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Sunday, January 4, 2009

My reading list (updated 3/18/09)

This is a partial list of what I've read over the past couple of years. Inmates aren't allowed to receive books sent by private individuals, rather only those shipped directly from publishers and booksellers like Amazon. Many of them were ordered for me by my dad, aunt Carolyn and my grandmother, and include both titles I requested and some that were not requested but greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Michael Millard, Scott Ainslie, and Nina, whose picks are always right on. The list is in no particular order, nor does it include titles - mostly thrillers and such - that have simply floated around the prison like letters in a bottle and made their way to me.

I'll keep updating the list as time goes by (which it does, however slowly....).

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, James Galbraith
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Edward Craig
Up in the Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, G. Edward Griffin
Stock Investing For Dummies
The Story of Art, E. H. Gombrich
The Middle Ages, Morris Bishop
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, Daniel Goleman
The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice For Beginning Poets, Ted Kooser
Delights and Shadows, Ted Kooser
Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction, Marc Mulholland
Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland, David McKittrick
Hello, I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity, Hal Niedzviecki
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Al Franken
Consider the Lobster : And Other Essays, David Foster Wallace
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons, Tim Russert
8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life, Victor Davich
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Dylan Thomas
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
All Things Bright and Beautiful, James Herriot
Happiness : The Science behind Your Smile, Daniel Nettle
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Walden; Or, Life in the Woods / The Maine Woods / Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau
The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being, Hale Dwoskin, Jack Canfield
Russka: The Novel of Russia, Edward Rutherfurd
London, Edward Rutherfurd
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose, Woody Allen
Consolation of Philosophy: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics), Boethius
The Ballad of Typhoid Mary, Jörg Federspiel
Naked, David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
The Dawn of Human Culture, Richard G. Klein
Tunnel in the Sky, Robert A. Heinlein
Introduction To World Religions, Christopher H. Partridge
The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, Huston Smith
It's A Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection, Bill Watterson
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, Bill Watterson
Magical Thinking: True Stories, Augusten Burroughs
Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions, Read Montague
The Complete Pelican Shakespeare (Pelican Shakespeare)
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, Chris Hedges
Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journeys, Scott Russell Sanders
Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain, Ron Hale-Evans
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History, James Carroll
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption, Paulo Coelho
Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey--The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World, Holley Bishop
Mapping the Mind, Rita Carter
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science, Michael S. Schneider
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
The Odyssey: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer's Epic, Simon Armitage
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield
God Does Have a Sense of Humor, Rob Ballister
Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs, Colin Wilson
You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe, Ron Hansen
Old Christmas, Washington Irving
Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, Simon Rich
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions, Christian Lander
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
Harry Potter books two, three and four

The Story of Edward Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
The Road Home, Jim Harrison
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert B. Cialdini
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thomson
No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre
Families and How to Survive Them, Robin Skynner and John Cleese
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, Greg Mortenson
Barry & the Boys, Daniel Hopsicker

The Oedipus Cycle, Sophocles
Working, Studs Terkel


Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Wow, you've read quite a few books here but the only one I've read on your list is The Glass Castle. I would think you would spend quite a lot of your time reading just a a little escape.

Whit said...

Thanks for the comment, Karen! Well, if you've only read one book on the list, you at least read one of the best. So you've never read anything by David Sedaris?! If you liked The Glass Castle, you'd probably love both of the Sedaris titles on this list. The books are a collection of relatively short essays, so they're great books to carry around with you for reading when you're waiting at a doctor's office or whatever and have only 5 or 10 minutes of time to kill. The essays are hilarious!! My personal favoritem, I think in Naked, is "Don't Mess With The Rooster."