The Final Tally, 2009 Book List

Tougher year than I thought. “Development of Freedom” stalled me for a month. When Laura left for Walla Walla, I couldn’t bring myself to read much of anything (well, except back issues of some magazines). Found my groove there for a while with the fiction. Most important (recent) book of the year: “Half the Sky.” Favorite new (to me) authors:
Niffenegger, Attwood, Suskind.

For 2010 I had to do some bookshelf clearing, anyone interested in a copy of “Learning GNU Emacs (2nd Edition)? How about “lex & yacc?”

  • Angler, (Gellman 2008) – 1/4/2009
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded, (Friedman 2008) – 1/14/2009
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Sedaris 2009) – 1/21/2009
  • How Fiction Works (Wood 2009) – 1/26/2009
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City, inside Iraq’s green zone (Chandrasekaran 2006) – 1/28/2009
  • McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Vol 25 2007)
  • The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, (Suskind 2008) – 2/7/2009
  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Pinker 2007) – 2/22/2009
  • Tribes (Godin 2008) 2/23/2009
  • The elephant, the tiger, and the cellphone: reflections on India, the emerging 21st century power (Tharoor 2007) – 2/28/2009
  • The Encore Effect: how to achieve remarkable performance in anything you do (Sanborn 2008) – 2/28/2009
  • The Other (Kapuściński 2008) – 2/28/2009
  • Beyond Bullshit: Straight-Talk at Work (Culbert 2008) – 3/2
  • The Age of Heretics (Kleiner 2008) – 3/9
  • The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth (Friedman 2005) – 3/19
  • Planet India (Kamdar 2007) – 3/25
  • The 21st Century Economy (Epping 2009) – 3/25
  • In Defense of Food (Pollan 2008) – 3/27
  • The Cost of Living (Roy 1999) – 3/31
  • Lexus and the Olive Tree (Friedman 2000) – 4/6
  • The God of Small Things (Roy 1997) – 4/12
  • Development as Fredom (Sen 1999) – 4/3
  • Heat, Bill Buford
  • In The Graveyard of Empires, Seth G. Jones
  • Under The Banner of Heaven, John Krakauer
  • Muhammad, Karen Armstrong
  • One to Nine, Hodges
  • In Pursuit of Elegance, Matt May
  • That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  • Oryx and Crake, Margaret Attwood
  • Lake of the Woods, Tim O’Brien
  • The Shipping News, E . Annie Proulx
  • Busted, Edmund Andrews
  • The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb.
  • The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
  • The Genius Machine, Gerald Sindell
  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort
  • Hanibal Rising
  • The Handmaid’s Tail, Margaret Attwood
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Thomas E. Ricks
  • The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, Ron Suskind
  • The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
  • The Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • The Year of the Flood, Margaret Attwood
  • Her Fearful Symetry, Audrey Niffenegger
  • Indignation, Phillip Roth
  • American Pastoral, Phillip Roth
  • Half the Sky, Nicholoas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  • Giliead, Marilynne Robinson
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • Coranado, Denis Lehane
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Plot Against America
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell
  • A Change in Altitude, Anita Shreve
  • Book of clouds
  • 100 Days of Solitude
  • The brief wonderous life of Oscar Wao
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5 thoughts on “The Final Tally, 2009 Book List

  1. I bet it’s beautiful in Spanish. I’m not that big a fan of Magical Realism, but had to read it. Second most popular Spanish language book to Don Quixote, yeah I’d recommend it.

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