This might be a little long but I hope you will find it interesting and give you books ideas to explore.

For the grand kids:
Sun's Up - picture book so you can take turns reading, making up the story
Goodnight Moon - find the mouse in each picture

Bill Pelt - wrote many books for the very young, barns and houses look like faces; How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head, Cowardly Clyde,The Caboose Who Got Loose, Jethro and Joel Were a Troll

Around 4th grade, Red Wall series - very well written

Books to help you understand life:
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer - where you find out how to get to the Isle of Conclusions and why Rhyme and Reason were banished to the tower in the sky.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - where you find out about Yahoos
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - where you learn about John Gault

Interesting titles: Maple Leaf

The two ends of the Universe:
Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Atoms by Wil McCarthy

Programming the Universe: a quantum computer scientist takes on the cosmos by Seth Lloyd

From the present to the beginning of life:
The Ancestor's Tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution - a very clear writer on the subject of evolution. It has been said by physicists that they can work in almost any scientific field but biology, it is too complex and there fundamental approach to breaking down things that they want to understand does not help them in the field of biology. Richard Dawkins has written many very good books.

The Blind Watchmaker: why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design by Richard Dawkins

Calculus rediscovered after 2000 years:
Science News
Archimedes
Archimedes Maple Leaf

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White Savage: William Johnson and the invention of America O' Toole, Fintan 0374281289 First head of Indian affairs.
Martha Washington: and American life Brady, Paricia 0670034304 Where you can learn a different meaning for the word lawn.
General George Washington: a military life Lengel, Edward G. 0812969502 Contrary to many web sites I believe the Revolutionary War is still our longest war.
Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: the Israeli-Arab tragedy Ben-Ami, Shlomo 0195181581 Former Israeli diplomat who discusses the failures of all parties in negotiating peace for the Middle East.
Mr. Ambassador: warrior for peace Perkins, Edward J. with Connie Cronley 9780806137674 Our ambassador to South Africa with the mission of ending apartheid
Brother, I'm Dying Danticat, Edwidge 1400041155 The story is about a Haitian families courage, love and the brother who died under the custody of the United States Immigration department.
William Wilberforce: a biography Tomkins, Stephen 0745952321 Member of the House of Commons who worked to end slave trading.
Teaching From the Heart and Soul: the Robert F. Panara story Lang, Harry G. 156368358X Robert became deaf from illness at eleven and went on to teach both the deaf and hearing and participated in founding the theater for the deaf.
John Adams: Creating a nation Kent, Zachary 0766021831 He was our first ambassador: to the Netherlands.
Mirror to America: the autobiography of John Hope Franklin Franklin, John Hope 0374530475 Received the Medal of Freedom in 1995.
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism West, Cornel 0143035835 Cornel's views on democracy and what it means to be a democratic thinker.
Rosa Parks Courageous Citizen Ashby, Ruth 1402748655 Memorable moment when she met Nelson Mandela in 1990.
The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography Poitier, Sidney 0061357928 Would turn down parts that he felt did not represent his values, even before he had become an established actor.
Madam Secretary: A Memoir Albright, Madeleine 1401359620 About her years as Secretary of State. Her Father taught at a university and influenced Condoleezza Rice to switch from music to political science.
Hard Call: Great decisions and the extraordinary people who made them McCain, John with Mark Salter 0446580406 McCain's view of the traits of good decision making.
On the Wings of Eagles Follett, Ken 0446580406 About Ross Perot sending a team into Iran to rescue two of his EDS employees.
Dark Genius of Wall Street the Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons Renehan, Edward J. 0465068863 His trust fund is still providing for his ancestors; died December 2, 1892.
The Secrete Life of Cowboys Groneberg, Tom 0806136502 About his attempt to become a cattle rancher in south east Montana.
700 Sundays Crystal, Billy 0446698512 That is how many Sundays he estimates he was able to spend with his father.
Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes Martin, Deana and Wendy Holden 0330490648 Deana, Dean Martin's daughter talks about her father.
Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong Giddins, Gary 0306810131 He worked right up to the day he died.
Jerry Garcia: the collected artwork Higashi, April 1560257911 Yes, the musician Jerry Garcia was also did drawings and pictures.
Beacon for Mountain and Plain Gibb's, Rafe History of the University of Idaho. I was tour guide for the university when I attended school there.
Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal Building St. Peter's Scotti, R. A. 0452288606 History of the building Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The Pushcart book of poetry: the best poems from three decades of the Pushcart Prize Murray, Joan 9781888889529 Collection of winning poems.
Americans in Waiting: the lost story of immigration and citizenship in the United States Motormura, Hiroshi 0195163451 History of how our immigration laws and views about immigration have changed over the history of our country.
Prefabulous: the house of your dreams, delivered fresh from the factory Koones, Sheri 156158844X Review of the different types of prefabricated housing.
Oil Wars Mary Kaldor, Terry Lynn Karl and Yahia Said 0745324797 Study about the impact of oil on the different countries around the world and how little it has helped their economic prosperity.
Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq Danelo, David J. 0811701646 The Iraq war from a marines perspective.
The Olympic: the story of Seattle's landmark hotel since 1924 Stein, Alan J. 0811701646 History of the five star Olympic hotel in Seattle.
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon Letts, Billie 0446521582 The history of the five star Olympic hotel in Seattle.
Live Well in Mexico: how to relocate, retire, and increase your standard of living Luboff, Ken 1562614320 Covers all aspects of moving to Mexico and the different types of communities.
The Perfect Board Clemons, Calvin K. 0975592270 Pleasantly surprising what the author believes to make a well functioning board of directors.
Sugarcane Academy Tisserand, Michael 0156031892 Story about how hurricane Katrina effected the lives of the authors family and his neighborhood.
An Inland Voyage Along the Yukon River: A Land Gone Lonesome O'Neill, Dan 158243364X Canoeing down the Yukon River visiting points of history about the river and the people who lived along it.
Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words Wilson, Douglas L. 1400032636 Lincoln would rewrite his speeches many times and sometimes even after he had given them if a news paper asked for a copy as he understood that reading his speech would be different than hearing him give it so he would change it for that reason.
Joy at Work Bakke, Dennis W. 0976268647 Very interesting to see what a company can be like if management can learn a different way of running companies.
Tough Choices: A Memoir Fiorina, Carly 1857883926 Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Vice President of Lucent Technology. She started out working for AT&T as an entry level manager at the time AT&T was splitting off the seven regional bell operating companies, RBOC. She did some research on the accounts receivable from the regional telephone companies and discovered that they were under paying AT&T. AT&T took the regional companies to court and she ended up testifying in the court case. This launched her career. When she became the CEO of HP it was after the board had all ready made the decision to split off the original founding part of the company, instrumentation, into a new company Agilent. The company she inherited as she described it was 87 totally independent operating entities, I can confirm this as I worked for HP. They were so independent that no financial report existed for the whole company until they did the quarterly Securities and Exchange report, paraphrased from her book. She restructured the company and bought Compact while she was CEO. The Compact purchase became a public battle with one of the founders children who was a board member.
Never Bet the Farm: How Entrepreneurs Take Risks, Make Decisions and How You Can, Too Iaquinto, Anthony L. 9780787983666 How to start a company and keep the risk to a minimum.
The Politics of Freedom Boaz, David 9781933995144 Libertarian's view taking on both liberal and conservative sides.
A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign Larson, Edward J. 9781933995144 The election that cemented our two party political system and where Jefferson and Monroe schemed and changed from the original intent how the electoral college would work allowing the parties to control the electoral college.
River Time: Ecotravel On the World's Rivers Hood, Mary A. 9780791473894 Visiting rivers around the world and observing environmental impacts to the rivers.
The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English Abley, Mark 0618571221 Looking at the impact of the English language on languages around the world.
Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet McNeely, Ian F. 0393065065 Looking at how knowledge has been persevered and shared over the centuries.
Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories Gupta, Udayan 0875849385 The venture capital industry from the beginning til now, created from interviews with people who were involved in the beginning and those still working in this industry.
Alpha Dogs: The Americans Who Turned Political Spin Into a Global Business Harding, James 0374103674 The company that create the negative political advertisements and spread this campaign style to other countries around the world
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court Toobin, Jeffrey 1400096790 From their nomination to their impact on our laws.
Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared to See Kurson, Robert 0812973682 You can learn a lot about how to succeed and in life and how our vision works by reading this book.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a memoir, a history Buzbee, Lewis 9781555974503 History of book publication and sharing a love of books.
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself Alda, Alan 9780812977523 Collection of speeches and commencement addresses.
Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Iacocca, Lee with Catherine Whitney 9781416532491 Lee's attempt to stimulate young people to get more involved with our countries future. He held back nothing in discussing the lack of leader ship from our President, Congress, and business people.
The Guide to Small Foundation Management From Groundwork to Grantmaking Gast, Elaine C. Steps to establishing and managing small foundations.
Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation Virginia M. Esposito, Joseph Foote, and Andy Carroll 1929455062 Steps to establishing and managing small foundations.
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! Feynman, Richard P. 0393316041 Semi autobiography of the Nobel prize winning physicist.
Salty Piece of Land Buffett, Jimmy 031601429X Real pleasure to read just like listening to his music.
A Pirate Looks at Fifty Buffett, Jimmy 0449223345 Ramblings about his life and love of flying.
I Heard the Owl Call My Name Craven, Margaret 0440343690 The cardinal sent the young priest out to the Indian villages to learn about life.
The Nail Knot: a fly fishing mystery Galligan, John 1932557113 Interesting murder mystery.
House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest Childs, Craig 9780316067546 Interesting study of the Indians of the Southwest following their migration from Colorado into Northern Mexico.
Who Knew?: Things You Didn't Know About Things You Know Well Hoffman, David 9781567314427 Book of trivial facts about common subjects.
The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln Gross, Anthony 9781566196284 President Lincoln seemed to have knack for knowing when the timing was right to present new ideas to address the conflict between the north and south. His overriding objective was the preservation of our nation.
The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future Nasr, Vali 9780393329681 History and review of the Shia and Sunnis conflicts. Looks at the recent events in Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Where the River Ends Martin, Charles 9780767926980 Story of Love.
The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos Lemonick, Michael D. 9780393065749 They discovered Uranus and much more.
The World According to Bertie: 44 Scotland Street Smith, Alexander McCall 9780307387066 Fictional observations of a neighborhood in Edinburgh Scotland. Yet many of the land marks, like streets exist. Alexander writer four fictional book series; Ladies Detective Agency, In the Isabel Dalhousie, In the Portuguese Irregular Verbs, and In the 44 Scotland Street.
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir Thomas, Clarence 9780060565565 Autobiography covering growing up to his swearing in at the Supreme Court. His Senate confirmation demonstrated all that is bad about the appointment process for Supreme Court justices and the depth of disgraceful acts our politicians on Capital Hill will commit without remorse. Joe Biden's part was especially of interest now that he is our Vice President, totally irresponsible.
The Goal: Theory of Constraints GoldRatt, Eliyanhu M. and Cox, Jeff 0884271781 New way of looking at how to manage a business.
Agile Management: For Software Engineering Anderson, David J. 0131424602 Theory of constraints applied to software engineering.
A Bull In China Rogers, Jim 9780812977486 Jim Rogers retired at 37 after co-founding Quantum an investment fund. He has traveled extensively in China since 1984. He also has 3 Guinness records. Jim explains some of the investment opportunities that exist in China.
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Weiner, Tim 9780307389008 History of the CIA from the beginning under Truman till 2008. The CIA was instituted to provide information which it has never been successful at. Every President since Truman has had to lie to the American public about the CIA and its involvement in covert operations. After Iraq a new charter for the agency was created removing many of its former responsibilities.
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram Translated by Pham, Andrew X. 9780307347381 Dang Thuy Tram was a North Vietcong doctor and communist party member. The diary was kept by Robert Whitehurst a military intelligence officer. The diary has been translated with the help of Whitehurst's sister in-law and Tram' youngest sister. Tram wrote several diary books but only one survived the war. She died the morning of June 22, 1970 killed by American troops on patrol.
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. Roberts, Cokie 9780060782351 President's wives and other women whom helped to shape our nation in the period of 1797 to 1825. Starting with John Adams election through James Monroe. Including Betsy Bonaparte wife of Jerome Bonaparte brother of Napoleon.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Winchester, Simon 0060175966 Story of how an insane retired U.S. Army doctor William Chester Minor contributed in a major way to the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Minor contributed thousands of entries over 20 years while living in an asylum an hours distance from Oxford University. How Dr. James Murray the editor of OED visited with Minor over the years at the asylum.
Dreamers of the Day Russell, Mary Doria 9780345485557 Story is fiction in a historical factual setting. Time is 1921 just after World War I and the influenza epidemic. The story is narrated by the main character. Learn something about the people who defined the current middle east countries.
The Whistling Season Doig, Ivan 0156031647 Story is about growing up in rural America attending small school. It brings back memories to those of us that started in a two room school house.
The Eleventh Man Doig, Ivan 9780151012435 Story is fiction about a Montana foot ball team which went undefeated. The starting line up all joined the World War II effort.
Our Story Begins Wolff, Tobias 9781400095971 Short stories, mostly downers.
The Miracle at Speedy Motors Smith, Alexander McCall 9780307277466 Story is based in Botswana Africa the country where Mr. Smith grew up. Two women, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi run a detective agency out of Mma Ramotswe's husband's, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni automotive garage named Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The main case is to find relatives of Mma Sebina who found out after parents deaths that she was adopted.
The Time Traveler's Wife Niffenegger, Audrey 9780156029438 Clare, Henry's wife spends much of her life waiting and worrying about Henry who is a time traveler. Henry first meets Clare when she is six years old and he is thirty six. Henry knew then that they would eventually get married. Henry often visits himself, twenty four and five. They finally meet for the first time in the present when Henry is twenty eight and Clare is twenty.
Boom! Talking About the Sixties Brokaw, Tom 9780812975116 Tom Brokaw talks to a wide variety of people to try and understand what happened, how it shaped today and what lessons might be learned for tomorrow.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do Vanderbilt, Tom 9780307277190 This book covers the non cooperative driving arena, looking at the psychology, design and culture of driving around the world.
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Sacks, Oliver 9781400033539 Explores different types of brain damage and how music can survive or appear in conjunction with the brain injury. Dr. Sacks also wrote Awakenings which the movie was based on.
The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite Finkbeiner, Ann K 0670034894 This group of scientists have gathered every summer since 1960 to solve highly classified problems and to advise the government, mostly for the Department of Defense.
The Sister Adams, Poppy 9780307388315 About two inseparable sisters when they were young and their family. They live in a mansion that has been in the family for over 200 years and the family has always had a lepidopterist. Like all families this one has issues, in this case it leads to an unexpected ending. The author is a naturalist and has verified the information she intertwined in the story about researching moths.
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld Glenny, Misha 9781400095124 It was interesting to read how the criminal underworld rapidly filled in the void after the USSR collapsed. Without governments in place or effective governments the crime grew to become a major part of the worlds economy and to provide protection in the absence of a government. Think you do not participate in this, if you own a cell phone a little known compound colton was illegally taken from the Democratic Republic of Congo to use in making the cell phone.

