List-o-Books: 2009

Here are the books I read in 2009.  I’ve chosen to include one graphic novel, which purists I guess wouldn’t count as a book.  However, they aren’t comic books either, they are somewhere in-between.

For a few years, I’ve had this list with links to Amazon – not affiliate links, mind you, just links.  I had some good reasons for doing this, and while I buy many things including Kindle books and sometimes even bound books from Amazon, I  still prefer going to a good, local book store.   Amazon is the de facto book store of choice for the Internet, but  now IndieBound has a great affiliate program that I’m proud to be a member of.  It lets you buy great books from great bookstores via the Internet.  It is almost as good as visiting your favorite local book store.  Tell them I sent you!


  1. On the Dot: The Speck that Changed the World 

    by Alexander Humez

  2. Letter to a Christian Nation
    by Sam Harris
  3. A Devil to Play: One Man’s Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra’s Most Difficult Instrument 

    by Jasper Rees

  4. We’ve Got Blog: How Weblogs are Changing Our Culture

    by Rebecca Blood (Editor)

  5. Digital Soul: Intelligent Machines and Human Values

    by Thomas Georges

  6. A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul

    by Tim Farrington

  7. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    by Niall Ferguson

  8. The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS

    by Elizabeth Pisani

  9. The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

    by Rose George

  10. Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them)
    by Bart D. Ehrman
    A book review of Jesus Interrupted
  11. America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction

    by Brian Alexander

  12. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
    by David Hadju
    A book review of The Ten-Cent Plague
  13. Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots

    by Jonathan Curiel

  14. Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving

    by Michael Downing

  15. The Rough Guide to Blogging 1

    by Jonathan Yang

  16. jQuery in Action, Second Edition

    by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz

  17. Masterminds of ProgrammingConversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages

    by Federico Biancuzzi

  18. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008

    by Jerome Groopman and Tim Folger (Editors)

  19. The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 19th Century Chess-Playing Machine

    by Tom Standage

  20. Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters

    by Scott Rosenberg

  21. The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Fall River, Mass, 1892 (graphic novel)
    by Rick Geary
  22. On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You Are Not

    by Robert A. Burton

  23. The Best Technology Writing 2009

    by Steven Johnson (Editor)

  24. The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves

    by Annie Murphy Paul

  25. Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend

    by Joshua Blu Buhs

  26. Off Season: Discovering America on Winter’s Shore

    by Ken McAlpine

  27. The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

    by Sasha Issenberg

  28. The Best American Science Writing 2009

    by Natalie Angier and Jesse Cohen (Editors)

  29. Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering
    by Henry Petroski
    A book review of Pushing the Limits
  30. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009

    by Elizabeth Kolbert and Tim Folger (Editors)

  31. The Best of Technology Writing 2006

    by Brendan I. Koerner (Editor)

  32. The Best of Technology Writing 2007

    by Steven Levy

  33. Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the World’s Most Amazing Birds

    by Olivia Gentile

  34. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002

    by Natalie Angier and Jesse Cohen (Editors)

  35. A Christmas Carol and Two Other Christmas Books

    by Charles Dickens


1 Response to List-o-Books: 2009

  1. walsRaspHop says:

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