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Books, music and film to look for in 2012, as recommended by guests and listeners on Jan. 9, 2012
Books:
Threats - Amelia Gray
Madd Addams trilogy - Margaret Atwood
The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
At the Queen's Command - Michael A. Stackpole
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Reamde - Neal Stephenson
Tomatoland - Barry Estabrook
Palo Alto - James Franco
I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts - Mark Dery

Music:
The Civil Wars
Elle Varner
Leonard Cohen
M83
Drake
Trombone Shorty
Galactic
Dessa
The Roots
Esperanza Spalding
Michael and Lisa Gungor
Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes

Film:
Skyfall
A Separation
World War II
Team of Rivals
The Hobbit
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Anna's Playground

Great food films recommended by guests and listeners on Dec. 2, 2011
Caine Mutiny
Big Night
Like Water for Chocolate
Moonstruck
Julie and Julia
Bend it Like Beckham
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Bread, My Sweet
Alive
Chocolat
Lord of the Rings
Tampopo
Waitress
Twister
The Hours
Godfather Part I
Inglourious Basterds
Wise Guys
Marie Antoinette
Hook
Mildred Pierce
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
The Trip
Barry Linden
Eat Drink Man Woman
Soul Food
Tortilla Soup
Sleepless in Seattle
Fried Green Tomatoes
Delicatessen

Science fiction, fantasy and horror books recommended by guests and listeners on October 12th, 2011
"Zone One" by Colson Whitehead
"Kraken" by China Mieville
"At the Mountains of Madness" by H.P. Lovecraft
"The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell
"Foundation and Earth" by Isaac Asimov
"The Stand" by Stephen King
"Southern Gods" by John Hornor Jacobs
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"The Wasp Factory" by Iain Banks
"The Werwolf on Eagles Nest Mountain" by Susan Hira
"Dune" by Frank Herbert
"Neuromancer" by William Gibson
"Reamde" by Neil Stevenson
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
"How the Dead Dream" by Lydia Millet
"The Road" and "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy
"A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith
"1Q84" by Haruki Murakami
"Cloud Atlas" and "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell
"The Handmaids Tale" by Margaret Atwood
"The Corn Maiden" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The books of Edgar Allan Poe
The books of Anne Rice
The books of Bruce Sterling
The books of C.E. Murphy
The books of Lois McMaster Bujold
The books of Jack McDevitt

Movies that deserve a second viewing. Recommended by film critic Kenneth Turan and listeners
Immortal Beloved
The Sheltering Sky
Sweet Land
Win Win
One True Thing
Bottleshock
A River Runs Through It
We're No Angels
Dr. Strangelove
Metropolis
Matewan
Three Days of the Condor
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
King of Kong
Red Violin
Belly of an Architect
Pow Wow Highway
Cinema Paradiso
The Secret of Roan Inish
Waiting for Guffman
The Last Picture Show
The Fall
Little Big Man
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Harold and Maude
Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner version)
Amistad
Freedom Riders
Whatever Works
Orlando
Border Incident
The Stunt Man
Wild Boys of the Road
Pharoah's Army
Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh's version)
Memento
Waking Ned Devine
Let it Ride
The Whale Rider
The Day of the Jackal
Mad Hot Ballroom
Secondhand Lions
The Notebook
Raising Arizona
Hell is for Heroes
Inside Job
Divided We Fall
The Fast Runner
Italian for Beginners
Monsoon Wedding
A Thousand Clowns
King of Hearts
Much Ado About Nothing (with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson)
Uncommon Valor
Pearl Jam 20
Little Murders
Buck
Senna
Allegro Non Troppo
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Smoke Signals
Rushmore
Bottle Rocket
Arsenic and Old Lace
Death to Smoochy
Pumping Iron
Gran Torino
The Princess Bride
Dead Calm
Local Hero
American Dream
After Hours
Lars and the Real Girl
Life is Beautiful
Pieces of April
Heavy Metal Parking Lot
We Were Soldiers
L.A. Confidential
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Being There
Death to Smoochie
The Razor's Edge
Being John Malkovich
My Favorite Year
Breaking Away
Paths of Glory
Sideways
Goodwill Hunting
Army of Shadows
City of God
Grosse Point Blank
Miller's Crossing
The Gods Must be Crazy


Books for fall
"God's Middle Finger" by Richard Grant
"The Invisible Bridge" by Julie Orringer
"The Leftovers" by Tom Perrotta
"Your Call is Not That Important to Us" by Emily Yellin
"Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese
"The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach
"Heads You Lose" by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
"The Tiger" by John Vaillant
"Undaunted" by Zoya Phan
"Rin Tin Tin" by Susan Orlean
"Elizabeth and Hazel" by David Margolick
"Blue Nights" by Joan Didion
"Lennon" by Tim Riley