It is estimated that 20 percent of the world GDP is criminal underworld produced. Of that amount they estimate 70 percent is drug related. The US spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs. The criminal underworld has many times that amount available at there disposal to fight back. It is a war that is impossible to win unless we make the drugs legal and then tax them. We, the US have ruined several countries and cost 10's of thousands of deaths around the world trying to fight this war. It is also a war that effects disadvantaged people much more than the affluent users. We have filled our jails with people and not made a dent in the flow of drugs.

There is hope when people like Charmian Gooch who was not yet thirty founded a non-governmental organization named Global Witness. Which tracks illegal activity around the world and gets legal companies to sign up not to purchase illegally trafficked stolen resources from countries around the world.

Pugetopolis: A Mossback Take On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice Berger, Knute 9781570615726 Mr. Berger is a third generation Seattle area resident who writes several local columns including one at: Crosscut. His nickname is Mossback and the book is a collection of his editorial articles about the Puget Sound area.
Book Marked For Death Barrett, Lorna 9780425226414 Location of story is Stoneham New Hampshire a small town which is a tourist destination for book stores. A local author is having a book signing at, Haven't Got a Clue, mystery book store. The author is found dead after the signing in the book store restroom. Book is a pleasant light read.
We Bought A Zoo Mee, Benjamin 139781602860483 A British family pools all there money to buy a zoo. The book follows the ups and downs of purchasing, renovating and getting to opening day. Dartmoor Zoological Park
Dog Man: An Uncommon Life On a Faraway Mountain Sherrill, Martha 9781594201240 Morie and Kitako live in the remote northern part of Japan. Morie had an urge to get a dog when he was 30 years old. He got an Akita. Akita's are native to Japan and were nearly extinct at the end of World War II. The story follows Morie and Kitako's life together and how the dogs affected their lives.
The House of Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood Cooper, Helene 9780743266253 Helene Cooper the New York Times White House correspondent was born and lived until she was 14 years old in Liberia. Her ancestors were part of the original founders of that country. She and her family had to leave when the rebel Doe came to power.
A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles By Boot, Raft, and Ski McKittrick, Erin 9781594850936 Erin and her husband Hig traveled from Seattle Washington to the Aleutian Islands in a few days over a year. They wanted to see the environment and the people of this area. When they finished their journey they decided to live in Alaska off the road system. Erin told her husband that they should do the trip again in 25 years to see how things have changed.
Lost On Planet China: One Man's Attempt To Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation Troost, J. Maarten 9780767922012 Maarten traveled mostly by himself all over China. He prepared by studying some of China's history and attempted to learn some of the language. Troost's mother is Czech and his father Dutch. He grew up in Canada. He and his wife have lived in remote islands in the South Pacific. When he noticed Chinese business people arriving in remote Tonga he began to wonder what was happening in China and wanted to travel there to learn for himself.
Pirate Latitudes Crichton, Michael 9780061929373 The manuscript for this novel was found after Michael Crichton had passed away. The story is of piracy based out of Port Royal in Jamaica. The epilogue of the story refers to a note book of Captain Charles Hunter being kept at Trinity College in Cambridge which might lead one to believe the story is based on facts. I searched the Internet and was not able to align any of the story with facts to be found in my search.

I have also read these other books by Michael Crichton; The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Sphere, Timeline, and Travels an autobiography.

