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books 2018

Published January 1, 2018 by lisaolisa

See Goodreads for this year’s list.

read at some point but not added to any list

  • The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns (5:50) (nf)
  • The Apartment

partway through

did not finish

on the list





books 2017

Published December 31, 2017 by lisaolisa

See the covers of these books on Goodreads.

  1. A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
  2. After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in
  3. Afghanistan by Ted Rall
  4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
  5. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  6. Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
  7. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
  8. Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied
  9. Hospital by David M. Oshinsky
  10. Born Both: An Intersex Life by Hida Viloria
  11. Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates
  12. Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith
  13. Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
  14. Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies–How What We Eat Defines Who
  15. We Are by Sophie Egan
  16. Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson
  17. Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins
  18. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  19. Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  20. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  21. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius
  22. Heft by Liz Moore
  23. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  24. Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff by Michael Nesmith
  25. Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman
  26. Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino, #1) by Jacqueline Sheehan
  27. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  28. Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin
  29. Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
  30. Parrots For Dummies by Nikki Moustaki
  31. Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of
  32. America by Charles Ferguson
  33. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With
  34. Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People by Jackson MacKenzie
  35. Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
  36. Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know by Robert Peter Gale
  37. Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper, #2) by Christopher Moore
  38. Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin
  39. Armstrong
  40. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight
  41. About Animals by Hal Herzog
  42. Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman
  43. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  44. The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman
  45. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  46. The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests by Chris Smith
  47. The Elephant in the Room by Jon Ronson
  48. The Inheritor’s Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science by Sandra Hempel
  49. The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston
  50. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  51. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
  52. Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
  53. Trump and Me by Mark Singer
  54. Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish
  55. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami
  56. Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill
  57. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  58. Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill
  59. Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

books 2016

Published October 6, 2016 by lisaolisa

See the covers of these books on Goodreads.

  1. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (8:07) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  2. The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker (9:53) (2011) (nf) (on goodreads)
  3. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello (18:40) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  4. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (15:05) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (7:31) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  6. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar (6:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  7. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel (3:43) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  8. Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus (7:57) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  9. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (10:27) (2007) (nf) (on goodreads)
  10. They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine (8:40) (2016) (on goodreads)
  11. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (6:28) (2016) (on goodreads)
  12. Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry (8:42) (2016) (nf) by Nicholas Dodman (on goodreads)
  13. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (11:23) (1998) (nf) by Philip Gourevitch (on goodreads)
  14. Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffery Lieberman (9:46) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  15. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (6:56) (2012) — read by Molly Ringwald (on goodreads)
  16. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (8:54) (2011) (on goodreads)
  17. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (8:06) (2016) (on goodreads)
  18. Bucky Fucking Dent by David Duchovny (6:18) (2016) (on goodreads)
  19. The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack (3:43) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  20. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People by Jackson MacKenzie (7:57) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  21. Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay by Lauren Weedman (8:33) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  22. Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition by Nisid Hajari (11:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  23. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey (8:05) (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  24. You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Deckle Edge (9:11) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  25. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (14:22) (2014) (on goodreads)
  26. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (13:33) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  27. The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City by Laura Tillman (6:47) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  28. A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America by Tom Zoellner (10:08) (2011) (nf) (on goodreads)
  29. After The Parade by Lori Ostlund (12:06) (2015) (on goodreads)
  30. North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State by John Sweeney (10:27) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  31. The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook (9:29) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  32. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by (9:14) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  33. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. by Augusten Burroughs (6:31) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  34. The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine by David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt (8:43) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  35. Mumbai New York Scranton by Tamara Shopsin (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  36. The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne (9:22) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  37. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein (7:04) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  38. Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss (13:40) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  39. F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett MD and Sarah Bennett (12:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  40. Anger is an Energy by John Lydon (18:29) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  41. Shelter by Jung Gun (2016) (on goodreads)
  42. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by by Christopher Moore (15:20) (2002) (nf) (on goodreads)
  43. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo (7:26) (2008) (nf) (on goodreads)
  44. The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden (9:23) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  45. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes & Joe Layden (7:01) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  46. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  47. The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery by George Johnson (6:43) (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  48. Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello (18:40) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  49. The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr (12:27) (2010) (nf) (on goodreads)
  50. The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)

