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Most of the books on this list come from reviews in the magazines Entertainment Weekly and People. A lot of the descriptions are excerpted from the reviews. Please support these magazines and the books that they recommend.

Aarons, Leroy Prayers for Bobby GLBT Suggested By:
The "instant classic" (The Advocate) that was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and made into a Lifetime movie featuring Sigourney Weaver. This "very painful and personal" book (Booklist) chronicles the life and death of Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who struggled with intolerance and hatred.
Abbott, Karen Sin in the Second City Non-fiction Suggested By:
A New York Times bestseller. Experience the heyday of Chicago's gritty underworld in this lively account of America's most famous brothel at the dawn of the 20th century. "Assiduously researched… makes for good storytelling" (The New York Times).
Abbott, Megan You Will Know Me Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Suggested List.
Mystery in the high stakes world of gymnastics.
Abrahams, Peter Nerve Damage Crime/Mystery From the reliably marvelous Abrahams comes another top-drawer psychological thriller. Renowned sculptor Roy Valois lost his wife, Delia, 15 years ago in a helicopter crash, or so he thinks. Now his health is failing and he hacks into his NY Times obit and discovers and error, or so he thinks.
Acampora, Lauren The Wonder Garden Short Stories 13 sharply drawn stories reveal the complexities beneath the polish and privilege of a prosperous Connecticut town.
Ackerman, Diane The Zookeeper's Wife Non-fiction Suggested By: Author.
Suggested by Alice Hoffman. After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages.
Ackmann, Martha Curveball Auto/Biography The remarkable story of Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League.
Ackmann, Martha The Mercury 13 Non-fiction Top women pilots recruited for the space program.
Adam, David The Man Who Couldn't Stop Non-fiction One day David Adam was a regular guy; the next he scraped himself on a screw and panicked that he'd contracted AIDS. Part memoir, part exploration of the science behind OCD.
Adam, Tim How to make money using Etsy Non-fiction A guide to the online marketplace for crafts and handmade products
Adams, Douglas Last Chance to See Non-fiction Endangered Animals.
Addario, Lynsey It's What I Do Memoir Suggested By:
In this New York Times bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist shares harrowing true stories of reporting on the front lines of war zones. "A page-turner of a memoir… Riveting" (Booklist).
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Americanah Fiction Tells the love story of a Nigerian couple in America and London while making incisive observations about race.
Adrian, Chris The Children's Hospital Post-Apocalyptic In Adrian's second novel, an elegant and enormously wondrous monstrosity, the world comes to an end, drowned beneath seven miles of water. All that is preserved is a solitary children's hospital and its occupants. But then there are 4 angels who rule the hospital. Some reviews say it is "poetic". This could be a rolicking post-apocalyptic tale, or some frightfully annoying religious poetry clap-trap. Approach with caution.
Ahern, Jerry Total War: Survivalist No 1 Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery "survivalist men's adventures" - recommended by the guys at UH.

From a review at ""The Survivor" main character is the pick of the crop. He is a doctor, a weapons specialist, a pilot, a survivalist, married, two kids, got himself a retreat in the mountains with everything planned and ready. In the book, everything works out for him; he kills drug smugglers, saves woman from heart attack with an electrical cord, lands the plane, has a cache of weapons on the plane, kills a 40 member gang of evil moorcyclists almost by himself, finds everything he needs right away, gets the perfect car, the best motorcycle, the best weapons, .... he is just one lucky survivalist. Whatever happened to everyday working Joe who is gotta learn everything from scratch?"
Akbar, M.J. Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan Non-fiction Suggested By:
How the conflict between Muslim and Hindu cultures in Pakistan has shaped the country. "A lively read"
Albertalli, Becky Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Youth Simon Spier, a 16-year-old Harry Potter fanatic, is goaded out of the closet after a classmate discovers his emails to a pen pal. Worthy of a Fault in Our Stars obsession.
Albo, Mike Hornito GLBT Rip-roaring, funny and sympathetic gay coming-of-age story.
Aldridge, John and Anthony Sosinski A Speck in the Sea Non-fiction Suggested By:
A gripping true story of survival and perseverance: In 2013, fisherman John Aldridge went overboard off the coast of Montauk -- and instigated a daring rescue attempt that would unite his community in exceptional ways. "Terrific… Harrowing and inspiring" (Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat).
Aldrin, Buzz Mission To Mars Non-fiction Can astronauts reach Mars by 2035? Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to Americas future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security.
Alexander, Michelle The New Jim Crow Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Learn how we came to this level of racial disparity in America.
Alexander, Shana The Astonishing Elephant Non-fiction Sure, the trunk is cool, but it's just the beginning.
Alexander, Tasha And Only to Deceive Fiction Forced into deep mourning by convention and her husband's death, she finds his personal journal and in it, a mystery.
Alexie, Sherman Ten Little Indians Fiction Short stories.
Alexie, Sherman War Dances Short Stories Short stories and poems.
Alford, Mimi Once Upon a Secret Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Grodie stories about JFK sleeping with, and pimping out, this 19 year old girl. A former intern for JFK describes their affair and its corrosive effect on her life. I think it says far more about him than it does about her.
Alkon, Amy Good manners for nice people who sometimes say f*ck Non-fiction Amy Alkon gives us a new set of rules for our twenty first century lives. With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in.
Alkon, Amy I see rude people Non-fiction One woman's battle to beat some manners into impolite society.
Allen, Sarah Addison Various Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
  • Garden Spells (2007 - read 2008/06, 2010/02, 2011/10, 2014/02)
  • The Sugar Queen (2008 - read 2008/09, 2010/09, 2014/02)
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010 - read 2010/05, 2014/02)
  • The Peach Keeper (2011 - read 2011/08, 2011/08)
  • Waking Kate (short story - Lost Lake prequel)
  • Lost Lake (2014 - read 2014/01, 2017/10)
  • First Frost (2015 - read 2015/01)
As Katie Gallagher
  • Tried and True (2003 - Harlequin Duet)
Allende, Isabel The House of the Spirits Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Suggested by Menna van Praag. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
Almond, Steve Candyfreak Non-fiction A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. Author tours small candy factories and chronicles the past and present of the candy-making industry in the United States.
Almond, Steve Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life Non-fiction The Candyfreak author owns 3,000-plus albums. This tribute to zealots strikes a chord even if you aren't one. Includes 10 Nick Hornby-like Top 10 lists to steer you right.
Alpert, Karen I Heart My Little A-Holes Humorous Suggested By:
A loving mom shares the horrifying truth -- that kids are real jerks -- in this candid, insightful, and witty read. Crass, inappropriate, and absolutely hysterical.
Alter, Adam Irresistible Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Explores how technology (cellphones) keeps us hooked, why that's destructive, and how to take back control.
Ames, Jonathan The Extra Man Fiction Dapper fellow becomes the roommate of an older even more dapper fellow in NYC.
Amis, Martin Yellow Dog Fiction Yellow Dog is about men, bad men, dazed by the pornographic thrill of violence and the violent thrill pornography. It's actually a deeply feminist book. The high style Amis brings to lowlifes is why he makes other comic novelists blind with envy.
Amundsen, Lucie B. Locally Laid Memoir Suggested By:
Lucie B. Amundsen was shocked when her husband revealed his dream of quitting his job to start an egg farm. In this funny and winsome memoir, Lucie describes how she suddenly found herself with nearly 2,000 chickens named Lola. "I absolutely loved Locally Laid" (Sue Grafton).
Anderson, Tim Sweet Tooth GLBT Hilarious, empowering memoir follows Tim Anderson as he comes of age in North Carolina, discovering his sexuality along with a taste for sweets.
Anderson, Tim Tune in Tokyo The Gaijin Diaries Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by Matthew Amster-Burton. Hilarious memoir is more about the author than Tokyo, but it sure is funny.
Angell, Roger Let Me Finish Non-fiction Best known for his elegant writing on baseball, Angell, 85, remembers a priveledged Manhattan childhood and his stepfather, writer EB White, in these charming autobiographical essays.
Angier, Natalie Woman: An Intimate Geography Non-fiction Angier makes a strong case for liberation biology.
Angus, Colin Lost in Mongolia Non-fiction Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River. 11-day ordeal during which he was accidentally separated from his mates and survived with the aid of peasants and inexplicably friendly residents of a Mongolian military base.
Anner, Zach If at Birth You Don't Succeed Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Comedian Zach Anner takes readers on his wild wheelchair ride thru 30 years of dealing with cerebral palsy - "the sexiest of palsies", as he likes to say.
Anonymous A Woman in Berlin Auto/Biography An astonishing record of survival in 1945 Germany. Author's description of living in her decimated apartment with the Russian army bivouacked outside the front door. A fresh contribution to the literature of war.
Ansari, Aziz Modern Romance Non-fiction Not sure if I'm gonna like this. I got a sample from Amazon and wasn't moved to add it to this list, but I keep seeing reviews and I'm curious.
Aoki, Shoichi Fruits Photo Tokyo street fashion. Super kewl! Would be a fun book to cut up and use to make cards, but it's too expensive new for that. Fruits is a little bit better than Fresh Fruits, the sequel.
Aponte, Wayne Lionel The Year of No Money in Tokyo Memoir An American copes during Japan's recession.
Appleman-Jurman, Alicia Alicia: My Story Memoir Suggested By:
This award-winning book from a Holocaust survivor details her escape from Nazi captors as a young girl and the harrowing life she led alone and on the run. "an impressive memoir of a courageous, forthright individual" (Booklist) who saved thousands of lives.
Arana, Marie American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood Memoir Her novel, Cellophane didn't really do it for me, but this memoir might be better.
Arias, Ron The Wetback and Other Stories Short Stories Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Evocative, beautifully observed tales about the inhabitants of the Mexican-American Los Angeles neighborhood known as Elysian Valley.
Aron, Elaine N. The Highly Sensitive Person Non-fiction Too shy? Stressed by noise? Turn a liability into an asset.
Arrington, CT Enterprise Java with UML Technical/Reference Looks like it's mostly design theory - a bunch of hot air. Chapters 7 and 8 have summaries of web tech. Ramsey Lib
Arter, Neesha Controlled Non-fiction Raped at 14 by two boys she knew and trusted, Arter wasn't believed and spun out of control. Until writing her story helped her begin healing. Her brave account is utterly compelling.
Asante, M.K. Buck Memoir Suggested By:
MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: his mother a dancer, his father a revered professor. But as a teenager, MK was alone on the streets of North Philadelphia, swept up in a world of drugs, sex, and violence. MK's memoir is an unforgettable tale of how one precocious, confused kid educated himself through gangs, rap, mystic cults, ghetto philosophy, and, eventually, books. It is an inspiring tribute to the power of literature to heal and redeem us.
Asbury, Herbert Gangs of New York Non-fiction The movie is based on his 1927 book. Journalist Asbury pulled this book together from several official sources, including police records as well as unofficial ones such as the rough memories of criminals. True to the title, the book is a history of crime both organized and not that permeated the dirty underbelly of New York City and its boroughs in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Asher, Jay What Light Youth Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Author of Thirteen Reasons Why. This is a romance, starring a girl who grew up on a Christmas tree farm.
Aslett, Don Lose 200 Pounds This Weekend Non-fiction Declutter your life
Atcheson, Dave Dead Reckoning Non-fiction Suggested By:
Author Dave Atcheson joined an Alaskan fishing crew and discovered a world filled with "nail-biting, teeth-gritting adventure" (Library Journal). This account of a wild and obscure lifestyle offers "both a deep-sea adventure story and a fishing industry reality check" (Publishers Weekly).
Atkinson, Kate Case Histories Fiction Four mysteries nesting like Russian Dolls. On EWs 2004 top ten fiction list, but is the best mystery of the decade according to Stephen King. "I defy any reader not to feel a combination of delight and amazement."
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia In the Forests of the Night Fiction 15-year-old girl profiled in People magazine. Youth fiction.
Atwood, Margaret MaddAddam Trilogy Post-Apocalyptic Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam. A pandemic has wiped out most of the earth's population.
Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic. While the story begins with a rather ponderous set-up of what has become a clichd landscape of the human endgame, littered with smashed computers and abandoned buildings, it takes on life when Snowman recalls his boyhood meeting with his best friend Crake: "Crake had a thing about him even then.... He generated awe ... in his dark laconic clothing." A dangerous genius, Crake is the book's most intriguing character. Crake and Jimmy live with all the other smart, rich people in the Compounds--gated company towns owned by biotech corporations. (found on list on
Auður Ólafsdóttir and Brian FitzGibbon Butterflies in November Fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Icelandic fiction. Bizarre and comic road trip novel. Her best friend's four-year-old deaf-mute son is thrust into her reluctant care. The boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket and the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings.