Fantasy and Science Fiction recommendations
"The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan
"A Game of Thrones" series by George R.R. Martin
"The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins
"The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis
"The Dark Tower" by Stephen King
"Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card
"The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher
"Dune" by Frank Herbert
"Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
"His Dark Materials" trilogy by Phillip Pullman
The "Darkover" series by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The "Bartimaeus" Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
"The Blue Sword" by Robin McKinley
"A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
"The Once and Future King" by T.H. White
"The Earthsea Cycle" by Ursula K. Le Guin
"The Scar" by China Mieville
"The Dragonriders of Pern" series by Anne McCaffrey
"Stranger in A Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein
"The Chronicles of Amber" series by Roger Zelazny
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle
"On A Pale Horse" by Piers Anthony
The "Thomas Covenant" series by Stephen R. Donaldson
"Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings
"Watchmen" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
"The Pendragon Cycle" by Stephen Lawhead
"Secrets of the Immortal" by Nicholas Flamel
"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
"The Sparrow" by Mary Dori Russel
"The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield
"The Maze Runner" trilogy by James Dashner
"The Chronicles of Chrestomanci" series by Diana Wynne Jones
"The Shadowmarch" series by Tad Williams
The "Inheritance" cycle by Christopher Paolini
"The Wanting Seed" by Anthony Burgess
The books of Jonathan Carroll

Recommendations for summer
"The Minister's Daughter" by Julie Hearn
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
"Pearl of China" by Anchee Min
"Not So Wild a Dream" by Eric Severeid
"With the Old Breed" by E. B. Sledge
"Mating" by Norman Rush
"Big Machine" by Victor LaValle
"The Four Loves" by C.S. Lewis
"Dorie LaValle" by Mary DesJarlais
"The Solitaire Mystery" by Jostein Gaarder
"King Leoplods Ghost" Adam Hochschild
"The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss
"Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton
"Thirty Rooms to Hide In" by Luke Sullivan
"Started Early, Took My Dog" by Kate Atkinson
"A Murderous Procession" by Ariana Franklin
"The Bondwoman's Narrative" by Hannah Crafts
"The Age of Autism" by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
"The Language of Bees" by Laurie R King
"Absolution by Murder" by Peter Tremayne
"Roseanna" by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
"The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford
"The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine" by Alina Bronsky
"The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell
"The Social Animal" by David Brooks
"Merit Badges" by Kevin Fenton
"A Song of Fire & Ice" series by George R. R. Martin
"The Harry Hole" series by Jo Nesbo
"Portrait of a Spy" by Daniel Silva
"Rock the Casbah" by Robin Wright
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley
"Fate, Time and Language" by David Foster Wallace
"Travis Magee" series by John D. MacDonald
"Fall to Grace" by Kerry Casey
"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Help" by Kathryn Stocket
"The Lost City of Z" by David Grann
"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
"Das Boot" by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim
"The Measure of Madness" by Cheryl Paradis
"The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum
"Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach
"My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor
"Me" by Brenda Ueland
"Happy Isles of Oceania" by Paul Theroux
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
"The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey" by Walter Mosley
"Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" by Eric Metaxas
"The Penderwicks at Point Mouette" by Jeanne Birdsall
"Once Upon a River" by Bonnie Jo Campbell
"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville
"World War Z" by Max Brooks
"All the Devils Are Here" by Betheny McLean and Joe Nocera
"The Bullpen Gospels" by Dirk Hayhurst
"Island Beneath the Sea" by Isabel Allende
"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon
"The Lord of the Rings" series by J. R. R. Tolkien
"Riceyman Steps" by Arnold Bennett
"Abercrombie Trail" by Candace Simar
"Pomme de Terre" by Candace Simar
"Birdie" by Candace Simar
"Murder for Mayor" by Andie Peterson
"A View of the Lake" by Beryl Singleton Bissell
"Hauling Water" by Becca Brin Manlove
"Even Doctors Cry" by Alvin Reiter, MD
"The Real Story" by Stephen R. Donalson
"Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues" by Bill Moyers
"Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling
"Little Bee" by Chris Cleave
"Finn" by Jon Clinch
"Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher
"Herodotus: The Histories" by Herodotus
"Athene" by Ann Shearer
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
"Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell
"The Crossing" by Cormac McCarthy
"Robopocalypse" by Daniel H. Wilson
"The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro" by Alison Fell
"The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins
"The Foundling's Tale, Part Three: Factotum" by D. M. Cornish
"Pym" by Mat Johnson
"The Power of Music" by Elena Mannes
"Long for This World" by Jonathan Weiner
"The Awakening Land" trilogy by Conrad Richter
"Moscow Rules" by Daniel Silva
"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver  
"Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver  
"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
"The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" by David Foster Wallace
"Sync" by Steven H. Strogatz
"The Information" by James Gleick
"The Chairs Are Where the People Go" by Misha Glouberman
"The Baroque Cycle" by Neil Stevenson
"The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler
"A Visit from the Good Squad" by Jennifer Egan
"Zone One" by Coulson Whitehead
"The Fiery Trial" by Eric Foner
"The Bird Sisters" by Rebecca Rasmussen
"The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan
"The Magician King" by Lev Grossman
"The Twelfth Enchantment" by David Liss
"The Missing of the Somme" by Geoff Dyer
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis translation
"John Brown's Body" (poem) by Stephen Vincent Benet
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison
"Divinity of Doubt" by Vincent Bugliosi
"The Memory of All That" by Betsy Blair
"Absolute Monarchs" by John Julius Norwich
"To End All Wars" by Adam Hochschild
"Bismarck" by Jonathan Steinberg
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Recommendations for teen readers from Karen MacPherson, children's/teen librarian at the Takoma Park Maryland Library
"Forge" by Laurie Halse Anderson
"Shipbreaker" by Paolo Bacigalupi
"Close to Famous" by Joan Bauer
"Lewis and Clark" by Nick Bertozzi
"Going Bovine" by Libba Bray
"What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen
"Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly
"Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan
"Charles and Emma" by Deborah Heligman
"Claudette Colvin" by Phillip Hoose
"The Dark Games: True Spy Stories" by Paul Janeczko
"Five Flavors of Dumb" by Antony John
"Lockdown" by Walter Dean Myers
"As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth" by Lynne Rae Perkins
"The Cardturner" by Louis Sachar
"Okay for Now" by Gary Schmidt
"Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys
"The Good, the Bad and the Barbie" by Tanya Lee Stone
"Smile" by Raina Telgemeir