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

books 2014

Published December 30, 2014 by lisaolisa
  1. Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed by Wendy T. Behary (6:20) (2008) (nf) (on
  2. Carsick by John Waters (8:08) (2014) (on goodreads)
  3. American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum (10:32) (2008) (nf) (on goodreads) (review)
  4. The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway by Doug Most (15:26) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  5. The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History by Jason Vuic (8:57) (2010) (nf) (on goodreads)
    — There are so many more reasons that this venture failed than I could have imagined. There’s not only marketing, branding, and sales, as one would expect, but a lot of sociology and history. This is a surprisingly good book to read for a concentrated introduction to the mess that was Yugoslavia’s war among competing tribes.
  6. A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story by Dave Eggers (13:28) (2000) (nf) ( on goodreads)
  7. The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country (2014) (nf) (on
  8. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (2013) (nf) (on
  9. Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen (2002) (on
  10. Things I Want to Punch in the Face by Jennifer Worick (2013) (nf)
    A series of short, unmemorable rants and so much distracting profanity it demonstrates a sadly deficient creative use of language for such a popular writer. Thus is a casualty of taking a collection of blog posts and binding them for reading in one sitting: What may be tolerable in small doses at irregular intervals becomes a honking annoyance in big chunks. To be fair, I checked out the blog the book is based on and some other essays on her personal blog. All I want to do is edit her into better writing. Despite having a common ability if not tendency to complain about the most mundane matters and take umbrage to innocuous slights, I don’t think we’d be pals. At least it was short. A waste of time that I want to punch in the face. (on
  11. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (2013) (on
     — Read by Arte Johnson :–)
  12. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan (1988) (nf) (on
  13. Doomed by Chuck Pahlaniuk (2013) (on
  14. Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America by Stanley B. Burns (1990) (nf) (on
  15. Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susan Cahalan (2012) (nf) (on
  16. Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan by Tamim Ansary (2012) (nf) (on
    Listening to this taught me many things, including that all of my pronunciations suck. If I had a time machine, after killing Hitler, or getting him in to art school, whichever works, then getting my parents better parents, I’d give a copy to Cheney and Bush, and 10 copies to Wolfowitz.
  17. If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White (2012) (nf) (on
    Dog bless Betty. I listened to the audiobook. There were no pictures. It was abridged. I could listen to it again and it would sound brand new again. Read by the author.
  18. Zone One by Coleson Whitehead (2011) (on
    A zombie story that does not suck.
  19. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011) (on
    The suicide of a college mate sends Tony in to not so much a tailspin but more a slowly spinning inner tube naval gazing while drifting down a lazy river. Although any age can be an age of reflection, at Tony’s age, one expects to have all reflecting accomplished and life explained in an orderly fashion. Indeed, Tony sets about tidying up his affairs and day to day as a gift to those he will leave behind. What a thoughtful guy. But, dear reader, he’s telling his own story, and as new realizations beget historic revisions, further realizations arise. … It’s the job of a decent copywriter to pique interest, but the promises attached to this book are so overblown they make me wonder how well-read or drunk the copywriters were. I liked getting to know the characters, finding meaning, and being led along. At the story’s abrupt end, I was left with a ‘meh’ instead of the intended needle scratch. At least it was short.
  20. The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber (2013) (nf) (on