Auchincloss, Louis Manhattan Monologues Fiction Private lives of fictional New Yorkers.
Auel, Jean M. The Land of Painted Caves Fiction Ayla's saga ends with this sprawling finale, the sixth in the series. While Ayla's training to become the tribe shaman, her man strays, lions attacks, and the earth quakes.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • The Valley of Horses
  • The Mammoth Hunters
  • The Plains of Passage
  • The Shelters of Stone
  • The Land of Painted Caves
Auel, Jean M. The Shelters of Stone Fiction More of Ayla and Jondalar
Austin, Miriam Yoga for Wimps Non-fiction Poses for the Flexibly Impaired
Ausubel, Ramona Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty Fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Ausubel charts the unfolding crisis when rich kids stop getting money from their parents with tenderness, wit, and a sly understanding of wealth and its limitations.
Avedon, Richard Woman in the Mirror Photo Almost 60 years' worth of fashion photos, from a 1949 shot of an anonymous Harlem lady to a quite frankly frightening picture of Elton John in a Versace dress.
Axler, James Labyrinth (Deathlands) Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery "survivalist men's adventures" - recommended by the guys at UH.

From at review at, "The latest Deathlands title, Labyrinth, seems to have been written by Edo Van Belkom. Who is a notch better than the last two horribly written novels by Andy Boot.

But after a while, this one runs out of steam and gets dull and too confined.

Not since Victor Milan's Vengeance Trail has Deathlands picked up steam. Too bad. Boy, what I wouldn't give to have Nick Polatta, Mel Odom, or Alan Philipson to write one again."
Ayres, Ian Super Crunchers Non-fiction Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart. Ayres presents both sides of this revolution, explaining how the corporate world tries to manipulate consumer behavior and telling consumers how to fight back, his real mission is to educate readers about the basics of statistics and hypothesis testing, spending most of his time in an edifying and entertaining discussion of the use of regression and randomization trials.
Babcock, Joe The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers GLBT Reflects an interesting shift in gay lit. Depicts MINNEAPOLIS native Erick's experiments with cross-dressing, clubbing, and adolescent romance.
Bacigalupi, Paulo The Windup Girl Post-Apocalyptic Emiko is a Japanese-designed windup girl (a humanoid GM organism, used as a slave, and programmed to seek a master and obey him; windups call themselves "New People") abandoned by her Japanese master. As such, she is illegal in Thailand. Raleigh, a sex club owner, gives her some measure of safety by bribing the police to let her live, but at the price of forcing her to work in his club, where she is routinely abused and sexually humiliated.
Backman, Fredrik A Man Called Ove Fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? I saw the movie, and really liked it. June 2016, but I did not read it. I should definitely read the book.
Backus, Jean L. Letters From Amelia Non-fiction Suggested By:
Features original letters that Amelia Earhart wrote to her mother from her childhood up until her fateful last flight. This look into the legendary pilot's background reveals her as a down-to-earth revolutionary who never forgot where she came from.
Bacon, Charlotte There is Room for You Fiction Mother and daughter tell their stories about family, secrets, love, loss, and love regained. Mother grows up an English girl in India, daughter goes to India in search of her history.
Bacon, Linda Health At Every Size Non-fiction The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
Baggott, Julianna Pure Post-Apocalyptic An apocalyptic event has divided the world into two castes - the Pures, who live under a protective dome, and the scarred survivors who exist in an ash-filled wilderness.
Bailey, Catherine The Secret Rooms Non-fiction A true story of a haunted castle, a plotting Duchess, and a family secret.
Bailey, Elisabeth Tova The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: A True Story Memoir Bailey shares all sorts of scientific, literary, and philosophical details about the snail.
Baker, Jo Lonbourn Fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Witty, richly detailed re-imagining of Jan Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Baker provides an intimate portrait of the work and love lives of the British servant class circa 1812, ala Downton Abbey.
Baker, Kage The Garden of Iden; Sky Coyote; The Graveyard Game SciFi Series...recommended by Landon
Baker, Kevin Stivers Row Fiction Final book in City of Fire trilogy. Two men in Harlem at the height of WWII and Jim Crow laws. Meticulous research brings to life New York City history. First two books: "Paradise Alley" and "Dreamland".
Balcombe, Jonathan Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good Non-fiction Unfortunately, some bad stylistic and logical choices lessen the book's impact. Balcombe lists far too many anecdotes and adds too little analysis. He also makes presumptuous leaps: the fact that birds have brilliant plumage, and eyes to see other birds; feathers, does not mean they possess an aesthetic sense. One story of a chimp supposedly watching an African sunset is turned into an epiphany in which the ape is "contented with life." Such unprovable assertions detract from an otherwise well-argued thesis.
Baldwin, James Go Tell It On The Mountain Fiction Lays bare the secrets of a tormented black family during the depression.
Baldwin, James Notes of a Native Son Essays Suggested By:
Notes is the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.
Baldwin, James The Price of the Ticket Essays Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Collected Nonfiction 1948-1985. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the United States.
Ballard, J.G. The Crystal World Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery - recommended by the guys at UH.

From "the story of a physician specializing in the treatment of leprosy who is invited to a small outpost in the interior of Africa. Finding the roadways blocked, he takes to the river, and embarks on a frightening journey through a strange petrified forest whose area expands daily, affecting not only the physical environment but also its inhabitants." Huh. Not sure why the UH guys thought this was post-apocalyptic. Maybe they were thinking of something else by Ballard?
Ballard, J.G. Various Post-Apocalyptic The Wind from Nowhere, first published in 1961 is the debut novel by English author J.G. Ballard. Prior to this, his published work had consisted solely of short stories. The novel was the first of a series of Ballard novels dealing with scenarios of 'natural disaster', in this case seeing civilization reduced to ruins by prolonged worldwide hurricane force winds.
  • The Wind From Nowhere (1961)
  • The Drowned World (1962)
  • The Burning World (1964; also The Drought, 1965)
  • The Crystal World (1966)
Balzano, Frederica Why Should Extroverts Make All The Money? Non-fiction Offers introverts the inside track on selling themselves.
Bangs, Lester Psychotic Reactions and Carbureator Dung Essays Lester Bangs was mythologized in 'Almost Famous'. The critic, who died at 34 of a drug overdose, wrote like Janis Joplin sang [what?]. Book is dated, but fun.
Bank, Melissa The Wonder Spot Short Stories From the woman who wrote "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing." Character says of a prissy cousin, "She looks like a hair with hair."
Bantock, Nick Griffin & Sabine (a whole bunch of them) Art The illustrated letters guy.
Barasch, Marc Ian Field Notes on the Compassionate Life Non-fiction Selfish everyman striving to become more mindful. Explores why compassion is so elusive.
Barbree, Jay Live From Cape Canaveral Non-fiction NBC's longtime correspondent offers an candid, first-person view of the U.S. space program's first 50 years.
Barclay, Linwood Never Look Away Crime/Mystery Journalist David Harwood is left only with questions after a family outing becomes a terrifying nightmare in the mere blink of an eye. Recommended by Stephen King.
Bard, Elizabeth Picnic in Provence Non-fiction Memoir, dotted with tasty recipes, about opening an ice cream shop in Provence.
Bardsley, Greg Cash Out Fiction Suggested By:
Remarkably funny and surprisingly perceptive. Follows a Silicon Valley executive on a madcap mission to leave the tech world behind. Wild, unpredictable, and totally original
Barnes, Linda Deep Pockets Crime/Mystery 10th outing of red-haired giant-sized P.I. Carlotta Carlyle. Investigating mysterious death of a student - prof was having an affair and was afraid it would come out and then the girl turns up dead.
Barnett, Kristine The Spark Memoir Suggested By:
This compelling memoir follows Kristine and her son, Jacob, a certifiable genius with an IQ higher than Einstein's, who also lives with autism. Experience their powerful journey.
Barr, Luke Provence, 1970 Non-fiction Travel back to the winter of 1970, when six culinary legends including Julia Child and James Beard wound up together in the South of France.
Barr, Nevada Deep South Fiction Anna Pigeon - professional park ranger and amateur sleuth.
Barrington, Judith Lifesaving: A Memoir Memoir Barrington, a British poet and author, demonstrates her mastery of words in this coming-of-age story. Barrington's parents drowned as a result of a cruise ship fire when she was 19, and here she reflects on her search for her identity at a time when she was in denial of her parents' deaths. She goes to work in Spain, where her parents lived before she was born and where the family vacationed. The area and language are familiar to her, but she is enough of a foreigner that her somewhat strange behavior is excused.
Barron, Sara The Harm in Asking Essays Sara Barron is constantly amused and baffled by her painfully awkward interactions with other people.
Barrowcliffe, Mark The Elfish Game Memoir Thanks to his immersion in D&D, Barrowcliffe was an emotional and social wreck. Luckily, he emerged a funny one, and his gently knowning style makes the pain of identification a pleasure.
Barry, Dan Bottom of the 33rd Non-fiction Because of a rule-book glitch, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played for 33 innings in 1981. The game gives Barry ample opportunity to explore the world of minor league baseball. Not every Triple-A player becomes a Cal Ripken, and Barry gives generous attention to those who didn't make it.
Barry, Dave Big Trouble Fiction Suggested By:
With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.
Barry, Dave Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down! Humorous Suggested By:
A Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times bestselling author delivers a riotous read that touches on everything from internet millionaires to low-flow toilets. "A gifted and engaging humorist, Barry never ceases to entertain"
Barry, Dave Dave Barry Turns 50 Humorous Suggested By:
A Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and "master humorist" (Publishers Weekly) takes readers on a wild tour through life, the aging process, and the baby boomer generation
Barry, Lynda Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor Paperback Non-fiction For the past decade, Lynda has run a highly popular writing workshop for non-writers called Writing the Unthinkable. Collaged texts, ballpoint pen doodles, and watercolour washes adorn Syllabus' yellow lined pages, which offer advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process.
Bartolucci, Marisa Living Large in Small Spaces Non-fiction Expressing personal style in 100 to 1,000 square feet.
Bas Bleu Catalog City Walks Travel Decks of cards suggesting walks in various cities. Check out London.
Basinger, Jeanine The Star Machine Non-fiction Studios used to be alchemists, spinning ordinary men and women into silver-screen gods. They were given fake noses, fake teeth, fake bios, and fake names. Almost nothing about them was real, which was exactly the point. One bone to pick: Basinger claims the star-minting machine is now dead...not as long as Hannah Montana, Zac and Vanessa are rolling off of the assembly line.
Baszile, Natalie Queen Sugar Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Book on which the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show is based. There is a value system, an earthiness, and a calm assuredness about just being in the ordinariness of life that turns out to be rather extraordinary.
Baum, L. Frank Various Fantasy Suggested By: Author.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900 - read 2017/05)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
  • Ozma of Oz (1907)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (1908)
  • The Road to Oz (1909)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
  • Rinkitink of Oz (1916)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
  • The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
  • The Magic of Oz (1919)
  • Glinda of Oz (1920)
Bawer, Bruce Stealing Jesus Non-fiction Details the gospel of hate that is preached by the likes of Jerry Falwell.
Bayoumi, Moustafa How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Being young and Arab in America.
Beall, Sam The Blackberry Farm Cookbook Cookbook Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life. I think I read a review of this, but lost it in the database delete incident.
Beard, Peter Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa Non-fiction Spellbinding memoir is both exhilirating and enlightening, and the old photos of 1950's Kenya are spectacular.
Beaseley, Sandra Don't Kill the Birthday Girl Non-fiction A sufferer's witty, sobering account of living with life-threatening food allergies.
Beatrice, Allyson Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby Memoir The message board maven recounts how she found a new family in the [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] show's devoted online community.
Beauman, Ned The Teleportation Accident Fiction This fizzy novel is a great time machine all its own, jumping between the Renaissance and the future, flirting with noir, sci-fi, and romance, and skewering the "same empty people going to the same empty parties" along the way.
Bechdel, Alison Fun Home Memoir Dykes to Watch Our For...Graphic Memoir...While Fun Home takes only a coupla of hours to read, it has depth and sweetness few can match at five times the length.
Bechtel, Stefan Dogtown: tales of rescue, rehabilitation, and redemption Non-fiction This collection of stories tells of the dedicated people at the Dogtown rescue organization in Kanab, Utah, who are devoted to helping unadoptable animals find welcoming homes.