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception McClellan, Scott 139781586485566 Scott ascribes the much of the failure of the Bush administration and Washington to the endless campaigning. Once elected to Washington the politicians never stop the campaigning so there is never a time for constructive dialog and compromise to solve the issues facing our country. This dates back to the Nixon period. President Obama also discussed this in his first State of the Union address to congress. The other issue discussed in this book was the compartmentalization of information and secrecy.
Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking Seife, Charles 9780143116349 For over five decades science has been chasing the dream of developing a fusion energy power systems. Billions of dollars have been spent and it remains just beyond our reach. This book reviews the history of the struggle and the brutal scientific process of publication.
Indigo Springs Dellamonica, A. M. 9780765319470 Astrid's father dies and she discovers the magic that flows from Indigo Springs blue liquid. She must learn to cope with a power she may not be able to control. The blue liquid enchants every day items. The magic and power have different affects for Astrid, Jacks and Sahara.
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Gordon-Reed, Annette 9780393337761 The story of the Hemings family starting with Elizabeth Hemings concubine of John Wayles Thomas Jefferson's father in-law and Sally Hemings Thomas Jefferson's concubine. While it was commonly known by neighbors and others that Sally was Thomas's concubine there is no written confirmation as this would have created real problems for Jefferson and his public career. Jefferson freed all his living children by Sally either when they became adults or at his death in 1826. Even at his death the family could not formally free Sally as it would still have impacted his one daughter by Martha Eppes Jefferson who was still living. The Hemings family was a large family and all of them lived at Monticello for most of their lives until Jefferson died. Jefferson was always in debt and when he died all the slaves not freed were sold along with other property. Some of the freed slaves were able to purchase family members.
The Wives of Henry Oades Moran, Johanna 9780345510952 Historical based fiction, this story starts in 1890 when Henry Oades takes an accounting position and moves his wife and children from England to New Zealand. It was planned to be a temporary position lasting a couple of years. New Zealand was a frontier place at that period of time. Just as they are preparing to move back to England, Henry is offered a promotion if he will stay longer. This was a disappointment to his wife but she supported his decision to stay. She did get Henry to move out into the country side from town. One night when Henry was not yet home the Maori native people kidnapped Henry's wife and children. Henry looked for months for his family. Finally after loosing all hope for his family he assumes them dead. Henry leaves New Zealand for California. Henry eventually recovers from his grief and marries again. In the mean time his wife and one daughter come down with small pox and the Maori people let his family go. His family is able to follow and find Henry. Henry and his wives are then prosecuted for bigamy and persecuted by the community of Berkeley.
Come On, People Cosby, Bill and Poussaint, Alvin F. 9781595550927 Discussion of the issues facing Black American families. The statistics of decline are quite stark for the last four decades. Several well intended programs like welfare and housing projects seem to have contributed to the issues as well as cultural endemic thinking and behaviors.
Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code Ridley, Matt 97800611485453 Francis Crick contribution to molecular biology came by his immense ability to sift through large amounts of research publications and find the thread binding them together. He worked best when he had a partner where he filled his days in discussion and writing on the board. But he always said that his ideas were only theories until laboratory research proved them correct. He and his partners created the molecular model for DNA.
Angles and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life Gopnik, Adam 9780307455307 Adam Gopnik discusses the impact of Lincoln and Darwin on our modern lives comparing and contrasting there writing and their lives. While Gopnik makes a point about the clarity of their writing it can not always be said of Gopnik's writing with the choice of words in some places; you may need to read with a dictionary at the ready.
Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West Liu, Joanne S. 9780878425570 Interesting what an impact one product can have in changing peoples lives. It was also interesting to find out that over 2,000 patents were filed for barbed wire designs in the 1875 t0 1885 time period.
George, Being George: George Plimpton's Life Aldrich JR., Nelson W. 9780812974188 The book was made up of interviews with friends and family of George Plimpton. George was one of the founders of The Paris Review a magazine that started after World War II in Paris. The magazine published new and mostly unknown writers. George was a New York socialite and a person that never fully grew into an adult. He was full of curiosity and loved fire works and parties. He became well known after he started writing for Sports Illustrated when he would participate with professional sport teams and individuals. He wrote Paper Lion after interviewing and playing with NFL Lions team.
Tales From Margaritaville Buffett, Jimmy 0156026988 Jimmy Buffett's first book of short stories. Most of them are purely fiction but a few of the last ones are about some of his adventures. Like most of his stories they are located in the South and the Caribbean.
Swine Not: A Novel Pig Tale Buffett, Jimmy 9780316114028 Jimmy Buffett took a friend Helen Bransford's stories about the family pet pig and turned it into this book. It is about the family moving to a four star hotel in New York where Ms. Bransford worked as a pastry chef and had to keep the pig hidden from the head chef and hotel staff.
Paul Newman: A Life Levy, Shawn 9780307353764 What a life!, World War II veteran. Sixty years of acting, 10 Oscar nominations, winning two Oscars. Owning race car teams and driving race cars when he was eighty years old, winning at the Le Mans at seventy. Celebrated his fiftieth wedding anniversary, after straightening himself out after having an affair. Father of six children. Entrepreneur founding a food company Newmans Own that donates all its profits. Creator of the Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children who spend much of their life in hospitals. But most of all philanthropist always trying to find where he could give back from his good luck and fortune.
The Magicians Grossman, Lev 9780452296299 Quentin and James have an interview to attend Princeton with an alumnus. They arrive and find that he is dead. One of the paramedics tries to give James and Quentin envelopes with their names on them. James will not take the envelope, but Quentin takes his. On the way home he is starting to look at the papers in the envelope and a paper flies away with the wind into a an unkempt garden area. Quentin follows and ends ups at Brakesbills a school for real magicians where he takes an entrance exam and is accepted into the school. From there the adventures begin.
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend Tye, Larry 9780812977974 Leroy Satchel Paige played most of his career in the black negro league for baseball. He holds many records including playing three innings at the age of fifty nine in the majors. If there had been better records kept he and his black team mates would hold many more records. Satchel pioneered free agency and did much of the work to integrate baseball.
Showing Up for Life: Thoughts On the Gifts of a Lifetime Gates, Bill Sr. 9780385527026 Bill Gates Senior discusses his and the family values and what he has learned from his children. One of the main themes is that everyone in the world is connected and were all interdependent on each other. That we need to consider that in our daily lives and how we can contribute in a positive way. He also discussed how he and his wife Mary raised their children. They seemed very creative in coming up with games that the children learned life time values from. One was the drawing where the children drew to see which friends parents they would be dining with. The thinking was they needed to learn to communicate with other adults besides their own parents. Finally it was fun to hear about an incident involving someone we both know. Charlotte a former coworker of mine was playing in the regularly scheduled bridge games and made a comment about her partner being too critical. When playing in the next bridge session the criticizing started again and Charlotte brought out her ear muffs and put them on.
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes Burrough, Bryan 9780143116820 The four richest Texas oil families were the Merchison, Cullen, Bass, and Hunt families. Sid Richardson, Glenn McCarthy, President Johnson, and John Connally were also discussed in the context of the four families. Clint Jr. Merchison and Lamar Hunt created the American Football League; the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs football teams. They also created the Super Bowl event. Lamar Hunt was also involved in the creation of the tennis league. Bunker Hunt had over 700 race horses around the world at one time. These families started gaining there wealth in the 1920's and went unnoticed by the country until after World War II.
Villa Mirabella Pezzelli, Peter 9780758220516 Jason has committed a fraud, lost his job and the women he thought he wanted to marry. His recovery is long and painful, but in the end he finds that all that has happened to him is for the best.
Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America Ehrenreich, Barbara 9780312658854 Phineas Parkhurst Quimby and his student Mary Baker Eddy developed what Phineas termed the science of life and happiness or "New Thought". This was in response to an illness named neurasthenia which was brought on by the fire and brimstone Calvinist religion. Quimby is considered the originator of the positive approach to life. While the Christian Science religion came from this new approach to life it did not fully break with Calvinism. The positive approach continued to grow in popularity after Norman Vincent Peale wrote his book The Power of Positive Thinking. The authors point is that we as a society have become so overly focused on the positive side that we discourage any negative or realistic input to our detriment as in our current economic crisis.
