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Scott tagged me with this book meme that’s going around, and now I have to tag others.

1. Estimate the total number of books you’ve owned in your life.
I *think* I have about 3,000 books in my current library. Probably double that for what I’ve owned over my lifetime. I took a picture of my wall-to-wall bookcase in my living room so you could see my current library.

My Library

2. What’s the last book you bought?

Most of my recent acquisitions have been for the two book clubs I’m in or for work-related stuff. I haven’t bought many books solely for myself because I’m trying to read through what I have on my shelf first.

3. What’s the last book you read?

I’ve been keeping track of everything I read since 1997, so if you want the complete list, go here.

5. List 5 books that mean a lot to you.

This is incredibly hard; I love so many books It’s hard to choose.

  • Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould
    When I was in high school, I was a librarian’s assistant in the Noblesville Public Library, and I checked this book out so many times that when I graduated and went to college, they remaindered the book and gave it to me. It’s now out of copyright, so I’m slowly scanning the book into electronic format.
  • The Complete William Shakespeare
    I know that sounds pretentious; sorry. But I love the comedies and the sonnets, which I’ve read all of, and I enjoy on a different level the tragedies. I think the histories are dead boring, though. Maybe I need to see them performed and I’d feel differently.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
    A book everyone should be required to read, just because it explodes myths about our US history and society, and gives us an eye-opening view of who Americans really are — something that can only make us better as people and as a nation. I also loved Loewen’s Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. What’s really cool: in searching for this on Amazon, I discovered he’s got a new book coming out.
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
    “A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she’s learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.”
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
    I LOVED this series as a kid and had a whole set of fantasies about going to Narnia myself.

5. Tag 5 people!
Jen, Mike, Brent and Jim from IndyScribe, Rachel, and MJ. I’d tag more, but I don’t want to use them all up before these guys can tag someone.

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Books I Read in 2004 (39 Titles)


A Saving Solace
Author: D. S. Bauden
[for women’s book club]

Angels & Demons
Author: Dan Brown

The Big Kerplop!: The Original Adventure of the Mad Scientists’ Club
Author: Bertrand R. Brinley

The Book of Ralph
Author: John McNally
[for work book club]

The Crimson Petal and the White
Author: Michael Faber

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Author: Mark Haddon
[for work book club]

The Dante Club
Author: Matthew Pearl
[for work book club]

Ella Minnow Pea
Author: Mark Dunn
[for work book club]

The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde

The Flanders Panel
Arturo Perez-Reverte

Good In Bed
Author: Jennifer Weiner

Half Magic
Author: Edward Eager

In the Bleak Midwinter
Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
[for women’s book club]

An Instance of the Fingerpost
Author: Iain Pears

Instruments of Darkness (Harvest Original)
Author: Robert Wilson

Lost in a Good Book
Author: Jasper Fforde

Middlesex: A Novel
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Pattern Recognition
Author: William Gibson
[for work book club]

Second Glance: A Novel
Author: Jodi Picoult
[for women’s book club]

The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel
Author: Jasper Fforde

Non – Fiction

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003
Author: Dave Eggers (Editor), Zadie Smith (Editor)

Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Chip Kidd
Author: Veronique Vienne

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism
Author: Linda Johnsen

Crimes Against Logic
Author: Jamie Whyte

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Author: Erik Larson

Good Vibrations Complete Guide to Sex
Author: Anne Semans and Cathy Winks

Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Author: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest

In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote
[for work book club]

Indianapolis Then & Now
Author: W. C. Madden

Lost Indianapolis
Author: John McDonald

My Lesbian Husband
Author: Barrie Jean Borich

The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic
Author: Ramesh Menon, Valmiki

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Author: Nancy Milford
[for women’s book club]

Schott’s Original Miscellany
Author: Ben Schott

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith

Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment
Author: Ethan Watters

Weird U.S.
Author: Mark Sceurman, Mark Mora

The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us
Author: Felice Newman

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Books I Read in 2003 (34 Titles)