Becker, Suzy I Had Brain Surgery, What's your Excuse? Memoir Tragicomedy. Underwent brain surgery to remove a benign mass, and suffered severe speech and memory loss for several months afterward. Even in her darkest hour she's likable, and as you applaud her recovery you also realize you'll miss looking after her.
Beha, Christopher Arts & Entertainments Fiction Suggested By:
"A funny, sharp study of celebrity" (Entertainment Weekly). In a state of desperation, failed actor and drama teacher Eddie sells a sex tape he made with his now famous ex-girlfriend, setting into motion a disastrous and bizarre series of events. "Entertaining and thought-provoking" (Booklist).
Belle de Jour Secret Diary of a Call Girl Memoir Now a Showtime series. Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew--by becoming a call girl.
Bellows, Melina Gerosa Wish Chick Lit 8-year-old grows up into entertainment journalist. A refreshingly real heroine makes us wish this three-decades-long journey didn't end.
Belluck, Pam Island Practice Non-fiction A fun profile of Nantucket's gun-toting, marijuana-prescribing house-call-making local doctor.
Belushi, Judith Belushi Auto/Biography Belushi's widow coedits a dishy oral history with previously unseen photos.
Benfante, Michael Reluctant Hero Memoir After rousting his panicked telecommunications colleagues form their 81-st floor WTC offices on 9/11, Benefante came across a woman in a wheelchair and helped carry her down the stairwells to safety. Their brave journey is told in riveting detail.
Benjamin, David The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked Memoir Suggested By:
David Benjamin recounts his madcap childhood in this side-splitting memoir that deftly evokes both the bewilderment and savvy of kids trying to get a handle on life.
Bennett, Brit The Mothers Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Bennett speaks about how important it is to her to "depict ordinary black life. I think that there's something really powerful and humanizing of not foregrounding white racism as the number one problem of being black."
Bennett, Ellie Mud, Sweat & Gears: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats Memoir Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by comment on George Mahood's FB page.
Bennett, Ray The Underachiever's Manifesto Humorous Suggested By:
Check the statewide library system. The Guide to Accomplishing Little and Feeling Great. Playfully persuasive pocket guide to living life to the least and loving it. With sharp humor and genuine wisdom, this welcome little book extols the fabulous benefits of underachievement in our overextended society.
Bennetts, Leslie The Feminine Mistake Non-fiction Haunted by the financial straits that faced her grandmother, whose husband left her for his mistress, and her mother, who returned to work after Bennetts' father lost his job, the author never considered quitting her job as a journalist after having two kids.
Bentley, Toni The Surrender Memoir Um. She's into alternative sex and I can't believe that People Magazine reviewed this book. "Bentley recounts her romance with...[a man] who sodomozed her precisely 298 times. Bentley counte. She also kept all their used condoms in a red mahogany chest." EEEEEW. I think reading this might be like watching a trainwreck.
Benway, Robin Emmy & Oliver Youth Suggested By:
As children, Emmy and Oliver were best friends -- until Oliver's father kidnapped him. When he returns home years later, can they find their way back to each other? A "heartfelt, funny, irreverent, and ultimately satisfying"
Berendt, John The City of Falling Angels Non-fiction Tales of living in Venice from the author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".
Berg, Elizabeth Make Someone Happy Essays Suggested By:
This is a collection of favorite blog entries and postings.
Berger, Thomas Arthur Rex Fantasy Suggested By: Unknown.
Gave my copy to the library. In Berger's medieval England, the damsel in distress is never what she appears to be. Merlin is a wizard of a completely different stripe. Classic heroes and villains are vividly reimagined, breathing fresh life into a familiar story. Powerful, emotional, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Arthur Rex is an unforgettable tribute to one of the most celebrated tales of all time.
Bergman, Megan Mayhew Birds of a Lesser Paradise Short Stories Wise, deeply pleasurable stories centered on humanity's enduring connection to the world's wild things.
Berlin, Lucia A Manual for Cleaning Women Short Stories 43 autobiographical stories that read like one long fascinating conversation full of switchbacks and revelations. Bright and fierce and full of wild color.
Bernard, Francoise La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking Cookbook Best described as a French Joy of Cooking. English-language versions of timeless Gallic dishes.
Bernick, Elisa The Family Sabbatical Handbook Travel The Budget Guide To Living Abroad With Your Family. Full of charm and humor, it raises tempting possibilities, makes one admire the grit, flexibility and committment of those who take the plunge, elicits amazement, and here a there a laugh.
Berns, Gregory Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fufillment Non-fiction Instead of being ruled by the so-called pleasure principle, peole are driven by challenge, adversity, and novelty. Berns challenges assumptions about what makes us tick and suggests how we can derive more satisfaction from our lives.
Bertinelli, Valerie Losing It Memoir Bertinelli isn't a literary stylist, but her writing is as movingly honest and intimate as a heart-to-heart talk.
Bertino, Marie-Helene 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas Fiction Suggested By:
As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life's endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. Will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.
Bertino, Marie-Helene 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas Fiction Suggested By:
One of NPR's Best Books of 2014! On the day before Christmas Eve in Philadelphia, the lives of a nine-year-old budding singer, a fifth-grade teacher, and the owner of a legendary jazz club will intersect in moving and magical ways.
Bertsche, Rachel MWF seeking BFF Memoir Suggested By:
A journalist chronicles her yearlong hunt for a new BFF in this "charming" memoir (People). "Engaging and often hilarious… I couldn't put it down" (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project).
Bester, Alfred The Stars My Destination SciFi Recommended by Ernest Cline (Ready Player One). Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die.
Beston, Henry The Outermost House Memoir Chronicles the year Beston spend alone in a remote Cape Code beach house. Classic of American nature writing. Bas Bleu.
Betts, Kate My Paris Dream Memoir Harper's Bazaar editor in chief recalls moving to Paris after college graduation in 1986, determined not only to master the French language, but also to make an indelible mark on the world of fashion journalism.
Beukes, Lauren Broken Monsters SciFi Author of The Shining Girls. Buekes tells whodunit almost at the outset. That eliminates the "how", but not the "why" which turns out to be ma more complicated thing. Smarter and sharper than your average splatter paperback.
Beyer, Rick and Elizabeth Sayles The Ghost Army of World War II Non-fiction Suggested By:
Nicknamed "the Ghost Army", an elite unit of American GIs helped win the war in Europe by confusing Hitler's armies with art, trickery, and illusion.
Binchy, Maeve Quentins Fiction Suggested By:
Ella Brady wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. After all, the restaurant saw the people of a city become more confident in everything from their lifestyles to the food that they chose to eat. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way...
Bird, Eugenie and David Downton Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand Fantasy High quality picture book - fairie fashions made from feathers, flowers, nuts, etc.
Biss, Eula On Immunity Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Eye-opening critique of America's fear of vaccines. It will make you totally rethink your moral responsibility to every other human on earth. May convince anti-vaccine crusaders to change their mind.
Bittman, Mark Food Matters Non-fiction A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes. Want to lose weight, spend less, and help the earth? This smart guide by nutrition guru Bittman will get you started.
Bittman, Mark How to Cook Everything Cookbook His recipes are relatively simple yet incredibly tasty.
Bittman, Mark VB6 Non-fiction Suggested By:
Mark Bittman shows how you can lose weight and get healthy by supplementing your omnivorous appetite with a plant-based diet. Complete with a 28-day eating plan and over 60 mouthwatering recipes.
Black, Benjamin Christine Falls Crime/Mystery Recommended by Stephen King. In the debut crime novel from the Booker-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society.
Black, Benjamin Elegy for April Crime/Mystery Black's engrossing third crime thriller set in 1950s Dublin (after The Silver Swan) finds pathologist Garret Quirke fresh from a stint in alcohol rehab. Quirke reluctantly agrees to help his daughter, Phoebe Griffin, with whom he has a tenuous relationship, find her missing best friend, April Latimer, a junior doctor at a local hospital.
Black, Cara Murder Below Montparnasse Crime/Mystery Francophiles and mystery lovers alike will devour investigator Aime Leduc's latest outing, which takes here through the gorgeous if treacherous world of black-market art in Paris as she safeguards a long-lost Modigliani painting.
Black, Holly The Darkest Part of the Forest Youth Suggested By: Author.
The story is about Hazel and her brother, Ben, who live in a small town where humans live in with a variety of mythical creatures.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You Youth Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi Arthur Spiderwick's Notebook for Fantastical Observations Youth he superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wyrm King - Book 3 Youth The last book of the Spiderwick Saga, the story starts with the Vargas family going to a family therapist because of the children's latest strange behaviour, which Nick's father thinks is caused by his re-marrying.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi Spiderwick Chronicles: Ironwood Tree - Book 4 Youth The family attends Mallory's fencing contest at school. During the contest, Jared finds a boy identical to him going through Mallory's bag.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath - Book 5 Youth The Grace children return from the quarry to the Spiderwick estate, only to find the house in ruins and their mother gone.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack Youth Take a tour with Thimbletack, resident and caretaker of the Spiderwick mansion, as he guides you through his scrapbook and personal collection of faerie artifacts.
Black, Holly and Tony DiTerizzi The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites Youth Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you.
Blackburn, John A Scent of New-mown Hay Post-Apocalyptic The Wind From Nowhere
Blackwood, Nina et al. VJ Non-fiction Takes you behind the scenes of the music network when it actually played music.
Blais, Allison etc A Place of Remembrance Non-fiction Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial (9/11 Memorial)
Blake, Mark Is This the Real Life Non-fiction Before he became rock royalty, a young Freddie Mercury worked as a baggage handler at London's Heathrow Airport. Meanwhile, Brian May planned to become an astronomer.
Blanchard, Melinda and Robert A Trip to the Beach Memoir Building a restaurant on a sleepy Caribbean island. Living on island time in the Carribbean.
Blaney, Mel A Journey of Friendship Memoir An account of the author's 1996 Appalachian Trail thru-hike.
Blasi, Marlena de The Lady in the Palazzo Travel In the former food writer's third memoir about living with her Italian husband in his native land, she storms into Umbria in her big skirts and hiking boots to set up a home in a dilapidated palazzo. While waiting for endless renovations, de Blasi eats, cooks, and mingles with the natives.
Blau, Jessica Anya The Trouble with Lexie Fiction Suggested By:
From an author with "a wicked imagination" (Nick Hornby): When prep school counselor Lexie befriends her favorite student's father, her carefully scripted life spins out of control.
Blehm, Eric The Only Thing Worth Dying For Non-fiction Suggested By:
Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan.
Block, Lawrence All the Flowers are Dying Crime/Mystery His stuff is just too damn readable, not to mention addictive. Some of the torture scenes are brutal, so don't read this on a full stomach.
Bloom, Amy Come to Me Fiction According to Elizabeth Berg, this will "take your breath away". Yearning mysteries of romantic and familial love. Also recommends "Love Invents Us".
Bloom, Paul Against Empathy Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
New York Times: The Case for Rational Compassion. A psychologist provocatively argues that what most of us think as empathy narrows our vision in a harmful way.
Blum, Howard The Last Goodnight Auto/Biography Suggested By:
Betty Pack, a glamorous American spy born in Minneapolis, paved the way for victory with her death-defying secret missions in World War II.
Blume, Judy Double Fudge Fiction Sequel to Fudge
Boast, Will Epilogue Memoir Kindle Book: While settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast stumbles upon documents revealing that his father had another family before Will's a wife and two sons in England.
Bodanis, David Electric Universe Science/Nature Adds more than a touch of drama to his lucid and informative science lessons.
Bodett, Tom As Far As You Can Go Without A Passport Essays A collection of short, witty pieces on small-town life, family life and everyday experiences in Homer, Alaska. He's got other stuff too - check it out.
Bogira, Steve Courtroom 302 Non-fiction Journalist Bogira spent a year in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Court.
Bogle, John C. Bogle On Mutual Funds Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Bogle is the founder of Vanguard. New Perspectives For The Intelligent Investor.
Bogle, John C. Don't count on it! Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Bogle is the founder of Vanguard. Reflections on investment illusions, capitalism, "mutual" funds, indexing, entrepreneurship, idealism, and heroes.
Bogle, John C. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Updated and Revised Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Bogle is the founder of Vanguard. The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock
Bogle, John C. and David F. Swensen Common Sense on Mutual Funds Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Bogle is the founder of Vanguard.
