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Books I Read in 2008

January, 2008
Desert Gothic Don Waters
    Good stories. Very interesting images of unique likable western American desert nomad types. Iowa short fiction winner.
February, 2008
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
    The five HitchHiker's Guide novels plus one short story tell the whole fun, imaginative story. From corny to often hilarious. Last two novels are the best. Don't Panic.
March, 2008
Terrorist John Updike
    Updike tells a good story. Unexpected ending to this one.
The Gathering Anne Enright
    Well constructed in original style. Shaky gal destabilized in dealing with death of brother.
March Geraldine Brooks
    Pullitzer Prize winning, very well imagined story of what happened to Mr. March, the father of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women when he was away from them and involved in and terribly changed by the Civil War.
May, 2008
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, The One Essential Parenting Book, 8th Edition Benjamin Spock MD and Robert Needleman MD
    Very readable reference, full of good practical advice regarding all things parents need to know from breast-feeding to deciding about college.
The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night Elizabeth Pantley
    Very helpful, quieter but effective alternative to the "let-him-cry-it-out" technic.
The Happiest Baby on the Block Harvey Karp
    Practical, thoroughly explained, how-to comfort even the colicky young infant using the five S's: swaddling, side/stomach positioning, shushing, swinging, sucking.
The O'Henry Prize Stories 2007 eds. Charles D'Ambrosio, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lily Tuck
    Twenty very fine stories. Especially enjoyed those by William Trevor, Eddie Chuculate, Sana Krasikov, Jan Ellison, Andrew Altschul and Susan Straight.
June, 2008
The Immortal Game, A History of Chess David Shenk
    Very interesting examination of the historical significance of chess alternating with an analysis of Anderssen's immortal game of 1851.
August, 2008
The Baby Sleep Coach System, from A to Zzz in Seven Simple Steps Heather Pizzo, Psy.D.
    Best one. This method is actually doable and it works! Sweet dreams.
October, 2008
One Hundred Euphemsims for Mountain John Washington
    I think this talented new writer's first novel would be even more effective if he would more simply just tell the story.
The Grass is Singing Doris Lessing
    Powerful, depressing tale of poverty, insanity and murder in early racist South Africa. First novel by Nobel prize winner.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
    Off-the-wall, irresistible story-telling.
November, 2008
The Great Man Kate Christensen
    Well done. There is real life after 70.
She's Come Undone Wally Lamb
Duma Key Stephen King
    Very good story-telling. Creepy, wierd, scary story.
December, 2008
Greed Elfriede Jelinek translated from German by Martin Chalmers
    Tragic tale told in unique, present tense, conversational style by Nobel laureate.
Wandering Star J.M.G. Le Clezio translated from French by C. Dickson
    Nobel laureate tells a story that has to be told and must be heard.

Greg Gordon MD, CFII