Reading 2000

January February March

Samarkand, Amin Maalouf

The Book on the Bookshelf, Henry Petrovski

Romania: a Profile, Ian M. Matley

The Mind Like Fire Unbound, Thanissaro Bikkhu

Romania: a Lerner visual geography series volume

Ghosts, Vampires & Werewolves: Eerie Tales from Transylvania, Spariousu & Benedek

The Hole in the Flag, Andrei Codrescu

Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, Nawaal Sahab

Christ on the Rue Jacob, Severo Sarduy

Poetry of Fernando Pessoa

Works of Armand Schwermer - 3 books

Ritalin Free Child, Ullmann and Ullmann (homeopathy)

The Battle Lost and Won, Olivia Manning

Bedside Manners, Luisa Valenzuela

Simon & Schuster Book of Oriental Carpets, Giovanna Curatola

April May June

Journey to the Land of Flies, Aldo Buzzi

Una Donna, Sibilla Aleramo

Oriental Rug Primer, Aram Jerrehian, Jr.

Symmetries, Luisa Valenzuela

Rugs & Carpets from the Caucasus, 1984 Aurora , Penguin/AllenLane

re-read novels, various crit. on Simone deBeauvoir

Books on bushes and trees

A History of God, Karen Armstrong

Alexander's Bridge, Willa Cather

The Burden of Memory The Muse of Forgiveness, Wole Soyinka

Carpets of the Orient, Ludmila Kybalova & Dominique Darbois

Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon

Life: The Movie:How Entertainment Conquered Reality, Neal Gabler

July August September

The Story of Carpets, Essie Sakhai

The Sacred Depths of Nature, Ursula Goodenough

Cosi' Fan Tutti, Michael Dibdin

Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, Robert D. Kaplan

The Posture of Meditation, Will Johnson

Budapest Diary In search of the Motherbook, Susan Rubin Suleiman

The Arcanum, Janet Gleeson (introduction of porcelain in Europe)

Donna Leon, Dressed for Death

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Elements of a Coffee Service, Robert Gluck

Cantos from the Inferno, trans. Armand Schwermer

Chinese ceramic art

Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

Death in a Strange Country, Donna Leon

Gateway to Wisdom, John Blofeld

The Wings to Awakening Thanissaro Bikhu (Pali canon texts & commentaries)

Blanche Cleans Up, Barbara Neely

The Way of Aikido

Vendetta, Michael Dibdin

The Year 1000: Life at Turn of First Millenium, R. Lacey & D. Danziger

Troubled Waters, Elizabeth LeMarchand

Paris Underground, Tamara Hovey (history of the construction of the Metro system)

Round Buildings, Square Bldgs & Bldgs that Wiggle Like Fish, Philip M. Isaacson

Sixty-Nine, Ryu Murakami

October November December

E.Annie Proulx, Accordion Crimes

The House: Living at Chatsworth, Duchess of Devonshire

The Wine of Astonishment, Earl Lovelace

A Corner in the Marais, Alex Karmel

Imagining the Balkans, Maria Todorova

The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali,  Ian Gibson

From Flower to Fruit, Anne Ophelia Dowden

The World of Nagaraj, R.K. Narayan

The House by the Sea, Rebecca Camhi Fromer

White Noise, Don DeLillo

The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield

A Dog's Life, Peter Mayle

The Unmotivated Child, Natalie Rathvon

Down and Out in London and Paris George Orwell

The Blue Bedroom, Rosamund Pilcher

The Balkans: Nationalism War & the Great Powers 1804-1999, Misha Glenny

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, Nancy Newton Verrier

Farewell to an Idea: episodes from a History of Modernism T.J. Clark

The Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald

Preconscious Processing Norman F. Dixon Wiley, NY 1981)

Re-reading of Simone de Beauvoir for MLA paper: Th Blood of Others,

All Men Are Mortal, les Mandarins; Prime of Life, etc.

Thich Nhat Hahn

Midsummer Night, Uwe Timm

Awakening, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


Reading 2001

January February March

Awakening: a Sufi Experience

Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald

The Life & Work of Mystic Guide Rene Daumal, Kathleen Ferrick Rosenblatt

Beyond Bookchin: Preface for a Future Social Ecology, David Watson

Deep Blue Almost Black, Thanassis Valtinos (fiction)

Yosl Rakover Talks to God, Zvi Kolitz

The Beginning of Spring, Penelope Fitzgerald

Essential Sufism, James Fadiman & Rbt. Frager

Purity and Danger: Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, Mary Douglas (rr)

The Boss Dog, MFK Fisher

Inner Revolution, Robert Thurman **

A Frozen Woman, Annie Ernaux

Derivations, Robert Duncan

Investment books

Black Talk: How the Music of Black America Created a Radical Alternative

 to the Values of Western Literary Tradition, Ben Sidran

The Photographer’s Wife, Robert Sole

Vita Nova, Louise Gluck

Bobos in Paradise, David Brooks

April May June

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, John Ashbery

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Shadow Syndromes, John Ratey & Catherine Johnson

The Order of Books, Roger Chartier

Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, Lati Rinbochay/ Eliz. Napper

Culture Jam (America's Suicidal Consumer Binge), Kalle Lasn *

In This Very Life, Sayadaw U. Pandita

Western Attitudes Toward Death: Middle Ages to the Present, Phillipe Aries

The Necessity of Experience, Edward Reed

Wandering God: a Study in Nomadic Spirituality, Morris Berman

The Ottoman Centuries, Kinross (re-read)

Ceremonial Chemistry, Thomas Szasz

Smell The Secret Seducer,  Piet Voir

The Twilight of American Culture, Morris Berman

books on history of Aegean, Anatolia, etc

July August September

Veronika Decides to Die, Paul Coelho

When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishigura

Anthology of Greek Writers, Artemis Leontis

A Noble Radiance, Donna Leon

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier *

Writing Was Everything, Alfred Kazin

Mirror of Wisdom: Teachings on Emptiness, Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen

Were You Always an Italian?,  Maria Laurino

Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami

Dreams of Dreams, Antonio Tabucchi

Each,  Madison Morrison *

The Sentences of Madison Morrison, Ron Phelps

A Memoir  of Italo Svevo, Livia Veneziani Svevo

The Mystery of Capital, Hernando DeSoto *

Corelli's Mandolin, De Bernieres

October November December

Death of an Englishman, Magdalen Nabb

Taliban, Ahmed Rashid

Last Nights of Paris, Phillipe Soupault

Brunelleschi's Dome, Ross King

Elegy for Kosovo, Ismail Kadare

Never to Return, Esther Tusquets

All Gall is Divided, Emil Cioran

Table Talk, W.H. Auden

Transform Your Life, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Secret Life of Dust, Hannah Holmes

The Vagabond, Colette

The Seven Laws of Money, Michael Phillips

The Gift, poems of Hafiz

The Long Finish, Michael Dibdin

The Leaf & the Cloud, Mary Oliver

70 poems, from Polish, Wislawa Szymborska

The Bridegroom & other stories, Ha Jin

Romanticism and its Discontents Anita Brookner

The Innocence of the Devil, Nawal el Saadawi

Farewell Symphony, Edmund White

Cabal, Michael Dibdin

On Beauty, Elaine Scarry