What I Read in 2012

  • Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
  • The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters, by Jeffrey Zaslow
  • The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, by Ann Fessler
    • This book is unbelievable.  I can’t remember where I first heard about it, but I asked and received it for Christmas, but just started it this week.  I can barely stand to put it down.  Before Roe, most girls who got pregnant out of wedlock were sent away by their families to homes for unwed mothers and many, many of them were essentially coerced into giving their babies up for adoption.  This book is told both by the author and in the women’s own words, and it is moving and heartbreaking.  In the context of the current “war on women” being waged by the right, it makes me both grateful that this is no longer a regular occurrence and fearful at how close to this powerlessness some politicians would have women return.
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed
  • Bossypants, by Tina Fey
  • Talk Talk, by T.C. Boyle
  • Untouchable, by Scott O’Connor
  • Leo Mazzone’s Tales From the Mound, by Leo Mazzone with Scott Freeman
    • Leo Mazzone was the longtime pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and was instrumental in shepherding one of the all-time best rotations in baseball, anchored by Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz.
  • Ball Four, by Jim Bouton
    • Jim Bouton was a knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues in the 60’s.  This non-fiction book about his time in the league caused quite a scandal when it was originally published.  By 21st century standards, though, it’s pretty tame.  Bouton’s a funny guy though; I like his style.
  • Come Back to Me, by Melissa Foster
  • All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, by Dave Isay
  • Once Upon a Time There Was You, by Elizabeth Berg
  • Spoiled, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka The Fug Girls)
  • Messy, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  • Easily Amused, by Karen McQueen
  • Guernica: A Novel, by Dave Boling
    • I loved this book.  It’s a historical novel about the period leading up to and after the bombing of the Spanish Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.  The bombing was the impetus for one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings, and Boling’s novel weaves both real and fictional characters throughout his tale.  I have a bit of a love affair with Spain, and the Basque nationalist movement intrigues me, so I really enjoyed this book.
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, by Viki Iovine
  • Conjugations of the Verb To Be: Short Stories, by Glen Chamberlain

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