Summer 2011 Reading List

A Listmania! list by Rick Kaczmarek (Tampa Bay, Florida, USA)
The list author says: "My ecclectic reading list for Summer, 2011. I hope to get to all of these. I publish the list with a hope that others who are connected to me via the internets might stumble across undiscovered books, or somehow offer encouragement (even if silently so) to me. Because it's gonna take an occasional swift kick if I am to finish all these books. I want to read each of these, of course."
Conversations with Myself
1.  Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela
The list author says:
  "Started reading this one at the store.  Can't wait to get deeper into it.  Mandela inspires me.  Loved his first book, and really want to finish this one."
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Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America
2.  Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America by Ann Coulter
The list author says:
  "Really, really good, (based on the first few chapters I've read).  This might be her best book yet.  She does such a thorough job of deconstructing that which is right in front of us.  Her explanation of the French Revolution is powerfully presented, and funny!"
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Bossypants
3.  Bossypants by Tina Fey
The list author says:
  "I love Tina Fey!  In my mind, she is among the smartest SNL writers EVER!  I read the first chapter and was hooked!  Looking forward to laughing when I read this one."
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Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
4.  Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead
The list author says:
  "Picked this one up during a recent visit to the book store, and loved the morsels I found when flipping the pages.    There is a companion book by Ken Denmead that I'll probably add to my list after I've read this one."
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
5.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "Michael Lewis never disappoints me.  And as I've yet to read a well written explanation of just what happened on Wall Street, I am hoping he delivers the goods."
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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
6.  Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
The list author says:
  "Reading Chelsea isn't really like watching a chick flick or reading typical chick lit.  It's more like the Playboy advisor meets MTV, or something.  She cracks me up."
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Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
7.  Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place by Suzanne Somers
The list author says:
  "Suzanne's writing about this topic impresses me.  I've handled this book a couple of times at the store, and love the little bits I've digested."
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Open: An Autobiography
8.  Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
The list author says:
  "I grabbed this and started reading the first chapter - BAM!  It was the best written, most captivating first chapter of a sports Bio I've ever read.  UPDATE:  I finished this book.  It's the very best sports biography I've read.  The details are so vivid."
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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond
9.  I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond by Don Yaeger
The list author says:
  "Another fascinating book I am excited to digest more fully.  I LOVED Michael Lewis' Blindside, about Michael Oher.  This book is written by Oher himself.  I read the first 50 pages, and loved it."
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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Books)
10.  Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Books) by Steve Coll
The list author says:
  "Colls writes on this subject like no one else.  I am really looking forward to reading his history of CIA activities in the middle east prior to 9-11."
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True Compass: A Memoir (Large Print)
11.  True Compass: A Memoir (Large Print) by Edward M. Kennedy
The list author says:
  "Like both of the Clinton's auto bio's, it is very hard for me to hack thru the jungle of self serving lies and sanctimonious crap, which abound in these pages.  But I am committed to being as well rounded as I am well read, so I shall press on.  It's a great insomnia cure, too."
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My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
12.  My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler
The list author says:
  "Love Chelsea.  She's the written word version of Sarah Silverman."
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In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
13.  In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler
The list author says:
  "I LOVE Kessler's other works on the FBI and CIA.  And I've read a half dozen other books about the President's Secret Service, so I am hoping this one offers new insights and reveals layers never before explored.  I'm confident Mr. Kessler will pull it off."
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Outliers: The Story of Success
14.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "I've started this one a couple of times, and probably need to read it in smaller chunks.  It's good, and I want the information, so I hope to finish this one over the coming weeks, as well."
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Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
15.  Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden
The list author says:
  "Gotta read about the Boss.  His life touched so many things that interest me.  I tend to get bogged down in more serious sounding life bios, which is what I get from the first few chapters here.  But I wanna know more about the Boss's doings in Cleveland and Tampa Bay, as well as his interactions with all the other owners in MLB."
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Guilt by Association (A Rachel Knight Novel)
16.  Guilt by Association (A Rachel Knight Novel) by Marcia Clark
The list author says:
  "The famed OJ Simpson prosecutor's first foray into fiction.  (I'd say her non-fiction work includes significant bits of what I regard as fiction, but that's just nit picking).  Either way, should be interesting."
