All posts for the month November, 2015

books 2015

Published November 22, 2015 by lisaolisa
  1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (9:27) (2010) (nf) (on
  2. I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan 208 pp. (2015) (nf) (on
  3. 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
  4. The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg (9:27) (2008) (nf) on
  5. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (6:27) (2012) (nf) on — Read by the author.
  6. The Coloring Book by Colin Quinn (4:47) (2015) (nf) on — Read by the author.
  7. The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds (9:06) (2012) (nf) on
  8. 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 — Read by the author.
  9. Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear (19:00) (2014) (on — Read by the author.
  10. I Must Say: My Life As Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (8:40) (2014) (on — Read by the author.
  11. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (19:41) (2004) (on
  12. The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough (9:04) (1968) (nf) (on
  13. The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling (3:37) (2007) (nf) (on
  14. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman (13:59) (2012) (nf) (on
  15. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (7:38) (2005) (nf) (on
  16. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky (5:57) (2012) (nf) (on
  17. Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan Stack (11:04) (2010) (nf) (on
  18. Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn (10:10) (2015) (nf) (on
  19. Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari (6:14) (2014) (nf) (on — Read by the author. 
  20. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (27:51) (2011) (nf) (on
  21. Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder (12:12) (2012) (nf) (on
  22. The Complete Collection of The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes by Benjamin Dewey (2015) (on (on tumblr) (Huffington Post review)
  23. The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker (8:17) (2015) (nf) (on
  24. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (20:49) (2010) (nf) (on
  25. 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method by Tamar Geller (9:40) (2010) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  26. Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Isay (5:15) (2012) (nf) (on
  27. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (10:41) (2014) (on
  28. Truth in Advertising by John Kenney (11:42) (2013) (on
  29. Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt (4:07) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author. 
  30. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (10:30) (2011) (nf) (on
  31. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (15:18) (2007) (nf) (on
  32. 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
  33. The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind by David Cay Johnston (12:14) (2012) (nf) (on
  34. The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young (7:29) (2009) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  35. Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner (12:58) (2009) (nf) (on
  36. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3:05) (2004) (on
  37. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (10:41) (2012) (on
  38. 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
  39. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (9:47) (2009) (nf) (on
  40. Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (13:20) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  41. The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan (10:54) (2012) (nf) (on
  42. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. Fast, John D. Preton (10:54) (2004) (nf) (on
  43. 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
  44. Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (6:28) (2014) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  45. How to Survive a Robot Uprising by (3:07) (2005) (nf) (on
  46. The Possibility Dogs by (11:18) (2013) (nf) (on
  47. When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden by Bill Maher (3:00) (2002) (nf) (on– Read by the author
  48. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy (8:45) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author
  49. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (7:34) (1955) (on — No one, no one, not anyone, not any one person can touch this masterful storyteller’s mastery of the short story.
  50. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (7:38) (nf) (2007) (on
  51. The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances by Mark Milhone (5:26) (nf) (2009) (on
  52. 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
  53. The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II by Iris Chang (8:03) (1997) (nf) (on — read by the author. Holy hell, why wasn’t I taught this in school? What made this holocaust not worth learning about. Must read.
  54. 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
  55. How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley (6:34) (2010) (nf) (on — read by the author. Why do I bother?
  56. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (11:44) (2009) (on
  57. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly (9:43) (2013) (on
  58. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks (11:06) (2007) (nf) (on
  59. Just Mercy by Bryon Stevenson (11:04) (2014) (nf) (on
  60. Starter House by Sonja Condit (11:49) (2014) (on
  61. Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields by Charles Bowden (9:57) (2010) (nf) (on — Read by the author
  62. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy (13:24) (2015) (on
  63. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (4:56) (2010) (on
  64. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (10:59) (2015) (on
  65. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (9:49) (2012) nf) (on
  66. 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
  67. Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman (6:09) (2011) (nf) (on
  68. 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 (review in the Wall Street Journal) (review on
  69. 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 — Confirms the controlling manipulation and hooey that the grandmother of a lying buyer of a former residence pulled over on us.
  70. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (13:04) (2015) (nf) (on — Held together nicely as a story — a very sad and horrible and maddening story. Fuck you, Winston Churchill.
  71. City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist (9:33) (2012) (nf) (on — People sure said “I shudder to think” a lot back then.
  72. I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey by Paul Rudnick (10:00) (2009) (nf) (on — Do you like David Sedaris and Jiminy Glick?
  73. The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow (8:10) (2010) (nf) (on (David R. Dow’s TED talk: “Lessons from death row inmates)
  74. The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates (7:49) (2007) (on (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.
  75. City of Thieves by David Benioff (8:29) (2008) (on — 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.
  76. Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Juahar (10:37) (2014) (on — 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.
  77. I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates (10:23) (2002) (on — 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.
  78. 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There by Tom Davis (9:16) (2009) (nf) (on Read by author. Introduction by his comedy partner, who has a healthier drug history, Al Franken.
  79. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (7:17) (2014) (nf) (on
  80. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart (2010) (13:21) (on
  81. The Corporation by Joel Bakan (6:36) (2004) (nf) (on — Vaccines don’t cause autism.
  82. Year Zero by Rob Reid (9:53) (2006) (nf) (on — An absurd, short, fun sci-fi read.
  83. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (11:53) (2006) (nf) (on — The middle was the hardest chunk of Erik Larson yet to date for me.
  84. The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks (8:44) (2010) (nf) (on
  85. The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman (14:58) (2013) (nf) (on
  86. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart (75:46) (2002) (on
  87. The Zero by Jess Walter (10:40) (2006) (on (The New York Times review)
  88. The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by Libby O’Connell (9:05) (2014) (nf) (on — 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”.
  89. Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore (11:22) (2014) (nf) (on
  90. Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates (6:28) (2013) (on — Stop saying ‘Owl-bany’.
  91. Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim (8:34) (2014) (nf) (on
  92. The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (2012) (nf) (on
  93. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (2005) (nf) (on
  94. Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley (1993) (nf) (on
  95. Half Empty by David Rakoff (2010) (on
  96. Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward and Donna Frazier Glynn (2013) (nf) (on
  97. Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession by Elias Aboujaoude MD (2008) (nf) (on
  98. Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children by Jonathan Kellerman and Richard Gilliland (2007) (nf) (on
  99. Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman (2014) (nf) (on
  100. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang (2008) (nf) (on
  101. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (2012) (on
  102. Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by James Mahaffey (2014) (nf) (on
  103. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hillary Mantel (2014) (on
  104. Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun by Paul M. Barrett (2012) (nf) (on
  105. Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak (2014) (nf) (on
  106. The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon (2013) (nf) (on (review)
  107. The Inventor and the Tycoon — A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Bell (2013) (nf) (on
  108. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter (2009) (on
  109. 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
  110. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman (2010) (nf) (on
  111. 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