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books of 2009


Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim by David Sedaris                                     [always funny, but not as good as Me Talk Pretty One Day]
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Cordell                                                                        [really loved it; can't wait to teach]
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray                                                                               [why yes, I do cry every time a read this]
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris                                                                                 [a few funny portions, both surprisingly an overall eh]


Fugitives and  Refugees by
Chuck Palahniuk                                                        [a few interesting things about my home town]
Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus                                      [funny. very funny.]
Only Yesterday
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Self-Reliance by Emerson

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw                                    [love it]
Slapstick by Kurt Vonngut                                                                                          [so, yeah.  weird.]
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera                                                                           [not really that impressed]
Last Session by Jim Brochu                                                                                      [meh]

The Fifities                                                                                                                   [super interesting]
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan                                                                             [not as good as Atonement]
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield                                                                      [very wonderful]

All Shook Up: How Rock & Roll Changed America by Auschuler
Paul: His life and teaching by John McRay
Better Off by Eric Brende                                                                                         [awesome.  seriously awesome]
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke                                                                                    [rather lovely, though definitely a kid's book]
1000 Tattoos by Taschen                                                                                        [interesting history]
High Voltage Tattoo by Kat von D                                                                          [best part was her tattoos]
Last Light by Terri Blackstock                                                                                [reread]

May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson                                          [cute kids book]
[others that I can't remember--I forgot to post about 'em]

The Shack                                                                                                               [made me do some thinking]
Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I mean it! by Barbara Park                          [cute as always]
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked by Barbara Park
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                                                 [a new favorite]
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman                                                                   [chick lit, but I dug the rebel protagonist]


How to Buy a Love of Reading                                                                            [another new fave]
When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris                                    [another quite amusing one]
Bachelor Girls: 100 Years of Breaking the Rules... by Betsey Israel          [very interesting; esp. first several chapters]
After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance                      [good, albeit somewhat shallow]
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey                                                                       [love love love love love love love]


Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake                                                              [some really beautiful stuff]
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch                                                                  [liked both this and the actual lecture]
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke                                                                                [enjoyed, but, y'know, predictable]

Follow Me to Freedom by Shane Claiborne and John M. Perkins            [fantastic.  truly.]
Going Bovine by Libba Bray                                                                             [clearly it's been awhile since I've read YA lit that doesn't function on a late-nineteenth century social more because woah lots of sex]
Emergency Neil Strauss                                                                                  [helpful for writing some of my novels]
Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut                                                      [who tears pages out of library books?]
Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli                                                                         [buying 2 copies; one for me, one for sisterchick]
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Gossamer by Lois Lowry                                                                                 [not my fave of hers, but great ideas]

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry                                                                         [all right]
Dress Your Family in Courderoy and Denim                                             [listened this time; Sedaris' voice not what I expected]
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers                                                                        [I don't remember Julie Andrews being quite so vain]
Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond                                            [this is good stuff]
Postsecret: Confessions on life, death, and God

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt                                                                   [an over all enjoy]
War Is... edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell                            [wasn't that impressed overall]
Pedro and Me by Judd Winick                                                                      [fantastic]
A Positive Life by Multiple Authors                                                               [worth the five bucks at Powell's]
The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall                                                                    [would never have finished it had I not seen the movie]
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott                                                                         [I think she wrote my heart]
The Novelist Notebook by Laurie Henry                                                    [some beneficial things, others not so much]
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers                                                         [a reread; still as beautiful as I remember]
The Martian Child by David Gerrold                                                             [enjoyed]
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan                                           [a good read aloud some day]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Girl, Interrupted                                                                                              
[Reminds me a lot of Remuda time]
The  Reader                                                                                                    [good, but also a bit disconcerting]

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