    So, you’re a nurse. And these detectives come to see you and tell you that the guy you have the most fun with during a medical crisis on shift is a sick bastard who kills patients for kicks. And they want you to keep hanging out with him and help them put him away. Just another day. … The most prolific serial killer of our time was convicted of 40-odd, but is thought to have dispatched 10 times that many. Yikes. He’s not eloquent, but he does have the routine serial killer insight on his motivations to be noticed and up the ante, even at the risk of being caught. … Much of the story and narrative rests on the investigation. It’s pretty cunning of him to not actually say much beyond trailing off to ‘um’, ‘yeah’, ‘so’ and other filler words that mean nothing. … Learned some things about some meds and physiology, and how to sneak meds out of an accessory to murder dumb software-to-hardware system that hasn’t been tested well enough.
  21. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (2013) (nf) (on
    What Jesus was up to before he won the Lord son of/form of God lottery. Read by the author.
  22. White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf by Aaron Bobrow-Strain (2012) (nf) (on
    Our national totem has a more interesting history than one might think. Loses steam when it addresses the contemporary “real food” movement. Or maybe I’ve just heard that discussed so much that I didn’t find it engaging. A must for post-industrial sociology nerds.
  23. S’Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him by Adam Chester and Joan Chester (2011) (nf) (on
    Wow. And I thought I had it bad when the majority of the newspaper clippings Mom mailed me were about wrinkle cream. When I was 30. No matter how many times I told her she’s wasting her time. She really did need more older friends.
  24. The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey (2013)
    To be absurd and funny at the same time all of the time is very, very hard. More misses than hits. Read by the author. (on
  25. Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross with Brian Posehn (nf) (on
    We are living in the age when Bob Odenkirk found a perfect vehicle for mainstream America to embrace his cringe-inducing flair. I doubt that mainstream America would ever embrace the departed cult fave Mr. Show. How can anyone not cringe around David Cross? He’s so darn good at it. Perhaps mainstream has only seen his brilliantly delivered Slow Donnie shtick (“Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie.“), canon of modern humor. There are more laughs to be had. Read by the authors.
  26. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (2013) (nf) (on
    A sometimes humorous but always arduous journey that taught me seeing this man is a critical component of enjoying him. Read by the author.
  27. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (2006) (nf) (on
    Holy crap everyone screwed up at every turn. Read this and ask everyone who hasn’t, “Why do you hate America?”
  28. Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by (2011) (nf) (on
  29. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (2011) (on
    Interesting premise and good story, but overall a dull read. Pulitzer? Really?
  30. NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (2012) (on
    A disgruntled extra terrorizes and/or murders visiting Hollywood, chagrins Hizzoner, and gives ex-lovers, now-partners (natch) something to verbally spar over. Too much pining for the most beautiful woman in the world, but the writing and the story kept me at it. The souffle sinks a little at the end, but an overal fun procedural.
  31. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (1988) (on
    The least cultured, worst behaved, and most Jesus ignorant children in town put a lock on all of the important pageant roles. Watch out. Short, cute, and young.
  32. Dancing Barefoot: Five Short But True Stories About Life in the So-Called Space Age by Wil Wheaton (2003) (nf) (on
    Small collection of heartwarming, or at least reassuring, stories from The Most Hated Star Trek Character of All Time. As with opera, I see the appeal of Star Trek, but I’d prefer to not sit through most of it. Fandom not required. Read by the author.
  33. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (2012) (nf) (on
    Really rough start as this one strains under its overestimation of its own cleverness. And what the hell is it with the town crier striving for irony but coming off sad singing of each chapter title? Light moments all, and forgettable most. Having a Facebook friend direct me to one of her posts gone viral is the most time I am willing to invest in The Blogess henceforth. Read by the author.
  34. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (2013) (nf) (on
  35. Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City’s Lower East Side by Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett (2010) (nf) (on
    Later disappointingly retitled “Alphaville: New York 1988: Welcome to Heroin City”, for more pizazz.
  36. Runaway by Alice Munroe (2004) (short stories) (on
  37. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2009) (on