Books for summer
"The Passage" by Justin Cronin
"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
"The Watery Part of the World" by Michael Parker
"Room: A Novel" by Emma Donoghue
"The Hyperion Cantos Series" and "Ilium" by Dan Simmons
The "Flavia de Luce" novels by Alan Bradley
"Tea with Hezbollah" by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
"The Long Goodbye" by Meghan O'Rourke
"Poser" by Claire Dederer
"Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay
"Memory of Trees" by Gayla Marty
"Years of Rice and Salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson
"Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card
"Winter's Bone" by Daniel Woodrell
"The Dispossessed" by Ursula LeGuin

Great literary characters, selected by guests and listeners
Jane Eyre, from "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
Robinson Crusoe, from "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe
King David, from The Bible
Ralph, from "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
Lily Barth, from "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
Bruno Littlemore, from the "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore" by Benjamin Hale
Jack Ryan, from "Patriot Games" by Tom Clancy
Gandalf, from "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
Katniss Everdeen, from the "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Lazarus Long, from the novels of Robert Heinlein
Augustus McRae, from "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry
The Bishop of D, from "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo
Gabriel Allon, from the novels of Daniel Silva
Atticus Finch, from "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Orr, from "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
Portia, from "Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare
Sydney Carton, from "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
Starbuck, from "Moby Dick"
Sancho Panza, from "Don Quixote" by Don Miguel de Cervantes
Lord Peter Wimsey, from the novels and short stories of Dorothy Sayers
Rhett Butler, from "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
Ada, from "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier
Albas Dumbledore, from the "Harry Potter" novels by J.K. Rowling
Scheherazade, from "1001 Arabian Nights" by Anonymous
The Count of Monte Cristo, from "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
Robin Kerr, from "With" by Donald Harington
Beatrice, from "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare
Charles Ingalls, from the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne Shirley, from "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery
Anna Madrigal, from "Tales of the City" by Armistad Maupin
Robert Jordan, from "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway
Jamie Fraser, from the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon
Zaphod Beetlebrox, from "The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
Puck, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Williams Shakespeare
Iago, from "Othello" by William Shakespeare
Nora Charles, from "The Thin Man" by Dashiel Hammett
Moll Flanders, from "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders" by Daniel Defoe
Una, from "Ahab's Wife" by Sena Naslund
Jack Aubrey, from the novels of Patrick O'Brian
Chingachgook, from "Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
John Thornton, from "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Humphrey Van Weyden, from "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London
Davies, from "The Riddle of the Sands" by Eskine Childers
Antonia Shimerdas, from "My Antonia" by Willa Cather
Anne Elliot, from "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
Lyman Ward, from "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner
Colin Craven, from "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Huck Finn, from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Pi Patel, from "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel

Books listeners would need on a desert island
"100 Year of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy
"The Art of Eating" by M. K. Fisher
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
"The Big Book" by Alcoholics Anonymous
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
"Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy
"Blue Highways" by William Least Heat-Moon
"Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
The Complete Scripts from Seasons 1-5 of "The Wire"
"Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
"Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Boating and Sailing" by Frank Sargeant
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton
"Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman
"Don Quixote del la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry
"The Four-Gated City" by Doris Lessing
"Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce
"The Glass Bead Game" by H. Hesse
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Handling Sin" by Michael Malone
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien
"I Ching: The Book of Changes"
"The Immense Journey" by Loren Eiseley
"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace
"The Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"Illuminatus!" by Robert Anton
"The Island of the Day Before" by Umberto Eco
"The Island Within" by Richard K. Nelson
"The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
"Keeping the House" by Ellen Baker
"Kushiel's Dart" by Jacqueline Carey
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
"The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by Sherman Alexie
"Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America" by Natalie Goldberg
"The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare" by G. K. Chesterton
"Metaphysics" by Aristotle
"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon
"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" by Patrick Suskind
"Possession" by A. S. Byatt
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
"Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead" by By Timothy Leary, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., & Richard Alpert, Ph.D.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"The Lord of the Kings" trilogy by J.R. Tolkien
"Red Storm Rising" by Tom Clancy
Reviews of the Greatest Movies of All Time by Roger Ebert
"The Sot-Weed Factor" by  John Barth
"The Source" by James Mitchene
"The Stand" by Stephen King
"Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein
"Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
"Wilderness Survival Guide" by Tom Brown
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
"Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan
"White Noise" by Don DeLillo
"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
"The Zahir" by Paulo Coehlo

Books the MPR Newsroom would need on a desert island
Bill Wareham, Editor: "Bound for Glory" by Woody Guthrie
Meloday Ng, Public Insight Journalism: A Chinese-English Bible, "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving
Phil Picardi, Newscaster/Reporter: "The Civil War: A Narrative" by Shelby Foote
Carolina Astrain, Newsroom Coordinator: "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
Sean Gilbertson, IT Development: "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson
Anna Weggel, Public Insight Journalism: "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
Jeff Jones, Public Insight Journalism: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
Molly Bloom, Public Insight Journalism: "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Laura McCallum, Editor: "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb
Tom Crann, Newscaster: The Portable James Joyce (including "Portrait" 
and "Dubliners")
Tom Robertson, Bemidji reporter: "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut


Books the guests from the show would need on a desert island
Steve Almond: The Holy Bible, "Stoner" by John Williams, "Henderson the Rain King" by Saul Bellow
Mark Wheat: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values" by Robert M. Pirsig


Albums the listeners from the show would need on a desert island
"2112" by Rush
"Abandoned Luncheonette" by Hall and Oates
"American IV-The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
"Another Green World" by Brian Eno
"Art of Motion" by Andy McKee
"Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison
"Automatic for People" by R.E.M.
The Best of Bach
The Complete Works of Beethoven
The Best of Big Band with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
The Best of Eric Clapton
The Best of McCoy Tyner: "The Blue Note Years"
The Best of Leonard Cohen
"The Big Chill" by Motown
"Big Smash" by Wreckless Eric
"Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra" by Claus Ogerman
"Blood on the Tracks" by Bob Dylan
The Bonnie Raitt Collection
"Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
"Carmen" by Georges Bizet
"Chinatown" by The Be Good Tanyas
"Forest Cello" by Dan Gibson
"Floods" by They Might Be Giants
"Funeral" by the Arcade Funeral
"God Loves Ugly" by Atmosphere
"Glitter and Doom: Live" by Tom Waits
"Grace" by Jeff Buckley
"Graceland" by Paul Simon
"Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush
"How the West was Won" by Led Zeppelin
"In Spite of Ourselves" by John Prine
"Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis
"The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart
"Master of Puppets" by Metallica
"Mule Variations" by Tom Waits
"The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden
"O" by Damien Rice
"One" by Metallica
"One Man Band" by James Taylor
"Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized
"Legend" by Bob Marley
"Lost Horizons" by Lemon Jelly
"The Planets" by Gustav Holst
Prince's Greatest Hits
"Reunion Tour" by the Weakerthans
"Reveling and Reckoning" by Ani DiFranco
"Schindler's List: Original Soundtrack" by John Williams and Itzhak Perlman
"Sigh No More" by Mumford and Sons
"The Song Remains the Same: Soundtrack" by Led Zeppelin
"Songs in the Key of Life" by Stevie Wonder
"Still Life" by Pat Metheny
"Stolen Moments" by John Hiatt
"Stop Making Sense" by the Talking Heads
"The Times They Are a-Changin'" by Bob Dylan
"To Our Children's Children's Children" by the Moody Blues
"The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" by the Traveling Wilburys
"Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield
"The Wall" by Pink Floyd
"Quiero Que Sepas" by Perrozompopo
"Us" by Peter Gabriel
"The Who's Tommy" by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
"Zen Arcade" by Husker Du


