Books in the Queue

What a bookish Christmas I’ve had! I received so many wonderful new books for my birthday and Christmas that I worry about how I’ll ever find the time to read them all. Here they are, in no particular order, all of them linked to further descriptions on

  • The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears: From what I can tell, this is a historical murder mystery. Thanks, David and Melissa.
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson: A mystery novel that I read about in a New York Times review. Thanks, Tracy.
  • Found, edited/collected by Davy Rothbart: A heartbreaking, poignant, and hilarious collection of found letters, photos, and other personal objects. Thanks, Brian and Sara.
  • The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, edited by Robert Mankoff: Every single cartoon ever published by the New Yorker from 1925 to 2004 in a very large book. Thanks, Nicole.
  • The Double by Jose Saramago: I blogged about this one already. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks, Tracy.
  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason: Someone called this a Davinci Code for people who think, or something like that. Thanks, Sara.
  • Don’t Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff: The author is a super-famous linguist who is also a political progressive and an all-around smart guy. Thanks, Laura.

So what’s in your queue? What are you reading now? What books that you’ve just read would you strongly recommend?

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2 Responses to Books in the Queue

  1. Nicole says:

    You are most welcome, Karl. I read The Rule of Four on the cruise ship this summer, and I enjoyed it much more than The DaVinci Code, so enjoy.
    Right now I am reading 2 books that I highly recommend, the first of which is The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down. I have just started it, but it’s quite engaging. The second is called Maternal Desire, a book I’ve nearly completed and REALLY, REALLY like. It’s a comprehensive look at motherhood and the inherent desire for it, as well as the struggle between working mothers and the desire (or lack thereof) to work while parenting young children. She speaks highly of child care providers, which earns her gold stars with this uber-nanny!
    Another great read is one I just recently completed, called Born to Buy; the book details the inherent consumer-status with which even the youngest members of our society enter the world. It’s disturbingly fascinating.
    Enjoy your books!

  2. I read Fadiman’s The Spirt Catches You…, too, and found it fascinating. Born to Buy sounds interesting. I think I’ll check out the customer reviews on

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