American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman

Between Girlfriends
Author: Elizabeth Dean

Charity Girl
Author: Georgette Heyer

The DaVinci Code
Author: Dan Brown

The Friendly Persuasion
Author: Jessamyn West

Jeeves In the Morning
Author: P.G. Wodehouse

Johnny Tremain
Author: Esther Forbes

Just Like Beauty
Author: Lisa Lerner

Life of Pi: A Novel
Yann Martel; Hardcover

McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
Author: Edited by Michael Chabon

Author: Neil Gaiman

Postern of Fate
Author: Agatha Christie

Revolutionary Girl Utena: To Plant
Author: Chiho Saito, Be-Papas

The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Author: Michael Chabon

Non – Fiction

100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships
Author: David Niven, Ph.D.

ASPCA’s Complete Guide to Cats
Author: James R. Richards

Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide
Author: Eric A. Meyer

The Complete Guide to Personal and Home Safety
Author: Captain Robert L. Snow

Dear Friends: American Portraits of Men Together, 1840-1918
Author: David Dietcher

Designing with Web Standards
Author: Jeffrey Zeldman

The Dollhouse Murders: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes
Author: Thomas Mauriello

Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution
Author: Dr. Atkins

Ghosts In The Bedroom: A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors
Author: Ken Graber

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
Author: tom tomorrow

Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff
by Dick Wolfsie

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look At The Right
Author: Al Franken

Living History
Author: Hillary Clinton

Living Rooms
Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book For and About Adults Abused As Children
Author: Eliana Gil

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed
Author: Patricia Cornwell

Slayer Slang: A Buffy The Vampire Slayer Lexicon
Author: Michael Adams, Jane Espenson

They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades
Author: Barbara Holland

What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News
Author: Eric Alterman

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Narnia Movie

Narnia UnicornThey’re doing a film version of the Chronicles of Narnia.

That’s so cool. I loved these books when I was a kid, and I bought the boxed set a few years back and re-read them. The film version is being done by Peter Jackson, the producer of the Lord of the Rings, and will use some of the same production and design people, which is so fitting, because Narnia’s creator, C. S. Lewis was a lifelong friend of J. R. R. Tolkien.

2022-03-13 Update:
I saw this movie later and wasn’t especially impressed by it. It seemed to hit hard on the Christian themes, which ruined it for me.
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Dude, Where’s My Country?

Dude Where's My Country?
Dude Where’s My Country?
Michael Moore’s new book, Dude, Where’s My Country? is out at Amazon.com now, and if you buy it from my site, I get a kickback, much like Halliburton is getting from the war their pal Bush started in Iraq.

Quote from Amazon.com:

His book is intended to serve as a handbook for how people with liberal opinions (which is most of America, Moore contends, whether they call themselves “liberals” or not) can take back their country from the conservative forces in power. Moore uses his trademark brand of confrontational, exasperated humor skillfully as he offers a primer on how to change the worldview of one’s annoying conservative blowhard brother-in-law, and he crafts a surprisingly thorough “Draft Oprah for President” movement.

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Books I’ve Read in 2002 (48 Titles)


The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3
Author: Philip Pullman

And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Another classic detective novel. I read the entire Agatha Christie murder genre when I was a kid, and I happened to find one of my old paperbacks at my mom’s house, so I picked it up again. This is one of my favorites, because it was one that truly stumped me when I first read it.

The Ape That Guards the Balance: An Amelia Peabody Mystery
Author: Elizabeth Peters

Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
A children’s book along the lines of Harry Potter. Artemis is the main character and a bad guy to boot, which is makes for a bit of cognitive dissonance while you cheer for the real heroes, the fairies, whom Artemis is trying to cheat out of a lot of gold.