Albums the MPR Newsroom would need on a desert island
Tom Robertson, Bemidji reporter: "Abbey Road" by the Beatles
Tom Weber, Reporter: Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: "Private Investigations"
Anna Weggel, Public Insight Journalism: "Bitte Orca" by the Dirty Projectors
Tom Crann, Newscaster: "Complete Piano Concertos" (ft. pianist Alfred Brendel; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields) by Mozart
Sean Gilbertson, IT Development: "Emergency & I" by the Dismemberment Plan, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" by Wilco, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" by Lucinda Williams
Jeff Jones, Public Insight Journalism: "Iowa Waltz" by Greg Brown
Laura McCallum, Editor: "The Joshua Tree" by U2
Bill Wareham, Editor: "London Calling" by the Clash
Molly Bloom, Public Insight Journalism: "Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Otis Redding/The Jimi Hendrix Experience" by Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix
Carolina Astrain, Newsroom Coordinator: "Normal As Blueberry Pie" by Nellie McKay
Phil Picardi, Newscaster: "Les Miserables" (1987 Original Broadway Cast recording) by  Claude-Michel Schonberg
Peter Karman, IT Development: "Salt, Sun and Time" by Bruce Cockburn


Albums the guests from the show would need on a desert island

Steve Almond: 'The White Album" by the Beatles
Mark Wheat: "Physical Graffiti" by Led Zeppelin


Books that were meaningful to listeners when they were 12 - 16 years old
"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
"Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham
"Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk
"Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" by Fannie Flagg
"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
"Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
"Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
"The American" by Henry James
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
"Summer of My German Soldier" by Bette Greene
"Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare
"Night" by Ellie Wiesel
"1894" by George Orwell
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Dune" by Frank Herbert
"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
"Anastasia Krupnik" by Lois Lowry
"Rash" by Pete Hautman
"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
"The Riddle-Master" trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger


Young adult books recommended by author Pete Hautman
"The Source" by James A. Michener
"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Tai-Pan" by James Clavell
"The Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling
"His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman
"Going Bovine" by Libba Bray
"Shane" by Jack Schaefer
"Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld
"Looking For Alaska" by John Green


Young adult books recommended by Kerri Miller
"Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
"Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier
"True Grit" by Charles Portis


Favorite books of 2010, recommended by guests and listeners on December 29th, 2010

NON-FICTION
"After Such Knowledge" by Eva Hoffman
"Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" by Eva Fogelman
"The End of the Long Summer" by Dianne Dumanoski
"Five Books of Moses" by UNKN
"Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage" by Hazel Rowley
"First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
"Let's Take the Long Way Home" By Gail Caldwell
"Lost Boy" by Jane Levy
"Just Kid" by Patti Smith
"The Last Stand" by Nathaniel Phil­brick
"Schocken Bible: The Five Books of Moses" by Everett Fox
"Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet" by Xinran Xue
"The Strength in What Remains" by Tracy Kidder
"Super Crunchers" by Ian Ayres
"The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
"Washington" A Life" by Ron Chernow
"When Everything Changed" by Gail Collins
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
"Reading Jackie" by William Kuhn
"The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan
"Truth and Beauty" by Ann Patchett



FICTION
"The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama's Boy and Scholar" by Scott Muskin
"C" by Tom McCarthy
"City of Thieves" by David Benioff
"Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult
"The Cookbook Collector" by Allegra Goodman
"Driftles" by David Rhodes
"Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen
"Great House" by Nicole Krauss
"Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" by Steig Larson
"The Help" by Katheryn Stockett
"The Lacuna" By Barbara Kingsolver
"I Paid All My Debts: A Norwegian-American Immigrant Saga of Life on the Prairie of North Dakota" by Lloyd Svendsbye
"Invisible Bridge" by Julie Orringer
"Last Night in Twisted River" by John Irving
"Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War" by Karl Marlantes
"Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by Barbara Demick
"The Passage" by Justin Cronin
"A Princess & Her Garden: A Fable of Awakening & Arrival" by Patricia R. Adson
"Room" by Emma Donoghue
"Ruby's Spoon" by Anna Lawrence Pietroni
"Shadow Tag" by Louise Erdrich
"Snow Blossom and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
"Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
"True Grit" by Charles Portis
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan
"Voice in the Wind" by Francine Rivers
"The Wake of Forgiveness" by Bruce Machart
"I Curse the River of Time" by Per Petterson