  38. Depravity: A Narrative of 16 Serial Killers by Harvey Rosenfeld (2009) (nf) (on
    Feels like trivia found at the bottom of the pickle jar, but has info on some B-roll players.
  39. Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein (9:02) (2012) (nf) (on — Read by the author. Slightly amusing but feels long and tedious after a while.
  40. Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson (2011) (on
    I don’t plan to see the movie, so I read this before everyone spoils the story for me. The robots are coming — wait, they’re already here. They’re already *everywhere*. Oh, folly. Terrible things are happening. Are all of the machiney things out to get us? Some dreadful scenarios. A glut of superfluous romance. Good sci-fi.
  41. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (2011) (on
    Amazon says: “The second novel by the bestselling author of ‘The Goldfinch’, Donna Tartt’s ‘The Little Friend’ is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.” Well, it tries to be. It struggles under its own weight and is seldom gripping. Inconsistently compelling, it does capture the frustrating boredom of childhood, punctuated by heinous acts and terror of consequence. Out of 20 parts, I resolved at Part 11 to carry on, but, as with most fiction, I powered through on pure Obsessive-Compulsive Must Finish Book Disorder. No way am I picking up “The Goldfinch” after this. The long, hot summer buildup didn’t pay off. Warning: Lots of racism (hello, Mississippi!) and some nasty dog abuse.
  42. Night Film: A Novel by Marisha Pessl (2013) (on
    A woman With It All and a Bright Future Ahead kills herself by stepping into an elevator shaft. Or does she? As the circumstances of the suicide/murder story become increasingly more preposterous and devil-worshipy, it’s tempting to bail. I’m glad I didn’t so that I could see how the twist, like a good rug, brought everything together. Read by Jake Weber, pablum significant other of Medium, and unconvincing cult leader of The Following.
  43. Profanity Hill by Irene Burns Miller (nf) (on
    A memoir by the woman in the unenviable position of displacing the residents of Seattle’s sagging slum to make way for shiny, new low-income housing with a commanding view, Yesler Terrace, that would go on to be razed similarly years later. Very quick read.
  44. The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz (2014) (nf) (on
  45. The Magician’s Assistant by Anne Patchett (1997) (on
    Man, I wish I hadn’t bothered. One of many unsatisfying works of fiction that leave me irritated for not having the spent the time learning something instead.
  46. The End of Vandalism by Robert Drury (2006) (on
    “Is this supposed to be Heaven? Hell? Italy?” — Louise Darling
  47. Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey (2002) (on
    A story about bipolar before bipolar was cool and everyone rushed out to see Bradley Cooper jog in a Hefty bag. At least this guy doesn’t have the bi so bad he thinks he has tiger blood. Pretty plausible story of what happens when his chemicals begin to betray him more than he can continue to compensate for.
  48. The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran by Hooman Majd (2013) (nf) (on
  49. Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler (2013) (nf) (on
  50. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman (2013) (nf) (on
  51. You & Me by Padgett Powell (2012) (on
  52. Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (2012) (nf) (on
    A  must read. This would be the most unsettling post-apocolyptic dystopian sci-fi if it weren’t completely true. A guy escapes this camp. That is a Huge Deal with Massive Consequences for his family. It’s a work camp, where people are sent to slowly be killed by hard labor, disease, malnutrition, illness. It’s a concentration of people who are thought to betray the totalitarian regime, or are unlucky enough to have the same poison blood as someone thought to. Oh, and it doesn’t exist. Move along, people, nothing to see here. Children are manufactured, and they live and die in the camp. I can’t imagine living in North Korea as an average citizen on a good day surrounded by privation and ignorance and mindfuckery. Being put in a death camp on top of it is diabolical.
  53. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spetzi (2008) (nf) (on
    Someone is doing horrible things to people and then dumping them in fields just outside Firenze. A lot of people. They didn’t include this in the tour guide. I read one Pendergast novel. It was more than enough. Preston’s writing is more sticky, balanced, and just plain better in this nonfiction account. Better editor? Better genre? It wasn’t better money.

