|The Age of Innocence (Audio)
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: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Audio)
Excellent. For information addicts it’s a thrilling ride from start to finish.
|Zen Bow, Zen Arrow
|Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A well-crafted tale of the gruelling quest to come to terms with loss and her own demons. Must-read for outdoors enthusiasts.
|Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything (Audio)
Not as much fun as The Information but offers some insight on the modern compulsion to go faster.
|Then Again (Audio)
|Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman
|Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
|A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Abridged audio)
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: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
Glorious. Must read.
|The Portrait of a Lady (Audio)
Oh Isabel! #fail
|Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Audio)
Excellent. Highly recommended. Very appropriate use of music in the audiobook version.
|This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (Audio)
|The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Audio)
Excellent and useful. Check the books’s website for great resources.
|Jane Eyre (Again) (Audio)
|The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Rather fluffy. Script and Scribble is much more substantial.
|Objects of My Affection
Chick lit. More or less predictable.
|24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
A friendly introduction to the Sabbath and the gift of rest to ourselves and the planet.
|You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Audio)
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.
A great audiobook production. Interesting story. Medicis meet Bedouins.
|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: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Audio)
|Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History (Audio)
An exhaustive study of the background and circumstances of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
|The Scarlet Letter (Audio)
Poor Hester! She did not have Moll Flanders’ spunk.
|Jesus: A Very Short Introduction
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
A solid critique of the concept of Christian priesthood but short on alternative options.
|Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Audio)
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: 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 (Audio)
An enjoyable novel that follows the Sarajevoh Haggadah back in time to it’s creation.
|Reading Jesus (Audio)
|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 (Audio)
Very interesting and entertaining. We are what we eat.
|The Difference Engine (Audio)
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Long on underworld grime, short on technology.
|The Evolution of God (Audio)
Rides his zero-sum hobby horse too much, far too rationalistic–humans aren’t that rational!
|Miss Mapp (Audio)
The catty women theme just doesn’t work for me.
Just got bored with it.