Bogle, John C. and President Bill Clinton Enough Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Bogle is the founder of Vanguard. True Measures of Money, Business, and Life.
Bohjalian, Chris Skeletons at the Feast Fiction A Prussian family, the Scottish POW assigned to work on their farm, and a Jew disguised as a Third Reich soldier attempt to escape through the frozen, war-torn tundra of 1945 Germany.
Bohjalian, Chris The Double Bind Fiction Brutally attacked and nearly killed, artist Laurel Estabrook survives and retreats to focus on her photography. This is top-notch Bohjalian fiction until the final chapter, which is gutted by a cheap trick.
Bohjalian, Chris The Light in the Ruins Fiction Powerful story about a noble Tuscan family that becomes involved with the Nazis, a murder 11 years later, and the crime's investigation.
Bohjalian, Chris The Sandcastle Girls Fiction Pride and sadness in this tale of ethnic destruction and endurance that was the Armenian genocide.
Bok, Francis Escape from Slavery Memoir In 1986 7-year-old farm-boy Francis Bok was taken from the local market to be slave. He tells of his experiences and eventual escape. His poignantly candid commentary on Sudan's Islamic nationalistic government and the millions of enslaved Sudanese will prove equally mindblowing.
Boles, Blake Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree Non-fiction Better Than College provides the step-by-step guidance and inspiration necessary to design your own higher education. This book teaches you how to find community, stay on track, and get hired or start your own venture, all without a four-year degree.
Bolick, Kate Spinster Memoir Awakened and inspired by the lives of five historical women, Bolick revels in her own singledom in this blazingly smart memoir.
Bond, Cynthia Ruby Fiction Suggested By:
A New York Times bestseller and an Oprah's Book Club selection: After Ruby trades small-town Texas for the glamour of Manhattan, an urgent message pulls her back home and thrusts her into her shadowy past.
Boo, Katherine Behind the Beatiful Forevers Non-fiction Riveting, fearlessly reported portrait of poverty (in a Mumbai slum) so obliterating that it amounts to slow-motion genocide.
Boo, Katherine Behind the Beautiful Forevers Non-fiction Suggested By:
Examines the lives of residents in a Mumbai suburb. "Completely enjoyable - As rich and beautifully written as a novel" (David Sedaris).
Boorstin, Sharon Let Us Eat Cake Memoir Serves up the sweet and the sour on her Miracle Whip obsessed mom.
Booth, Martin Golden Boy Memoir As a child in the early 50s, given the run of Hong Kong. He and his mother learned Cantonese, and came to think of Hong Kong as their real home while trying to forget postwar England.
Borg, Marcus J. Reading the Bible Again for the Very First Time Non-fiction Taking the bible seriously, but not literally. Especially for those who've found themselves hesitant to shelve their intellect in order to make a leap of faith.
Borrie, Cathie The Long Hello Memoir Suggested By:
"Deeply affecting" (Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice): For seven years, Cathie cared for her mother as Alzheimer's disease transformed both their lives. With moving prose, she chronicles their journey together in this celebration of love. "Joy!" (Maya Angelou).
Bostwick, Marie The Promise Girls Chick Lit Suggested By:
For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother's narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn't been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three "test tube" daughters--gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery--were engineered and molded to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. But now, twenty years after the book's release, she hopes to redeem herself by taking part in a new documentary.
Boukreev, Anatoli The Climb Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Another account of the disaster on Mount Everest. Mountain climbing.
Bourdain, Anthony Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical Non-fiction From the Kitchen Confidential guy.
Bouvier, Jacqueline and Lee One Special Summer Memoir Jacqueline Bouvier [Kennedy Onassis] and her younger sister Lee [Radziwill] begged their mother to let them go to Europe alone and they promised to be good. One Special Summer was the remberance book they created as a "thank you" to their parents on their return.
Bowden, Mark Killing Pablo Non-fiction The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw. Rise and fall of Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
Bowers, Scotty Full Service Memoir Hollywood rent boy. Arranged hookups for Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier.
Box, C.J. Joe Pickett Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Friend.
Joe Pickett is a Game Warden in Wyoming.
  • Open Season (July 2001 - read 2017/05)
  • Savage Run (June 2002)
  • Winterkill (May 2003)
  • Trophy Hunt (June 2004)
  • Out of Range (May 2005)
  • In Plain Sight (May 2006)
  • Free Fire (May 2007)
  • Blood Trail (May 2008)
  • Below Zero (June 2009)
  • Nowhere to Run (April 2010)
  • Cold Wind (March 2011)
  • Force of Nature (March 2012)
  • Breaking Point (March 2013)
  • Stone Cold (March 2014)
  • Endangered (March 2015)
  • Off the Grid (March 2016)
  • Vicious Circle (March 2017)
boyd, danah It's Complicated Non-fiction Fascinating, well-researched and (mostly) reassuring look at how today's tech-savvy teenagers are using social media.
Boylan, Jennifer Finney I'm Looking Through You Memoir She's excellent, humorous company, and the center of her story - after her sex change, the older sister she adored severed all ties - is simply heartbreaking.
Boylan, Jennifer Finney She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders GLBT Winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving.
Brackett, Leigh The Long Tomorrow Post-Apocalyptic One of the original novels of post-nuclear holocaust America, The Long Tomorrow is considered by many to be one of the finest science fiction novels ever written on the subject. The story has inspired generations of new writers and is still as mesmerizing today as when it was originally written.
Bradbury, Malcolm Unsent letters : irreverent notes from a literary life Non-fiction From the library catalog, under the subject "Letters: Imaginary"
Bradshaw, Ray 1200 Painting Effects for the Home Decorator Technical/Reference Includes 1200 or so color combination examples.
Brady, James The Coldest War Memoir Author's harrowing experiences during Korean War.
Brady, S. Ten Things I Learned From Bill Porter Memoir Cerebral Palsy Watkins salesman.
Braestrup, Kate Here If You Need Me Memoir Unitarian minister for the Maine state police. Yes, becoming a minister was an unlikely move for a woman who grew up secular and used to roll her eyes at churchgoing friends. Braestrup is almost dogmatically undogmatic. Athesists are okay with her. This witty, middle-aged Main minister has a calm, earthy authority all her own.
Brafman, Ori and Rom Sway Non-fiction The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior. That's not you who's deciding, it's your unconscious - and it doesn't have a clue!
Bragg, Rick Ava's Man Memoir Suggested By:
Rick Bragg shares a vivid glimpse into the Depression-era Deep South in this "eloquent and touching" biography of his remarkable grandfather (Publishers Weekly).
Bragg, Rick My Southern Journey Non-fiction The master Alabama storyteller waxes eloquent on everything from white gravy to "the gift of loafering".
Bragg, Ricky The Prince of Frogtown Memoir Memoir reads like a novel. Southern voice, and Terry McMillan was able to relate to his family.
Brand, Russell Booky Wook 2 Memoir What it's like having given up drugs.
Brand, Russell My Booky Wook Memoir A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up
Branson, Richard Losing My Virginity Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
Branson, Richard Screw It, Let's Do It Non-fiction 14 Lessons on Making It to the Top While Having Fun & Staying Green (Expanded Edition)
Brashares, Ann My Name is Memory Fiction A romance that stretches across centuries and past lives constitutes the core of Brashares's varied second adult novel, the first in a planned trilogy. The story is primarily that of Daniel, as, in the present, he pursues Lucy (whom he knows as Sophia in a previous life) and attempts to persuade her of their history and destiny, but his passion initially and understandably scares her off.
Brashares, Ann The Here and Now Fiction An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.
Brashares, Ann The Whole Thing Together Fiction Suggested By: Other.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author. Love, class differences, and betrayal play out over the course of a fractured American family's Long Island summer.
Brave Bird, Mary Ohitika Woman Memoir Suggested By:
Mary Brave Bird tells of her turbulent experience growing up as a passionate Lakota woman in this candid memoir. A forceful presentation of Native American life today.
Braverman, Blair Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube Memoir Suggested By:
Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North. By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs (dogsledding, dog sled), and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Obstacles included two men in particular menaced her -- a predatory Norwegian host-family father who molested her and a charismatic, narcissistic, controlling boyfriend in Alaska who ignored the words "no" and "goodbye."
Brenner, Marie Apples & Oranges Memoir If you've ever loathed your sibling, even momentarily, you'll be partial to this memoir. Brenner write of trying to understand her obsessive-compulsive brother Carl.
Brentlinger, John The Little Blue Book of Selling Non-fiction Finding out what a prospect really wants, truly needs, and is willing to pay for, and then helping them get it.
Bridge, Andrew Hope's Boy Memoir The author was 6 when he saw his impoverished single mother slit her wrists and then write his name in blood on the walls of their shabby apartment. Into "the system" he went. He went on to graduate from Harvard Law School and help reform the foster care system.
Briggs, Patricia The Mercedes Thompson Series Fantasy Recommended by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse series). A world where vampires and werewolves walk among us, and one [hot tattooed with a sword] woman dares to cross into the darkness.
Moon Called (2006)
Blood Bound (2007)
Iron Kissed (2008)
Bone Crossed (2009)
Silver Borne (2010)
Brill, David As Far as the Eye Can See Memoir Reflections of an Appalachian Trail hiker
Brillstein, Bernie Where Did I Go Right? Memoir Managed John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and never had a contract with any of them. "It was always a handshake." He had an unshakeable faith in the people he chose to represent.
Brinkley, William The Last Ship Post-Apocalyptic Post-apocalyptic. The author of Don't Go Near the Water superbly depicts life on a U.S. Navy destroyer after a heavy nuclear exchange. That women are now integrated into the navy adds to the interest. The survivors hunt a safe haven where life and perhaps the human race can continue, away from radiation. A Russian submarine, apparently friendly, appears and then is gone, while a group of mutineers irrationally try to return "home." The captain's narration is thoughtful and sensitive. Inexperienced with women, he must oversee the desperate assembly-line attempts to conceive children that he himself does not join. More than a military adventure, this is a first-rate study of beauty amid ghastliness, engrossing to the end. (found on a list from
Brinkman, Dr. Rick and Dr. Rick Kirschner Dealing with People You Can't Stand Non-fiction Suggested By:
How do you deal with a difficult family member, an obnoxious coworker, or a confrontational stranger? This straightforward guide offers brilliant strategies for managing various personalities and curbing bad behavior.
Brite, Poppy Z Last Souls Fantasy Vampire book recommended by Holly Black. It is the only novel-length adventure of Brite's 'Steve and Ghost' characters, popularized in numerous short stories. The novel is an extended version of the short story "The Seed of Lost Souls".
Brittingham, Kim Read My Hips Non-fiction As a teen, "I was bigger and uglier than most girls," writes Brittingham. Her path to self-acceptance will make you cheer.
Brockes, Emma She Left Me the Gun Memoir Incest, alcoholism, robbery, gunfire, murder, sensational court trials ? these are among the building blocks of the dysfunctional-family memoir by Emma Brockes. Recommended by EW for those who like Cheryl Strayed's Wild.
Brockmann, Jorg and James Driscoll and Kathy Borrus One Thousand Buildings of Paris Travel Parisian architecture is, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful in the world. An essential addition to the library of anyone who's ever been enchanted by this magnificent city.
Brockmeier, Kevin A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip Memoir The seventh grade was nobody's idea of fun, but this incredibly vivid memoir captures the hormonal highs and devastating lows of that one seminal year. It'll bring back memories ou didn't know you had.
Brokaw, Tom The Greatest Generation Non-fiction Suggested By:
This New York Times bestseller from a highly acclaimed journalist pays tribute to the incredible generation that endured the Great Depression and World War II -- and shaped modern America.
Bronson, Po Why Do I Love These People? Non-fiction Honest and amazing stories of real families. Depiction of the sometimes eccentric ways family members maintain their ties.
Brookes, Tim The Driveway Diaries: A Dirt Road Almanac Memoir This hilarious account of life in rural Vermont is a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to buy that cute, innocent-looking little fixer-upper in the country. His preliminary nemesis is the utterly unnavigable driveway.
Brooks, David On Paradise Drive Non-fiction His central question, "If middle America is so stupid, vulgar, self-absorbed, and materialistic, which is often is, then how can America itself be so great?" But Brooks' style is so easygoing and his observations so wicked and astute that you won't be able to stop reading, or laughing.
Brooks, Geraldine Year of Wonders Fiction Suffering in English village in 1666 during the plague, but leaves one feeling hopeful, consoled, and inspired.
