Books Read: 2009


January, 2009
Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Bruce Chilton
The Essential Hieronymus Bosch by W. John Campbell

February, 2009
Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation by Joy A. Schroer
The Bad Popes by E. R. Chamberlin

March, 2009
The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings

April, 2009
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
Independence Day by Richard Ford (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1996)
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

May, 2009
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis
A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-day Iraq by Fernando Báez (Alfred MacAdam, Translator)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (translated by Reg Keeland)
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist’s Guide to the Neverending Universe by Marcus Chown
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin

June, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1997)

July, 2009
Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
The Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell by Regis Martin
The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley

August, 2009
“My Name is Charlene”: The Story of a Special Little Girl by Rev. Joseph Brennan
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

September, 2009
I and Thou by Martin Buber (Translated by Walter Kaufmann)
The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation by Paulo Coelho (translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Nick Caistor)
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H. Whittlesey
Scenic Driving: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Second Edition) by Susan Springer Butler

October, 2009
The Chase by Clive Cussler (audiobook, read by Scott Brick)
Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations (Fourth Edition) by Michael Walzer
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Judith Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson

November, 2009
The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
Death with Interruptions by José Saramago, Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto, with a Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose

December, 2009
Seven Cats And The Art of Living by Jo Coudert

1 Comment

One thought on “Books Read: 2009

  1. killah kal

    I remember first falling in love with the prose of Stephen Jay Gould reading his magnificent essays for The Smithsonian magazine. His books are well written, sans scientific dryness, because, I believe, he had an ardent love for literature. It was an unavoidable presence in all his writings. Dr. Gould passed almost eight years ago. He wrote with a clarity and verve engaging to all thoughtful readers. It’s sad he missed the ID theory rebirth. I found his criticism of ID and espousal of Darwin’s thought far more enlightening and productive than the rude and styleless elitism of Hawkins.

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