Good Books

Oooh, I just love a good book. Reading is one of the few things that lets me escape the craziness of life, if only for a little while.  My favorite time to read is late at night, when the whole house is dark and quiet.  I clip a book light to a wedge of pages, settle into my cushy down pillow, and will my eyes to open … so I can at least enjoy a few pages before I fall asleep.  It is a restorative way to end the day.

Below is a list of some of my recent picks.  A few disclaimers:  If I like an author, I tend to read all of his or her books, so be prepared for repetition.  Also, I get most of my books from the local library, which is why I am usually a few months behind on any new releases.  I hope you get a chance to enjoy these! And please do let me know if you have suggestions; I am always interested in recommendations.

FOOD – NONFICTION

Life, On the Line, by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (just finished this — wow!!)

Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl

Comfort Me with Apples, by Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl

Waiter Rant, by Steve Dublanica

Service Included, by Phoebe Damrosch

Best Food Writing of 2010, edited by Holly Hughes

Best Food Writing of 2009, edited by Holly Hughes

Best Food Writing of 2008, edited by Holly Hughes

Best Food Writing of 2007, edited by Holly Hughes

The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball

Will Write for Food, by Dianne Jacobs

The Recipe Writer’s Handbook, by Jane Baker and Barbara Gibbs Ostmann

Eat, Memory, edited by Amanda Hesser

Blood, Bones & Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton

PARENTHOOD – NONFICTION

The Secrets of Happily Married Men, by Scott Haltzman (get this for your husband!)

Brain Rules for Babies, by John Medina

Expecting Adam, by Martha Beck

Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp

Heart of My Heart, by Kristin Armstrong

Nurture Shock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler

OTHER – NONFICTION

Conspiracy of Fools, by Kurt Eichenwald

The Big Short, by Michael Lewis

The Woman Who Can’t Forget, by Jill Price

How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer

MYSTERY – FICTION

The Last Detective, by Robert Crais

Indigo Slam, by Robert Crais

Sunset Express, by Robert Crais

Voodoo River, by Robert Crais

Free Fall, by Robert Crais

Lullaby Town, by Robert Crais

Stalking the Angel, by Robert Crais

Running Blind, by Lee Child

Killing Floor, by Lee Child

Die Trying, by Lee Child

Echo Burning, by Lee Child

Lost Light, by Michael Connelly

A Darkness More Than Night, by Michael Connelly

Angels Flight, by Michael Connelly

The Narrows, by Michael Connelly

The Closers, by Michael Connelly

The Overlook, by Michael Connelly

OTHER – FICTION

Something Borrowed, by Emily Giffin

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Baby Proof, by Emily Giffin

Love the One You’re With, by Emily Giffin

Heart of the Matter, by Emily Giffin

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