Monday, December 21, 2009

"A Year of..."

Alter, Cathy Up for renewal : what magazines taught me about love, sex, and starting over
Anderson, Joan A year by the sea : thoughts of an unfinished woman
Beavan, Colin No impact man : the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet, and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process
Beha, Chris The whole five feet : what the great books taught me about life, death, and pretty much everything else
Bongiorni, Sarah A year without "made in China" : one family's true life adventure in the global economy
Carlomagno, Mary Give it up : my year of learning to live better with less
Cheek, Lawrence The year of the boat : beauty, imperfection, and the art of doing it yourself
Cohen, David One year off : leaving it all behind for a round-the-world journey with our children
Denman, Jeffry A year with the Producers : one actor's exhausting (but worth it) journey from Cats to Mel Brooks' mega-hit
Didion, Joan The Year of Magical Thinking
Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America
Gilbert, Elizabeth Eat, pray, love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia
Headley, Maria The year of yes : a memoir
Jacobs, A J The year of living biblically : one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible
Jacobs, A J The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world
Kingsolver, Barbara Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life
Levine, Judith Not buying it : my year without shopping
Lisik, Beth Helping me help myself : one skeptic, twelve self-help programs, one whirlwind year of improvement
Mayle, Peter A Year in Provence
McDonald, Sam The Urban Hermit
Muller, Charla 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy
Oxenhandler, Noelle The wishing year : a house, a man, my soul : a memoir of fulfilled desire
Powell, Julie Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen
Rees, Jasper A devil to play : one man's year-long quest to master the orchestra's most difficult instrument
Roose, Kevin The unlikely disciple : a sinner's semester at America's holiest university
Rose, Phyllis The year of reading Proust
Shea, Ammon Reading the OED : one man, one year, 21,730 pages
Spurlock, Morgan Supersize Me
Vincent, Norah Self made man : one woman's journey into manhood and back again
Vincent, Norah Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin
Wallace, Danny Yes Man

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hilarious homicide?
Suggested titles and series that will have you laughing out loud while the bodies pile up!

Donna Andrews—Meg Langslow Series (Blacksmith in Virginia)
M.C. Beaton—Hamish Macbeth Series (Policeman in Scotland)
M.C. Beaton—Agatha Raisin Series (Detective in the English Midlands)
Dorothy Cannell—Ellie Haskel Series (British Interior decorator)
Harlan Coben—Myron Bolitar Series (Sports agent in New Jersey)
Diane Mott Davidson—Goldie Bear Series (Caterer in Colorado)
Janet Evanovich—Stephanie Plum Series (Bounty hunter in New Jersey)
Liz Evans—Grace Smith Series (English Private Detective
Joan Hess—Maggody Series (Policewoman in Arkansas)
Carl Hiassen—Very funny stand-alone books set in Florida.
Dorothy Howell—Haley Randolph Series (Fashionista sleuth in L.A.)