Auntie Mame
Author: Patrick Dennis

A Beau Brummel Mystery: Death on a Silver Tray
Author: Rosemary Stevens
The first of a new mystery series starring Beau Brummel, the famous arbiter of fashion during one of my favorite historical periods, The Regency, in England. It wasn’t a great novel, but they score points for a cute idea… the notoriously frivolous Brummel is secretly an intelligent crime solver in this series.

A Beau Brummel Mystery: The Tainted Snuff Box
Author: Rosemary Stevens
The second book in the Beau Brummel mystery series. If you want a completely non-stressful waste of time, this series is great.

The Body in The Library
Author: Agatha Christie

The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
Author: Graeme Base
The kids picture book with mystery puzzles embedded in the artwork.

Ex Libris
Author: Ross King

The Falcon at the Portal
Author: Elizabeth Peters

Author: Sarah Waters

The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Author: John Fowles

The Gilded Chain: A Story of the King’s Blades
Author: Dave Duncan

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Author: Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Man of the Cloth
Author: Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Wandering Eye
Author: Stephanie Barron

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy
Author: Mabel Maney

Lady of Quality
Author: Georgette Heyer
Heyer is one of my favorite authors, I managed to win this copy of one of her many out of print Regency books from eBay. It is, of course, a romance novel set it Regency England, but unlike most romances, and like all Heyer novels, it stands out as an excellent piece of characterization and farce.

Lemony Snickett: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Author: Lemony Snickett

The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold

Lord of the Fire Lands: A Story of the King’s Blades
Author: Dave Duncan

Murder At The Chess Board
Author: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Pride and Promiscuity
Author: Arielle Eckstutt, Dennis Ashton

Sky of Swords: A Story of the King’s Blades
Author: Dave Duncan

Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
Author: George R. R. Martin

Three Weeks
Author: Elinor Glyn

Whose Body?
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Classic Lord Peter Wimsey detection story from a classic mystery author.

Wizards First Rule
Author: Terry Goodkind

Non – Fiction

All About Plumbing Basics
Author: Ortho

Dick Wolfsie’s New Book (Longer, Funnier, Cheaper)
Author: Dick Wolfsie

The Drag King Book
Author: Del Lagrace Volcano, Judith "Jack" Halberstam

Fast Food Nation
Author: Eric Schlosser

Fun Along the Road: American Tourist Attractions
Author: John Margolies

Gardening for Pleasure
Author: Barron’s Publishing

The Good Citizen’s Handbook: A Guide to Proper Behavior
Author: Jennifer McKnight-Trontz
Compiled from real guidebooks on good citizenship from the 1920s-1960s, including information on the importance of a meat diet and why it’s never right to poison the neighbors’d dog, this handbook is hysterically funny in a completely straight-faced way.

The Good, The Bad, and the Difference
Author: Randy Cohen

Indianapolis: A Pictoral History
Author: Edward Leary
I bought this book from eBay; a nice picture book of early Indianapolis. It’s out of print.

Inside the West Wing
Author: Paul Challen

Man Flies: The Story of Alberto Santos-Dumont
Author: Nancy Winters

Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris

MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice For The New Media Designer
Author: Hillman Curtis

Author: Forbush

Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World
Editor: Brian M. Fagan

The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family
Author: Matt Groening

Stupid White Men
Author: Michael Moore

You Are Being Lied To
Author: Russ Kick, Editor. Disinformation.com
A collection of articles on political and social issues, examining cultural myth and disinformation from the government, big businesses, and religion.

