New from: $1.08
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (743 customer reviews)

Live Wire (Myron Bolitar)
24.  Live Wire (Myron Bolitar) by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "Latest in the Myron Bolitar series--introduces Mickey Bolitar (Myron's nephew, who apparently will have his own young adult series).  Follows the usual Myron formula, entertaining but light.  (Borrowed from Carol B.)"
Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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The Red Queen (Cousins' War, Book 2)
25.  The Red Queen (Cousins' War, Book 2) by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "The latest from Philippa Gregory, written from the viewpoint of Margaret Beaufort, up until her son Henry Tudor takes the throne.  Not as interesting as the Tudor books.  (PBS, swap)"
$12.54   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (553 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery)
26.  The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery) by Laurie R. King
The list author says:
  "Literary mystery, in which a semi-retired Sherlock Holmes takes on a young female protege.  First of a series of nine.  I enjoyed it and plan to continue in the series.  (Amazon used, )"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
27.  A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Entertaining (particularly the last third of the book) but not up to the standard set by the first three books.  (Kindle, $)"
$14.04   Used & New from: $1.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,770 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

Play Dead
28.  Play Dead by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "Previously unpublished first novel of Harlan Coben, which should have remained unpublished.  I can't imagine he needs the money, and his craft has improved exponentially since this effort.  Way too many adjectives, and I figured out the plot and the twist on page 79 (out of 500+).  I did not finish it.  (PBS, swap)"
$8.94   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

The Long Goodbye: A memoir
29.  The Long Goodbye: A memoir by Meghan O'Rourke
The list author says:
  "Beautiful memoir.  This is the book that The Mercy Papers aspired to be.  I will use her descriptions of being a caregiver with my students.  (Barnes and Noble, $18)"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
30.  Let the Great World Spin: A Novel by Colum McCann
The list author says:
  "Great book.  (PBS, swap)"
$9.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)

Bud, Not Buddy
31.  Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The list author says:
  "For mother daughter book club.  (RRPL)"
$6.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (780 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
32.  A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "5th installment in the series.  This book needed an editor...I enjoyed it but found parts to be boring and/or repetitive.  (Kindle, $16.23)"
$21.00   Used & New from: $2.29
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,461 customer reviews) | 380 customer discussions

Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer
33.  Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer by Andrea D. Lyon
The list author says:
  "Interesting, quick read.  She makes good points about our system of advocacy.  (Kindle, free)"
Used & New from: $0.23
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Dissolution (The Shardlake series)
34.  Dissolution (The Shardlake series) by C. J. Sansom
The list author says:
  "Historical fiction/mystery set amidst the Reformation in Tudor England.  (Kindle, $7.88)"
Used & New from: $9.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
35.  Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
The list author says:
  "Incredible story of one priest's quest to help kids get out of gang life.  (PBS, swap)"
$10.25   Used & New from: $5.77
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (595 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Certain Girls: A Novel (Cannie Shapiro Book 3)
36.  Certain Girls: A Novel (Cannie Shapiro Book 3) by Jennifer Weiner
The list author says:
  "Follow up to Good in Bed, wherein Cannie is dealing with her daughter's adolescence and her own challenges.  Entertaining, if a bit formulaic.  (PBS, swap)"
$5.99
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
37.  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson
The list author says:
  "Sweet story set in a village in the English countryside.  (PBS, swap)"
$12.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,108 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Outliers: The Story of Success
38.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "Fascinating look at the cultural influences upon success.  (PBS, swap)"
$10.19   Used & New from: $5.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,111 customer reviews)

The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal,
39.  The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, by Mark Kurlansky
The list author says:
  "Food writing from the depression era, initially commissioned by the WPA, now curated by one of my favorite historians.  (PBS, purchase)"
$6.40   Used & New from: $2.71
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way
40.  One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way by Wendy Kopp
The list author says:
  "Memoir of the first 10 years of Teach for America.  (PBS, swap)"
$10.88   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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