CURRENTLY READING

I'm an avid book collector and I try to read as much as I can. I love to discuss books so if you have read any that I have read recently, let's talk!

Books Read in...

2019

From Here to Eternity - Caitlin Doughty [a call to bring death and how we regard death into the light. highly recommend]

Displaying Death and Animating Life - Jane C. Desmond [read 2/3 of this book. More difficult to read as it is a pure academic book, but I wanted to read it to help deal with my dear cat’s passing. The author discusses mourning for nonhuman animal lives and touches upon the topic of legitimizing grief in a society that largely “refuses to sanction loss.”]

The Silenced Majority - Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan [Read if you want your blood to boil over all the horrible shit happening in the world, in the US, and by the government.]

A Gathering of Old Men - Ernest J. Gaines [I try to make an effort to read a book written by or about African Americans during February, African American History Month]

Zoobiquity - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers [Fascinating and eye opening, this book makes the case that doctors, vets, and wildlife biologists need to work together to come up with solutions to fight anything from cancer to STDs to mental illnesses because they are species spanning. I was not aware as I’m sure most people aren’t that pretty much any disease or health issue humans face you can find a nonhuman animal that faces it as well, and from that we can collaborate and learn a lot about how to move forward.]

Up From Slavery - Booker T. Washington (currently reading)

2018

The Snow Leopard- Peter Matthiessen [Got me amped up for my forthcoming trip to Nepal]

Dude Making a Difference - Rob Greenfield [An inspirational environmental activist]

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl [Account from a concentration camp written by a psychiatrist]

Biophilia - Edward O. Wilson [Connected to my masters thesis work]

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking [Still over my head! and got me watching the Cosmos series]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Rowling, Tiffany, Thorne [All the Harry Potter. I need to see that play!]

Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain [Read while rowing the Mississippi River from Source to Sea]

The Girl in the Spider’s Web - David Lagercrantz [Loved the Larsson series, now I can go see the movie]

I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai [Learned a lot about Pakistan and their culture]

Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder [Inspiring biography about Dr. Farmer and Partners in Health; I want to visit Haiti]

The Sports Gene - David Epstein [Learned about phenomenal athletes and inspired me to continue my athletic pursuits]

Waiting for Snow in Havana - Carlos Eire [Powerful autobiography about growing up in Cuba with a unique writing style that I related to.]

Many Lives, Many Masters - Brian Weiss [Sheds light on an aspect of human life that is commonly dismissed because it is simply not understood. Past-Life Experiences. Keep an open mind and ask yourself, are you so sure that you know all there is to know about life, the brain, and what happens after we die?]

No Death, No Fear - Thich Nhat Hanh [A Buddhist take on death, fear, suffering, etc. “No coming, no going, no after, no before…”]

2017

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

Walking towards Walden - John Hanson Mitchell

The Moneyless Manifesto - Mark Boyle

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass

The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

The Pearl - John Steinbeck

Choke - Chuck Palahniuk

The Woman Who Married a Bear - John Straley

The End of Nature - Bill McKibben

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories - Ernest Hemingway

Travels with Charley in Search of America - John Steinbeck

Wind, Sand and Stars - Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

Love Hurts - Lodro Rinzler

Garbage Land - Elizabeth Royte
Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon - David Grann