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy Team at The Boston Globe 9781439141335 A team of people collected information and wrote this book about Ted Kennedy's life starting from his childhood. Ted was the youngest of nine children and his parents were pretty demanding. Joe Sr. Ted's dad established a million dollar trust fund at birth for each child so that they would never need to work and they could devote there time to public endeavors. Laying around was not an option they all had to contribute. Ted was over shadowed by his older brothers while he was young and then became the head of the family after the death of Robert. As head of the family he looked after all the children, not just his own. Ted was elected to the Senate when he was 30 the minimum age to be a Senator. While others wanted him to be President he really was most at home in the Senate where he was liked by everyone regardless of party affiliation. He initiated over 2500 hundred bills and was successful in getting over 300 passed in his 49 years in the Senate. Starting on the day after the terrorist attack, 9/11/2001, he contacted all 177 families from Massachusetts who lost a family member. He had two people from his staff work with the families for a year to take care of all their needs. Then he would call them every year on their children's birthdays to see how they were doing.
Oceans: The Threats to Our Seas and What You can Do to Turn the Tide Bowermaster, Jon 9781586488307 The Oceans were always thought to be a limitless resource, but we are finding now that they are in serious peril. With 90% of large fish almost extinct and the massive amount of garbage, fertilizers and other pollutants pouring into the water everyday the Oceans are in serious trouble. Look up gyres the garbage dump sites of the Ocean and the dead area in the Caribbean from the Mississippi River pollutants.
Chef Singh, Jaspreet 9781608190850 The Chef is about an India army cook stationed in Kashmir. It is about this person learning his cooking skills from his predecessor. It is about the conflict between India and Pakistan and how it has effected Kashmir. Finally it is a love story and how the cook fell in love with a Pakistan woman who is a prisoner of India.
The Fourth Part of the World: An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America Lester, Toby 9781416535348 This book started over Waldseemuller's 1507 map believed to be the first map showing a new continent with the name America. But is really is a book about cartography and how it changed starting with Ptolemy in 140 AD when he laid his map out using latitude and longitude. Even before this time the Greeks had computed the circumference of the earth with a fair degree of accuracy.
Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi Bascomb, Neal 9780547248028 Identifying Eichmann was hampered by his aversion to being photographed. He held firmly to his belief that he was not guilty of a crime and was only carrying out his superiors orders. He is the only person Israel has tried and put to death.
Celebrity Chekhov: Classic Stories Now With Famous People Greenman, Ben 9780061990496 The Russian author Chekhov wrote over two hundred stories about his observance of people. This book took current famous people and put them into some of his stories.
Ayn Rand: And the World She Made Heller, Anne C. 9781400078936 Ayn Rand the creator of objectivism and the author of four books on the 100 Best Novels of the Modern Library list; Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are number 1 and 2 on the list. Seven and eight are Anthem and We the Living. I have have read all of them. Rand was the leader of a some what cult group and her most well known follower was Allen Greenspan. In her later years she became intolerant of any disagreement with her philosophy and broke relations with most of the people close to her. Some of her followers founded the Libertarian party.
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession Bartlett, Allison Hoover 9781594484810 John Gilkey is a thief who steals rare books so he can build a library that others will envy, but because they are stolen he can not show them. Ken Sanders of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was the security person who pushed for a computerized communication alert system for stolen books and tracked Mr. Gilkey down. Gilkey has been in and out of prison many times, not for stealing books, but for stealing and using credit card information and bad checks. Toward the end of the story Gilkey turned to stealing from libraries as he was too well known by the rare book dealers. Statute of limitations for stealing a book is five years and can be a federal crime if the book is transported across state lines. Like all criminals Gilkey makes excuses for his actions and takes no blame for them just as Adolf Eichmann did.
Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker McManus, James 9780312430085 Poker started in New Orleans around 1807 and was derived from a French game named Poque and a British game named Bragg. Different forms have come about over time and has been played by almost every President since Grant and many military leaders including Eisenhower. Many including Obama use it to build connections and understand peoples decision making capabilities. Politics and war benefit at times by the use of bluffs just as players do in the game of poker. Poker became more widely played after Benny Binion started the World Series of Poker in 1970. It truly is a World Series with players from all over the World now winning the tournament. Andrew Bean a banker from Texas won the most money in a single day, $11.7M, playing a tag team of professional players.
Too Big to Fall: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System and Themselves. Sorkin, Andrew Ross 9780143118244 This book is about the few months when the World financial system nearly collapsed due to trust in how assets were being evaluated which stopped the flow of money and saw the hedge funds short selling and driving large financial institutions into bankruptcy. While Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner President Federal Reserve Bank of New York started trying to work with one trouble institution at a time it quickly spiraled into a World financial system break down. In the end they worked with congress to pass funding appropriations to allow them to implement a three pronged program; commercial paper, FDIC guaranties, and TARP; to re-establish confidence in the financial system. They then force the CEO's of the nine largest financial institutions to a attend a meeting and sign up for the government funding. Some of the companies were not in need of the funding but that did not matter given the false rumors and lack of confident in the system. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is what most people are familiar with. During this time a check for, $9 Billion dollars, was written by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. to Morgan Stanley. They used a check because the electronic transfer system was down for a holiday in the United States and Japan.
Decision Points Bush, George W. 9780307590619 Our 43rd President of the United States of America discusses several major decisions he and his administration needed to make during his eight years in office. He starts of by discussing his decision at the age of forty to stop drinking and how he would never have become President if he had not made that choice. His decision to run for President and his concerns about the impact to his children and their personal lives. How he studied the pros and cons of stem cell research discussing the subject with everyone he could on both sides of the issue for over eight months before he made his decision. Other decisions discussed were going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq and sending more troops to Iraq. New Orleans and hurricane Katrina and how the governor of Louisiana block help. His decision to spend billions of dollars on fighting the HIV issue in Africa and his efforts to improve the education system through the "No Child Left Behind" program. Lastly the decisions made to fend off the collapse of the financial system. He seemed candid and open discussing mistakes made and provided some additional information about some of events that were never discussed in the news coverage.
Who Said I Can't: A Story of How Ralph Really Lived With Cooley's Anemia, Bonded With His Sister and Became a Celebrated Artist Adinolfi, Marion D. 9781439252505 Ralph Joseph Moscato was born with a fatal genetic blood disorder Thalassemia or Cooley's Anemia. He had transfusions bi-weekly for most of his life. He and his sister Regina were also born into a dysfunctional family where his father worked for the mob and was a violent alcoholic and their mother compensated by keeping their house like a museum. So Ralph's oldest sister Marion and he bonded together to make their way through life. Both of them over coming all of these obstacles. A note of warning, some descriptions in this book are quite graphic. Ralph's best know artwork maybe "Magriette T.V." or TV Man. Marion (Regina) Darlyne Adinolfi also escaped her situation to become successful. She has a P.H.D in Psychology, in Metaphysics, is an Author, Ordained Minister, and a USA Goodwill Ambassador. I think she works with ill people and is what is known as a "sensitive"
Failing Grade: Oregon's Higher-Education System Goes Begging Sarasohn, David 9780982569177 This is a collection of the Author's Oregonian News paper column spanning July 15, 1990 - July 18, 2010. The books Chronicles the disinvestment by Oregon in their states college and university schools. References:
  • OUS Controller's Division and published financial statements
  • SHEEO, State Higher Education Finance, FY 2007, Excludes appropriations for medical schools and statewide public services
  • Calculations by the Project on Student Debt on student debt data from Peterson's Undergraduate Financial Database
  • AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, 2007-2008. NOTE: In calculating an institution's average salary, the distribution of faculty was not standardized by rank. New Hampshire imputed.
  • Delta Cost Project IPEDS state database 2003-2008.
  • Percentage of family income needed to pay for college after financial aid has been given; public 4-year institutions , 2005-2006. Measuring up 2008.
One Winter in the Wilderness Peek, Pat Cary 0893012106 The author is the wife of a professor at the University of Idaho and she wrote this book about their winter stay at the Taylor Ranch a university research facility that is located in the Salmon River wilderness area of Idaho. It is so remote that it is a three day horse pack trip or an airplane bush flight to get to. This book must be a rare book now as I see that it price is way up. I read it many years ago and donated my copy to the King County Library system. The authors web site lists other books she has written.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel Bradley, Alan 9780385343459 Flavia de Luce is a ten year old prodigy chemist and occasional detective. Her sisters are constantly telling her she was adopted and should be sent back to the state home for orphans. Her mother whom she is like died while flying her airplane off on one of her adventures. This is the second book in a series of mysteries for junior high readers.
