Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday 13

I'm going to start doing a new meme on my blog: Thursday 13, every Thursday you post a list of whatever you want--as long as it's 13 items long :)

With Charlie St Cloud coming out tomorrow, I decided to make my first list: 13 Books into Movies that I've enjoyed (either the book or the movie...or both!)

in no actual order:
  1. 10 Things I Hate About You from The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  2. Where The Heart Is from Where the Heart Is by Bille Letts
  3. Blood & Chocolate from Blood and Chocolateby Annette Curtis Klause
  4. Rebecca from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  5. Simon Birch from A Prayer for Owen Meany
  6. Chocolat from Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  7. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (& Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  8. Miss Petigrew Lives for a Day from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  9. The Birds from The Birds short story by Daphne Du Maurier
  10. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
  11. A Beautiful Mind from A Beautiful Mindby Sylvia Nasar
  12. The Notebook from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  13. A Time to Kill from A Time to Kill by John Grisham
(2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, & 12 I've read and seen the movies 1-which is a play not a book, but oh well-5, 6, 8, 11 & 13 I've just seen the movies. But I do plan on reading 13, 5, 6 soon. 1, 11, 8, maybe.)

So there's my Thursday 13

Friday, July 23, 2010

Video Veneris

It's late for my Video Veneris, for sure, but maybe you're like me and spent a good bit of the day out swimming (I've spent so many of them like that lately because it's too hot to do anything else--even for our a/c to keep up)...

Angie Frazier's Everlasting is a great book and here's the trailer for it if my review from May (it released June 1) didn't quite convince you yet that you should read it :D

In My Mailbox

in my mailbox this week:

For review:

Ghostgirl: Lovesick by Tonya Hurley & Passing Strange by Daniel Waters (UK edition) --both are the third in their series'

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SYNC Audiobook downloads

An awesome website/program has been set up this summer. SYNC is offering up one classic book (like Treasure Island) and one new/modern YA book (like Wondrous Strange) as an audio book download each week. Each set of books is available for download for seven days (from Thursday through Wednesday). Listening to some of the classic books is not only a great way to find out you actually might like them but probably a way to help with your summer reading list :-D

They're in MP3 format and play through the OverDrive player (like the MP3 audio books you can download from a lot of libraries--if I ever find the place I found that lists which states/counties allow what, I'll link it.). I believe they'll also play on MP3 players, too, though.

Here's a list of just some of the books that are available:

Available July 15 - July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 - July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 - August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

(How? On the SYNC page I linked to there's a page for readers and a page for librarian's & bloggers that explains how it all works and gives links to the downloads, etc)

This is something I'm going to be taking advantage of and I hope some of you will as well!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

One book I can hardly wait for (even though it's only a little while longer that I have to) is Girl Parts by John M Cusick that releases on August 10.

Here's the synopsis via Goodreads:
"Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate…"

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot to encourage healthy bonds and treat "dissociative disorder," he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal "companion" is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uber-connected world.
Sounds awesome, yes?

The cover reminds me a bit of something they did a long time ago on America's Next Top Model... See?
(sorry I couldn't seem to find a better version of it.)
I do love the cover, though. The idea of the girl in the box seems to represent the book rather perfectly...and a sort of robot that can't really be intimate with the person it's created for at all is also pretty perfect (& for a book. Especially a YA one). I also just love the idea of the shocks.

Can't wait to read it.

So, that's the book I'm Waiting On today, Girl Parts by John M Cusick, out 10th August in hardcover from Candlewick Press, Amazon buy link.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pretty Little Liars Marathon

ABC Family is running a bit of a Pretty Little Liars marathon today (from 3-9 pm EST) with six episodes--the last one starting at 8 pm. You can catch up on all of the ones aired already or see them again.
(or if you're like me and swear that they weren't aired in your area last week, you can see that, too!)
So, again, all the episodes of Pretty Little Liars that have aired thus far plus the new one for this week are on today!

ABC Family 3-9 (last one starting at 8) pm Eastern. (Then you can watch White Collar & Covert Affairs ;))

Monday, July 12, 2010

In My Mailbox Monday

for review:

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill& Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel (from LibraryThing Early Reviewers)

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials (June 29):
What started out as girls' games became a witch hunt. Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials told from the perspectives of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.

Ann Putnam Jr. plays the queen bee. When her father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann grasps her opportunity. She puts in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of the people around her forever.

Mercy Lewis, the beautiful servant in Ann's house, inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With a troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.

Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love and consumed with fiery jealousy. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing the life she dreams of with her betrothed.

With new accusations mounting daily against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth? (

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen) (Aug 3):
"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than one."

Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.

I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.

But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.