The Quiet American - Graham Greene

Finding George Orwell in Burma - Emma Larkin
 

2016
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau
Catfish and Mandala - Andrew X. Pham
Stay Alive, My Son - Pin Yathay
First They Killed My Father - Loung Ung 
The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois
Outsider in the White House - Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman 
The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham
Fast into the Night - Debbie Clarke Moderow
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them -Newt Scamander
The Devil's Highway - Luis Alberto Urrea
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
Poke the Box - Seth Godin
Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
Stop Drifting, Start Rowing - Roz Savage
An Unspoken Hunger - Terry Tempest Williams
Family Happiness - Leo Tolstoy
Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
The Last Season - Eric Blehm
Radical Simplicity - Jim Merkel
Last Child in the Woods - Richard Louv
Love Letter to the Earth - Thich Nhat Hanh
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo
If The Legends Fade - Tom Hendrix
Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland - Terry Tempest Williams
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Martin Eden - Jack London
If This is a Man & The Truce - Primo Levi
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
2015 
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
Ecology, Community, and Lifestyle - Arne Naess (for school) 
Active Hope - Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone 
Cesar Chavez: A Triumph of Spirit- Richard Griswold Del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia
Travels in Alaska- John Muir
Arctic Dreams- Barry Lopez 
I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats -Francesco Marciuliano
The Land of Little Rain- Mary Austin
The Good Life- Helen and Scott Nearing
Diary - Chuck Palahniuk 
Another Roadside Attraction - Tom Robbins
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
33 Men- Jonathan Franklin
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth - R. Buckminster Fuller
Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
Rowing to Latitude - Jill Fredston
Jack London, Sailor on Horseback - Irving Stone
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan 
Burmese Days - George Orwell 
Siddhartha- Hermann Hesse
People of the Abyss- Jack London
2014 
The Screwtape Letters- C.S. Lewis
Refuge -Terry Tempest Williams
The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Matsuo Basho
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (for school) 
Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. LeGuin (for school) 
Ancient Futures - Helena Norberg-Hodge (for school) 
The Red Rose Crew - Daniel J. Boyne  
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Eat & Run - Scott Jurek
Second Nature - Michael Pollan 
Zeitoun - Dave Eggers 
Blessed Unrest - Paul Hawken (for school)
Eaarth - Bill McKibben (for school) 
Juliette Gordan Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts - Stacy A. Cordery
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Young Men and Fire - Norman Maclean 
The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown 
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Bossypants - Tina Fey 
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf - John Muir
No Picnic on Mount Kenya - Felice Benuzzi
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
Open - Andre Agassi 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick 
The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey
The Forest Lover - Susan Vreeland 
Ecotopia - Ernest Callenbach
Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane
Swimming to Antarctica - Lynne Cox
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
East Along the Equator - Helen Winternitz
Ishmael - Daniel Quinn  
Navigating Environmental Attitudes - Thomas Heberlein (for school)
Toxic Tourism- Phaedra Pezzullo (for school)
Soil not Oil- Vandana Shiva (for school) 
Becoming Animal - David Abram (for school)
The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos - Brian Swimme (for school)
The Time of the Black Jaguar- Arkan Lushwala  (for school) 
Love Letter to the Earth - Thich Nhat Hanh (for school) 
World as Lover World as Self- Joanna Macy 
Nature and Madness - Paul Shepard
2013
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
A Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennessee Williams
Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Blind Courage - Bill Irwin
The Diving Bell & The Butterfly - Jean Dominique Bauby
Eiger Dreams - Jon Krakauer
This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
The Three Musketeers- Alexander Dumas
Zlata's Diary - Zlata Filipovic
Crank - Ellen Hopkins
Brave Men- Ernie Pyle
Robinson Crusoe- Daniel Defoe
The Story of my Life- Helen Keller
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
Emma - Jane Austen 
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton  
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
The Big Year - Mark Obmascik
A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska - Hannah Breece 
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat
Farm Fatale - Wendy Holden
The End of the Road - Tom Bodett 
Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver 
A Farewll to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
Little Bee - Chris Cleave
Lost in the Barrens - Farley Mowat
Eskimo Island - Phillip Viereck
Jane Goodall 50 Years at Gombe - Jane Goodall
America and Americans - John Steinbeck
The Moral Imagination - John Paul Lederach (for school)
The Slums of Aspen - Park & Pellow (for school)  
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach
Off the Map - Chellis Glendinning (for school)
The Next American Revolution - Grace Lee Boggs (for school) 
I've Got the Light of Freedom - Charles Payne (for school)
Learning Native Wisdom - Gary Holthaus (for school) 
The Serpent's Coil - Farley Mowat
Resilience Thinking - Walker & Salt (for school) 
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
2012
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Alive - Piers Paul Read
An Untethered Soul - Michael A. Singer
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
I know why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Naked - David Sedaris
Once a Runner - John L. Parker, Jr.
Once there was a War - John Steinbeck
Running the Amazon - Joe Kane
Shopgirl - Steve Martin
Skinny Bitch - R. Freedman & K. Barnouin
Solo
The Cider House Rules - John Irving
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Florabama Ladies' Auxillary & Sewing Circle - Lois Battle
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
The Solace of Open Places - Gretel Ehrlich
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig