I’m trying to remember all the books I have read over the last couple years.  I didn’t think it was so many!  And now that I have a Kindle, it seems like I’m reading more, faster. 

I’ll add more titles as I remember them and maybe write a bit more about what I thought about the books.

The Help,

This was a great book and I couldn’t put it down!  Not being from the South, I have now been educated, by this book’s author, about Jim Crow laws and the insidious nature of the “race”  issue.  It has helped me see this from several perspectives.  The book’s story takes place in the 60’s in Mississippi as “the times they are a’changing.”  There are several plots woven through the story and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

My Life in France, Julia Child

It’s no secret – I LOVE France.  Julia made me yearn to go back and just STAY.  Nice story about a major part of her life.  We bought her cookbook after reading this and had fun watching old episodes of her TV show “The French Chef.”  I’m not sure I recommend our course of action – Russ and I have been gaining some poundage as a result!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Whoa, the plot on this one was so suspenseful, it was another book I had trouble putting down.  I will warn: there is some very graphic violence against women in the book and the real title in Swedish is something like “Men who hate women.”  I don’t think I can see the movie, reading about the violence was bad enough.  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.  And it’s a shame that the author died before he could write more terrific books.

I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron

Nora just makes me laugh so hard.  The book is full of chapters about stuff in her life – I believe the chapters each could stand on their own as a short story.  Nora really gets the truth about women and has that great knack of making us laugh out loud at ourselves.

Thirst: Poems, Mary Oliver

My favorite poet I think.

Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Border Songs, Jim Lynch

This was fun to read AND it takes place in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.

Life, Keith Richards

I didn’t expect to love this book so much!  I’m a fan of the Rolling Stones, BUT the book is so BIG, and since it was from Keith Richards’ point of view, I expected major glamorization of the rock and roll/drug culture.  Not so.  Keith paints a truthful and humble picture of his life and is a great story-teller too.

What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink

Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

I have loved a couple of Barbara’s books so much (Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna), but I just couldn’t get into this one.  maybe I’ll try it again another time.

Kids Like Us, Patty Smith

Water For Elephants,

Saving Jesus From the Church,

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor

A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink

The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb

I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb

I Hate My Neck, Nora Ephron

The Faith Club

If Grace Is True

The Last Week



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