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Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances
17.  Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown
The list author says:
  "Unlike the giant and overly-serious Kennedy tome, this is a bio of a Massachusetts Senator I want to devour."
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The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
18.  The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First by Jonah Keri
The list author says:
  "Meet the Tampa Bay Rays, and their unique management approach to baseball.  UPDATE:  FINISHED this one.   a breakdown of how the Rays' owners and management approach the business of major league baseball differently from most everyone else.  Enjoyed it."
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Known and Unknown: A Memoir
19.  Known and Unknown: A Memoir by Donald Rumsfeld
The list author says:
  "I've had this on my mental reading list since it was released.  Bush's closest advisors included some very smart and forward thinking people.  Rummy was one of them."
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I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior)
20.  I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior) by Jim Breuer
The list author says:
  "I read nearly half of this book several months ago, primarily because a close friend of mine was once personally close to Jim Breuer.  I enjoyed what I read, and want to finish it."
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Rubber Balls and Liquor
21.  Rubber Balls and Liquor by Gilbert Gottfried
The list author says:
  "I always found Gilbert Gottfried oddly amusing.  I want to read this book, because comedian books usually make me laugh."
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My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir
22.  My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir by Dick Van Dyke
The list author says:
  "His career, if not transformative, gave Dick a birds eye view to a transformation in comedy on TV.  The history lover in me really wants to explore Dick's insider view of the transformation of TV."
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Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years
23.  Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years by Ken Morris
The list author says:
  "I've read the two books Sarah Palin has authored.  And two of the "counter" bios, so I plan to work thru the budding negative works popping up.  There are about four of them out right now.  Hope to read them all before the movie "Undefeated" pops up in my local theater."
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A Time for Patriots
24.  A Time for Patriots by Dale Brown
The list author says:
  "Love Dale Brown.  Can't wait to read this one!"
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Your Teacher Said What?! Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism
25.  Your Teacher Said What?! Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism by Joe Kernen
The list author says:
  "When Joe Kernen and his daughter were making the TV rounds promoting the release of this book, I decided I HAD to read it.  Can't wait."
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What's Really Said in the Teachers' Lounge: Provocative Ideas About Cultures and Classrooms
26.  What's Really Said in the Teachers' Lounge: Provocative Ideas About Cultures and Classrooms by Jeffrey A. Kottler
The list author says:
  "I am hoping this is a great companion to Joe Kernen's work.  This is among the most important subjects in America today, so I'm committed to learning as much as I can to increase my knowledge base."
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Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy
27.  Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy by David Freddoso
The list author says:
  "David Freddoso does pretty good work.  I am eager to dig further into this book."
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All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
28.  All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean
The list author says:
  "Most of these books about the mortgage lending practices which contributed to the near collapse of Wall Street just suck.  This one, however, looks promising."
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Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft
29.  Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft by Paul Allen
The list author says:
  "I think Paul Allen is more fascinating than Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.  I read the first 50 pages or so of this auto bio, and want to get back to it."
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Revolt!: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs
30.  Revolt!: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs by Dick Morris
The list author says:
  "Morris' style is a bit much for me.  And I find the "How To" nature of these projects to be undigestably pompous.  However, if I'm going to be well rounded, I need to fight thru this bloated prose."
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It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest
31.  It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest by Brian Kilmeade
The list author says:
  "For a few years now, I've wanted to read this one.  I'm hoping that putting it on my public list will help me to get to Brian's cool compilation."
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Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
32.  Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind by Tim Groseclose
The list author says:
  "Explores myths surrounding liberal leanings of the mainstream American media, and the leanings of Fox News.   The thesis is that everyone else in media leans so far to the left that Fox appears to be far right in comparison."
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Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
33.  Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! by Andrew Breitbart
The list author says:
  "Breitbart is one of my new faves.  I find the title and his many teases to have appeal, so I will read it."
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Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob
34.  Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob by Bob Delaney
The list author says:
  "My pal Jim Mahoney loaned me a copy of this book, which was given to him personally by Bob Delaney.  I started reading it right away, and can't put it down!"
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