Books recommended by listeners and Pat Conroy
"Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir" by Paul Monette
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
"The Only Alien on the Planet" by Kristen Randle
"Pulp" by Charles Bukowski
"Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch" by Dan O'Brian
"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Don Quixote" by Miguel De Cervantes
"The Water is Wide," "South of Broad," "The Lords of Discipline" and "My Losing Season: A Memoir" by Pat Conroy
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" by Hannah Green (Joanne Greenberg)
"Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo
"Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales" and "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury
"Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn
"Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger
"Brothers K" by David James Duncan
"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
"The Dragon Riders of Pern" by Anne McCaffrey
"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne
"Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway" by Snorri Sturluson
"Sophie's Choice" by William Styron
"U.S.A.: The 42nd Parallel" by John Dos Passos
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
"Acts of Faith" by Philip Caputo.
"Slaughterhouse 5," "Player Piano" and "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
"Winter's Tale" and "Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Helprin
"Star Rover" by Jack London
"Kristin Lavransdatter" by Sigrid Undset
"Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson
"A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Wind at the Door" by Madeline L'Engle
"A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
"Once a Runner" by John Parker
"The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
"Tracks" by Louise Erdrich
"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
""The Education of Little Tree" by Forrest Carter
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
"The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod" by Henry Beston
"This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind" by Ivan Doig
"I am One of You Forever" by Fred Chappell
"Habits of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor" by Flannery O'Connor and Sally Fitzgerald
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Doctor Seuss
"Jayne Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
"The Assistant" by Robert Walser
"It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis
"She Loves Me" by Peter Esterhazy
"Replay" by Ken Grimwood
"Mississippi Solo: A River Quest" by Eddy Harris
"The Vagabond" by Colette
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White



Films recommended by listeners and Ken Turan
Little Drummer Girl   Fair Game
  The Lives of Others
  Foreign Correspondent
   The 39 Steps
  North by Northwest
  The Bourne identity films
  3 Days of the Condor
  Ronin
  The Conversation
  The Lives of Others
  Charade
  Syriana
  The House on 92nd Street
  Russia House
  The Third Man
  Shining Through
  The Spy That Came In From the Cold
  Saboteur
  The Eiger Sanction
  The Man With One Red Shoe
 
  Defense of the Realm
   The Ipcress File
  The Man Who Never Was
  Goodbye Lenin
   Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

 SPY NOVELS THAT SHOULD BE MOVIES 
   Alan Furst's novels
   Vince Flynn novels
   Barry Eisler novels
   Daniel Silva novels
  "The Red Orchestra" 
   
  DOCUMENTARIES 
  This Film is Not Rated
  Inside Job
  Restrepo
  The Tillman Story
  Waiting for Superman
 
  
Books that should be on President Obama's reading list
"Every Man in This Village is a Liar," by Megan Stack
"When China Rules the World," by Martin Jacques
"Going Public," by Samuel Kernell
"The Metaphysical Club," by Louis Menand
"What Is the What," by Dave Eggers
"This Republic of Suffering," by Drew Gilpin Faust
"Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Robert Caro's biographies of Lyndon Baines Johnson ("The Path to Power," "Means of Ascent," and "Master of the Senate")
The books of Gore Vidal
"Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools," by Greg Mortenson
"Understanding Variation," by Donald Wheeler
"The Big Short," by Michael Lewis
"The Looming Tower," by Lawrence Wright
"Aftershock," by Robert Reich
"Unequal Democracy," by Larry Bartels
"Decision Points," by George W. Bush
"All the King's Men," by Robert Penn Warren
"Advise and Consent," by Allen Drury
"My Life with the Taliban," by Abdul Salaam Zaeef
The novels of Ward Just
The novels of Tom Clancy
"A Journey: My Political Life," by Tony Blair
The personal memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
"My Life," by Bill Clinton
"Eating Animals" by Jonathan Saffron Foer
"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," by John Perkins
"Fail Safe," by Eugene Burdick
Anthony Trollop's Palliser novels
"Ghost Wars," by Steve Coll
"Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand
"The Common Pot," by Lisa Brooks
"The Capitalist's Bible," by Gretchen Morgenson
"The Health Care Mess," by Julius Richmond, Rashi Fein, and Jimmy Carter
"Lincoln," by David Herbert Donald
"The Colonizer and the Colonized," by Albert Memmi
"The Captains and the Kings," by Taylor Caldwell
"A Life for the Spirit: Rudolf Steiner in the Crosscurrents of Our Time," by Henry Barnes


Books about vampires and zombies
"Kill the Dead," by Tanith Lee
"Twelve," by Jasper Kent
The books of Christopher Moore
"30 Days of Night," by Steve Niles
"World War Z," by Max Brooks
"Fledgling," by Octavia Butler
"Dark Shadows," by Donald Arneson
"The Passage," by Justin Cronin
"Vampire God," by Mary Hallab
"Tall Dark & Dead," by Tate Hallaway
"The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova
"Blood Oath," by Christopher Farnsworth
"Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley
Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series
"Nosferatu" (the film)
"Let the Right One In" (the film)
"Shaun of the Dead" (the film)


