Sunday, January 01, 2012

Good Reads from 2011

In which is contained a list of books that I enjoyed over the past year enough to recommend to others in search of something worth reading. Even if Jill Paton Walsh is not and never will be Dorothy Sayers, despite her best efforts. (And, fair warning, if any book is purchased via these links, I get a cut. On the other hand, you could just follow my example and check them out of the library.)


As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto by Julia Child

Boys Adrift:The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Family Feasts for $75 a Week:A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill by Mary Ostyn

Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls-Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins by Leonard Sax

The Heavenly Man:The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Brother Yun

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

A Man Called Peter: The Story of Peter Marshall by Catherine Marshall

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard

The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn

Twentieth-Century Catholic Theologians by Fergus Kerr

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences by Leonard Sax