Book Lists ’11

As in previous years, I’m posting a list of books I’d like to read in the coming year.  This year instead of just listing lots and lots of books, I’m going to try a different approach.  From experience, I’ve learned that on average I can read 5 (print) books a month for a total of 60 in a year.  This year I’m going to create 12 groups of 5 books each organized around a theme.  The hope is that I will start a group of five at the beginning of each month but I doubt it will remain that orderly.  In addition to these 60 books I will try to read my annual Abraham Lincoln Day Book, books for my book clubs, and listen to some audiobooks.  I’ll probably read many books not listed here and not finish some on this list as I try to adhere to Nancy Pearl’s Rule of 50.

I’ll keep track of all the books I actually read in 2011 at the bottom of this page. You can also check out how I did the last couple of years on my Book Lists ‘08Book Lists ’09 and Book Lists ’10 pages.  Visit Library Thing to see every book I’ve ever read as well as my 100 favorite books of all time.

Books To Read in 2011

Around the World For A Good Book

  • Algeria:Fantasia : An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar
  • Colombia: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Denmark: Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
  • Israel: To the end of the land by David Grossman
  • North Korea: The Aquariums of Pyongyang by  Kang Chol-Hwan

Boston By Foot Research

Getting Around

Holdovers from 2010

Human Artifacts

  • The Big Necessity by Rose George
  • Culture Club: The Curious History of the Boston Athenaeum by Katherine Woldd
  • The F-Word by Jesse Sheidlower
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
  • Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage by William Rathje

Kids These Days

The Personal is Political

  • Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar
  • Feminism is for everybody by Bell Hooks
  • How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith
  • Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman
  • The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore

Rereading My 100 Favorite Books of All Time

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
  • The Iowa Baseball Confederacy: A Novel W.P. Kinsella
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Scientific Perspective

  • Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway by Kirk Johnson
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • How Music Works by John Powell
  • The Thoreau You Don’t Know by Robert Sullivan
  • The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge


Spiritual and Religious Readings for Lent

Published in 2011

Lincoln Day Book

Book Club Books for 2011

January: Tinkers by Paul Harding

February: The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

March: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

April: The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleOne Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

MayThe Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

June: Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price

July: Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price

August:No meeting

September: Consequences by Penelope Lively

OctoberZeitoun by Dave Eggers

November: No meeting

DecemberThe Professor and the Madman by Simon Wincheste

Audiobooks to Listen To in 2011

•    At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
•    Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
•    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King
•    The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America by Timothy Egan
•    This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
•    Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by  Ellen Ruppel Shell
•    Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein
•    Dangerously funny by David Bianculli
•    The Dead Hand by David E. Hoffman
•    The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner
•    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
•    Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
•    Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by  Michael Chabon
•    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman
•    Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
•    Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America by Kurt Andersen
•    A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green by Thomas Cahill
•    Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye
•    Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War by Andrew Bacevich
•    Willie Mays : the life, the legend by James S. Hirsch

Books Read in 2011












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