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Books I Read in 2006

January, 2006
Mastering Instrument Flying, Third Edition Henry Sollman and Sherwood Harris
Based on years of practical experience. Very fine, complete explanation of what it takes to effectively teach and learn all elements required to fly safely and competently under instrument flight rules.
All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
Great story. Superior story telling. Hint of Hemingway.
Bad Dirt, Wyoming Stories 2 Annie Proulx
The definitive voice of comedy and tragedy among the people of rural Wyoming.
Flying IFR, Fourth Edition Richard L. Collins
Practical guidance based on study and lots of experience.
The Golden Cage, the Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa Hilde Bruch, M.D.
Very readable classic (1978) analysis by psychiatrist Bruch based on caring for many seriously ill patients. Includes interesting important remarks from several recovered patients looking back.

February, 2006
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy
Superior story telling.

May, 2006
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Intriguing story. Entertaining read. I bet the movie will be better. (Addendum: Almost impossibly, the movie was worse than the book.)
Instrument Flying Handbook FAA-H-8083-15, 2001 FAA
The definitive text for instrument students and instructors.

July, 2006
Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual, Second Edition Rod Machado
Excellent. Entertaining and educational.

August, 2006
Instrument Flying, Fourth Edition Richard L. Taylor
Practical perspective of an experienced aviation educator.

September, 2006
The Pilot's Manual 3, Instrument Flying, Fourth Edition Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc
Comprehensive text.
Instrument Procedures Handbook FAA-H-8261-1, 2004
Excellent review of NAS for instrument pilots. Lots of great illustrations.
Instrument Oral Exam Guide, Sixth Edition Michael D. Hayes
Good preparatory review.

October, 2006
Under the Red Flag Ha Jin
Very well-told stories of Red China's culturally reformed Fort Dismount.
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
Powerful, delicious, sensitive, moving masterpiece.
Villages John Updike
The inimitable, unstoppable Updike continues to deliver good stuff.
Gilead Marilynn Robinson
Remarkable, inspirational meditation. Updike should read this one.
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy
A McCarthy masterpiece. Destined to be a classic. Never a dull anything. Plot, characterizations, narration, organization, thematic concepts/ideas - everything superior. ('R' for violence.)
The Professor of Desire Philip Roth
Of Love and Other Demons Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Very fine.

November, 2006
Deception Philip Roth
Very clever. Exclusively dialog. Explores grey area connecting autobioghraphic fact and literary fiction.
Wild Ducks Flying Backward Tom Robbins
Eclectic bits of nonfiction.
The Orchard Keeper Cormac McCarthy
Wonderful first novel. A puzzle of poetic pieces that paint a picture of life and death in the whiskey business of prohibition-era rural Tennessee where one may hear the "rain mendicant-voiced, soft chanting in that dark gramarye that summons the earth to bridehood."

December, 2006
Eat the Document Dana Spiotta
Very good read.
The Black Book Orhan Pamuk
Gorgeous translation and informative afterward by Maureen Freely. Istanbul, Turkey, 1980's, missing persons, mystery, identity crises. "You become someone else when you read a story." "Because nothing is as surprising as life. Except for writing."

Greg Gordon MD, CFII