Brooks, Gwendolyn Maud Martha Fiction Essential look at urban black life, with all its beauty and pain. Set in Chicago.
Brooks, Max World War Z Post-Apocalyptic An Oral History of the Zombie War
Brower, Kate Anderson The Residence Non-fiction As engrossing as Downton Abbey, Brower's book takes us into the captivating secret world of the staff members who run the White House.
Brown Nobody's Business But Your Own Non-fiction Information about businesses opened by young entrepreneurs.
Brown, Daniel James The Boys in the Boat Non-fiction Suggested By: People Mag.
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Nine working class young men from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin.
Brown, Daniel James The Indifferent Stars Above Non-fiction Suggested By:
The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party. By the author of The Boys in the Boat.
Brown, Dee The Gentle Tamers Non-fiction Suggested By:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: This riveting history illuminates the courageous women who populated and civilized the Old West.
Brown, Harriet Brave Girl Eating Memoir A mother's harrowing chronicle of the years anorexia held her daughter captive, and the long road back.
Brown, Judy This is Not a Love Story Memoir Brown shares her memories of growing up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn. Most poignant is her account of her "crazy" brother Nachum, who has undiagnosed autism and whom the community shuns.
Brown, Rachel Manija All the Fishes Come Home to Roost Memoir Brown left behind her friends and Brownie troop in Los Angeles when her parents, disciples of guru Meher Baba, moved to an ashram in India. Her years in India were "permeated by fear". She was bullied at school, pelted with rocks by kids, subjected to rats on the way to the toilet...
Brown, Tina The Diana Chronicles Auto/Biography Princess Di. Solid journalism, and juicy gossip in one.
Brown, Tina The Vanity Fair Diaries Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Her sharp commentary on the 80s and 90s and their excesses, interspersed with glimpses of her struggles as a working mom. Irresistible reading.
Brown-Waite, Eve First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria Memoir Suggested By:
When city slicker Eve fell for a Peace Corps volunteer, she plunged into a life-changing journey that carried her across the ocean! This entertaining memoir tells her adventurous true story "in an accessible, humorous tone sure to appeal to armchair travelers" (Booklist).
Browne, David Amped Non-fiction How big air, big dollars, and a new generation took sports to the extreme. From Tony Hawk to hawking goods: hurtle into the world of Extreme Sports.
Browne, David Fire and Rain Non-fiction Delves into the stories behind 1970's most iconic albums: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sweet Baby Jane, and Let It Be, to name a few.
Browne, Jill Conner The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love Non-fiction Spunky advice on beauty, life, and love.
Brox, Jane Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Non-fiction Eventually the guttering light of candles gave way to better inventions, from whale-oil lamps to electric bulbs, each triggering a greater dependence on man-made lights. A yawn-inducing subject has been fashioned into an addictively readable cultural history.
Broyard, Bliss One Drop Memoir Just before the 1990 death of her father, Bliss Boyard learned that her father was part black. Powerful, moving, and only occassionally too wordy.
Bryson, Bill A Short History of Nearly Everything Non-fiction Factoids from geology to chemistry.
Bryson, Bill At Home Non-fiction Breezy factoids which begin about the Iowa-born writer's 1851 home in England and radiates outward.
Bryson, Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words Technical/Reference Good for a laugh, also makes a great guide in matters of our disorderly mother tongue.
Bryson, Bill Made in America Non-fiction ??
Bryson, Bill Neither Here Nor There Non-fiction ??
Bryson, Bill One Summer Non-fiction One exhilarating nutty summer when Charles Lindbergh blazed a sky path over the Atlantic, Babe Ruth blasted baseballs into orbit and, in the White House, Calvin Coolidge proved a master of the nap.
Bryson, Bill The Mother Tongue Essays ??
Buchan, Elizabeth Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Fiction Rose's husband leaves, but she gets her just-deserts.
Buck, Joan Juliet The Price of Illusion Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Longtime French Vogue editor Buck looks back on her glamorous life in this lush charming memoir.
Buckingham, Marcus and Curt Coffman First, Break All the Rules Non-fiction Qualities and styles of great mangers.
Bukowski, Charles Ham On Rye Fiction Suggested By:
Hailed as a celebrated 20th-century American writer's best work, this raw coming-of-age story paints a complex and often troubling portrait of an outcast growing up in the midst of the Great Depression.
Bukowski, Charles Various Other I got him in a Facebook quiz about which beat author I would be (and it did say that he is not actually a beat author).
Burau, Caroline Tell Me Exactly What Happened Memoir Suggested By: Suggested List.
Inside the world of emergency dispatch, tragedy, boredom, and mind-bending weirdness are constant companions.
Burchett, Dave Bring Em Back Alive: A Healing Plan for Those Wounded by the Church Non-fiction This book is salve to wounded hearts and those with a heart for the spiritually wounded. Dave Burchett gently and compassionately provides insight and direction for the journey toward healing. His humor (he is genuinely one of the funniest people I know!) provides delightful moments of respite in the midst of a difficult subject.
Burchett, Dave When Bad Christians Happen to Good People Non-fiction Dave (the author) has an enviable and captivating cynical wit that makes it a both hilarious and convincing read.
Burger, Joanna The Parrot Who Owns Me Memoir Sappy annoying parrot story, probably.
Burke, Edmund R. and Ed Pavelka The complete book of long-distance cycling Non-fiction BK recommends this.
Burke, James Lee Feast Day of Fools Crime/Mystery 30th novel, 3rd to star sheriff Hackberry Holland - Boschian portrait.
Burke, James Lee Heartwood Fiction Stellar Lone Star Saga.
Burke, James Lee Jolie Blon's Bounce Crime/Mystery Detective Robicheaux tangles with a small crowd of creepy suspects to solve murder.
Burrell, Brian Postcards from the Brain Museum Science/Nature Satisfying survey of the humand mind. And famous preserved brains.
Burroughs, Augusten Magical Thinking: True Stories Memoir "Running with Scissors" guy.
Burton, Robert and Stephen R. Kress National Audobon Society North America Birdfeeder Guide Non-fiction An identification guide for the 100 birds that people in North America are mostly likely to see outside their windows. Tips on what plants to grow and lay out a garden that will attract birds year-round.
Buruma, Ian and Avishai Margalit Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies Non-fiction Have you've ever asked yourself, 'Why do they hate us so?' about the Middle East? Explores the historical roots of the anti-Western emotions so often at the root of terrorism against the USA.
Bushnell, Candace One Fifth Avenue Chick Lit About a tony Manhattan co-op building and the scheming and dreaming residents who call it home. Everything an escapist read should be: quick and wicked and wry.
Bushnell, Candace The Carrie Diaries Chick Lit Bushnell nails the story of a cherished character that stands on its own.
Butler, Nickolas Shotgun Lovesongs Fiction Suggested By: Other.
BooksAndBars for Mar 2014, but I did not read it. Debut novel follows thirty-somethings Henry, Lee, Kip, Ronny, and Beth, high school friends from small-town Wisconsin, sparkles in every way.
Buxbaum, Julie Tell Me Three Things Fiction Suggested By: Suggested List.
Girl-next-door suddenly finds herself in an elite CA prep school and has to figure out how to navigate this privileged world while still grieving her mother's death.
Buzzell, Colby My War Memoir Army enlistee [stationed in Iraq] posts his increasingly disillusioned wartime rants on his blog without getting busted by the brass. Bratty, funny, often surreal.
Byles, Jeff Rubble Non-fiction Rubble is a wonderfully illuminating account of the brute task of knocking down buildings.
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. Alone Memoir Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity.
Cabot, Meg Boy Meets Girl Chick Lit The author of 'The Princess Diaries', who is now writing for grown-ups, keeps her plot elementary. Manhanattan HR employee Kathleen Mackenzie falls for lawyer Mitchell Hertzog.
Caddy, Dan Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said Non-fiction Suggested By:
After coming home from Afghanistan, Dan Caddy traded stories with other soldiers about their craziest drill sergeant experiences. Enjoy this collection of their profane, hilarious, and sometimes wise words.
Cadwalladr, Carole The Family Tree Fiction Loving, spot-on portrait of a late-1970s childhood. Multi-generational British saga.
Cady, Meili Smoke Memoir Aspiring actress Cady gets swept up in the glitzy life of her new friend - a glamorous young woman who claims to be a model but is actually a pot-smuggling con-artist.
Cahalan, Susannah Brain on Fire Memoir She reconstructs the harrowing weeks she spent at NYU medical center as doctors struggled with her baffling case. Anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis erased all memory of an entire month of her life.
Cahill, Bette L. The Butterbox Babies Non-fiction Baby Sales, Baby Deaths. The Scandalous Story of the Ideal Maternity Home. From sb profile.
Cahill, Tim Hold the Enlightenment Non-fiction Organized in the "chaotic logic of a pinball in urgent play," this collection takes its reader from a yoga retreat in Jamaica to the mountains bordering Iraq as smoothly as it transitions between moments of sheer hilarity and utter poignancy.
Cahill, Tim Pecked To Death by Ducks Essays Grand tour of the earth's remote, exotic, and dismal places. Vivid, nerve-wracking, and outrageously funny.
Cahill, Tim Various Non-fiction
  • A Wolverine is Eating My Leg
  • Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tale)
  • Jaguars Ripped My Flesh
  • Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered
Cahn, Lu Ann I Dare Me Memoir Suggested By:
Veteran journalist and cancer survivor Lu Ann Cahn was feeling angry and frustrated. She felt "stuck." Her daughter helped convince her to start a "Year of Firsts." For the next 365 days, Cahn made a point of doing something she had never done before, every day.
Cain, Susan Quiet Non-fiction Cain argues that the constitutionally introverted - those who prefer listening to talking, reading to regaling, solitude to hanging out with the gang - get a bum rap.
Calcaterra, Regina Etched in Sand Memoir As children, Calcaterra and her siblings were horrifically abused by their mentally ill mother. Her book reminds us that it's possible to suffer the unimaginable and still grow up to make a difference.
Caldwell, Gail New Life, No Instructions Memoir Suggested By:
After being hit with one tragedy after another, Caldwell faces an important turning point in life and writes about loss, healing, and change.
Caletti, Deb He's Gone Fiction Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen.
Callaghan, Morely That Summer in Paris Memoir Memories of tangled friendships with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and some others.
Campbell, Bebe Moore What You Owe Me Fiction Women start a cosmetics company and get rich, then betrayal.
Campbell, Bonnie Jo Once Upon a River Fiction Margo Crane, a young woman who lives near a river in a rural area of Michigan in the 1970's. But Margo, who is about 15 when the story begins, is no ordinary teenager. She can shoot, hunt, skin an animal, and does not appear to be afraid of much. Margo will need these skills when she finds herself forced to assert her independence earlier than most teenagers do. SEQUEL: "Q Road".
Campbell, Christy The Maharaha's Box Non-fiction An exotic talke of espionage, intrigue, and illicit love in the days of the Raj.
Campbell, Donovan Joker One Memoir Suggested By:
In this New York Times bestseller, an ambitious graduate proves his mettle while leading a platoon of Marines into the heart of the Iraq War. A "beautiful and harrowing" account (Entertainment Weekly) that "brings a complicated and often messy war down to an extraordinarily personal level"
Campos, Paul The Obesity Myth: Non-fiction Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health
Canyon, Christy Lights, Camera, Sex! Auto/Biography Take a ride on the wild side with her in this new, explosive tell all autobiography. Loaded with juicy behind the scenes details, Canyon describes her adventures and misadventures with other porn stars such as Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn, Ron Jeremy and Peter North, just to name a few.
Capote, Truman The Grass harp Fiction Suggested By:
When an orphaned boy and two old women decide to live in a treehouse, they learn about the burden and pleasures of freedom and love.
Capuzo, Michael Close to Shore Non-fiction July 1916 at the beach: Shark attacks!
Carey, Peter Wrong About Pain Memoir Author's visit to Japan with his manga-loving 12-year-old son.
Carkeet, Daniel Campus Sexpot Memoir Local high school English teacher (not the author?) goes of to write a sexy pulp novel set in her little mountain community. Many recognizable citizens, their names only slightly altered, misbehaving in its pages.
Carlip, Hilary A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers Non-fiction Ever since she was a teenager, author Carlip has been collecting strangers' lost shopping lists and imaging the lives and people behind them. With the help of expertly applied makeup and outlandish costumes, Carlip has turned herself into the men and women that she imagined.
Carlomagno, Mary Live More, Want Less Non-fiction 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life. Recommended on FPN.
