erin’s blog for nina

What I’ve read this year.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 28, 2009


I am currently reading Jill Bolte Taylor’s book about the stroke she had when she was 37. She is a neuroscientist, and her insights into the mind are completely facinating. I think you’d love it. I have been reading some really interesting books lately, and I wanted to share. Here’s the list of what I’ve read so far this year:

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty
Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle
Bill Buford, Heat
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire
Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Natalie Angier, The Canon
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Coney Island of the Mind
Benazir Bhutto, Reconciliation
Pablo Neruda, Love Poems
Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation
Kurt Vonnegut, Armageddon in Retrospect
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan
Paul Rand, Conversations with Students
Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems
Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life
Haruki Murakami, After Dark

Fred Rogers, Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way

Marc Johns, H is for Holy Crap
Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Jonathan Franzen, How to be Alone
Elizabeth Lunday, Secret Lives of Great Artists
Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded (in progress)
Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot
R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
Neal Brown, Tracey Emin
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (in progress)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pictures of the Gone World
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Gerd Gigerenzer, Gut Feelings
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight (in progress)

36 books in 38 weeks. I am a bit behind, but I’m working on it.

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  1. NINA said, on September 29, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    good job, good job. i wish i could say the same, but its more like 3 books in 38 weeks. oh well 🙂

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