books 2013

Published December 31, 2013 by lisaolisa
  1. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart (2006) (on [2013]
  2. America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  3. American Gangster: And Other Tales of New York by Mark Jacobson (2007) (nf) (on [2013]
  4. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle (2010) (nf) (on [2013]
  5. Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan (2012) (on [2013]
  6. Attempting Normal by Marc Maron (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  7. The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Maria Balinska (2009) (nf) (on [2013]
  8. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2013) (on [2013]
  9. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jessica Miscavige Hill (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  10. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan (2009) (nf) (on [2013]
  11. The Uninnocent by Bradford Morrow (2011) (on [2013]
  12. Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos (2004) (on — So, so weak. [2013]
  13. Canada by Richard Ford (2013) (on [2013]
  14. The Circle by David Eggars (2013) (on [2013]
  15. Company by Max Barry (2006) (on —— Have you ever wondered if the freaky insular dimension your large employer creates is a grand joke being played on you and your colleagues? [2013]
  16. Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You by Patricia Evans (2003) (nf) (on [2013]
  17. The Corn Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates (2011) (on [2013]
  18. Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster by Paul Ingrassia (2010) (nf) (on [2013]
  19. Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  20. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  21. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) (on [2013]
  22. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow(2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  23. Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter (2013) (on [2013]
  24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  25. Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  26. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (2013) (on [2013]
  27. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012) (on [2013]
  28. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (2010) (nf) (on [2013]
  29. Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore (2001) (nf) (on [2013]
  30. The Interestings: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer (2013) (on [2013]
  31. Killing Floor by Lee Child (2012) (on [2013]
  32. The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans by Mark Jacobson (2010) (nf) (on [2013]
  33. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  34. Live from the Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast (2007) (nf) (on [2013]
  35. London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench & Ellis Hillman (1993) (nf) (on [2013]
  36. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison (2007) (nf) (on [2013]
  37. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Myster.y by Robert Kolke (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  38. Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob by Gil Reavill (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  39. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  40. Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces by Linda Robinson (2005) (nf) (on [2013]
  41. Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight (2011) (on [2013]
  42. Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz (2011) (on [2013]
  43. NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious by NPR (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  44. Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  45. The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  46. 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  47. Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth (1969) (on [2013]
  48. Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice by Knute Berger (2009) (nf) (on [2013]
  49. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (2009) (on [2013]
  50. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  51. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  52. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  53. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris (2010) (nf) (on — To have true success crafting while physically and psychologically challenged, you need a superhuman tolerance for toxic adhesives. [2013]
  54. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  55. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore (2005) (on [2013]
  56. Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan (2011) (nf) (on — Did you think the whole story was a load of made-up crap? Me, too, only I didn’t know the toll it took on her after Sally Fields opined [2013]
  57. Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  58. Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk (2010) (on [2013]
  59. The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  60. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (2012) (on [2013]
  61. The Dinner by Herman Koch (2013) (on [2013]
  62. The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life by Robin Zasio (2011) (nf) (on — Hoarders are a good source of crafting materials and rodent feces. [2013]
  63. The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual — The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  64. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (2011) (on [2013]
  65. They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? A Novel by Christopher Buckley (2012) (on [2013]
  66. From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War by Jerry Della Femina (2010) (nf) (on [2013]
  67. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  68. Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch (2012) (nf) (on [2013]
  69. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  70. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (2012) (on [2013]
  71. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2013) (nf) (on [2013]
  72. Worm: The First Digital World War by Mark Bowden (2011) (nf) (on [2013]
  73. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (2008) (on [2013]
  74. You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations by Michael Ian Black (2012) (nf) (on [2013]

books 2012

Published January 1, 2013 by lisaolisa
  1. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (2010) (on [2012]
  2. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (2012) (on [2012]
  3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (2012) (nf) (on [2012]
  4. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky (1998) (nf) (on [2012]
  5. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie (1986) (nf) (on [2012]
  6. Crimes Against Civility by Richard Simms (2011) (nf) (on [2012]
  7. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickle (2011) (on [2012]
  8. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (2011) (nf) (on [2012]
  9. Half Broke Horses, a True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls (2009) (nf) (on [2012]
  10. Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010) (nf) (on [2012]
  11. Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga (2012) (on [2012]
  12. Life by Keith Richards (23:08) (2010) (nf) (on [2012] — Read by Johnny Depp.
  13. Lizz Free or Die: Essays by Lizz Winstead (2012) (nf) (on [2012]
  14. Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (2011) (nf) (on [2012]
  15. Loving the Self-Absorbed: How to Create a More Satisfying Relationship with a Narcissistic Partner by Nina Brown (2003) (nf) (on [2012]
  16. Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisted by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. (2007) (nf) (on [2012]
  17. More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman (2008) (nf) (on [2012]
  18. Narcissim: Denial of the True Self by Alexander Lowen (on [2012]
  19. Narcissism: Denial of the True Self by Alexander Lowen (2004) (nf) (on [2012]
  20. Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (2009) (nf) (on [2012]
  21. Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin (nf) (on [2012]
  22. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (2011) (on [2012]
  23. The Angry Heart: Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders by Joseph Santoro and Ronald Jay Cohen (1997) (nf) (on [2012]
  24. The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology by John Duignan (2008) (nf) (on [2012]
  25. The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea (2004) (nf) (on [2012]
  26. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (2009) (nf) (on [2012]
  27. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2005 ) (nf) (on [2012]
  28. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (2006) (on [2012]
  29. The New New Rules by Bill Maher (nf) (on [2012]
  30. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (1925) (on [2012]
  31. The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal Save the Relationship and Still Say No by William Ury (2007) (nf) (on [2012]
  32. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson (2011) (nf) (on [2012]
  33. The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson (2010) (nf) (on [2012]
  34. The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family by Eleanor D. Payson (2002) (nf) (on [2012]
  35. There But for The by Ali Smith (2011) (on [2012]
  36. Why We’re Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America’s Most Important Ideals by Eric Alterman (2008) (nf) (on [2012]
  37. You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story by Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn (2010) (nf) (on [2012]