Books

Books Read in 2007

Compared to the 110 books I read in 2006, the list for this year is pretty small. (The reason for all the extra reading last year? Commuting for six months to a job that took at least an hour and a half on public transportation each way.) Previous reading lists can be found here: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.

The books that I liked best have a double-asterisk after the author’s name (**).

Nonfiction:

1) Lucky Man (AUDIOBOOK), by Michael J. Fox **

2) One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School (AUDIOBOOK), by Scott Turow **

3) Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student, by Martha Kimes

4) Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, by Adeline Yen Mah

5) Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, by Janice Erlbaum

6) Let Me Go (AUDIOBOOK), by Helga Schneider

7) The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (AUDIOBOOK), by Bill Bryson **

8 ) My Invented Country (AUDIOBOOK), by Isabel Allende

9) The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones, by Anthony Bourdain **

10) The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen, by Michael Ruhlman

11) Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival (AUDIOBOOK), by Anderson Cooper (I also wrote a book review here)

12) Outside the Box, by Lynn Sherr

13) Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister’s Wife Examines Faith, by Carlene Cross

14) The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them (AUDIOBOOK), by Erin Gruwell and students

15) Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide (AUDIOBOOK), by Maureen Dowd

16) Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World, by Linda Breen Pierce

17) Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (AUDIOBOOK), by Various Authors

18 ) Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, by Stefan Fatsis

19) Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Health and Exercise, by Gina Kolata

20) Jackpot Nation: Rambling and Gambling Across Our Landscape of Luck, by Richard Hoffer

21) Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, by Rick Reilly

22) The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid, by Ellen Currey-Wilson

23) Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, by Ellen Sussman **

Fiction:

24) Digging to America (AUDIOBOOK), by Anne Tyler

25) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (AUDIOBOOK), by Kim Edwards

26) The Thirteenth Tale (AUDIOBOOK), by Diane Setterfield

27) Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg

Travel:

28 ) A Thousand Days in Venice, by Marlena De Blasi

29) A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure, by Marlena De Blasi

30) France: A Love Story, by Camille Cusumano (Editor)

31) French By Heart: An American Family’s Adventures in La Belle France, by Rebecca Ramsey

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