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Books I've finished this year- 2009

Andrew Mckim "man on the scene"
The list author says: "I'm starting out the year, inspired by the last book I finished in 2008, Nick Hornby's Shakespeare Wrote For Money, to choose more entertaining books instead of Literature that, while groundbreaking and incredibly well written, proves to be incredibly boring. We'll see how it goes. Like most readers, I get on different kicks."
12 Days on the Road
12 Days on the Road
"One of my favorite anecdotes about Sid Vicious is from "Please Kill Me," where he's singing Jim Reeves' songs, drunk in a stairwell.  Punk and roots music aren't that far removed, and the Sex Pistols on paper should have been huge in the south, populated by their supposed target audience- poor, angry people who love music at a gut level, but they were just too alien for most good 'ol boys."
The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef
The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef
"Balancing out the lame, name dropping "card carrying member of the Chelsea" aspect of his life with the behind the scenes kitchen, truly insightful cooking tips, the latter aspect wins out to make this an enjoyable read.  Plus, like most professional chefs, especially ones who start at a very young age, he probably never developed the social skills to avoid being a d-bag."
After Dark, My Sweet
After Dark, My Sweet
"This is by far the best Jim Thompson novel I have read to date, having previously read "Texas by the Tail," and "The Transgressors."  Where those books had their moments, they also contained some boringness.  This book however is just straight through great crime fiction."
The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction 1909-1959
The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction 1909-1959
"This was a quick, fun read.  Interesting if, like myself, you would one day like to be at least a part time writer."
How the Hula Girl Sings
How the Hula Girl Sings
"Not quite as great as I was hoping for.  Who knows, maybe I'll pick it back up in a few years and it'll be the right book at the right time, finally."
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
"Nonsense and resignment. Great themes for children of all ages."
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
"I read this on a two hour plane flight just to make myself feel that much smarter."
Premillennial Maakies: The First Five Years
Premillennial Maakies: The First Five Years
"This eventually would go on, in my opinion, to be the best American comic strip since Krazy Kat. Here you can read where it all began, including, again in my opinion, its awkward first year or so."
Chicago: City on the Make: 50th Anniversary Edition, Newly Annotated
Chicago: City on the Make: 50th Anniversary Edition, Newly Annotated
"Not knowing all the allusions made in this (until I read the appendix after), I still enjoyed this in the way a kid might enjoy a movie. After reading the appendix, I get the feeling I'll enjoy it in the way a parent does, getting all the sly jokes that are just above a child's level."