a book a day staves off brain decay

By Elizabeth

February 26, 2008

Category: books


No photo today, I’m sorry to say .. but in case you’re looking for some book ideas, I thought I’d throw some suggestions out there.
Below is the list of books I’ve read so far this year. The ratings should be pretty self-explanatory: 5 is the best, 1 is the worst.
Classics, Award winners, Best sellers ..
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller **
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini *****
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright ****
  • Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee ****
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini ****
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls *****
Historical fiction – the Tudor period
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory *****
  • The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory ***
  • The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory ****
  • The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory *****
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory *****

Random fiction
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom ****

Random non-fiction
  • What Wendell Wants by Jenny Lee **** (a hilarious account of a devoted dog owner)
  • A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington **** (stories of mentors)
  • But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn *** (auto-bio of a Rolling Stones writer)
  • Woman’s Best Friend ***** (women writers and the dog(s) in their lives)

Politics, the Economy, Social issues ..
  • Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau *** (the effect of class on childhood)
  • How to Talk to a Liberal by Ann Coulter **
  • With a Happy Eye But by George Will **** (a collection of his post-911 columns)
  • A Year Without Made in China by Sara Bongiorni ****
  • The New Thought Police by Tammy Bruce ****
  • Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement by Janet Poppendieck ****
Simplicity, Living lightly ..
  • Inner Simplicity by Elaine St. James ****
  • Plain and Simple by Sue Bender ***
  • Your Money or Your Life ****
  • Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James ****
  • Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel **

  • Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko ****
  • Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern **************** (this is a must-read if you like cooking or eating, whether you must avoid gluten or not)
  • This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow **



2 Responses to “a book a day staves off brain decay”

  1. We’re going to see The Other Boleyn Girl movie with Joe that comes out on Friday – he LOVES Scarlett Johannson and we love Natalie Portman. Both are in it, so it’s perfect.
    I’m intrigued by A Year Without Made in China. I tried to do one day without Made in China, but we needed a new clock radio. Impossible.
    Many of these sound good… maybe I’ll have time to read one of those Phillippa Gregory’s when I have two weeks “off” in April.
    Ann Coulter! Ugh. I have nothing to say.

  2. a) I’m looking forward to that movie too.
    b) The book was good. They didn’t have it easy that year ..
    c) I just sent you one because I was lazy to carry it on the plane. Happy early PhD !
    d) Heh .. I knew you’d appreciate that one.

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