I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me... (

(So glad my modem started working again in time for this post . . . having one that quits for hours/days whenever it loses power at all is not good when strong thunderstorms are an almost daily occurrence ;))

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Challenge Reminder

I posted at a funny time (Fourth of July) so here's a post to let you know I have a fun Challenge for everyone to join . . .

(pic links to the post)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Dog's Purpose ~ W Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Purpose
Forge Books
July 6, 2010
320 Pages
Buy @ Amazon

A Dog's Purpose is told from a a dog's first person point of view. It's one dog, but one who lives many lifetimes--reincarnation, of sorts. We meet the dog living his first life as Toby a dog who starts out as a wild dog with his puppy siblings and his mother. He's captured and taken to either a woman's unlicensed rescue or the home of a woman who owns forty-ish dogs (I couldn't tell if she just owned a crap load of dogs or had a really unorganized rescue type thing).

Through the different lives, the dog decides that he's supposed to be finding his purpose. He uses things he's learned in each life to help him in each successive one. Little things like knowing how to open a gate becoming very useful to him as he cumulatively builds his skill set.

Because telling much (if anything) about the dogs later lives would spoil the earlier lives for anyone reading, this really isn't very detailed on purpose. It's a very endearing book, though. Each of the dogs lives are different, placing the dog in a different situation with different experiencs. A Dog's Purpose is very well written and it's very believeable that a dog is the one telling the story--not a person pretending to be a dog. Some of the observations from the dog (be they about the cats the dog encounters or in the different lives or about 'school') are very creative and truly very 'dog-like'.

As someone who loves dogs I found this book very touching and it brought up memories of my dogs. I don't know if someone who doesn't like dogs would enjoy the book as much, but I also don't know why the book would really appeal to them in the first place, so . . .

I definitely recommend this book if you ever wonder what your dog is thinking, if you love your dog, if you miss your dog, or if you even just love dogs but don't have one. Do know though that it did make me cry.


thank you to Goodreads First Reads for this book (so, so much)

and of course, don't forge my Daily Show & Colbert Report Reading Challenge

if you saw Colbert Report yesterday you know he's sick (and so am I) so be nice and sign up?

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Secret to Lying ~ Todd Mitchell review

The Secret to Lying
Candlewick Press
336 Pages
June 8, 2010
Buy @ Amazon

When 15-year-old James gets accepted into American Science and Mathematics Academy, a boarding school, for the start of his sophomore year he takes the opportunity to reinvent himself. Gone will be the nearly invisible James that no one will remember once high school is over and in his place is a new James, an adventure loving, car stealing, street fighting James--created by lies. Known across the school now, dating a cool Junior and reviled as the cool kid among all the nerds at the school, James should have a perfect life.

But he doesn't. Between nightmares of fighting demons, cutting himself, and event after event that lead to relationship after relationship (of all sorts) ending, and 'perfect girl' Ellie refusing to notice him or care about him, James' life seems to be coming apart.

The Secret to Lying is a coming of age story that I'm really glad I got from Early Reviewers because I more than likely wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. James is a really well written character who really is taking the opportunity away from home (at an early age than most get the opportunity) to reinvent himself. It's only after he's living his new life and doing what he thinks he really wants to do that he starts to feel the consequences of his lies and not being himself.

I think that the story was very well written--showing James progress from getting to ASMA, to creating his new persona and all that came with it, to the end. The secondary characters and their stories added to the plot (and James' story) too while being interesting in and of themselves.

The part that I don't think worked so well were the nightmares that he had and the little alternate world created by them. I know that the dreams James was having (and his battles within them) were supposed to mirror his inner turmoil/give it a sort of physical manifestation, but it never completely connected for me. It always seemed like there was just that last piece that needed to be added/written for the connection to be there (or be great).

I think that this is a great book with a male main character, YA especially and one that will appeal to boys but also to girls.


(from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Daily Show & Colbert Report Reading Challenge

The Daily Show (with Jon Stewart) and the Colbert Report almost always seem to have some very interesting book featured--books that I say at the time, "Oooh, I want to read that!" but then forget about before actually doing so. Most of the books are also nonfiction books or memoirs and I don't read nearly enough of those so I came up with The Daily Show & Colbert Report Reading Challenge.

I've compiled a list of the books that were featured/talked about/discussed by their author on the two shows from July of last year until today (and I'm going to keep updating the list) and I'm issuing a challenge for myself and you. . .

Challenge Levels:
Bronze Level: Read Two of the Books
Silver Leveld: Read Five of the Books
Gold Level: Read Ten of the Books
Diamond Level: Read Fifteen of the Books
Platinum Level: Read Twenty-Five (or more!) of the Books

The Challenge Runs from Today (July 4, 2010) for One Year (Until July 3, 2011)

as of now there's no prize other than you'll be more educated and hopefully really, really proud of yourself (like I said, I'm not good at reading nonfiction books)...

