Reading 2005

January February March

On Food and Cooking: Science & Lore of the Kitchen, Harold McGee

Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture

Red Dust a Journey Around China, Ma Jian

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, Yann Martel

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

The Invisibles a Tale of the Eunuchs of India, Zia Jaffrey

March, Geraldine Brooks *

Tan Tien Chi Kung, Mantok Chia

The Courtesans demi-monde of 19th century Paris, Joanna Richardson

The Angel of the Left Bank: Delacroix’s Murals in St. Sulpice, Jean-Paul Kauffmann

Islam: A Short History, Karen Armstrong

The Orientalist: Life of Lev Nussimbaum (Kurdan Said/Assad Bey) Tom Reiss *

Alexandra, Valerie Martin

An Intimate History of Humanity, Theodore Zeldin

Unformed Landscape, Peter Stamm

The Lake, Yasunari Kawabata *

April May June

Art & Innovation: the Xerox PARC PAIR Program, ed. Craig Harris

Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

The Informer, Liam O’Flaherty

Europe Central, William Vollman

The Storytellers Daughter, Saira Shah

The Man of Fifty, Johan Wolfgang Goethe

Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey **

Defining the Wind: Beaufort’s Scale, Scott Huler

The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford

Going Sane: Maps of Happiness, Adam Phillips

Multiple Intelligences Theory in Practice, Howard Gardner

Personal Effects, Francesca Duranti

Whores for Gloria, W. Vollman

Rat, Andrej Zaniewski *

The Rescue Artist, Edward Dolnick (art fraud)

July August September

Ghosting, Jennie Erdal

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, John Thackara

Freakonomics, Stephen Levitt and Steven Grubaer

Duveen,  S. N. Behrman

The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street, Trevanian

You: the Owners Manual

Parisian Sketches, J.K. Huysmans

The Desert Smells Like Rain: a Naturalist in Papago Country, Gary Paul Nabham

Voices from the Other World:ancient Egyptian Tales, Naguib Mahfouz

Every Tongue Got to Confess, Zora Neale Hurston (folktales from Gulf States rr)

History of Palm Springs area

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley *

Darkness in Summer, Takeshi Kaiko. (trans by Cecilia Seagwa Seigle)

Cinema Eden, Juan Goytisolo (travels in Mediterranean & Turkey)

Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (autobiography) *

A Woman in Berlin, Anonymous *

The Art of Speed-Reading People, Paul Tieger Barbara Barron-Tieger

Duchess, Stephen Birmingham

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

Faust, Ivan Turgenev

The Singing Life of Birds, Donald Kroodsma *

Happy Ending, Francesca Duranti

In Search of Zarathustra, Paul Kriwaczek

Wall of Light, Edeet Ravel

The Same Sea, Amos Oz

Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante

October November December

The Class, Hermann Ungar

Sultan in Oman, Jan Morris

The Power & the Glory, Graham Greene

Kokoro, Natsume Soseki

Conundrum, Jan Morris *

Feng Shui Handbook, Master Lam Kam Chuen

The Control of Nature, John McPhee

Eclipse Fever, Walter Abish

Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, David Hackett Fischer

Culture and Prosperity, John Kay

Ali and Nino, Kurban Said

Amerika, the Man who Disappeared, Franz Kafka

Brisees, Michel Leiris

Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture, Ruth Benedict

Bruges La Morte, Geroge Rodenbach

The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig *

The Unknowable Gurdjieff, Margaret Anderson

Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni