Monday, August 27, 2007

2006 Recommendations

The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders, & Deceivers,
by Kevin D. Mitnick & William L. Simon
(nonfiction)
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (children's book)
Kidnapped by Jan Burke (mystery)
Carl Hiaasen's Nature Girl
Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence: Pompeii: The Living City (nonfiction)
The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World by Kati Marton
The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330 by Ian Mortimer
Sue Stauffacher's novels Donuthead and Donutheart
Flotsam by David Wiesner (picture book)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (memoir)
Robert B. Parker's new Spenser novel, Hundred-Dollar Baby (mystery)
Botanist Colin Tudge has written a thick book called The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter.(nonfiction)
Luc Reid's Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures is meant as a guidebook for us novelists so we can create plausible characters who participate in them. (nonfiction)
Barry Strauss's wonderful book The Trojan War. (nonfiction/history)
Michael Connelly's Crime Beat Also Echo Park. Essentially you can choose ANY Michael Connelly novel for the challenge. (mysteries)
Everlost by Neal Shusterman (young adult lit)
Birth by Tina Cassidy (nonfiction)
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings
Bob Newhart's I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! (memoir)
Gail Carson Levine's Fairest. Ella Enchanted is also eligible for the challenge. (young adult lit)
Lynn Flewelling's powerful fantasy trilogy, The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, and The Oracle's Queen. I can't recommend this trilogy highly enough, as entertainment and as literature (for mature readers -- think of it as PG-13). (fantasy)
Bill Carter's book Desperate Networks (nonfiction)
Created By: Inside the Minds of TV's Top Show Creators, by Steven Priggé (nonfiction)
Robin Hobb's "Soldier Son Trilogy,"
Margaret Maron's newest Deborah Knott mystery, Winter's Child,
Paul Chiasson's The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America (nonfiction)
Jan Siegel's Prospero's Children (fantasy)
Alpha Oops: The Day Z Went First, by Alethea Kontis, with illustrations by Bob Kolar (picture book)
David Pirie's mystery novel The Patient's Eyes
Sidney Sheldon: The Other Side of Me (memoir)
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, Nathaniel Philbrick (nonfiction)
John Lukacs's slim book June 1941: Hitler and Stalin
Haiku U. is subtitled: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables.
The Evasion-English Dictionary has a more serious intent, but is also marvelously entertaining. Author Maggie Balistreri has written a deft and all-too-truthful decoding of what is really meant by common words and phrases
Lawrence Block's Hit Parade
Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series
1. King's Dragons

2. Prince of Dogs

3. The Burning Stone

4. Child of Flame

5. The Gathering Storm

6. In the Ruins

7. Crown of Stars
Robert M. Sapolsky's A Primate's Memoir
Shirley C. Strum, Almost Human
Robert B. Parker's new novel, Blue Screen,
Justin Kaplan's lite history book When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age Also George F. Hourani's history book, Arab Seafaring.
Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook.
Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror. (nonfiction)
Here, There Be Dragons, by James A. Owen [I'm also including the sequels to this novel!] (young adult lit)(fantasy)
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table; Comfort Me with Apples and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. by Ruth Reichl (memoirs)
Flip by David Lubar (young adult lit)
Elswyth Thane's "Williamsburg novels"also here
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Wizards of the Game by David Lubar (young adult lit)
In the Land of the Lawn Weenies. (young adult lit) [It's safe to say that any Lubar title is eligible for the challenge.]
AAny Robert Crais novel
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Mary Higgins Clark, Two Little Girls In Blue (mystery)
Jane Stanton Hitchcock's novel One Dangerous Lady; Trick of the Eye and Social Crimes: A Novel.(mystery)
Eifelheim, by Michael F. Flynn, may turn out to be the best science fiction novel this year.
Edward Rutherford's The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland
White Trash Cooking (Ernest Matthew Mickler) and There have been three White Trash Cooking sequels: White Trash Cooking II: Recipes for Gatherin's, More White Trash Cooking, and The Treasury of White Trash Cooking. Also, Ruby Ann Boxcar has a series of books called Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook, Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Holiday Cookbook, and Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Guide to Livin' Real Good.
Megan Whelan Turner's The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia (young adult lit, fantasy)
James Lee Burke's Crusader's Cross (mystery)
The Philosopher and the Druids: A Journey among the Ancient Celts, by Philip Freeman and Barry Cunliffe's The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek
John M. Ellis's Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities.
A new biography of Lewis, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs, is one of the best biographies I have ever read.
General George Washington: A Military Life is a fascinating assessment of George Washington's military abilities. Author Edward Lengel does a superb job of making the campaigns and battles, the strategy and tactics crystal clear -- even if you're listening to the audiobook in a car.
Sue Grafton's "Alphabet Mysteries" series

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