2013

The Age of Innocence The Age of Innocence (Audio)
Edith Wharton

Who is the innocent? The sheltered, exquisitely-bred society girl or the “clever” man she outwits and controls simply by following her social instincts?
The Information The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Audio)
James Gleick

Excellent. For information addicts it’s a thrilling ride from start to finish.
Zen Bow, Zen Arrow Zen Bow, Zen Arrow
John Stevens
Wild Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed

A well-crafted tale of the gruelling quest to come to terms with loss and her own demons. Must-read for outdoors enthusiasts.
Faster Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything (Audio)
James Gleick

Not as much fun as The Information but offers some insight on the modern compulsion to go faster.
Then Again Then Again (Audio)
Diane Keaton
Eat & Run Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman

See post.
Abraham Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Bruce Feiler
A Walk in the Woods A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Abridged audio)
Bill Bryson

Disappointing. It reads like it was written to pay the bills. There isn’t much to it other than some interesting ecological tidbits and comic relief from his alcoholic hiking partner. It doesn’t hold a candle to “Wild” (see above).
Proof of Heaven Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
Bruce Feiler

Glorious. Must read.
The Portrait of a Lady The Portrait of a Lady (Audio)
Henry James

Oh Isabel! #fail
Blink Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Audio)
Malcolm Gladwell

Excellent. Highly recommended. Very appropriate use of music in the audiobook version.
Villette Villette (Audio)
Charlotte Brontë

Re-read.
This Book is Overdue! This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (Audio)
Marilyn Johnson
The Power of Habit The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Audio)
Charles Duhigg

Excellent and useful. Check the books’s website for great resources.
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Again) (Audio)
Charlotte Brontë
The Missing Ink The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Philip Hensher

Rather fluffy. Script and Scribble is much more substantial.
Objects of My Affection Objects of My Affection
Jill Smolinksi

Chick lit. More or less predictable.
24/6 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
Matthew Sleeth

A friendly introduction to the Sabbath and the gift of rest to ourselves and the planet.
You Are Not a Gadget You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Audio)
Jaron Lanier

A dissenting take on how we are adapting to technology by becoming less human, including a defense of copyright as preserving the humanity of creativity.
Dune Dune (Audio)
Frank Herbert

A great audiobook production. Interesting story. Medicis meet Bedouins.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Audio)
Benedict Flynn (read by Sean Bean)

One of those stories I knew by osmosis but hadn’t read. Of course one can’t help thinking of Monty Python throughout.
Inside of a Dog Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Audio)
Alexandra Horowitz
Making Haste from Babylon Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History (Audio)
Nick Bunker

An exhaustive study of the background and circumstances of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Audio)
Nathaniel Hawthorn

Poor Hester! She did not have Moll Flanders’ spunk.
Jesus: A Very Short Introduction Jesus: A Very Short Introduction
Richard Bauckham

A really excellent little book that evaluates all available sources based on their merits and context, but leaves belief or disbelief entirely up to the reader.
Why Priests? A Failed Tradition Why Priests? A Failed Tradition
Garry Wills

A solid critique of the concept of Christian priesthood but short on alternative options.
Mayflower Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Audio)
Nathaniel Philbrick

Even more exhaustive than “Making Haste from Babylon,” this book describes what happened after the Mayflower sailed. A complex history that bears little resemblance to Thanksgiving myths.
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth (Audio)
Norman F. Cantor

A short and snappy history of the quintessential conquerer. The last chapter on the influence of Alexander’s myth and brief empire on subsequent centuries is particularly interesting.
People of the Book People of the Book (Audio)
Geraldine Brooks

An enjoyable novel that follows the Sarajevoh Haggadah back in time to it’s creation.
Reading Jesus Reading Jesus (Audio)
Mary Gordon

The Last Voyage of the Karluk The Last Voyage of the Karluk (Audio)
Captain Bob Bartlett

A hair-raising tale of Arctic survival and a captain’s determination to rescue his stranded and starving crew.
An Edible History of Humanity An Edible History of Humanity (Audio)
Tom Standage

Very interesting and entertaining. We are what we eat.


Abandoned

The Difference Engine The Difference Engine (Audio)
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Long on underworld grime, short on technology.
The Evolution of God The Evolution of God (Audio)
Robert Wright

Rides his zero-sum hobby horse too much, far too rationalistic–humans aren’t that rational!
Miss Mapp Miss Mapp (Audio)
E.F. Benson

The catty women theme just doesn’t work for me.
Dune Messiah Dune Messiah
Frank Herbert

Just got bored with it.