Books about far-off destinations, recommended by Nancy Pearl and listeners
"Journey to the Frontier: Two Roads to the Spanish Civil War," by Peter Stansky and William Miller Abrahams (Spain)
"The Return," by Victoria Hislop (Spain)
"Everything but the Squeal," by John Barlow (Spain)
"The Piano Tuner," by Daniel Mason (Burma)
"Finding George Orwell in Burma," by Emma Larkin (Burma)
"Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien (New Zealand)
"A Mutant Message From Down Under," by Marlo Morgan (Australia)
"In a Sunburned Country," by Bill Bryson (Australia)
"Dirt Music," by Tim Winton (Australia)
"Black Land and Grey Falcon," by Rebecca West (Yugoslavia)
"The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver (Africa)
The novels of Alexander McCall Smith (Africa)
"Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight," by Alexandra Fuller (Africa)
"Caravans," by James Michener (Afghanistan)
"Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert," by Georgina Howell (Iraq)
The novels of Michael Ondaatjee (Sri Lanka)
"The Road from Elephant Pass," by Nihal De Silva (Sri Lanka)
"Bangkok 8" and "Bangkok Tattoo," by John Burdett (Thailand)
"Fieldwork," by Mischa Berlinski (Thailand) 
"Touch the Dragon" by Karen Connelly (Thailand)
The Poke Rafferty mysteries, by Timothy Hallinan (Thailand)
"Coming Home Crazy," by Bill Holm (China)
"Wild Swans," by Jung Chang (China)
The books of Peter Hessler (China)
"China Road" by Rob Gifford (China)
The novels of James Clavell (Asia)
"The Great Railway Bazaar," by Paul Theroux (India)
"A Fine Balance," by Rohinton Mistry (India)
"The Lovers," by Vendela Vida (Greece)
"Under the Tuscan Sun," by Frances Mayes (Italy)
"A Year in Provence," by Peter Mayle (France)
"Trinity," by Leon Uris (Ireland)
"Angela's Ashes," by Frank McCourt (Ireland)
The novels of Nevil Shute (Australia, South Pacific, Europe)
"Waiting for Snow in Havana," by Carlos Eire (Cuba)
"The Bird Artist," by Howard Norman (Newfoundland)
"The Shipping News," by Annie Proulx (Newfoundland)
The novels of Cormac McCarthy (The American Southwest)
The novels of James Lee Burke (Louisiana)
"The Missing," by Tim Gautreaux (Louisiana)
"Zeitoun," by Dave Eggers (Louisiana)
"Babylon Rolling," by Amanda Boyden (Louisiana)
"Canoeing with The Cree," by Eric Sevareid (Minnesota)

Films recommended by Ken Turan and listeners
Toy Story 3
Man on Wire
November Requiem
The Gathering Storm
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Ondine
The Road
Memento
More Than a Game
I Like Killing Flies
Inception
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Sex in the City 2
Eat, Pray, Love
Mother
The Ghostwriter
Exit Through the Gift Shop
I Am Love (Lo Sono L'amore)
Another Year
Knight and Day
The Secret in Their Eyes
Winter's Bone
The City of Your Final Destination
Bastards of the Party


Books recommended by Justice James M. Rosenbaum
"The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara  
"Masters and Commanders" by Andrew Roberts


Great characters in crime, mystery and spy fiction, recommended by guests and listeners
Jack Reacher, from the "Jack Reacher Novels," by Lee Child
Kurt Wallender, from the "Kurt Wallender Mysteries," by Henning Mankell
Myron Bolitar, from the "Myron Bolitar Mysteries," by Harlen Coben
Kay Scarpetta, from the "Kay Scarpetta Novels," by Particia Cornwell
Gabriel Allon, from the "Gabriel Allon Series," by Daniel Silva
Thomas Lynley, from the "Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers Novels," by Elizabeth George)
Mitch Rapp, from the "Mitch Rapp Novels," by Vince Flynn
Lisbeth Salander, from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl Who Played with Fire," by Stieg Larsson
John Clark, from "Without Remorse," by Tom Clancy
Alex Delaware, from the "Alex Delaware Novels," by Jonathan Kellerman
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, from the "Elvis Cole Novels," by Robert Crais
Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell, from the "Dave Robicheaux Mysteries," by James Lee Burke
Milo Weaver, from "The Tourist," by Olen Steiner
Lew Archer, from the "Lew Archer Novels," by Ross MacDonald
The characters of James Ellroy
Hercule Poirot, from the novels of Agatha Christie
Jane Lawless, from the "Jane Lawless Mysteries," by Ellen Hart
Andy Carpenter, from the "Andy Carpenter Series," by David Rosenfelt
Joe Pickett, from the "Joe Pickett Novels," by CJ Box
Hayden Konig, from the "Liturgical Mysteries," by Mark Schweizer
Harry Palmer, from "The Icpress File," by Len Deighton
Anna Pigeon, from the "Anna Pigeon Novels," by Nevada Barr
Alexandra Cooper, from the "Alexandra Cooper Mysteries," by Linda Fairstein
Harry Dresden, from the "Dresden Files," by Jim Butcher
Butch Karp, from the novels of Robert Tanenbaum
Dirk Gently, from "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," by Douglas Adams
Grayson Pierce, from the novels of James Rollins
Serge Storms, from the novels of Tim Dorsey
Lucas Davenport, from the "Lucas Davenport Mysteries," by John Sandford
Rayland Givens, from the novels of Elmore Leonard
George Smiley and Ann Smiley, from the "George Smiley Novels," by John LeCarre
Bernie Rhodenbarr, from the "Bernie Rheodenbarr Mysteries," by Lawrence Block
Joe Leaphorn, from the "Joe Leaphorn Novels," by Tony Hillerman
Sister Fidelma, from the "Sister Fidelma Mysteries," by Peter Tremayne
Kate Shugack, from the "Kate Shugack Mysteries," by Dana Stabenow
Inspector Montalbano, from the "Inspector Montalbano Mysteries," by Stephen Sartarelli
Charlie Muffin, from the novels of Brian Freemantle
Mary Russell, from the "Mary Russell Novels," by Laurie King