I have set up an Amazon Associates Store with all of the books H E R E. Books from both show are organized by year (2009 & 2010) to make it easier to look through and each show's main page has books by the show's host as well--though they're just bonus books and not part of the challenge!).

Here are the 150 (so far!) books from which you have to to choose--you can pick from just one show or mix and match--or set a goal for each :)

The Colbert Report Books
-2009 -

War Dances by Sherman Alexie
Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Dan Esty
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
Why Architecture Matters (Why X Matters Series) by Paul Goldberger
Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West by Christopher Caldwell
My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times by Harold Evans
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by BIll Simmons
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?) by Brian Cox
God in the White House: A History: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush by Randall Balmer
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir by Cornel West
The Tao of Wu by The RZA
What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus's Guide to the First Three Trimesters by David Javerbaum
The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One by Sylvia Earle
Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds by Sanjay Gupta
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan
The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life by Alison Gopnik
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matt Latimer
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) by Sheryl WuDunn
Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional's Guide to Beer by George Wendt
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by AJ Jacobs
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
Born Round: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite by Frank Bruni
The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick) by Robert Wright
Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan Cohn
Blind Trust by Barbara Boxer
Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom by Tony Zinni
Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame by Zev Chafets
Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson
Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund Andrews
Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman
Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America by Kurt Andersen
Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to by David Wondrich

-2010 -

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet by Heidi Cullen
UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record by Leslie Kean
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Obama Diaries by Laura Ingraham
Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex by Hephzibah Anderson
The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise by Garret Keizer
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku
My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm by Manny Howard
Role Models by John Waters
Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People by Emily Pilloton
All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski
Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks by Arthur Benjamin
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Seasn Carroll
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by James Fowler
The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann
The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America by Kati Marton
Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Theatre by David Mamet
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero
Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife by Lisa Miller
The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter
The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self by Deepak Chopra
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned by Michael J Fox
Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand
Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps by Dave Isay
Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions by Mark Moffett
Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed by Gregg Easterbrook
The Dangerous Book of Heroes by Conn Iggulden
A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond by Craig Robinson
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields
Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Second Seagull Edition (One-Volume Edition) (v. 2) by Eric Foner
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education by Craig Mullaney
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown by Simon Johnson
The History of White People by Neil Irvin Painter
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
My Life With the Saints by Fr James Martin
Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronvitch

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Books
-2009 -

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen Ifill
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System---and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter
Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal by Lance Armstrong
Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein
Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales by Clarence Clemons
On the Line by Serena Williams
The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam by Kit Bond
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victoryby David Plouffe
Growing American Roots: Why Our Nation Will Thrive as Our Largest Minority Flourishesby Sen Bob Menendez
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insuranceby Steven Levitt
What Would Susie Say?: Bullsh*t Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedyby Susie Essman
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Rightby Jennifer Burns
Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined Americaby Barbara Ehrenreich
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Mattersby Chesley Sullenberger
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hopeby William Kamkwamba
The Wordy Shipmatesby Sarah Vowell
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillmanby Jon Krakauer
End the Fed by Ron Paul
The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Futureby Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our Worldby Vali Nasr
Shooting Starsby Lebron James (Amazon's out-available from B&N & elsewhere, though)
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
I Drink for a Reason by David Cross
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life by Dara Torres
In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler
The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon
Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson by Peter Mancall

-2010 -

Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto by Dick Arney
Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt by Edward P Kohn
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson
Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam by Akbar Ahmed
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic by Robert O'Connell
Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (The Terry Lectures Series) by Marilynne Robinson
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban by Jere Van Dyk
The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents - A Memoir by Dr Connie Mariano
Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances by Fred Thompson
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M Tabor
Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells
Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future by Arthur C Brooks
The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer
WAR by Sebastian Junger
Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove
Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking by Mario Batali
Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis by Rosalynn Carter
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster by Jonathan Eig
The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey by Richard Whittle
The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency by Ken Blackwell
A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes by John M O'Hara
The Coming Population Crash: and Our Planet's Surprising Future by Fred Pearce
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Capt Richard Phillips
How to Win a Cosmic War by Reza Aslan
Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers
Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack by Marc Thiessen
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolous
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson
The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson
My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World by Jeff Garlin
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S Hirsch (gues was Willie Mays)*
To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom by Newt Gingrich
Staying True by Jenny Sanford
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Waters
Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street by Jim Wallis
Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility by David Walker
Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster by Paul Ingrassia
Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush by John Yoo
George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success by George Lucas
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan

(There are videos on most-I think all, of these guests being interviewed at or just search the name.)

(I'm maybe going to later try to either arrange these by type or date or something, but for now it's just a list and links--because it's a lot of books!)
Also, some of these books are co-authored but I only listed the author who appeared on the show . . .

Here's the banners & the coding to use the banners and link them back to this post--please save them to your own photobucket/other server, though :)

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