Archives All posts for the month November, 2015
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (9:27) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan 208 pp. (2015) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (8:54) (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg (9:27) (2008) (nf) ) on goodreads.com
How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (6:27) (2012) (nf) ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
The Coloring Book by Colin Quinn (4:47) (2015) (nf) ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds (9:06) (2012) (nf) ) on goodreads.com
The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (6:22) (2010) ( ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear (19:00) (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
I Must Say: My Life As Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (8:40) (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (19:41) (2004) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough (9:04) (1968) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling (3:37) (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman (13:59) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (7:38) (2005) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky (5:57) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan Stack (11:04) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn (10:10) (2015) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari (6:14) (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (27:51) (2011) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder (12:12) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Complete Collection of The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes by Benjamin Dewey (2015) ( ) ( on goodreads.com ) ( on tumblr ) Huffington Post review
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker (8:17) (2015) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (20:49) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method by Tamar Geller (9:40) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com — Read by the author.
Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Isay (5:15) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (10:41) (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com
Truth in Advertising by John Kenney (11:42) (2013) ( ) on goodreads.com
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt (4:07) (2015) (nf) ( on goodreads.com) — Read by the author.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (10:30) (2011) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (15:18) (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee (9:00) (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind by David Cay Johnston (12:14) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young (7:29) (2009) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Read by the author.
Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner (12:58) (2009) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3:05) (2004) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (10:41) (2012) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII by Jack El-Hai (8:52) (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (9:47) (2009) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (13:20) (2015) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Read by the author.
The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan (10:54) (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. Fast, John D. Preton (10:54) (2004) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work by Mark Bowden (7:36) (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (6:28) (2014) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Read by the author.
How to Survive a Robot Uprising by (3:07) (2005) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Possibility Dogs by (11:18) (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden by Bill Maher (3:00) (2002) (nf) ( )– on goodreads.com Read by the author
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy (8:45) (2015) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Read by the author
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (7:34) (1955) ( ) — on goodreads.com No one, no one, not anyone, not any one person can touch this masterful storyteller’s mastery of the short story.
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (7:38) (nf) (2007) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances by Mark Milhone (5:26) (nf) (2009) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA’s Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America by Mark Kurlansky (11:54) (2009) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II by Iris Chang (8:03) (1997) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com — read by the author. Holy hell, why wasn’t I taught this in school? What made this holocaust not worth learning about. Must read.
Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier by Peter Stark (10:55) (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley (6:34) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com — read by the author. Why do I bother?
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (11:44) (2009) ( ) on goodreads.com
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly (9:43) (2013) ( ) on goodreads.com
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks (11:06) (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Just Mercy by Bryon Stevenson (11:04) (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Starter House by Sonja Condit (11:49) (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com
Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields by Charles Bowden (9:57) (2010) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Read by the author
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy (13:24) (2015) ( ) on goodreads.com
I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (4:56) (2010) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (10:59) (2015) ( ) on goodreads.com
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (9:49) (2012) nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Randi Kreger and Paul T. Mason (8:02) (1998) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman (6:09) (2011) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (8:54) (2014) (nf) ( ) ( on goodreads.com ) ( review in the Wall Street Journal ) review on npr.org
Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) by Elaine Lui (6:05) (2014) (nf) () — on goodreads.com Confirms the controlling manipulation and hooey that the grandmother of a lying buyer of a former residence pulled over on us.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (13:04) (2015) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Held together nicely as a story — a very sad and horrible and maddening story. Fuck you, Winston Churchill.
City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist (9:33) (2012) (nf) () — on goodreads.com People sure said “I shudder to think” a lot back then.
I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey by Paul Rudnick (10:00) (2009) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Do you like David Sedaris and Jiminy Glick?
The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow (8:10) (2010) (nf) ( ) ( on goodreads.com David R. Dow’s TED talk: “) Lessons from death row inmates“
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates (7:49) (2007) ( ) ( on goodreads.com ) january magazine review — Tales of dread and very slow train wrecks, cringing while the inevitable happens, waiting for the inevitable to happen but then something else doesacts, and being socked in the gut. The socking happens in the first story, and if you read nothing else, start there, and end there, it’s tempting to advise. It’s the most powerful turn in the collection. The rest is slow burn JCO, so if you’re a fan, read on.
City of Thieves by David Benioff (8:29) (2008) ( ) on goodreads.com — Seeming certain death becomes a lifesaver. Narrow escape becomes a death sentence. And then things get depressing, because it’s Russia, and that’s The Law of Russian Prose. By a lord of white suburban tinfoil cardboard sword daydreaming Game of Thrones pretenders. Gorgeously voiced by the ridiculously talented Ron Pearlman. Warning: Graphic cruelty toward dogs and unspeakable cruelty toward elephant.
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Juahar (10:37) (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com — Surprise! Health care is a game of cash money, graft, and fraternal palm greasing. The result? You get a zillion unnecessary procedures, insurance that sucks, and doctors who are paid to process, not care. Like writers who go into journalism to help people and go out of it to eat decently.
I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates (10:23) (2002) ( ) — on goodreads.com What’s more depressing than being a liberal arts major socially peripheral depressive anorexic codependent daughter of an alternately absent and abusive alcoholic father plagued by the memory of a happy mother who disappeared far too soon and target for everyone’s anger freezing through an upstate NY snow belt winter? Reading about one 30 years later who talks nonstop of late night bull session philosophy obsessed with Spinoza. Philosophy: the only degree less useless vocationally than Sociology and the only avocation that makes no material contribution to society. The most painful part of this standard JCO antihero’s story was the struggle to be accepted by rich girls at a prestigious university. Make her circumstances just as dire but her age 2 years younger and you have met my mother.
39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There by Tom Davis (9:16) (2009) (nf) ( ) Read by author. Introduction by his comedy partner, who has a healthier drug history, Al Franken. on goodreads.com
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (7:17) (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart (2010) (13:21) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Corporation by Joel Bakan (6:36) (2004) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com Vaccines don’t cause autism.
Year Zero by Rob Reid (9:53) (2006) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com An absurd, short, fun sci-fi read.
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (11:53) (2006) (nf) ( ) — on goodreads.com The middle was the hardest chunk of Erik Larson yet to date for me.
The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks (8:44) (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman (14:58) (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart (75:46) (2002) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Zero by Jess Walter (10:40) (2006) (on ) ( goodreads.com ) The New York Times review
The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by Libby O’Connell (9:05) (2014) (nf) (on ) — goodreads.com Meatless Monday originated from the government as their rationing campaign to leave more food for the troops, even before the U.S. was involved at a troop level. That an loads of other random fun facts trickle out of these pages, and I found all of it as compelling as fleeting knowledge can be. Meaning behind idioms, motive behind obscure serving accoutrements, insight into why we ate, and still do, certain foods. But oh, the writing so sadly unattended by a skilled editor, such as unneeded use of “literally”, such as women campaigning for the vote “literally for decades”, and muddy (like “muddled” — get it? ha) use, such as humans mixing up cocktails (alcohol plus anything) “literally for ages”.
Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore (11:22) (2014) (nf) (on ) goodreads.com
Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates (6:28) (2013) ( ) on goodreads.com — Stop saying ‘Owl-bany’.
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim (8:34) (2014) (nf) () on goodreads.com
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (2012) (nf) () on goodreads.com
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (2005) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley (1993) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Half Empty by David Rakoff (2010) ( ) on goodreads.com
Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward and Donna Frazier Glynn (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession by Elias Aboujaoude MD (2008) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children by Jonathan Kellerman and Richard Gilliland (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang (2008) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (2012) ( ) on goodreads.com
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by James Mahaffey (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hillary Mantel (2014) ( ) on goodreads.com
Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun by Paul M. Barrett (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak (2014) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon (2013) (nf) ( on goodreads.com ) ( review)
The Inventor and the Tycoon — A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Bell (2013) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter (2009) ( ) on goodreads.com
A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Jeffery C. Ward (2012) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman (2010) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger (2007) (nf) ( ) on goodreads.com