Carnegie, Dale How To Win Friends & Influence People Non-fiction A classic.
Carpenter, Novella Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer Memoir Food writer Carpenter chronicles with grace and generosity her experiences as an urban farmer.
Carter, Abigail The alchemy of loss: a young widow's transformation Memoir Carter's husband died in the Twin Towers on 9/11; this is the ably told story of her enlightening journey from utter shock and emptiness to inner calm and wholeness.
Carter, Betsy Nothing to Fall Back On Memoir Hard-knock life of the editor of Newsweek, Esquire and New York Woman.
Carter, Betsy The Orange Blossom Special Fiction 1958. Florida. Tender yet wickedly funny novel about people hoping for - and getting - second chances.
Carter, Jimmy Various Non-fiction
  • Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis (2005)
  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (2014)
  • The Virtues of Aging (2011)
  • Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President (2011)
  • Jimmy Carter: The Playboy Interview (50 Years of the Playboy Interview)
  • An Hour Before Daylight: Memories Of A Rural Boyhood (2001)
  • Keeping Faith (1995)
  • Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
  • Beyond the Whitehouse: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope (2007)
  • Sharing Good Times (2004)
  • Living Faith (2011)
  • Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age
Carter, Zoe Fitzgerald Imperfect Endings Memoir Carter's mother, who has Parkinson's, tells her three girls she plans to "end things" and wants them to be there when she does. Ultimately, in losing her, Carter finds a mother she never thought she'd know.
Cartwright, Justin The Promise of Happiness Fiction Archly funny novel about the vagaries of one quirky British family. Read it and you might find joy sneaking up on you.
Casey, Nell (editor) An Uncertain Inheritance Essays Essays about caring for gravely ill parents, partners, and even children.
Casey, Susan The Devil's Teeth Non-fiction Cheerful biologists who brave the extreme climate to study great white sharks. Wearing flea collars around her ankles to ward off vermin. Scientists who never lost their child's sense of amazement about nature.
Casey, Susan The Wave Non-fiction Casey spend five years following the new breed of extreme surfers who seek out colossal surf, putting their lives at risk for the thrill of the next awesome ride.
Cash, Wiley A Land More Kind Than Home Fiction Suggested By:
A classic Southern novel, this New York Times bestseller is "lyrical, beautiful, and uncomplicated" (Library Journal). Jess and his mute brother confront chilling cruelty in their small North Carolina town -- and tap into unexpected courage.
Cashin, Sheryll Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy Non-fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Saw the author on PBS NewsHour. She was very interesting, and the book sounds interesting too.
Cashwell, Peter The Verb "To Bird" Non-fiction Hilarious look at the culture of birding.
Castillo, Ana So Far from God Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
"Delightful… Impossible to resist" (Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times bestselling author): In a New Mexico village touched by magic, Sofia and her four daughters confront the vicissitudes of life and love.
Castner, Brian All the Ways We Kill and Die Non-fiction Suggested By:
After an IED claimed his friend's life in Afghanistan, an Iraq War veteran joined the military's hunt for the elusive bomb maker responsible. "A brilliant, moving, and troubling portrait of modern American warfare"
Castner, Brian The Long Walk Non-fiction An Air Force bomb detonator describes his harrowing assignments in Iraq - and their emotional toll.
Catling, Christopher London: A City Revealed Travel The pages of this coffee-table book are filled with stunning, full-color photographs of Buckingham Palace's throne room, Westminster Abbey's stained-glass windows, the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus, the Reading Room at the British Museum, and other famous London attractions.
Catmull, Edwin E. and Amy Wallace Creativity, Inc. Memoir This book details how Catmull built an enduring creative culture -- one that doesn't just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, communication, and originality, but committed to them, no matter how difficult that often proved to be. As he discovered, pursuing excellence isn't a one-off assignment. It's an ongoing, day-in, day-out, full-time job.
Catton, Eleanor The Luminaries Fiction Epic yarn about a motley crew of 12 men and their attempts to solve a series of local mysteries.
Cavallaro, Brittany A Study in Charlotte Youth Suggested By:
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes, descendants of the crime-solving duo, have no interest in being friends at boarding school. But then a student's death resembles a Sherlock case.
Cawley, Joe More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman Memoir When Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as Bolton on a wet Monday morning.
Cecchini, Toby Cosmopolitan Memoir Amusingly misanthropic tale of life behind bars (bartenders). Kitchen Confidential-style stories of wreaking vengeance on bad tippers, and dodging sloppy slutty drunks.
Celaya, Adam Earth, the New Frontier Post-Apocalyptic Post-Apocalyptic. When the much-heralded stellar event of the century turns into global catastrophe, mankind finds itself facing almost certain extinction as the sky begins to fall. As the world grows deathly cold in an atomic winter, a handful of survivors in Arizona strike out for their last chance of survival. Making their way over what is left of the broken roads and highways, they struggle to outrun not only the elements but also a growing army of escaped convicts. Led by a discredited soldier named John Hammond, the small caravan of survivors learns that they have no choice but to unite or die. Earth, the New Frontier is a story of everyday people under adverse conditions. With death never more than a step behind them, the characters face insurmountable challenges as they struggle for their very existence. (found on a list on
Cerveny, Randy Freaks of the Storm Science/Nature From flying cows to stealing thunder: the world's strangest true weather stories.
Chabon, Michael The Yiddish Policemen's Union Fiction Well, I haven't liked anything of his yet and Stephen King recommends it. But it takes place in Alaska, and a good AK book would be good.
Chambers, Becky The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet SciFi Suggested By:
In this lively romp through space, the motley crew of the Wayfarer explores distant galaxies and learns what it means to be family. A quietly profound, humane tour de force (The Guardian) with over 4,500 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Chandler, Raymond The Big Sleep Crime/Mystery See also:
The Big Sleep (1939 - introduces detective Philip Marlowe)
Farewell My Lovely (1940)
The High Window (1942)
The Lady in the Lake (1943)
The Little Sister (1949)
The Long Good-Bye (1953)
Playback (1958)
Poodle Springs (1989)
Chandra, Vikram Sacred Games Fiction A very long book [900 pages] can make you resentful of hte presumptuous writer who expects you to spend large chunks of time on his bloat [hear hear]. This is a ravishing, over-exuberant stab at the Great Indian Novel, an extraordinary work of fiction that will reward you in full for your investment of time, though not without occasionally testing your patience.
Chang, Jade The Wangs Vs the World Fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Wacky road trip novel. The Wang family embark on a cross-country journey after the 2008 stock market crash.
Chang, Leslie T. Factory Girls Non-fiction China's industrial city of Dongguan is a shining beacon where rural transplants can transform themselves from assembly-line workers into saleswomen or even entrepreneurs. The catch? Only the ruthless survive. This is an irristible book.
Charleson, Susannah Scent of the Missing Memoir A mesmerizing closeup of dogs trained to sniff for human scent. The book also celebrates Charleson's extraordinary partnership with her golden retriever.
Charnas, Suzy McKee The Vampire Tapestry Fantasy Recommended by Holly Black. Edward Weyland is far from your average vampire: not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological.
Chast, Roz Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Other Graphic novel. Wouldn't expect a book about dealing with aging parents to be hysterically funny, but this one is.
Cheever, John The Journals of John Cheever Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Author Elizabeth Strout recommends this book. "I read it carefully and started writing seriously in notebooks myself, noting the weather, the clouds, everything I saw or felt."
Cheever, John The Wapshot Chronicle Fiction The novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Tragic and funny.
Cherian, Anne A Good Indian Wife Fiction Suggested By:
Handsome anesthesiologist Neel is sure he can resist his family's pleas that he marry a "good" Indian girl. With a girlfriend and a career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage. But that's precisely what he gets. His bride, Leila, a thirty-year-old teacher, comes with her own complications. They struggle to reconcile their own desires with others' expectations in this story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley The Worst Journey In the World Non-fiction British Antarctic ("Terra Nova") Expedition, 1910 - 1913.
Chew, Ruth The Witch's Buttons Magical/Mystical Sandy put her hand into her pocket and felt the button. It seemed to twist in her hand. She pulled the button out and looked at it. It was shaped like a tiny man, and there was a grin on his face. Sandy almost dropped the button. "Janet," she whispered, "it's alive!"
Chew, Ruth Various Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
  • Baked Beans for Breakfast aka The Secret Summer (1970)
  • Do-It-Yourself Magic (1987 - read 2005)
  • Earthstar Magic (1979)
  • Last Chance for Magic (1996)
  • Magic in the Park (1972 - read 2014)
  • Magic of the Black Mirror (1990)
  • Mostly Magic (1982 - read 2014,2005)
  • No Such Thing as a Witch (1971 - read 2014,2005)
  • Royal Magic (1991)
  • Second Hand Magic (1981)
  • Summer Magic (1977)
  • The Enchanted Book (1998)
  • The Hidden Cave aka The Magic Cave (1973)
  • The Magic Coin (1983)
  • The Secret Tree-House (1974)
  • The Trouble with Magic (1976 - read 2014)
  • The Wednesday Witch (1969 - read 2014)
  • The Wishing Tree (1980 - read 2014)
  • The Witch and the Ring (1989)
  • The Witch at the Window (1984)
  • The Witch's Buttons (1974)
  • The Witch's Garden (1978 - read 2014)
  • The Would-Be Witch (1976)
  • Trapped in Time (1986)
  • What the Witch Left (1973)
  • Witch in the House (1975)
  • Witch's Broom (1977 - read 2014)
  • Witch's Cat (1994)
  • Wrong Way Around Magic (1993)
Child, Lee Jack Reacher Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
  • Killing Floor (1997 - read 1/2013)
  • Die Trying (1998 - read 1/2013)
  • Tripwire (1999 - read 1/2013)
  • Running Blind (2000 - read 2/2013)
  • Echo Burning (2001 - read 2/2013)
  • Without Fail (2002 - read 2/2013)
  • Persuader (2003 - read 3/2013)
  • The Enemy (2004 - read 3/2013) Prequel set eight years before Killing Floor.
  • One Shot (2005 - read 3/2013)
  • The Hard Way (2006 - read 4/2013)
  • Bad Luck and Trouble (2007 - read 4/2013)
  • Nothing to Lose (2008 - read 6/2013)
  • Gone Tomorrow (2009 - read 10/2013)
  • 61 Hours (2010 - read 11/2013)
  • Worth Dying For (Fall 2010 - read 11/2013)
  • The Affair (2011 - read 4/2014) This is another prequel set just before Killing Floor.
  • A Wanted Man (2012 - read 5/2014)
  • Never Go Back (2013 - read 6/2014)
  • Personal (Aug 2014 - read 11/2014)
  • Make Me (Sep 2015 - read 12/2015)
  • Night School (Nov 2016 - read 1/2017 )
  • No Middle Name (May 2017 - read 2017/10) Short stories
  • The Midnight Line (Nov 2017 - requested)
Childs, Craig House of Rain Non-fiction What hpapened to the Anasazi? The Native American tribe - often compared to the Mayans - built a thriving civilization based in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, but around A.D. 1300 they abruptly vanished. Child's blend of anthropology, geography, and archaeology may not satisfy all critics, but his beautifully written travelogue provides a highly original answer to the Anasazi riddle.
Choate, Judith Homemade: Delicious Foods to Make and Give Cookbook Innovative food-friendly gift ideas.
Chrisman, Sarah A. This Victorian Life Memoir Suggested By:
Fascinated by the past, Sarah and her husband, Gabriel, decided to fully commit to the Victorian way of life. From tending oil lamps to wrestling with corset laces, this charming memoir chronicles their exploration of a bygone era with wit and insight.
Christensen, Kate Blue Plate Special Memoir She plumbs the emotional origins and pleasures of hunger and taste and shares recipes that sustained her through the years. A delightful book that leaves you hungering for more.
Christopher, John No Blade of Grass SciFi Post-apocalyptic survival and recovery - recommended by the guys at UH.

From the back of the book [as quoted on] "It began simply enough when an Asiatic virus destroyed the grass and grain supply of the entire world. A mass slaughter began as nations murdered their own citizens so that some might live. And then there came a time when every man lived for himself without laws or morals. It was then that there was no hope for civilization, because there was NO BLADE OF GRASS."
Chua, Amy Battle Hymn of hte Tiger Mother Memoir Her writing is smart and lively, but while she strives for self-deprecation, her fights with her children can be downright uncomfortable to read. We're supposed to believe that Chua realized her mistakes along the way. Yet you get the sense that she's secretly pleased and wouldn't change a thing.
