Sunday, December 13, 2009

Reading recommended by Emma and her friends

Here is the list of recommended books so far!  If anyone needs to get a Christmas present in a hurry, here are some ideas.


Books recommended by more than one individual are bolded

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson (He is so articulate and entertaining in print!)
Any Alistair McCall Smith Book
Any Nick Hornby book
Anything by by Maud Hart Lovelace
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigian
Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness by me - Ariel Gore - book out in January. Promise it rocks."
Boysterous Living:  Celebrating your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons by Jean Blackmer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia by Tom Bissell
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Confident Parenting by Jim Burns
Corpse Diplomatique by Delano Ames
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Daughter of Fortune - Isabel Allende
Disgrace by Coetzee (very dark)
Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Frangipangi by Celestine Hitiura Vaite
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh
Girl Who Played  with Fire
Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
Hannah Swenson Mysteries -- Joanna Fluke -- aka Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery, Blueberry Muffin Murder Mystery;
Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman
Honolul , J
ennifer kerr
How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber
I, Che Guevara -
John Blackthorn
In patagonia - Bruce Chatwin
Into the Woods - Tana French
Into Thin Air- Jon Krakauer
Jaber Crow by Wendell Berry
Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories compiled by Florence Sakade (it’s great fun to compare these folk/fairy tales to American or English ones)
Left to Tell                     Imaculee Iribagiza  (NF)
Lethal Secrets by Pete Earley
Life on Planet Mom:  a down to earth guide to your changing relationships by Lisa T. Bergren
LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann"
Loving Frank: A Novel
  by Nancy Horan
Making Work at Home Work by Mary Byers
Masters and Commanders by Andrew Roberts
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Struggles Began by Art Spiegelman
Moloka'i
by Alan Brennert
Mommy Diaries, Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure
by Tally Flint
Moonbeams: A Book of Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth (this has helped us immensely in chasing away Alex’s nightmares)
Motherhood: the Guilt that Keeps on Giving by Julie Barnhill
Murder of a Medici Princess - Caroline P. Murphy
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
My Sister's Keeper         Jodi Picault           (F)
My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life by Witold Rybczynski
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
one hundred years of solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
*** Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell ***
Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Werner
Pillars of the Earth, ken Follet
Pope Joan by
Donna Woolfolk Cross
*** Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith***
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Quantum Wellness: the 21 Day Cleanse
Queenan Country: A Reluctant Anglophile's Pilgrimage to the Mother Country by Joe Queenan
*** Raising a Responsible Child by Elizabeth M. Ellis, PH.D.***
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Search for Significance by McGee
Septembers of Shiraz
Shantaram by Gregory David Smith
Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber
Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bolger (a good read-aloud for kids and parents… lots of adult word-play along with kid humor)
Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
*** Someone Knows My Name: A Novel   by Lawrence Hill ***
Starvation Lake by Brian Gruley
Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me by Martin Millar
Tell No One Who You Are by Walter Buchignani
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff
The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
*** The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne***
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley
The Eyre Affair -- Jasper Fforde
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Graveyard Book
*** The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows***
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
The Last Empress - Anchee Min
The Likeness - Tana French
The Lisbon Crossing by Tom Gabbay
The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein (lovely drawings & engaging story about reincarnation, if you believe in that sort of thing)
The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass
The Omnivore's Dilemma
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
*** The Reader by Bernhard Schlink***
The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents by Deepak Chopra (very useful for us non-Christian parents who want our kids to develop spiritually)
The Shack
William P. Young
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Temple of my Familiar by Alice Walker
The Twentieth Wife
The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
***Three Cups of Tea, by Mortensen***
Three to get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Three Women by Marge Piercey
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Twenties Girl: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Unaccustomed Earth: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jhumpa Lahiri
Waiting for Autumn by Scot Blum-Blom
Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
White Mughals by William Dalrymple. A non fiction story of India in the early days of Britain's involvement. Well researched and hard to put down.
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Wild Things: the art of nurturing boys” by Stephen James and David Thomas (2009)
Woman with Birthmark by Hakam Nesser
World Without End (both of these are Ken Follett)
You Are Special by Max Lucado (definitely a Christian tilt, but great non-denominational messages)

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