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Books I Read in 2001 (58 Titles)


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Author: Michael Chabon

The Bad Beginning [A Series of Unfortunate Events]
Author: Lemony Snicket

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – Odd Girl Out
Author: Ann Bannon

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – I Am A Woman
Author: Ann Bannon

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – Women In The Shadows
Author: Ann Bannon

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – Journey To A Woman
Author: Ann Bannon

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles – Beebo Brinker
Author: Ann Bannon

Bertie Wooster Sees It Through
Author: P.G. Wodehouse

Bertie Wooster: Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Author: P.G. Wodehouse

The Big Joke Game
Author: Scott Corbett

Bridges of Madison County
Author: James Waller

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Author: Helen Fielding

The Catcher in The Rye
Author: J. D Salinger

Chang & Eng
Author: Darin Strauss

The Cheese Monkeys
Author: Chip Kidd

The Dark Secret of Weatherend
Author: John Bellairs

The Deed of Paksennarion
Author: Elizabeth Moon

The Dress Lodger
Author: Sheri Holman

Fantastic Beasts & Where to find Them
Author: Newt Scamander

The Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Author: Susan Vreeland

The Great Brain
Author: John D. Fitzgerald

Author: based on Valmiki’s Ramayana

Lord of Emperors
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb
Author: John Bellairs

More Adventures of the Great Brain
Author: John D. Fitzgerald

Move To Strike
Author: Peter O’ Shaughnessy

O Jerusalem
Author: Laurie R. King

Portnoy’s Complaint
Author: Phillip Roth

Quidditch Through the Ages
Author: Kennilworth Whisp

The Song of the Lioness Quartet – Alanna: The First Adventure
(The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 1)

Author: Tamora Pierce

The Song of the Lioness Quartet – In the Hand of the Goddess
(The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 2)

Author: Tamora Pierce

The Song of the Lioness Quartet – The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
(The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 3)

Tamora Pierce

The Song of the Lioness Quartet – Lioness Rampant
Tamora Pierce

A Song of Ice and Fire – Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire – Clash of Kings
Author: George R. R. Martin

His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife
Author: Phillip Pullman

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn
Author: John Bellairs

The Unexpected Guest
Author: Agatha Christie

A Vaudeville of Devils
Author: Robert Gerardis

The Watcher’s Guide Volume 2: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series
Author: Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte, Maryelizabeth Hart

Wheel of Time Series – The Shadow Rising [book 4]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – Fires of Heaven [book 5]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – Lord of Chaos [book 6]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – A Crown of Swords [book 7]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – Path of Daggers [book 8]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – Winters Heart [book 9]
Author: Robert Jordan

The Wind Done Gone
Author: Alice Randall

Wonder Boys
Author: Michael Chabon

Non – Fiction

The 2548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Author: Robert Byrne

Big Fun With Billy
Author: Dianora Niccolini

Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say
Author: Douglas Rushkoff

Complete Idiots Guide to Shakespeare
Author: Laurie Rozakis, Ph. D

Erotica Universalis
Author: Gilles Neret

The Harlot By The Side of The Road
Author: Jonathan Kish

Mind Benders: Adventures in Lateral Thinking
Author: David J. Bodycombe

The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys
Author: Carole Kismaric & Marvin Heiferman

Napalm and Silly Putty
Author: George Carlin

The New Roadside America
Author: Kirby, Smith Wilson

The Okinawa Program
Author: Robert Gerardis

The Quest of The Holy Grail
Author: ?? Medieval Epic

The Truth Is…
Author: Melissa Etheridge

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex
Author: Joshua Piven, et al.

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Personalized Action Figures

Now, not only can I have an action figure made of myself, I can have my very own trading cards, as well. My superhero dream is finally coming true.

And it turned out to be a complete weekend of big bangs… we did fireworks, the city blew up a building, and then [insert diety of choice] decided to chime in with his/her own pyrotechnics. The power was out for three hours yesterday during the big storm. And ironically, I couldn’t find the matches (we used them all), and the lantern batteries were burned out. I had planned to mow the lawn, do web work, and go shopping, but couldn’t do any. So I layed around and read a book by candle light. Cool. I just started the complete, unexpurgated version of The Arabian Nights. Appropriate bedtime reading, no?

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Books I Read in 2000 (59 titles)

All the books I read in 2000. Click on a title to purchase it from Amazon.com.

Benet’s Readers Encyclopedia
Author: Harper and Row Publishers: New York, 1987.
I’ve been reading this reference encyclopedia from front to back (wierd, I know); I’ve finished from Letter A to K.


A Letter of Mary: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

Author: Sarah Waters

Angela’s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt

The Archivist
Author: Martha Cooley

At Home in Mitford
Author: Jan Karon

Black Ajax
Author: George MacDonald Fraser

Carry On, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

e: A Novel
Author: Matt Beaumont
A very fun little novel entirely of composed of fictional e-mails inside a fictional ad agency in London. Despite the almost total incompetence and scheming of most of the staff of the ad agency, they have a bid on one of the largest campaigns ever; a Coca-Cola promo. I was tempted to start labeling the characters with people from work, but as the novel progressed, I was really afraid to. The best part, though, is the author bio: “Matt Beaumont worked at several London advertising firms before he sold his first novel. In anticipation of the publication of in the United States and United Kingdom in Fall 2000, he is taking a break from corporate life.” I’d imagine that he has to!

Author: Georgette Heyer

The Golden Compass
Author: Phillip Pullman

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling

The Inimitable Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
Author: F. C. Ware
A beautifully illustrated hard-bound cartoon book, it tells the story of Jimmy Corrigan, an Irish kid from Chicago going to visit his estranged father. I bought it because I’ve seen other work by Ware, mostly book jackets, and it’s an amazing illustration. The story is very depressing though; it bounces back and forth from the modern day Jimmy to his grandfather’s (also named Jimmy) story of his relationship with his father. These stories, interlaced with dream states, fantasy tangents, and diagrams (including a cut out 3-D assembly of the elder Jimmy’s childhood home) are a very entertaining if disturbing read.

Killing Time
Author: Caleb Carr

The Late Mr. Shakespeare
Author: Robert Nye

The Moor: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

Author: Virginia Woolf

The Phantom Tollbooth
Author: Norman Juster
Milo’s a cynical little kid with nothing to do, until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom one day, and he hops in his car, rides through it, and finds himself in a kingdom where, with the help of a large ticking dog and an equally cynical bug, he becomes responsible for rescuing the princesses Rhyme and Reason to save the kingdom. That’ll learn him to be cynical and bored.

The Queen’s Man
Author: Sharon Kay Penman

Right Ho, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Sailing to Sarantium
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Like the book London, this novel takes several English families through their whole family trees from the Ice Age up to modern day England. As they build, tear down, lose and then unearth and misinterpret their heritages, we get to see the history of the island, the hubris and humility of mankind, the triumph and sorrow of good and bad people, and the inescapable stamp of their ancestors on their faces and personalities.

Very Good, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Wheel of Time Series – The Eye of the World [Book 1]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – The Great Hunt [Book 2]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – The Dragon Reborn [Book 3]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wilma Loves Betty: And Other Hilarious Lesbian Parodies
Editors: Julie Trevelyan, Scott Brassart

Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to Be Rumoured About Around New York
Author: J. P. Donleavy

Non – Fiction

The Activist’s Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond
Author: Randy Shaw

Ancient Mysteries
Author: Peter James and Nick Thorpe

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide
Authors: Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Monster Book
Author: Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, Thomas E. Sniegoski

The Cluetrain Manifesto
Author: Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger

The Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America
Author: Kalle Lasn
“Lasn views contemporary existence as one in which people have almost entirely succumbed to the cultural mandates of consumer capitalism, turning to corporations for guidance about how to look and what to desire.” I agree with him about most of these ideas – and I think this is a very important book. Some of Lasn’s logic stumbles here and there, and needs further analysis and study, but from and intuitive perspective, I think he’s on to something.

Curse of Madame C: A Far Side Collection
Author: Gary Larson

Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Author: Jakob Nielsen

Do What I Say: Ms. Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette
Author: Meryl Cohn

Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction
Author: Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller

Flash 4 for Windows and Macintosh
Author: Katherine Ulrich

Foster Child: an Intimate Biography of Jodie Foster
Author: Buddy Foster and Leon Wagener
A(n unauthorized?) biography of Jodie Foster by her erstwhile brother Buddy. A somewhat embarrassing book to read, partly because you feel like a voyeur, and partly because you feel strange about the confessional nature of her brother’s story. It also seems to be told through a glass darkly, as though Buddy doesn’t really have all that much contact with his sister, or rather that he does but she doesn’t talk much when she’s around. I read it because I’ve always thought that Jodie was somewhat of an enigma; even when she’s onscreen, there always seems to be a part of her that isn’t there. The book didn’t enlighten me much.

The Frailty Myth
Author: Colette Dowling

Heroes Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior
Author: James McBride Dabbs, Mary Godwin Dabbs
This book seemed balanced and well-researched. They observed not just men, but the effects of testosterone on both men and women, and the consequences for both sexes of having high or low testosterone, as well as the positive and negative effects having high testosterone has on men and women. It was also interesting to read how testosterone interacts with other hormones, like serotonin. Their conclusions were consistent with human behavior I’ve observed. I think it would be fascinating to do a similar study on the effects of estrogen; perhaps there’s already a book.

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
Author: Bill Watterson

In The Groove: Vintage Record Graphics 1940-1960
Author: Eric Kohler

Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
Author: James W. Loewen

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island Mystery
Author: Steve Sora
A worthless book that ultimately founders on the rocks of “unreadability,” I’m only linking it to Amazon for consistency’s sake, not as a suggestion that you should actually buy it. It spins out a mass of conspiracy theories about a mysterious lost treasure of the Knights of Templar and about a mysterious well/munitions dump/buried treasure vault on Oak Island in Nova Scotia. The theories are as implausible as they are contradictory and illogical. The gist of them is that a) Christ didn’t die on the cross, b) Christ DID die on the cross but left a child in the womb of Mary Magdalene, c) Mary Magdalene and her child, and perhaps Christ himself, went to live in the south of France, where they and their decendants were protected by the Knights Templar who planned to put them on the papal throne or maybe the throne of Jerusalem, d) the Knights Templar took their treasure and the secret lineage of Christ and the holy Grail and the Spear of Longinus to Scotland when they were persecuted in France, e) the Scots explored the North American mainland centuries before the Vikings and built settlements there, f)The Scots buried the treasure of the Templars, the Grail, the spear, the lineage of Christ and several pink elephants in a fantastically engineered vault on Oak Island, planning to return for it later or to just leave it there, or something, g) all attempts to excavate the Oak Island vault have been cursed, h) although the vault is elaborately booby-trapped to flood, the constructors left several markers urging on excavators.

May I Kiss You On The Lips, Miss Sandra?
Author: Sandra Bernhard

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions
Author: Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber
It’s a reference book, but it was a nice read, not too long, and I learned the origins of many expressions I didn’t already know.

Never Be Lied to Again: How to Get the Truth in 5 Minutes or Less in Any Conversation or Situation
Author: David J. Lieberman

The Onion’s Finest News Reporting
Author: The Onion

Pope-Pourri: Little-Known Facts You May Not Remember from Sunday School
Author: John Dollison

The Portable Pundit: A Crash Course in Cocktail Party Conversation
Author: T. E. Krieger

The Queen of Whale Cay
Author: Kate Summerscale

Singing For Your Supper: Entertaining Ways to Be a Perfect Guest
Author: Edith Hazard

Snowmen: Snow Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects
Author: Frankie Frankeny (Photographer), Peter Cole, Leslie Jonath

Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969
Author: Jaye Zimet

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
Author: Diane Wood Middlebrook

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
Author: Stephanie Coontz

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Author: Spencer Johnson

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Books I Read in 1999 (81 Titles)

All the books I read in 1999. Click on a title to purchase it from Amazon.com.

Fiction (43 Titles)

Amazons: Erotic Explorations of Ancient Myths
Author: Tammy Jo Eckhart

Author: Ian McEwan

Angels and Insects
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