The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search For a Baroque Masterpiece Siblin, Eric 9780802145246 The author a former pop music critique went to a playing of J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites and became interested in the music. He researched and found that these Bach compositions had not been widely known until the Spanish musician Pablo Casals found a copy of the music written by Bach's wife. Pablo practiced the music for six years before playing it in public. The original Bach writing has never been found. Eric in his quest to better understand this music learned to play some of the music on the Cello which he said was a much more difficult instrument than the guitar he plays. He also joined a Bach association and went to a camp on Bach music. While Eric was able to piece together the approximate time that the music was written there is not a lot of information about J.S. Bach's life.
The Lieutenant Grenville, Kate 978082145031 This novel is fiction based on recorded historical events. It is based on the First Fleet which brought convicts to Australia in 1788. William Dawes was a marine lieutenant. He was a scholar in astronomy, mathematics and languages. The record he left of the language of the indigenous people of the Sydney area is the most extensive we have. It records conversations between him and these native people, especially a young girl named Patyegarang. Unfortunately the relations deteriorated between the British colony and the natives. Dawes spent the last part of his life living in Antigua fighting for the abolition of slavery.
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, The Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent Merry, Robert W. 9780743297448 James K. Polk eleventh President of the United States accomplished all four of his goals in one four year term. Polk a Jackson disciple had been running for Vice President and was nominated President after Martin Van Buren failed to get the nomination. He cut tariffs, established the treasury system, acquired the Oregon territory, finished the annexation of Texas, and acquired the additional lands of Arizona, New Mexico and California as part of the settlement of the Mexican war. He wanted as the people did a country of "Manifest Destiny" that spanned from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Polk had issues with his generals Zachary Taylor, 12th President, and Winfield Scott. Then he fired and recalled Nicholas Trist whom ignored the President stayed and negotiated the treaty with Mexico. Hence the treaty was negotiated by some one who was not officially representing the United States.
New York: The Novel Rutherfurd, Edward 9780345497420 The history of the city of New York as seen through the eyes of the descendants of Van Dyck and Master fictional families. The city was founded by the Dutch and governed by the Dutch and England alternately in its early years before the Revolutionary War. Until World War II much of its commerce was with England. New York's loyalty was divided during the Civil War. The book covers the impacts of immigration on the different boroughs and the cities decline into bankruptcy during 1970's ending with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center buildings.
Android: Wireless Application Development Darcey, Lauren and Condoer, Shane 9780321743015 Good coverage of the Android development tools and supporting developer environments. Covers the Android Emulator, Android Virtual Devices (AVD), Dalvik Debug Monitor Service (DDMS), and Android Debug Bridge (ADB) which come in the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). These tools are used in conjunction with working through example of code that makes use of all the Android operating system functions. The text also discusses the packaging, marketing, and selling of applications. There are appendixes that go into more details on the above tools as well as Eclipse and the Eclipse plug-in Android Development Tools (ADT). The last appendix discusses basic SQLite commands for checking databases. These appendixes give hints for construction of automatic testing scaffolds.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel Simonson, Helen 9780812981223 Major Pettigrew and Jasmina Wahid, Mrs. Ali, are both widowers who fall in love in spite of everyone around them. He is retired military and of upper English bearing and she is Pakistani although she was born and lived in England. Her family or more correctly her husbands family and the upper level community of the small English town are against their relationship. The author who was born and grew up in England writes very much like Alexander McCall Smith as The New York Times review pointed out.
Clouds Without Rain: An Amish Country Mystery Gaus, P. L. 9780452296688 The author Paul Louis Gaus lives Wooster Ohio just a few miles from Holmes County where the world's largest and most varied Amish and Mennonite population is found. The story gives us a peek into the Amish culture in the setting of a murder mystery. The author has a web presence, Gaus.
Hothouse Orchid: A Holly Barker Novel Woods, Stuart 9780451229519 This novel is a run of the mill murder mystery where Holly Barker is a high level CIA person on vacation in the town where she formerly was the chief of police. The author has a web presence, Woods.
The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane Gordon, David George 9781570616112 Forward is by Ciscoe Morris, book covers common slugs and snail species of the Northwest and Western United States. The most troublesome ones were introduced by Europeans who missed them. The native species prefer the woods and native vegetation instead of the gardens and ornamental plants. The first writings of eating escargot dates back to 50 B. C. when the Romans wrote about eating snails. Poetry and other writings go back 2500 years about snails. The author has written several other books about different animals and nature.
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour Olson, Lynne 9780812979350 John Gilbert Winant Ambassador to England, Edward R. Murrow head of CBS News in Europe, and W. Averell Harriman administrator of the U.S. Lend-Lease aid to Britain, lived in London for most of the World War II time. Winant was much loved by the British population. Winant had a long affair with Sara Churchill and Harriman eventually married Pamela Churchill. They were all very much involved in forming the relations of the United States and Britain working with Prime Minister Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. Winant is not very well known in his own country, but he had been a senator and governor of New Hampshire, the U.S. labor representative to the League of Nations and the first director of the Social Security department.
From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations Ali, Ayaan Hirsi 9781439157329 Born in Somalia, Ali lived in Kenya and Saudi Arabia as her father was fighting in the civil war in Somalia. She has been out spoken about the issues of the Islamic religion and their tribal culture. Because of her speaking out she has to have body guards to protect her. She discusses the treatment of women, money, responsibilities, violence and honor deaths. All of which are tied up with the Islamic religion. When her father arranged a marriage for her she asked for asylum in the Netherlands where she went to school and became a member of the Dutch Parliament. She now lives in the United States working for the American Enterprise Institute traveling and lecturing on how the atrocities performed in the name of this religion are continuing with the immigrants in Europe and the United States. To be fair I have not read the Quran so I'm not able to specifics of this religious text.She has written two other books; Infidel and The Caged Virgin.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Pink, Daniel H. 9781594484803 He discusses what he terms as Motivation 2.0 which is the carrot and stick approach to motivation and how it no longer serves us well and how rewarding can have some surprising back fires. As our work has moved more to creative tasks this approach to motivate no longer works. He discusses the motivational changes needed; autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Some companies like Google and others have all ready made changes. Many of Googles products have come out of there independent personal projects. Some companies are adopting results-only work environment (ROWE) where people set there own schedules and approach to completing there work. Research indicates that humans are intrinsically motivated in creative tasks and more self driven if not interfered with by carrots or sticks.
The Heights: A Witty and Honorable Take on Marital Claustrophobia Hedges, Peter 9780452296770 Tim and Kate Welch and their two boys Teddy and Sam live across the Brooklyn Bridge in a neighborhood named The Brooklyn Heights. Tim is a history teacher at a private school and is working on his doctoral dissertation. Kate is a stay at home mother. Then Kate is introduced to Anna Brody by a Realtor who asks Kate to help her convince Anna that The Heights is a good area to live in. Anna is married to Mr. Ashworth who is well to do and the family moves into the neighborhood. Kate and Tim are struggling to make ends meet so Kate takes a job which pays more than her husbands job with her former boss Bruno running a foundation giving out grants. Tim then can afford to take time off from his work to finish his doctorate degree. Anna Brody who is very attractive becomes a focal of the neighborhood but remains friends with Kate and Tim. Then Kate's former boy friend Jeff Slade who is an actor comes to town and take Tim and Kate to dinner. The dinner is awkward for Tim and Kate it awakens Kate to her past relationship. Anna and Tim become close as Tim is very good with Anna's daughter Sophie and Anna invites Tim and his sons over for play days.
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom Farmelo, Graham 9780465022106 Paul A.M. Dirac and Erwin Schrodinger won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933 "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory". There are many tales of Dirac's bazaar behavior. He was very difficult to draw into a conversation and get answers beyond yes or no. His different path of education allowed him to approach theoretical physics differently than his counter parts. Dirac worked almost alone except for a short time at Cambridge with Kapitza the Russian physicist. Dirac married later in life to Manci Balazs. Manci and Dirac were polar opposites but some how their marriage survived and worked for them. After retirement from St. Johns College in Cambridge, Dirac and his wife moved to Tallahassee Florida where he became a professor at Florida State University until his death in 1984.  Nobel Prize