Chung, Michaela The Irresistible Introvert Non-fiction Suggested By:
Perfect for fans of Susan Cains New York Times bestselling book, Quiet: This book shows how introverts can harness quiet magnetism, intuition, and empathy in a boisterous world.
Ciresi, Rita Remind Me Again Why I Married You Chick Lit No one blends humor and heartbreak like Rita Ciresi, whose award-winning novels are lauded as much for their generous wit as for their unflinching honesty.
Clapton, Eric Clapton Memoir In this raw compelling tale, Clapton details his heroin addiction, his tortured affair with Pattie Boyd, and the death of his son, Conor.
Clapton: The Autobiography Clapton, Eric Auto/Biography Charming and surprisingly candid. Rock's most beloved ax-wielder comes off as a man of deep and profound feelings.
Clare, Cassandra Clockwork Angel Fantasy Recommended by Amy B: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare so very fabulous - if you like well written steampunk with interestingly flawed characters who are never what they seem, a snarky love story, and plucky heroines. And who doesn't?
Clark, Francesco Walking Papers Memoir Broke his neck diving into a pool, went to Bejing for controversial stem cell operation, slowly began to move his arms, hands, and even kick with his legs, proof that his neurons are regenerating.
Clark, Mary Marshall etc After the Fall Essays New Yorkers remember the assault on their city and the difficult years of healing that followed.
Clark, Melissa Dinner Cookbook Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Finally cookbooks are beginning to reflect the realities of peoples' lives. Brims with single-dish meals that both look delicious and easy.
Clarke, Arthur C. History Lesson Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By:
Short stories from the 1940s & 1950s. Available as library eBook. In the distant future, Earth has entered its final ice age-precipitated by the cooling of the sun. In this forbidding climate, a small tribe of nomadic human survivors travels toward the equator ahead of glaciers moving down from the North Pole, carrying with them a handful of relics from the 21st century-and racing against the ice to preserve them from annihilation. This collection is a showcase of groundbreaking stories that wrestle with the moral, psychological, and ethical implications of scientific advancement-written by one of the foremost science fiction authors of our time.
Clarke, Susanna Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Fantasy Goes where Harry Potter fears to tread. In her capable hands, all this and more seems possible.
Cleaver, Bill and Vera Where the Lilies Bloom Fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Mary Call has promised her dying father to keep her brother and sisters together forever on the mountain, and never to take any help from strangers. She is determined to keep her word. No matter what. At first she is sure she can manage. Romey, Ima Dean, and Devola help gather herbs to sell in town; the riches of the mountains will surely keep the family clothed and fed. But then winter comes, fast and furious, and Mary Call has to learn that the land where the lilies bloom is also a cruel and unforgiving place, and it may take more than a promise to keep her family together.
Clews, Benj and Michael Onesi Four Word Film Reviews Non-fiction Four. Word. Film. Reviews.
Climate Central Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future Science/Nature Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by Scientific American (200 pages). A collection of 60 very short chapters--two to three pages each--that explain in straightforward terms a litany of typical questions, statements and misunderstandings about climate change that we hear again and again. The topics are organized into four sections:
  • What the science says
  • What's actually happening
  • What's likely to happen in the future
  • Can we avoid the risks of climate change?
Cline, Rachel What to Keep Fiction Delves into familial and romantic minefields with compassion and humor.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi Between the World and Me Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
A novella-length letter addressed to his teenage son. "I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world." A 21st-century torchbearer of black intellectual thought.
Coben, Harlan Fool Me Once Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Former special-ops pilot, Maya, sees her dead husband on her nanny cam. Dark and painful secrets emerge when she investigates the impossible.
Coben, Harlan Just One Look Crime/Mystery Grace survives trampling tragedy at concert. It is all but forgotten, until an old old photo turns up after a trip to the local Fotomat. The only plausible reason for setting down this book is to make sure that your front door is locked and double-bolted.
Coben, Harlan Myron Bolitar Detective Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Myron Bolitar, beloved basketball star turns sports agent who dabbles in detective work.
  • Deal Breaker (1995)
  • Drop Shot (1996)
  • Fade Away (1996)
  • Back Spin (1997)
  • One False Move (1998)
  • The Final Detail (1999)
  • Darkest Fear (2000)
  • Promise Me (2006)
  • Long Lost (2009)
  • Live Wire (2011)
  • Home (2016)
Coblentz, Elizabeth with Kevin Williams The Amish Cook Essays A collection of newspaper column: recollections and recipes from an old order Amish family. Lived without electricity but wanted for nothing.
Coddington, Grace Grace Memoir A lively presence. She has a lot of primo tales to tell, beginning with her modeling days in swinging sixties London, where she met everyone groovy.
Coe, Jonathan The Closed Circle Fiction It's essential to read "The Rotters' Club" before reading this book!! Together, the two novels follow a group of friends raised in the factory town of Birmingham, England. Coe is an expert plotter who examines individual personalities in depth.
Coffey, Maria Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow Non-fiction Suggested By: Unknown.
Interviews with dozens of survivors wounded by the losses of their [mountaineering] hard-men - mostly wives and girlfriends, but also adult children. She was Joe Tasker's girlfriend, a climber who died and is one of the namesakes of the mountaineering literature Boardman-Tasker Prize. Mountain climbing.
Cohen, Andy Most Talkative Memoir How do you grow up to be the guy behind "Top Chef" and "The Real Housewives"? Cohen tells all, hilariously.
Cohen, Benyamin My Jesus Year Memoir A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
Cohen, Cole Head Case Memoir From childhood, Cohen couldn't judge time or distances. She finally had an MRI at age 27 and learned that there was an unexpected lemon-sized hole in her brain.
Cohen, Paul and Henry Taliaferro American Cities Non-fiction You can chart the growth of nine of America's largest cities with the rare mapes collected in this volume. Whip out your magnifying glass and go to town!
Cohen, Paula Marantz Jane Austen in Scarsdale Chick Lit Inspired by Austen's "Persuasion". A high school administrator confronted by a love she once rejected. Smart and funny.
Cohen, Rich The Fish That Ate The Whale Non-fiction The untold story of banana mogul Samuel Zemurray. He helped found Israel and unintentionally got Castro into power.
Cojocaru, Steven Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy Memoir That scaree-looking style guy from People.
Colby, Tanner Some of My Best Friends are Black Non-fiction The title, of course, is ironic: Colby has no black friends. Snapshot of race in America where the past is very much still with us.
Cole, Joni B., Rebecca Joffrey, B.K. Rakhra This Day in the Life Non-fiction Diaries from women across America. This is one unremarkable day you'll wish would go on forever.
Coleman, Melissa This Life Is In Your Hands Memoir In 1968 Coleman's parents bought 60 acres near the Maine coast and turned the clock back to the 19th century. Her father's backbreaking labor produces a miraculous organic farm. But it also compromised his health.
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident Youth Spooky kid's book
Colgan, Jenny Little Beach Street Bakery Magical/Mystical Suggested By:
Recommended based on my search for Susan Bishop Crispell's The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan's moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life . . . by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall
Collected Authors The Pact Non-fiction Suggested By:
One day three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.
Collins, J.L. The Simple Path to Wealth Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Recommended by Mr. Money Mustache. Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life.
Collins, Judy Sweet Judy Blue Eyes Memoir The folksinger who inspired CSN's signature song looks back. Forthright and revealing.
Collins, Lauren When In French Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
Feeling like she couldn't be truly close to her French husband unless she learned his language, Collins made that her mission - with mixed results. A laugh-out-loud memoir about love, culture, and belonging.
Collins, Nancy A. Sunglasses After Dark Fantasy Recommended by Holly Black. A horror novel featuring a vampire, Sonja Blue, who escapes from a mental hospital leaving a trail of corpses in her wake. As we learn about her early life, we are taken on a nightmarish tour of a world inhabited by other types of non-humans - ogres, zombies and, of course, vampires.
Collins, Paul Not Even Wrong Memoir Few things are more heartbreaking than learning that your child is destined to be an outsider, forever isolated inside his own mind. Collin's son was diagnosed with autism, a story he with sad truth and beauty. His efforts to understand are presented with historical nuggets about autism.
Colors 1000 Signs Photo Pictures of signs (street signs, warning signs, zert, that kind of thing) from around the world.
Colvin, Marie On the Front Line Non-fiction Marie Colvin, an award-winning Sunday Times war correspondent, was killed while covering the Syrian uprising in early 2012. This courageous collection of essays and interviews is a testament to her lifes work, offering street-level insights into some of the most controversial figures and conflicts of the last 25 years.
Colwin, Laurie More Home Cooking Non-fiction Sustenance - both physical and emotional. Recipes and stories.
Conant, Jennet 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos Non-fiction Will please anyone looking for an unusual view of the Manhattan Project. Author Conant's primary source, Dorothy McKibben, was Project Director J. Robert Oppenheimer's secretary. McKibben was the sympathetic ear for many of the residents frustrated by the extraordinary security and secrecy at Los Alamos.
Conant, Jennet The Irregulars Non-fiction Roald Dahl was one of several Brit operatives sent to infiltrate Georgetown society and influence American foreign policy. Filled with seductions, betrayals, and more than a few hilarious escapades.
Conant, Jennet Tuxedo Park Auto/Biography A Wal Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. Rich guy bankrolled crucial wartime research by world-famous scientists.
Conant, Jennet Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II Non-fiction Loomis established a private laboratory in New York and hired scientists whose work in the 1930s wound up making possible both the radar and the atomic bomb. These developments were essential to Allied victory in the Second World War. Conant is perhaps the only person who could have pierced Loomis's obsessive secrecy and written this book; she grew up with Loomis's children and other members of his family. Her grandfather, Harvard president James Bryant Conant, was one of Loomis's scientists.
Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys Travel Great writers on great places.
Condie, Ally Matched Youth Because the Society pairs up DNA-compatible mates, disease has been eradicated. But Society also goes about making sure that people die at the appropriate age. Futuristic dystopia to succeed "The Hunger Games".
Conley, Kevin The Full Burn Non-fiction Fascinating chronicle of the Hollywood stunt world.
Conlon, Edward Blue Blood Memoir You won't find a more up-close look at the NYPD than this gritty memoir. Written by Harvard grad and veteran cop.
Conlon-McIvor, Maura FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code Memoir Her father, a caring yet withdrawn man working as an FBI special agent, is unable to sustain a direct conversation. He speaks in a code which forces you to think of the real meaning behind his words.
Connell, Evan S. Mrs. Bridge Fiction Though her life is increasingly filled with leisure and plenty, she can't shuffle off vague feelings of dissatisfaction, confusion, and futility.
Connelly, Michael Angle of Investigation Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Three Bosch stories: Christmas Even - Bosch investigates case of dead burglar found in a pawn shop, Father's Day - Bosch investigates baby who died in a hot car, Angle of Investigation - Bosch re-opens an investigation into the case of a woman he found dead in a bathtub with her dog in her home on his first day on the job as a patrolman.
Connelly, Michael Non-Bosch/Haller Books Crime/Mystery
  1. The Poet (1996)
  2. Blood Work (1998)
  3. Void Moon (2000)
  4. The Scarecrow (2009)
Connelly, Michael The Harry Bosch Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
  1. The Black Echo*** (1992 - read 2011/04)
  2. The Black Ice (1993 - read 2011/05)
  3. The Concrete Blonde* (1994 - read 2014/07)
  4. The Last Coyote** (1995 - read 2014/07)
  5. Trunk Music** (1997 - read 2016/12)
  6. Angels Flight**** (1999 - read 2016/12)
  7. A Darkness More Than Night*** (2001 - read 2017/05)
  8. City Of Bones* (2002 - read 2017/06)
  9. Lost Light (2003 - read 2017/06)
  10. The Narrows (2004 - read 2017/08)
  11. The Closers (2005 - read 2005/11 and 2017/09)
  12. Echo Park* (2006 - read 2017/09)
  13. The Overlook (2007)
  14. The Brass Verdict (2008 - A Mickey Haller novel read 3/2011)
  15. Nine Dragons**** (2009)
  16. The Reversal (2010 - a Mickey Haller novel read 4/2011)
  17. The Drop** (2011)
  18. The Black Box (2012)
  19. The Burning Room (2014)
  20. The Crossing (2015 - read 2016/03)
  21. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016 - read 2016/11)
  22. Two Kinds of Truth (2017)

*Inspired Bosch S1
**Inspired Bosch S2
***Inspired Bosch S3
****Inspired Bosch S4
Connelly, Michael Various - Mickey Haller Series Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
  1. The Lincoln Lawyer (2005 - read 2011/02)
  2. The Brass Verdict (2008 - read 2011/03)
  3. Nine Dragons (small part) (2009)
  4. The Reversal (2010 - read 2011/04)
  5. The Fifth Witness (2011 - read 2011/06)
  6. The Gods of Guilt (2013 - read 2014/06)
  7. The Crossing (2015 - read 2016/03)
  8. The Wrong Side Of Goodbye (small part) (2016 - read 2016/11)
Connors, Philip Fire Season Memoir The author discusses his time spent ten thousand feet above ground as a fire lookout in a remote part of New Mexico, a job where he witnessed some of the most amazing phenomena nature has to offer.
