Here are some books I am currently recommending.  They can be found at selfari:

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Spring 2007

Into the Wild, John Krakauer
10 Days the Unexpectedly Changed America, Steven M. Gillon
Point to Point Navigation Gore Vidal
The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox
Nonviolence, Mark Kurlansky
Trouble with Harriet, Dorothy Cannell
Red Leaves, Thomas H. Cook
Fat Girl, Judith Moore
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Liz Jensen
31 Days, Barry Werth
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory
Harvest, Tess Gerritsen
44 Scotland Street, Alexander McCall Smith
Letter of the Law, Tim Green
The Preservationist, David Maine
The Assassin's Gate America in Iraq, George Packer
The Center of Everything, Laura Moriarty
The Bishop and the Beggar of St. Germain, Andrew M. Greeley
Spikes, Michael Griffith
Thomas Paine, Craig Nelson
A Gentleman Caller, Dorothy Salisbury Davis
The Interrogation, Thomas H. Cook
The Soloist, Mark Salzman
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue, Mark Kurlanski
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
The Dark Side of the Game, Tim Green
Expresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith
Courting Trouble, Lisa Scottoline
Married Men, Carl Weber
The Yokota Officers Club, Sarah Bird
The First Counsel, Brad Meltzer
The Story of Chicago may, Nuala O'Faolain
Bless Me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
Citizen Vince, Jess Walter
The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury
Open House, Elizabeth Berg
Jefferson, Max Byrd
The Innocent Man, John Grisham
Buddha, Karen Armstron
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong
Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollen
Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich
The Devil's Code, John Standford
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander McCall Smith
 A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
The Poe Shadow, Matthew Pearl
Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
Einstein His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
Carpool, Mary Cahill
Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding
In the Deep Midwinter, Robert Clark
Never Change, Elizabeth Berg
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Cooked, Jeff Henderson
Overblown, John Mueller
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Ayelet Waldman
Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
Evening Class, Maeve Binchy
Raney, Clyde Edgerton
Where are the Children, Mary Higgins Clark
Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes
Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
Top Ten, Ryne Douglas Pearson
Revolutionary Characters, Gordon S. Wood
The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot, Bart D. Ehrman

Fall 2007
The One Percent Solution, Ron Suskind
The Long Rain, Peter Gadol
The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
This I Believe, ed. Juy Allison and Dan Gediman
Keeping Faith, Jodi Picoult
Grave Surprise, Charlaine Harris
Mother Tongue, Demetria Martinez
Amusing Ourselfs to Death, Neal Postman
Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels
Finn, Jon Clinch
God, Jack Miles
The Wheat Field, Steve Thayer
Buddha Is As Buddha Does, Lama Surya Das
Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman
Rise and Shine, Ann Quindlen
Thunderstruck, Richard Russo
Spring 2008
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
A Simple Act of Murder, Mark Fuhrman
Arc of Justice, Kevin Boyle
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Burning Bright, Tracy Chevalier
Traveler, Ron McLarty
The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, Pietra Rivoli
Run, Ann Patchett
Love over Scotland, Alexander McCall Smith
Shape Shifter, Tony Hillerman
Blood Diamonds, Greg Campbell
Foreskin's Lament, Shalom Auslander
Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Duman
A Long Stay in a Distant Land, Chieh Chieng
The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks
World Without End, Ken Follett
Last True Story I'll Ever Tell, John Crawford
The Mistress's Daughter, A.M.Homes

Summer 2008
Legacy of Ashes Tim Weiner
That's Not in My American History Book, Thomas Ayres
Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian
Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet
Beautiful Boy, David Sheff
Fear and Loathing in Los Vegan, Hunter Thompson
Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons
House of Corrections, Doug Swanson
Alchemist's Daughter, Katharine McMahon
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
River Cross My Heart, Breena Clarke
Songs in Ordinary Times, Mary McGarry Morris
Miracle at Speedy Motors, Alexander McCall Smith
Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby
How to Watch TV News, Meil Postman and Steve Powers
My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor
Naked Buddha, Adrienne Howley
Buddhism, Winston King
Robert Kennedy:  His Life, Evan Thomas
This Book Will Save Your Life, A.M. Homes
Sin in Second City, Karen Abbott
Happy Yoga, Steve Ross
A New Earth, Echart Tolle
Crazy, Peter Earley
Lottery, Patricia Wood
Bend in the River, V.S. Maijsaul
On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt
1968, Mark Kurlansky
Dear American Airlines, Jonathan Miles
Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
Flight, Sherman Alexie
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, Julian Rubinstein

Fall  2008

The Lincolns, Daniel Mark Epstein
 James Madison, Robert A. Rutland
  The Host, Stephanie Meyer
The Act of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kin Barnouin
Jay Luck Club, Amy Tan
A Free Life, Hajin
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relm
The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho
The Woman Who Can't Forget, Jill Price
The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Roddy Doyle
Religious Literacy, Steven Prother
The Worst Hard Times, Timothy Egan
The Bodhisattva Mind, Pema Chodron
The Devil Came on Horseback, Brian Steidle
The Gathering, Ann Enright
Robert Kennedy, Evan Thomas
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar
Reconciliation, Benazir Bhutto


Books from Previous Years 2004 to 2006

Must Read List [ Books]
The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman
The Crimson Petal and the White, Michael Faber
The Earth Shall Weep, James Wilson
Overblown, John Mueller
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

How to afford a reading habit.
1. Go to the library
2. Buy used books on the Internet (great bargains)
3. Join Book clubs (free book offers)
4. Join rent a book clubs (cheap books)
5. For your birthday or Christmas or anytime people give you gifts, ask for books

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