About life in the last third

What is on my Kindle

A very close friend who was a very successful publisher and is now a very successful writer was surprised to learn that I still read books.  She found this out when I was blogging about the iPad and comparing it to the Kindle.  She asked that I post the titles of the books that I have been reading.  I decided to post the contents of my kindle.  These are the books I have ordered over the last two years. I have read most but not all.

I have always loved reading.  As a child I read constantly.  Thankfully because I never really went to school and had to educate myself.  My big breakthrough came in the third grade.  I was so weired that the other kids would beat me up all the time.  I especially made myself popular by refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance because it had the word “god” in it and I considered myself an atheist at the time. So these wonderful teacher (I wish I cold remember her name) arranged for me to spend all the recess time including lunch in the library.  She started me off with H.G. Wells’ Outline of the History of the World. Books stayed my close friend until I was in my mid twenties.  There was a time that I would certainly read 3-5 books a week.  Now I mostly read when I travel which still means I get a lot of book time.  But yes, there is mighty competition from podcasts, magazines,  and the Internet.  Still I can’t see giving up books.  Although I think that especially non fiction will be impacted by new technology.  However, novels will still be linear just like movies.  It is wonderful to turn yourself over to someone else and let them take control of you.

So here is the list.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by Mark Halperin

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
by Chelsea Handler

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life
by Philip Zimbardo, John Boyd

The Zohar: Annotations to the Ashlag Commentary
by Rav Michael Laitman

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
by Fred Kuttner

The Einstein Theory of Relativity
by H.A. Lorentz

Lonely Planet Brazil (Country Guide)
by Gary Chandler

The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement: The Compendium of a Culture, a People, and Their Stunning Performance
by Steven L. Pease

Total Heart Rate Training: Customize and Maximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor
Joe Friel

Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual
David Pogue

Eating Animals
Jonathan Safran Foer

Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Michael J. Behe

Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth?
Jonathan Wells

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Richard Dawkins

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Security and Medicare,
MBA, Lita Epstein

The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism
Jürgen Tautz, Helga R. Heilmann, David C. Sandeman

Ellen Ruppel Shell

The Life of the Bee
Maurice Maeterlinck

People of the Book
Geraldine Brooks

Beekeeping For Dummies
Howland Blackiston

The Art of Making Money
Jason Kersten

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
Eric Swanson, Yongey Rinpoche Mingyur

iWork 09 For Dummies
Jesse Feiler

Getting Things Done

iPhoto ’09 For Dummies
Angelo Micheletti

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Susan Jane Gilman

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

The Soloist
Steve Lopez

The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co.
William D. Cohan

Man in the Dark: A Novel
Paul Auster

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris

Wired for War

Oliver Sacks

Mysteries of the Qabalah
Elias Gewurz

The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
Leonard Susskind

The Stuff of Thought
Steven Pinker

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Eric Weiner

Grown Up Digital : How the Net Generation is Changing YOUR World HC
Don Tapscott

Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell

The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next
Lee Smolin

iPhone Portable Genius
David Pabian

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Ren
Thomas L. Friedman
Learning to Breathe
Alison Wright

Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People
Jon Entine

Bonesetter’s Daughter, The

I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel
Tom Wolfe

Water for Elephants: A Novel
Sara Gruen

The Brain That Changes Itself
Norman Doidge

In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan

Final Theory: A Novel
Mark Alpert

Lost, The
Daniel, Mendelsohn

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss

The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Michael Pollan

Einstein: His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson

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