Tuesday, April 7, 2009


In case you haven't noticed, I read a lot. Actually I read a lot and listen to a lot of books on my iPod. By the way, just FYI. If you purchase audio books from iTunes and lose them, you have to re-purchase them, but if you purchase them from audible.com, they keep your library and you can re-download them anytime you want to!

Very important to back up your hard drive to an external hard drive every day. I learned this the hard way and lost all of my email addresses, a year of emails, 2,000 family photos, 157 books, 1,800 songs on iTunes, etc. It was devastating! I was just backing up my client files, which is important, but I didn't factor in how horrible it would be to lose those other things. My computer guru (Mac Alliance for Mac-folks ) tried to tell me, but I didn't listen. I learned my lesson. Fortunately I got almost everything back, but it wasn't easy and it wasn't fun.

OK, my post today is to actually add some favorite books to the list of "favorite books. I thought it might also be nice to provide you with a one-sentence description about the book, just so you'll have a better idea of what might interest you.

See below,



Ava's Man, Rick Bragg - "Hillbilly" family story, interesting, beautifully written and read.
The Snowball, Alice Schroeder - Warren Buffett's life story - psycho financial stuff but interesting.

The Dawn Patrol, Don Winslow - Very cool, California-based "who done it."
The Necklace, Cheryl Jarvis - Bunch of women go together to purchase diamond necklace - how it impacts their lives.
Rome 1960, David Maraniss - 1960 Olympics - very interesting.
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell - Hilarious account of her vacation to homes/sites of presidential assassins.
In the Woods, Tana French - Fun, engaging English mystery.
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein - Story told from perspective of dog - beautifully written.
Between Two Worlds, Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund - Daughter of Saddam Hussein's pilot tells story of scary life in Iraq hierarchy.
Lush Life, Richard Price - Gritty New York crime novel.
Heartsick, Chelsea Cain - Sick, sick, sick psychological thriller. Loved it!
The Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke - One of his better New Orleans crime novels - this one set during Katrina.
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan - What you don't want to but should know about what you eat.


  1. Another grain alternative to Risotto that is easier to make; does not require constant stirring is Quinoa. It's called the "mother of the grains" because it contains more protein that any other grain. I add Parmesan or fresh herbs to the finish for flavor.

  2. Thanks Keely. I have never tried Quinoa but always wanted to. Thanks!


  3. Add to the list (because I think you'll like them):

    Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. Ostensibly, the story of a Harvard University professor/medical doctor who treats infectious disease. Really, it's about the intersection of politics, poverty and disease.

    The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. Novel about a couple who worked at Columbine High School during the tragic shooting. Deeply moving, although troubling.