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Books Read 2011

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The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart
"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)"
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
"Another Austin author.  Well done--covers the history of the Comanches, the Texas Rangers and the settlers of early Texas. (PBS, purchase)"
In the Woods
In the Woods
"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)"
Treasure Island
Treasure Island
"Trying to read more classics. (Kindle, free)"
Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)
Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)
"Probably would not have read this if it hadn't been free for kindle, it was a quick fluffy mystery. (Kindle, free)"
Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
"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)"
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
"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)"
Faceless Killers
Faceless Killers
"Swedish police procedural. (PBS, swap)"
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
"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)"
The Likeness
The Likeness
"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)"
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
"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)"
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
"Epic fantasy novel.  Starting #2 in the series immediately.  (Kindle, $5)"
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
"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)"
Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro)
Moonlight Mile (Kenzie and Gennaro)
"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)"
Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes
Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes
"Part cookbook, part memoir of life with young children. (PBS, purchase, $4.08)"
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
"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)"
The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
"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)"
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks
"Searing memoir of loss, though the narrator is seriously unlikable until the end. (Kindle, $10.89)"
Prince of Thieves: A Novel
Prince of Thieves: A Novel
"Book on which the movie "The Town" is based.  I liked the book better.  (MMPB, $7.99)"
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
"Very sad story (sad for one Wes, anyway) about the failure of our system to help at risk kids.  (PBS, swap)"
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
"For my ExecTeam book club.  (Mfr, $20)"
Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's - What Parents and TeachersNeed  to Know
Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's - What Parents and TeachersNeed to Know
"Trying to figure out the school system to help my kid.  (Amazon used)"
The Lacuna: A Novel
The Lacuna: A Novel
"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)"
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar)
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar)
"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.)"
The Red Queen (Cousins' War, Book 2)
The Red Queen (Cousins' War, Book 2)
"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)"
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery)
"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, )"
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
"Entertaining (particularly the last third of the book) but not up to the standard set by the first three books.  (Kindle, $)"
Play Dead
Play Dead
"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)"
The Long Goodbye: A memoir
The Long Goodbye: A memoir
"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)"
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
"Great book.  (PBS, swap)"
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy
"For mother daughter book club.  (RRPL)"
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
"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)"
Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer
Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer
"Interesting, quick read.  She makes good points about our system of advocacy.  (Kindle, free)"
Dissolution: Tenth Anniversary Edition (The Shardlake series)
Dissolution: Tenth Anniversary Edition (The Shardlake series)
"Historical fiction/mystery set amidst the Reformation in Tudor England.  (Kindle, $7.88)"
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
"Incredible story of one priest's quest to help kids get out of gang life.  (PBS, swap)"
Certain Girls: A Novel (Cannie Shapiro Book 3)
Certain Girls: A Novel (Cannie Shapiro Book 3)
"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)"
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
"Sweet story set in a village in the English countryside.  (PBS, swap)"
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
"Fascinating look at the cultural influences upon success.  (PBS, swap)"
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,
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,
"Food writing from the depression era, initially commissioned by the WPA, now curated by one of my favorite historians.  (PBS, purchase)"
One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way
One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way
"Memoir of the first 10 years of Teach for America.  (PBS, swap)"