Books Read

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I have a horrible memory. And I love to read. In the year 2000, while lamenting the fact that I couldn't remember anything about books I had read just the year before, I started keeping a journal where I wrote down the things I wanted to remember about the books I was reading.

I'm still doing it. These days, it seems, I can't read a book without dog-earing a page or two and scribbling down thoughts in the margin that I want to be sure to capture in the write-up I will eventually compose. Some people approach these write-ups as if they were book reviews, but I don't think of them that way. Although they often contain criticism or praise, they are more a way for me to document my personal experience with each book I read--the pieces that resonate with my philosophical and reflective self. I know that the things I read help shape that self, and by keeping my journal I have the ability to see that process unfold.

My tastes are eclectic. I read a little bit of everything, but find myself returning again and again to authors like T. C. Boyle, Willa Cather, Sam Harris, Aldous Huxley, W. Somerset Maugham, Gordon Rhea, and John Steinbeck.

Here's an index to the write-ups appearing on this blog:

12/09/17 - American Epics edited by Austen Barron Bailley
11/11/17 - Man at Work by Klaus Turk

09/14/19 - Narcissistic Leaders by Michael Maccoby
06/22/19 - X Matrix by Darrell Casey
06/08/19 - Exception to the Rule by Peter Rea, James K. Stoller, and Alan Kolp
04/27/19 - The Carver Guide Series on Effective Board Governance by John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver
03/16/19 - Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
12/22/18 - The Association CEO Handbook by Paul A. Belford
11/24/18 - Association 4.0 by Sherry Budziak and Kevin Ordonez
07/21/18 - Resonate by Nancy Duarte
04/18/15 - When Millennials Take Over by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant
10/04/14 - Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
05/31/14 - Robert E. Lee on Leadership by H. W. Crocker III

Fiction and Literature
01/13/20 - Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
11/09/19 - The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
10/26/19 - Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
10/12/19 - The Martian by Andy Weir
09/28/19 - Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass
07/06/19 - Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle
05/25/19 - Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
04/13/19 - Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw
02/16/19 - Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
02/02/19 - Burr by Gore Vidal
01/19/19 - Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
01/05/19 - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
10/27/18 - The Ring of Ikribu by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney
09/01/18 - The Bell by Iris Murdoch
08/04/18 - Best Stories of O. Henry
06/09/18 - The Chainbearer by James Fenimore Cooper
05/12/18 - Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
04/14/18 - Without a Hero by T. C. Boyle
03/17/18 - The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
02/17/18 - Duma Key by Stephen King
01/20/18 - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
09/30/17 - The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
09/02/17 - The Hermit's Story by Rick Bass
08/19/17 - Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe
07/22/17 - American Pastoral by Philip Roth
05/13/17 - Riven Rock by T. C. Boyle
04/15/17 - Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather
03/18/17 - Good Faith by Jane Smiley
02/18/17 - The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
12/24/16 - Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
12/10/16 - Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis
11/12/16 - Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
10/29/16 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
10/15/16 - By Sorrow's River by Larry McMurtry
09/17/16 - Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
08/20/16 - Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
07/23/16 - The Known World by Edward P. Jones
07/09/16 - Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley
06/11/16 - The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
05/28/16 - Independence Day by Richard Ford
04/30/16 - The Stranger by Albert Camus
03/05/16 - Moo by Jane Smiley
02/20/16 - The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
01/23/16 - The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
01/09/16 - Lost Horizon by James Hilton
12/12/15 - The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
11/28/15 - The March by E. L. Doctorow
11/11/15 - Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
10/17/15 - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
09/05/15 - Closing Time by Joseph Heller
07/25/15 - Continental Drift by Russell Banks
07/11/15 - All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
06/13/15 - The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
05/30/15 - A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
05/16/15 - O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
04/04/15 - Twin Sombreros by Zane Grey
03/07/15 - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
02/21/15 - Black Hole by Charles Burns
02/07/15 - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
01/10/15 - The Crucible by Arthur Miller
12/27/14 - The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
12/13/14 - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
11/29/14 - Budding Prospects by T. C. Boyle
11/15/14 - Creatures of Circumstance by W. Somerset Maugham
08/23/14 - My Antonia by Willa Cather
07/26/14 - A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

History and Biography
12/21/19 - Willa Cather by Philip L. Gerber
08/03/19 - The Unwinding by George Packer
07/20/19 - Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
03/30/19 - The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson by Herbert Hoover
11/10/18 - Yankee From Olympus by Catherine Drinker Bowen
09/15/18 - On to Petersburg by Gordon C. Rhea
05/26/18 - Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy by Robert V. Remini
04/27/18 - Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom by Robert V. Remini
03/31/18 - Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru
03/03/18 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
11/25/17 - The March of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman
07/08/17 - Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
06/24/17 - Doubt by Jennifer Michael Hecht
05/27/17 - The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt
03/04/17 - I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer
02/04/17 - On Many a Bloody Field by Alan D. Gaff
01/21/17 - Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
01/07/17 - What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis
11/26/16 - Maugham: A Biography by Ted Morgan
09/03/16 - Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein
06/25/16 - A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
05/14/16 - Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
04/16/16 - Papal Sin by Garry Wills
02/06/16 - Freedom Betrayed by Herbert Hoover and George H. Nash
12/26/15 - To Appomattox by Burke Davis
10/03/15 - Broken Music by Sting
09/19/15 - Kepler's Witch by James A. Connor
08/08/15 - The American Future by Simon Schama
11/01/14 - An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter
09/20/14 - Citizen Tom Paine by Howard Fast
03/09/13 - Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence
Politics and Philosophy
08/17/19 - Free Will by Sam Harris
05/11/19 - Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre by Walter Kaufmann
03/02/19 - The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault
10/13/18 - Unbelievable by Katy Tur
09/29/18 - The Sublime Object of Ideology by Slavoj Zizek
07/07/18 - Going to Tehran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett
06/23/18 - Among the Dead Cities by A. C. Grayling
12/23/17 - The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man by Robert M. Price
10/28/17 - The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha
10/14/17 - 25 Years of Tomorrow by Dan Perkins
04/01/17 - The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian
08/06/16 - Moral Politics by George Lakoff
03/19/16 - The Reason Driven Life by Robert M. Price
06/27/15 - With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald
05/02/15 - The Selected Writings of the Marquis De Sade, selected and translated by Leonard De Saint-Yves
03/21/15 - The Accidental Superpower by Peter Ziehan
01/24/15 - We Who Dared Say No to War, edited by Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
08/09/14 - Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs

Science and Sociology
01/04/20 - The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
12/07/19 - The Physics of Consciousness by Evan Harris Walker
11/23/19 - Moral Minds by Marc D. Hauser
08/31/19 - The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins
12/08/18 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
08/18/18 - Broca's Brain by Carl Sagan
02/03/18 - A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins
01/06/18 - I'm OK -- You're OK by Thomas A. Harris, M.D.
09/16/17 - Games People Play by Eric Berne, M.D.
08/05/17 - The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
06/10/17 - The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., and Sharon Begley
04/29/17 - A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky
10/01/16 - The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
04/02/16 - Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
10/31/15 - Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
08/22/15 - X Saves the World by Jeff Gordinier
10/18/14 - The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley
09/06/14 - The Human Brain by Isaac Asimov
06/28/14 - The Happiness Myth by Jennifer Michael Hecht
09/21/13 - The End of Biblical Studies by Hector Avalos