List-o-Books: 2012

The books of 2012 so far, with a sudden swerve away from Amazon to IndieBound. I’ve extolled the virtues of independent book stores on this blog many times, and philosophically always have wanted to support them. But Amazon made it easy…until it got hard. I wondered if there was a better easier way to do things, and vaguely remembered that IndieBound was starting an affiliate program. I’ve joined so click the links, buy books, and I’ll get a few clams. It’s the American way!


  1. Woman: An Intimate Geography
    by Natalie Angier
  2. Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA
    by Nada Prouty
  3. The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America
    by James Sullivan
  4. Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
    by Bart D. Ehrman
  5. A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
    by James Horn
  6. Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World’s Most Popular Pencil Puzzle
    by Jason Rosenhouse
  7. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession
    by David Grann
  8. Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
    by Tom Mueller
  9. Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World
    by Sam Sommers
  10. Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President
    by Eli Saslow
  11. Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
    by Amy Stewart
  12. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
    by Katie Hafner
  13. The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
    by Mark Kurlansky
  14. Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away
    by Eric G. Wilson
  15. Atlantic: The Biography of an Ocean by Simon Winchester
  16. The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
  17. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
    by Christopher Ryan
  18. Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America’s Languages
    by Elizabeth Little
  19. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
    by Susan Cain
  20. Jonas and Kovner’s Healthcare Delivery in the United States
    by Anthony R. Kovner and James R. Knickman, Editors
    This was a textbook for a class, but I actually read the whole book. I recommend it if you want to understand the Affordable Care Act.
  21. Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers
    by James W. Hall
  22. Imagine: How Creativity Works
    by Jonah Lehrer
  23. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    by George Orwell
  24. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
    by Joshua Foer
  25. Bob Marley: The Untold Story
    by Chris Salewicz
  26. IBM and the Holocaust
    by Edwin Black
  27. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
    by Mark Kurlansky
  28. The Girl Who Played with Fire: Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy
    by Stieg Larsson
  29. The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive
    by Brian Christian
  30. Icons of England by Bill Bryson, and others including HRH Prince Charles: Oddly, there is no link to this at Perhaps it is just is too Royal. The book was produced as a fundraiser for Campaign to Protect Rural England, and if you’ve ever been to the English countryside, saw Harry Potter, or watched any of those Merchant-Ivory films, you know that protecting rural England is a good thing. So, even if you can’t find the book, support this organization.
  31. Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants
    by Richard Mabey
  32. Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
    by Blaine Harden
  33. Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
    by Dave Ihlenfeld
  34. An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine
    by Howard Markel
  35. Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
    by Ben Mezrich
  36. Rocket Men: the Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

    by Craig Nelson
  37. The Best American Science Writing 2012
    edited by Michio Kaku
  38. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
    by Alex Stone
  39. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
    by Candice Millard
  40. Power Chord: One Man’s Ear-Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes
    by Thomas Scott McKenzie
  41. Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden
    by Brook Wilensky-Lanford
  42. 79 Short Essays on Design
    by Michael Beirut
  43. Murder In The Vatican
    by Lucien Gregoire
  44. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
    by Paul Greenberg
  45. American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation
    by Michael Kazin
  46. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012
    edited by Dan Ariely
  47. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
    by Florence Williams
  48. Their Noble Lordships: Class and Power in Modernby Simon Winchester
  49. Your Six-Year-Old: Loving and Defiant
    by Louise Bates Ames & Frances L. Ilg
  50. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
    by Stiegg Larsson
  51. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man
    by Mark Kurlansky
  52. Queen of Katwe
    by Tim Crothers
  53. Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire
    by Simon Winchester
  54. The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
    by Trevor Corson
  55. What are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
    by Will Gompertz

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