Books of 2009

Here are the books released in 2009 that caught my interest. Where I can, or where I remember, I will provide links to how I heard about them. As I read them, I will link to my notes. For the non-fiction, the interview often gives you the gist of the whole book.

Fiction of various flavors:

Read so far
Talk of the Nation interview Sum : forty tales from the afterlives, by David Eagleman
Hugo nominee Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, by Robert Charles Wilson
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by Reif Larsen
Nebula and Hugo nominee The City & The City, by China Miéville
The Yggysey, by Daniel Pinkwater
Nebula and Hugo nominee The Windup Girl, by Paolo Balcigalupi
The Revolution Business, by Charles Stross
Talk of the Nation interview The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, by R. Crumb
Inbound 4: A Comic Book History of Boston, by Boston Comics Roundtable
Eclipse Three, edited by Jonathan Strahan
NY Times essay Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud, edited by Robert Pinsky
Hugo nominee Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente
Nebula and Hugo nominee Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest
review on All Things Considered among others The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
Hugo nominee Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer

Non-Fiction:

Read so far
interview on On Point Supersense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable, by Bruce M. Hood
Picking up 660 Curries at the library Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals, by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat
Looking up My Bread Kneadlessly simple: fabulous, fuss-free, no-knead breads, by Nancy Baggett
Everywhere! My bread: the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method, by Jim Lahey
Colbert bump Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds, by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
interview on To The Best of Our Knowledge Cheap: the high cost of discount culture, by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Moral machines : teaching robots right from wrong, by Wendell Wallach
interview on KUOW Weekday The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Ken Robinson
The Long Thaw: how humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate, by David Archer
interview on Morning Edition In cheap we trust : the story of a misunderstood American virtue, by Lauren Weber
Won’t be read
interview on All Things Considered The Superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies, by Bert Hölldobler and E.O. Wilson
NY Times review Prisoner of the State, by Zhao Ziyang
wasn’t paying attention when I first heard about it Rapt : Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher

4 responses to “Books of 2009

  1. In cheap we trust : the story of a misunderstood American virtue, by Lauren Weber was worth reading for free. Nice blog, I din know you started peachtrees. I’ve had 4 dwarves (Loring) for 4 summers. I guess I lose 2/3 of the babies every spring but still get over 100 large edible fruits in August.

  2. Agreed about Cheap We Trust. How did she write a whole book about frugality and not mention libraries?

    I only planted the peach tree (and a plum and 2 pears) last year. I’m amazed I got any fruit from it so quickly. Do you have to protect yours from the squirrels?

  3. I use what they call Pond and Bird Netting to keep the pests away. It has worked quite well. It comes in pkges of 7′x20′ and I tack 2 of them together (with twist-ties or the like) along the long side to get a 14′ width which drapes well over the 5-7′ high dwarf trees.

    My big joy last summer was my 2 niagara grapevines. I love that spicy, kind of sour fruit and I think I got about 40 lbs in addition to creating a new shaded area for randi to chill outdoors without getting too much sun. I also planted 3 heirloom totato plants and got lots of Russian Plum fruits.

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