Conover, Ted Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing Non-fiction A reporter goes undercover as a prison guard.
Conroy, Frank Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket Non-fiction Conroy reflects on everything from blustery winters to the impact of tourism on small-town life.
Conroy, Pat My Losing Season Memoir Conroy captures jock culture in his memoir about his 1966-67 stint on The Citadel's basketball squad.
Cook, Blanche Wiesen Eleanor Roosevelt Vol. 2 Auto/Biography 1933-1938
Cook, Eileen The Wolf Road Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
A feral teenager, roaming the post-apocalyptic wilderness, meets a serial killer.
Cook, Kerry Max Chasing Justice Memoir Cook recounts his 22 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Although the writing is clunky, Cook's tale is so gripping that only a heart of steel won't break after reading it.
Cook, Langdon The Mushroom Hunters Non-fiction Suggested By:
This "rollicking narrative" (The Wall Street Journal) explores the secret, wild, and fascinating world of the fungi trade. "In the end, readers will have learned a great deal about US economic and social structures -- all while being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastronomy and mushrooms" (Library Journal).
Cooks Illustrated Cover and Bake: Casseroles, Pot Roasts, and Slow-Cooker Favorites Cookbook Simple home cooking, without sacrificing greate taste for convenience.
Cooks Illustrated The Quick Recipe Cookbook Save hours in the kitchen without sacrificing taste.
Cool It Lomborg, Bjorn Non-fiction The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
Cooper, Bernard The Bill From My Father Memoir When he was 28, his father, a famously litigious attorney who sued two of his widowed daughters-in-law, presented him with a $2 million bill for raising him.
Cooper, Helene The House at Sugar Beach Memoir When Helene Cooper was 8 years old, her mother bought her a playmate. "In my sheltered existence, I had [never wondered] how much the native Liberians resented us."
Copeland, Misty Life in Motion Memoir Dancer Copeland, a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, tells her dramatic rags-to-toe-shoes life stories.
Cornwell, Bernard Excalibur Fiction Good version of the same old story.
Corrigan, Kelly Glitter and Glue Memoir Suggested By:
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as "Your father's the glitter but I'm the glue." This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.
Corson, Trevor The Zen of Fish Non-fiction Corson follows the training of an unlikely student (young, femaile, Irish-Italian) at an innovative L.A.-based program run by an exacting Japanese headmaster.
Cosby, Bill Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors Non-fiction Cosby (Fatherhood) teams up with psychiatrist Poussaint (Lay my Burden Down) to take a hard look at the state of black America, bearer of "more than their share of poverty," and present ways to overcome the "deep-rooted" challenges of the poor-including crime, lack of education and broken families. While aimed at a specific group, the authors' advice is broad and largely unsurprising-stay in school, work your way up, be independent, parent your children, stay out of debt, be a voice for change-but the context is genuine concern and hope for the community: "black strength lies in our resolve to keep on keeping on... never yielding to the role of cooperative victim." The authors are particularly concerned about young black males, who they say are relinquishing family responsibilities in increasing numbers, largely for lack of proper role models: "A house without a father is a challenge. A neighborhood without fathers is a catastrophe."
Cose, Ellis The Rage of a Privleged Class Non-fiction Suggested By: Suggested List.
Serious look at how accomplished black professionals still feel the sting of prejudice and racism despite their wealth, power, and achievements.
Cosper, Darcy Wedding Season Chick Lit Forced to attend 17 weddings in six months, child of divorce Joy finds herself defending - and then reconsidering - her own reluctance to marry. Crackling banter, vibrant friends, and pithy observations on modern weddings.
Courlander, Harold The African Fiction Alex Haley "accidentally" lifted parts of this 1967 novel.
Couturier, Lisa The Hopes of Snakes & Other Tales Non-fiction Tales of the relationship between city dwellers and wild animals. In one, a park naturalist finds a snake who has been stuck in the eye with pins. 'I could tell that it mad him sad.' He said, 'Did you know that snakes don't cry?'
Cove, Lou Man of the Year Memoir Suggested By: People Mag.
If you helped your dad's friend campaign for Playgirl's Man of the Year in 1978, wouldn't you write a book about it? Hilarious and poignant.
Cowan, Lee D. The Little Green Mountain Fire Fiction Donna's Husband. A harrowing tale of bravery set in the Rockies.
Cox, Lynne Grayson Non-fiction Don't belive in interspecies communication? Cox's moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17 just might change your mind.
Cox, Lynne Swimming in the Sink Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Cox, an open-water simmer who famously crossed the Bering Strait without a wet suit, covers a period in her life marred by grief and illness.
Coyne, Kelly and Erik Knutzen The Urban Homestead Non-fiction Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City. A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat. See their blog.
Coyote, Ivan E. Tomboy Survival Guide Memoir Suggested By: Author.
Autobiographical stories of Ivan Coyote's early life growing up as a butch.
Coyote, Ivan E. Various Short Stories
  • Missed Her (2010 - read 4/2011)
  • The Slow Fix (2008)
  • Bow Grip (2006 - read 6/2011)
  • Loose End (2004)
  • One Man's Trash (2002)
  • Close to Spider Man (2000: Read 4/2011)
  • Boys Like Her (1998)
Crace, Jim The Pesthouse Fiction The once fertile soil has been poisoned, a "Grand Contagion" has decimated the population, highways and factories lie in ruins, and barbarians on horseback roam the hills of "what used to be America". It's a little too hammy to be thoroughly convincing, but it's a cracking adventure.
Craig, Dr. David Lie Detecting 101 Non-fiction Suggested By:
For better or worse, falsehoods big and small are a part of our everyday interactions. This well-researched guide offers simple tips and tricks for becoming a human lie detector and seeing the truth for what it really is.
Craig, Emily Teasing Secrets From the Dead Non-fiction My Investigations at America's Most Infamous Crime Scenes. She describes eking evidence from items such as eyeglass frames and bone fragments. She relays these experiences in sometimes gruesome detail but never without respect for the dead and a desire to find justice.
Craig, William Enemy At the Gates Non-fiction Suggested By:
The Battle of Stalingrad claimed almost 2 million lives before the Soviet Army defeated the Germans. Extensively researched account of the siege.
Crais, Robert Chasing Darkness Crime/Mystery The offbeat sensibility of Fletch meets the graphic violence of L.A. Confidential.
Crais, Robert The Sentry Fiction Set off by a sandwich-store shakedown, this is a rip-roaring read and a smart and careful character study.
Crane, David Empires of the Dead Non-fiction Amid the bloodshed of World War I, an unsung visionary named Fabian Ware undertook a heroic challenge: to provide a final resting place for millions of fallen soldiers.
Crane, George Bone of the Master: A Journey to Secret Mongolia Memoir Reveals aspects of Chinese life from the most humble to the most high.
Crane, Rebekah The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland Youth Suggested By: First November (2016) book. Four teens living somewhere between disaster and diagnosis (at a summer camp...hmmm) share a summer they'll never forget. I'm not sure if this would be good...I'm skeptical.
Cranston, Bryan A Life in Parts Memoir Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
By turns gritty, funny, and sad, this fiercely intelligent book from the Breaking Bad star defies celebrity memoir tropes.
Crawford, John The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell Memoir A National Guardsman who never expected to see battle writes a shattering account of the Iraq war that changed his life.
Crawford, Lacy Early Decision Fiction Novel about kids caught up in the admissions rat race. Wise and completely engrossing. NOTE: apprehensive about whether or not I want to waste time reading FICTION about college admissions.
Creative Homeowner Press Working With Tile: Select, Install, Maintain, Repair Technical/Reference Design and complete interior and exterior tile projects on walls, floors, countertops, shower enclosures, patios, pools, and more. Included are ceramic, resilient, stone, and wood parquet tile. 425 color illustrations and over 80 photographs.
Crile, George Charlie Wilson's War Non-fiction The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times
Crispell, Susan Bishop Dreaming in Chocolate Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Available as Amazon pre-order for February 6, 2018. Author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, about that gal who can grant wishes and who ends up in Nowhere, NC and living with a lady who bakes pies that force people to keep secrets.
Crombie, Deborah The Sound of Broken Glass Fiction An intriguing atmospheric London murder set in both the past and the present.
Cronin, Justin The Passage Post-Apocalyptic Expertly draws together the parallel story lines of an unusually watchful, stoic little girl named Amy and a covert Army experiment to turn the human body into a bioweapon using death-row inmates as test subjects. Then he jumps ahead a century to vampiric bloodhungry beasts.
Crosby, Molly Caldwell The American Plague Non-fiction In 1878, more than 5,000 people died in Memphis of yellow fever - outnumbering the combined death tolls of the Great Chicago Fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood.
Crosle, Sloane I Was told There'd Be Cake Memoir Crosle riffs on everything from the meaning of her cache of plastic ponies to being maid of honor for a woman she hasn't seen since high school.
Cross, Charles R. Room Full of Mirrors Auto/Biography Biography of Jimi Hendrix. People don't know his energy.
Crouch, Blake Dark Matter SciFi Suggested By: Other.
BooksAndBars for July 2017. Terminator times Time Traveler's Wife. Fast summer read.
Crouch, Blake The Wayward Pines Trilogy Crime/Mystery Suggested By:
Pines (1), Wayward (2), The Last Town (3). Stephen King meets Lee Child in this captivating mystery that became a hit show on Fox! Ethan is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho, to locate two missing federal agents but something terrible is lurking behind the picturesque veneer.
Crusie, Jennifer Faking It Fiction Romantic romp involving family of art forgers.
Crystal, David How Language Works Non-fiction A compelling, easy-to-read treatise tha will fascinate anyone even vaguely interested in how humans communicate. Down-to-earth, entertaining examples remove the sting from abstractions like phonology and lexicology.
Cullen, Dave Columbine Non-fiction Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, it seems, were not the lone black-clad goth gunmen portrayed by the media, but bright kids who had plenty of friends.
Cullen, Lisa Takeuchi Remember Me Non-fiction Transforming cremains into bling is one of the wacky trends chronicled in Cullen's bouncy, and often quite funny, account of "shopping-after-death-options".
Cumming, Alan Tommy's Tale GLBT Creepy actor guy writes bisexual About a Boy.
Cummings, Quinn The Year of Learning Dangerously Non-fiction A former child star's hilarious insightful chronicle of her family's head-first jump into homeschooling.
Cunningham, Ian A Reader's Guide to Writers' London Travel Stunning photographs and illustrations. Even the casual browsers will suddenly feel at home in the London of writers. Lively guidebook is a delight to read at home, and serves as an essential aid to planning your next trip.
Cuomo, Margaret I. A World Without Cancer Non-fiction A call to arms and more focus on prevention from Andrew Cuomo's radiologist sister.
d'Avila-Latourrette, Brother Victor-Antoine Twelve Months of Monastery Soups Cookbook Collection of 170 soup recipes--at least one for every vegetable native to North America. From basic veloutes and consommes to thick and chunky soups, and from simple clear broths to creamy soups and more complex potages.
D'Orso, Michael Eagle Blue Non-fiction The specter of alcoholism and suicide haunts Native Alaskans, and Fort Yukon is no exception. But every year the town rallies around its Eagles boys squad, an undersized but quick team.
da Costa Nunez, Ralph The Poor Among Us Non-fiction From Beth's desk at work. A history of family poverty and homelessness in NYC.
da Silva, Rachel (co-editor) Backbone 4 : humor! by Northwest women Humorous Rachel da Silva edited "Leading Out" about women climbers. Backbone 4 is only available as a reference book from the Hennepin Central library in the Arts & Literature area.
Dahl, Roald The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets Short Stories Worth buying just for the never-before-seen chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (as well as its original ending).
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