2014


Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Audio)
Alfred Lansing
Incredible is right. The hardships those men endured to rescue themseles from Antarctica are almost beyond belief.


Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (Audio)
Daniel Smith
Starts off quite funny but then gets rather dark. There are no easy answers, just ways to survive.


Knitting Yarns
Ann Hood (editor)
A really enjoyable and diverse range of memoirs by and about knitters and knitting.


We Die Alone (Audio)
David Amine Howarth
An incredible story of winter survival during WWII.


The Bostonians (Audio)
Henry James
Why, Verena, why??


How We Decide (Audio)
Jonah Lehrer
If you’ve ever wondered why people do the things they do, this book might help.


Little Women (Audio)
Louisa May Alcott
Poor Laurie. She’s just not that into you!


Around the World in 80 Days (Audio)
Jules Verne
If only we could all travel so effortlessly. Having a loyal servant probably helps.


Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World (Audio)
Matthew Goodman
A really well-written and detailed account of two epic journeys around the globe by two very different but very independent women.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Series) (Audio)
Rick Riordan
What a hoot! I’m still laughing about the goddess Iris’ shop, Rainbow Organic Foods and Lifestyles (ROFL).


The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (Audio)
Padraic Colum
Are there better stories anywhere? I don’t think so.


My Year of Meats (Audio)
Ruth Ozeki
A timely novel of the intersection of women, meat, health, and violence.


Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization (Audio)
Lars Brownworth
A sad account of the decline and fall of the Eastern Roman Empire.


The Heroes of Olympus (Series) (Audio)
Rick Riordan
Even more fun than the first series. Turns out Hercules is a jerk and Gaia is evil!


The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers
Tom Standage
A really interesting history of telegraphy showing the many parallels with the Internet. Posts here and here.


Titanic: A Survivor’s Story (Audio)
Archibald Gracie
A detailed account of that harrowing and chaotic night.


David: 500 Years
Antonio Paolucci
A concise history of the scultpure with dozens of close-up photos from every angle showing details you wouldn’t see in person.


Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Jennifer Worth
A gripping account of post-war East London, with all it’s poverty, squalor, degredation, humanity, and love.