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Teachout, Terry 9780547386379 Louis, pronounced Lewis, Armstrong was born in New Orleans. Until the day he died he believed he was born on July 4, 1900. A researcher, Gary Giddins, in 1988 found a baptismal record in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in New Orleans showing he was born on August 4, 1901. His mother and first wife were both prostitutes. He started playing on the road at the age of 14 on a river boat. Satchmo, his nick name, was in on the start of Jazz which derived from Rag Time appearing in New Orleans around 1912. His career took him all over the world eventually. When in Chicago he played in a club run by Al Capone. At one point there was a dispute between two of his managers and he was invited to play in New York at the point of a gun. His longest and last manager Joe Glaser is believed to have been backed by the mob. His home in Queens New York has been turned into a museum and is taken care of by Queens College.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence For Evolution Dawkins, Richard 9781416594796 Dawkins confronts the creationists who do not believe in evolution which is about 40% of the United States which is about average for the world. Sadly as he points out, many of these individuals are in congress and on our school boards. In the book are many examples where animals, insects and plants would not be constructed the way they are if they were designed, but when looked at from evolution it makes perfect sense. I fear that this book will be for naught as many will not hear information that runs counter to their beliefs, which has been shown to increase with education.
Murder Under Cover Carlisle, Kate 9780451233516 Brooklyn does book restoration for a profession, but keeps finding dead bodies. So much so that she is on a first name basis with the detectives from the San Francisco police department. Her boy friend Derek a former MI 6 agent who now has a private practice loves to work with her to solve these murder mysteries and to protect her in the process. A nice touch to this book is the glossary defining the construction and parts of a book.
The Last Man On the Mountain Jordan, Jennifer 9780393339970 This book started when the author found the remains of Dudley Wolfe a member of the 1939 American K2 climbing team in 2002. If anyone who lives at sea level is suddenly taken to 18,000 feet they will be desperately ill within ten minutes. At 25,000 feet the body is in a race with death. Dudley was on the mountain above the elevation of 24,000 feet or higher for nearly two months, no other human being has come close to that. K2 is still the most difficult and dangerous mountain with a vertical rise greater than Everest. Dudley in the end was too weak to descend the mountain and died along with three of the four Sherpas; Kikuli, Kitar, and Phinsoo who tried to rescue him. There is a memorial named after Giley the first climber to die on the mountain at the base of K2 where all the climbers who have died on the mountain are honored, in 2009 the count was 80.
Comedy in a Minor Key Keilson, Hans 9780374532857 This novel was written shortly after the end of World War II and recently translated to English. Marie and Wim a Dutch couple hid a Jew Nico, not his real name, in there home for over a year until Nico died. Wim and the doctor had to carry Nico's body to the near by park and leave it under a park bench to be found. Wim and Marie ended up having to flee their home and hide for a while after this as her sister asked if they had removed the laundry tag from the pajamas that they clothed Nico in. They were lucky as the policeman who was assigned to the case saw this immediately and disposed of the evidence.
Travels In Siberia Frazier, Ian 9780312610609 Ian has traveled to Siberia many times and written about his travels for some magazines. His longest trip took five weeks and two days to travel from the west to east ending up on the Pacific coast by Olga on September 11, 2001. He found out about the event by talking with his wife on a satellite phone. That trip was in the heat of the summer with all the insects. He has made other trips in the dead of winter and to the northern parts. He has seen the remains of the prison camps and the emergence of new economic condition from the oil and mining businesses.
A House With No Roof Wilson, Rebecca 9781582437545 This story is about Rebecca over coming the issues in her life. Her father a union leader was assassinated in 1966 when she was three and her mother died from cancer when she was seventeen just before her high school graduation. Her brother was a drug smuggler and her older sister had her own issues.
The 9/11 Commission Report: The Attack From Planning to Aftermath Authorized Text 9780393340135 The report looked at all aspects of the terrorist event. How the government was structured. What was known. How the response was coordinated at the World Trade Center. What was recommended by the commission.This printing in 2011 included a new afterword by Philip Zelikow Executive Director, 9/11 Commission. Which discussed changes that have been made, changes still in process, and finally the recommendations that have not been adopted.
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington Rice, Condoleezza 9780307587862 Open and frank discussion of her different positions and the many negotiations she went through in her eight years during President George W. Bush's administration. She had worked in Washington during Bush seniors administration as well. I believe in thirty years we will view this period of our history differently. Much of what she discusses in this book we never knew as it was over shadowed by the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and the war on terrorism.
Steve Jobs Isaacson, Walter 9781451648539 Jobs lived at the intersection of the arts and technology. He was a perfectionist and accepted no less from anyone who worked for him. He believed that he needed complete control of every product that was created at Apple or Pixar. He was also a zen spiritualist and a minimalist. He could manipulate and warp reality or be cruel to accomplish what he wanted. In the end he was able to see that there were positive aspects to the direction he chose and to the opposite one that Bill Gates pursued, but he would never have been able to go in the other direction.
Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled By the Numbers Seife, Charles 9780143120070 This book discusses how we deem statements with numbers as being more factual and how people miss use numbers or misconstrue numbers to support their agendas. Numbers and math are pure until a unit is assigned which turns them into a measurement. All measurements are an approximation and the accuracy can be very different than what you might initially believe it to be. Humans are also averse to randomness and will attempt to create a pattern when there is none. The author has written in a style that is entertaining which is very rare considering the subject matter.
The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum Wolff, Geoffrey 9780307745453 Joshua Slocum left his Nova Scotia home at the age of sixteen in 1860 never to return. He went to sea rising quickly to being a first mate and then a ships master and finally a captain. He started his career sailing ships as they were being phased out and replaced by steam ships. He became an American citizen. He sailed all over the world and around the world five times before sailing one more time around the world alone. He died at sea sailing alone in 1908.
The Fear Index Harris, Robert 9780307957931 Dr. Alex Hoffmann a former Cern research scientist has founded a hedge fund company with Hugo Quarry his partner in Geneva Switzerland. He has designed an autonomous self learning trading system. So how much has the system learned, and what does it do with what it has learned.
The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne 9780439023481 In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem. It consisted of 13 districts until an uprising occurred and district 13 was destroyed by the Capital as an example to the other districts. Annually the Capital requires each district to pick a boy and girl teenager to compete in the Hunger Games where they fight until there is only one survivor. Reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum games. This is also done to remind the districts that the Capital is in control of the nation. Read to find out how Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from district 12 do in the games. This is book 1 in the 3 book series.
Catching Fire: The Second Book of The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne 9780439023498 The Capital has come up with a nasty new twist for the Quarter Quell game. Each district must pick a male and female from the living former Hunger game winners in their district. Having survived the hell of the game once had made them exempt from any future game, but the Capital has now changed the rules.
Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne 9780439023511 How do the repressed districts rise up against the Capital? How does the leadership change in the end? Can Gale, Katniss and Peeta find a way forward with their lives?
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Smith, Alexander McCall 9780307472984 Grace Makutsi gets married to Phuti Radiphuti and Mma Ramotswe resolves a dispute over cattle and finally Charlie starts to mature.
First Family: Abigail and John Adams Ellis, Joseph J. 9780307389992 John and Abigail were very much in love and were married for over sixty years. Abigail was John's ballast for his emotions. He was so passion-driven about politics and the directions he saw for America that she would help guide his fervor. As all of our founding families they suffered the hardships of sacrifice for our country with many years of separation. For history this ended up being a windfall as there correspondence has provided a great deal of information about that period of our history.
Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom Paul, Ron 9781455501441 Congressman Ron Paul discusses 50 issues he feels are affecting our freedom. The common theme through out this book is the growing intrusion of government into our daily lives and with that growth the increasing transfer of money out of the economy to fund the expanding growth in government. This growth is due largely from the public and businesses requesting government to deal with issues that they do not want to take care of. The other growth comes from within the government sector wanting more control not just within our country but our constant meddling in other countries affairs. They seem to be able to generate some crisis to justify their desire for money to expand the intrusions around the world. Government produces nothing; to provide a service that we request they must take money from us, or has Ron Paul would phrase it, steal from us.
