2010 Book List

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

I read anything; I read everything. In a pinch, I have read pharmaceutical leaflets in the doctor’s office. Sometime I read books because I get the sense they are looking at me reproachfully for neglecting them. Sometimes I read books because if I don’t clear out some shelf space Right Now, I’m in danger of being unable to open my own bedroom door. None of the books indicate much of anything about my own rather odd and fluctuating sociopolitical values.

Book List
1. 1/1/10 Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man, by Norah Roberts
2. 1/7/10 Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner
3. 1/8/10 When Men Become Gods: Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back, by Steven Singular
4. 1/9/10 A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists and One Man’s Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo Evangelical Alliance, by Zev Chafets
5. 1/12/10 Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, by Judith Levine
6. 1/12/10 The Bialy Eaters: The Story of a Bread and a Lost World, by Mimi Sheraton
7. 1/15/10 God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, by Hanna Rosin
8. 1/19/10 Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs, by Elissa Wall
9. 1/19/10 Distant Sisters: The Women I Left Behind, by Judith Rotem
10. 1/22/10 The Overspent American, by Juliet Schorr
11. 1/23/10 Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear, by Paul Fussell
12. 1/23/10 The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, by A.J. Jacobs
13. 1/27/10 The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
14. 2/4/10 Eats, Shoots and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss
15. 2/7/10 WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, by Pete Earley and Gerald Shur
16. 2/13/10 Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding, by Judith and Jacobina Martin
17. 2/14/10 Shut Up, I’m Talking: And Other Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government, by Gregory Levey
18. 2/20/10 Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, by Ken Silverstein
19. 2/23/10 The Girl from Foreign: A Search for Shipwrecked Ancestors, Forgotten Histories and a Sense of Home, by Sadia Sheperd
20. 2/27/10 Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julia Powell
21. 3/3/10 Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini, by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D.
22. 3/8/10 The Undercover Economist, by Tim Harford
23. 3/9/10 Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, by Eric Brende
24. 3/11/10 Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain
25. 3/16/10 Playing for Pizza, by John Grisham
26. 3/16/10 The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, by Thomas Frank
27. 3/18/10 Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
28. 3/20/10 Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl
29. 3/21/10 The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, by Benjamin Wallace
30. 3/23/10 Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick
31. 3/25/10 Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
32. 3/28/10 The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, by Hannah and Kevin Salwen
33. 4/1/10 Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, by David Aaronovitch
34. 4/2/10 Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, by Jake Adelstein
35. 4/17/10 The Middle Class Millionaire: The Rise of the New Rich and How They Are Changing America, by Russ Alan Prince and Lewis Schiff
36. 4/17/10 Comfort Me With Apples, by Ruth Reichl
37. 4/24/10 Googled: The End of the World As We Know It, by Ken Auletta
38. 4/24/10 The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefys Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under Thirty, by Mark Bauerlein
39. 4/30/10 Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Underminded America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
40. 5/2/10 I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi
41. 5/2/10 The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
42. 5/6/10 Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, by Ethan Watters
43. 5/8/10 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
44. 5/8/10 The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams, by Trent Hamm
45. 5/8/10 The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, by Shankar Vedantam
46. 5/14/10 The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story Of a Thief, a Detective and a Literary Obsession, by Allison Hoover Bartlett
47. 5/19/10 The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down, by Andrew Young
48. 5/22/10 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis
49. 5/24/10 The Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, by Farhad Manjoo
50. 6/6/10 The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart, by Bill Bishop
51. 6/8/10 Stop Acting Rich, and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire, Thomas J. Stanley
52. 6/18/10 Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World, by Nancy and Lawrence Goldstone
53. 6/18/10 The Paradox of Choice:Why More is Less, by Barry Schwartz
54. 6/19/10 I Am Hutterite, by Mary-Ann Kirkby
55. 6/23/10 Escape, by Carolyn Jessop
56. 7/8/10 The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr
57. 7/8/10 Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way, by Ruth Reichl
58. 7/10/10 The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson
59. 7/14/10 Anne of the Windy Poplars, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
60. 7/17/10 American Eve by Paula Uruburu
61. 7/20/10 Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, by John Elder Robinson
62. 7/22/10 Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons, by Carolyn Jessop
63. 7/27/10 Teacha! Stories from a Yeshiva, by Greg Albarelli
64. 7/29/10 Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels, by Hella Winston
65. 8/1/10 The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
66. 8/7/10 Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, by Kathryn Joyce
67. 8/8/10 Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
68. 8/9/10 Lost Boy, by Brent Jeffs
69. 8/16/10 The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason
70. 8/19/10 Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate, by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris
71. 8/21/10 Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War, by Joe Bagneat
72. 8/22/10 Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Briacial and Bicultural, edited by Claudia Chiawei O’Hearn
73. 8/24/10 The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer, by M. William Phelps
74. 8/25/20 Lost In The Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, by Walter Kirn
75. 8/26/10 Deception: Growing Up In An Amish Jewish Cult, by Patricia Hochstetler
76. 8/29/10 The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means, by Jeff Yeager
77. 8/29/10 Delusion: Growing Up In An Amish Jewish Cult, by Patricia Hochstetler
78. 8/29/10 Deliverance: Growing Up In An Amish Jewish Cult, by Patricia Hochstetler
79. 9/1/10 Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
80. 9/6/10 Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture, by Shannon Hayes
81. 9/7/10 The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
82. 9/10/10 The Official Preppy Handbook, by Lisa Birnbaum
83. 9/11/10 Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach
84. 9/12/10 Geisha: A Life, by Mineko Iwasaki

Books Listened To
1. 2/28/10 The Cat Who Went Bananas, by Lilian Jackson Braun
2. 3/7/10 The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell, by Lillian Jackson Braun
3. 3/30/10 All American Girl, by Meg Cabot
4. 3/31/10 The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, by Lilian Jackson Braun
5. 4/6/10 Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild
6. 5/17/10 The Making of a Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
7. 5/18/10 The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
8. 5/19/10 The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
9. 5/20/10 Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
10. 5/21/10 Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
11. 5/24/10 Anne of the Island, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
12. 5/27/10 How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer
13. 6/5/10 Born To Run, by Christopher McDougal
14. 6/7/10 The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, by Lilian Jackson Braun
15. 6/9/10 Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco Stork
16. 6/11/10 Free: The Future of a Radical Price, by Chris Andersen
17. 6/12/10 Priceless, by Robert Whitman
18. 6/15/10 My Man Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
19. 6/17/10 Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, by P.G. Wodehouse
20. 6/21/10 Jule and Julia, by Julie Powell
21. 6/24/10 The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
22. 6/24/10 About Alice, by Calvin Trillin
23. 6/29/10 Crazy: Inside America’s Mental Health Madness, by Pete Earley
24. 7/21/10 Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, by Tony Hsieh
25. 8/4/10 Enemies of the People, by Kati Marton
26. 8/12/10 Methland: The Death and Life of an American Town, by Nick Reding
27. 8/16/10 Columbine, by Dave Cullen
28. 8/19/10 In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
29. 8/24/10 The Family That Couldn’t Sleep, by D.T. Max
30. 8/28/10 My Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey
31. 8/30/10 The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbary

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