56: Joe Di Maggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Kennedy, Kastya 9781603209137 Joe Di Maggio set the number of consecutive games with a hit on base of 56 over in 1941. It is one record that is not likely to be broken. The second highest 45 was set by Willie Keeler in the 1896 season. Joe had two other brothers that also played major league baseball. Pete Rose is number three with 44 in 1978. Joe was normally a very reserved and quiet person which seems odd that he would become "Mr. Coffee" in television advertisements.
63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read Ventura, Jesse with Dick Russell 9781616085711 The freedom of information act has allowed us peaks into some of our governments unethical doings. It is always sad to read about elected or employees of our country doing things that discredit us as a nation. As a young military solder stationed over seas I was very aware of how my actions could affect the honor of our country.
Doc Russell, Mary Doria 9780812980004 John Henry Holliday born August 14, 1852 in Griffin Georgia. He was born with a cleft palate and so his mother Alice Jane kept him at home and worked with his diction after his uncle John Stiles Holliday M.D. repaired the palate. His mother also introduced him to literature and the arts. While traveling with his mother in the Atlanta area they attended the theater seeing a performance by Viennese virtuoso Sigismund Thalberg where he played the Emperor. This sparked a love of music in John who learned to play that piece and many more on the piano. John became a dentist graduating from Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. At the age of 21 in 1873 he was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). He moved first to Dallas Texas as the drier climate was believed to help people who had tuberculosis. He left Dallas at the urging of Mary Katharine Horony a women who would stay with him for most of the rest of his short life and moved to Dodge City Kansas. Katie is a person with a very interesting life as well. Katie and John both spoke several languages conversed privately in Latin. John became friends with the Earp brothers and eventually moved with them to Tombstone Arizona. After the O.K. Corral gun fight Doc Holliday was known as a gunfighter. John died at the age of 36 November 8, 1887 in Glenwood Springs Colorado. John's cousin by marriage was Margaret Mitchell, who wrote Gone With the Wind.
On China Kissinger, Henry 9780143121312 Dr. Kissinger has written another great book attempting to explain the differences in view points between how we view issues and how the Chinese view issues. He starts off explaining that the Chinese have no beginning date for their country like almost every other country in the world. He discusses our diplomatic exchanges since his first visit to China forty years ago to the present. He finishes in the new afterward discussing the future and how both sides will need to be vigilant so that mistakes are not made that could a cause disastrous conflict between our nations.
Maphead Jennings, Ken 9781439167182 Ken Jennings is the Jeopardy Game record holder for most wins. Born in Washington state he has lived in Korea and traveled many places in the world. He grew up with a fascination for maps and spent long hours studying them. In researching this book he got into Geo caching, similar to a scavenger hunt, where you use the global position system (GPS) in your cell phone or another device to locate the cache. He has also started to play the St. Valentine's Day Massacre map rally game which is like a road rally without the actual driving of a car. Ken's book takes you through some interesting geography information and history of maps. There are many types of maps; aviation, marine, topographical, and political constituency to name a few. There are people who spend a life time creating detailed maps for their fictional world. For real world interesting geography see the web site below that has an excerpt from the book on the Belgian city of Baarle-Nassau located in the Netherlands.
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The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood Gleick, James 9781400096237 Another tough read, expected being a field of mathematics, not meant for the faint of heart reader. The theory of information covers everything from physics, language, art, biology, to the universe. The basic unit is a bit denoted by a zero off or a one on. This book goes back to the beginning of communication moving from pictographs on cave walls to first speech to the explosion of biological understandings of DNA and RNA. The internet and Wikipedia a user developed encyclopedia that has far exceeded the colossal libraries of Alexandria and the Library of Congress.
The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan 32044090342130 Another fine murder mystery solved by Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson. Note: the ISBN is not really an ISBN but a library catalog number. This reading was a digitized book. Books are being digitized where possible, copy rights expired, to preserve them for the future generations to be able to read.
Robert Ludlum's: The Bourne Dominion Lustbader, Eric Van 9781609419165 Another action packed spy thriller novel in the Bourne style. This reading was an ebook. Mr. Lustbader continues the Jason Bourne novels with the permission of the estate of Robert Ludlum.
Alice in Wonderland Carroll, Lewis Re-read an old childhood book. Still a great book for being written in 1865. Love the adult satire in children's story form. This reading was a digitized ebook by a project preserving books for the future.
Joe Merchant Buffett, Jimmy 0151962960 Another Caribbean action adventure written by the artist Jimmy Buffett. I have now read all of his books and enjoyed each one.
The Jolly Man Buffett, Jimmy and Savannah Jane Buffett 0152405305 Short children's book written by Jimmy Buffett with his daughter Savannah Jane Buffett. Story is about a Caribbean man who travels bringing joy and happiness to his fellow island neighbors.
Eisenhower: The White House Years Newton, Jim 9780767928137 Eisenhower was a centrist in almost everything. He deftly steered us through the critical Cold War years and the beginnings of the over turning of the Jim Crow era. He did this in ways that never made him the for front of the issue at hand.
The Roots of the Olive Tree Santo, Courtney Miller 9780062130518 This fictional story is about a family of six generations of women that are super centenarians, living over 110 years. Most of them live together in their families original home where they have an olive orchard. One of the mysteries is the source of the gene mutation that is only passed between the women that gives them their long lives. At this time there is estimated to be 300-450 super centenarians in the world, though only about 70 are verified. This is a first time author story and in the notes about the author she is very fond of a picture of her family with five generations of family members.
Great Expectations Dickens, Charles Love story in English style of the 1800's. Where societal snobbery nearly prevents the couples from getting together.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Twain, Mark A man wakes up in Rip Van Winkle style finding himself back in England at the time of King Arthur. While his advantage of being from a much later period in life allows him to make out and live quite well considering the time period he still has to be careful and suffers some very near fatal experiences. This story is where we also get a valuable lesson in economics when we learn that how much you make without being aware of what your comparative costs are can miss lead you on understanding who is better off.
Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane Another love story in English style of the 1800's. Where societal snobbery nearly prevents the couples from getting together. Until reviewing and writing this I hadn't realized there are similarities with this story and Dickens Great Expectation. Much like reading an unusual book publishing where two stories are in one book with chapters alternated between the stories; The Wild Palms and and The Old Man by William Faulkner. Similar stories yet different in interesting ways.
The Last Days of Pompeii Lytton, Baron Edward Bulwer Historical fiction based around the archaeological artifacts and studies of the ruins of Pompeii. The author is able to create some pretty graphical imagery of what you would have seen if you could have visited the city before its volcanic destruction. Houses and daily living are brought back to life.
Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Gravitation Einstein, Albert This book was published in 1921 and is about a contest named the Einstein Prize. The rules for this contest were to explain to the general public what Einstein's theories were in 3000 or less words in English. There was a $5000.00 prize which was worth a lot in those days. Contestants wrote and sent in there essays from all over the world. The judges were challenged and spent several months working down to twenty papers for the final judging. The book begins with the author introducing the contest, judging, and adding some additional information about Einstein's theories before you get into reading the selected twenty papers.
The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde, Oscar This is a play that was written in the late 1800's and is a humorous love story. We will have to look for a production of this play to attend.
Historic Highways of America Volume 1 Hulbert, Archer Butler More a research publication than a book. It looks into how many of our current modern day, 1902, roads follow the American Indian and large game paths of our countries early days. In some ways this should not be surprising as animals and people a like will tend to travel the path of least resistance.

I hope this can expand your enjoyment in reading. Let me leave you with some thoughts about math another area of interest to ponder. There is an area of mathematics called ephemeris math which has to do with astronomy. This is how they calculate how to send a satellite around three planets using each ones gravitational pull to accelerate the satellite to some distant destination with a very precise location.

So given that we can do that, why are we not able to calculate the path to travel the shortest distance for a salesman to visit 100 customers. This is the well known Traveling Salesman problem. It is in the class of problems known as non deterministic polynomials (NDP). The only way to solve this problem is to solve all solutions of which there are 10 to the 155th. Since the universe has only been around for about 10 to the 18th seconds we therefore do not have enough time.:-)

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