Travel websites recommended by Rudy Maxa
Jetsetter
Luxury Link
Voyage Prive
VRBO
Student Universe
Packlate
Travelzoo
Untours
Kayak
Generous Adventures
CouchSurfing
Gutsy Women Travel

Food and wine recommendations from Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Ray Isle
Chicken salad with red grapes, paired with MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir
•  Riseling pear popsicles
• Fresh tomatoes with Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, or Vinho Verde
• Duck confit with Trader Joe's $3 Chuck
• Caprese salad with an Italian white or a dry Rose
• Asparagus salad with a dressing of soy, sugar and sesame seed oil, pair with Austrian white Gruner Veltliner
• Wild Salmon with a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
• Thai Canteloupe salad from "How to Eat Supper," paired with a dry Riesling
• Brook trout with lemon and garlic, paired with Viognier
• Grilled steak paired with Cabernet Franc
• Shad roe w/ cornmeal, bacon, asparagus, lemon juice & a glass Veuve Cliqot brut

Books Recommended by Dwight Garner, New York Times nonfiction critic
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Rebecca Skloot
"The Possessed," Elif Batuman

Books Recommended by David Ulin, Los Angeles Times book editor
"About a Mountain," John D'Agata
"Fifty-nine in '84," Edward Achorn


Books to Read Again
"My Antonia," by Willa Cather
"The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma," by Jane Austen
"Don Quixote," by Miguel De Cervantes
"Raymond Carver: Collected Stories," by Raymond Carver
"Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
"Blood Meridian," by Cormac McCarthy
"Finn: A Novel," by Jon Clinch
"Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte
"The House on Mango Street," by Sandra Cisneros
"Seize the Day," by Saul Bellow
"Union Atlantic," by Adam Haslett
"Collected Fictions," by Jorge Luis Borges
"The Catcher in the Rye" and "For Esme with Love and Squalor," by J.D. Salinger
"The Diary of Anne Frank"
"The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway
"The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4," by Sue Townsend
"Siddhartha," by Herman Hess
"Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman," by Merle Miller
"In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote
"Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," by Joan Ryan
The novels of Patrick O'Brian
"Love Medicine," by Louise Erdrich
"A Year in Provence," by Peter Mayle
"Under the Tuscan Sun," by Frances Mayes
The novels of Patricia Highsmith
"Chicago: City on the Make," by Nelson Algren
"America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction," by John Steinbeck
John Updike's "Rabbit" series
"A Choice of Weapons" and "The Learning Tree," by Gordon Parks
"The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"
"Brother, I'm Dying," by Edwidge Danticat
"Clockers" and "Lush Life," by Richard Price
"Essays of E.B. White," by E.B. White
"Carrying the Fire: An Astronauts Journey," by Michael Collins
The "Hornblower" series by C.S. Forester
"The Source," by James Michener
"I Capture the Castle," by Dodie Smith
"Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov
"Moby Dick," by Herman Melville
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," by Robert Pirsig
"The Path to Power," "Means of Assent," and "Master of the Senate," by Robert Caro
"Papillon," by Henri Charriere
"Winter's Tale" and "Soldier of the Great War," by Mark Helprin
"Gifts from the Sea" by Ann Morrow Lindbergh
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan
"Beloved," by Toni Morrison
"Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien
"On Boxing," by Joyce Carol Oates
"Clear Light of Day," by Anita Desai
"A River Runs Through It" by Norman McLean
"The Trial," by Franz Kafka
The "Richard Sharpe" series by Bernard Cornwell
"The Feast of the Goat," by Mario Vargas Llosa
"Midwives," by Chris Bohjalian
"The English Patient," by Michael Ondaatje
"Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy
"Death of a Salesman," by Arthur Miller
"Helter Skelter," by Vincent Bugliosi
"The Dubliners," by James Joyce
"Gone with the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell
"To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee
"Gulliver's Travels," by Jonathan Swift
"Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens
"The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien
"Farhenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury
"A Woman of Independent Means," by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
"Bonfire of the Vanities" and "I Am Charlotte Simmons," by Tom Wolfe
"The Picture of Dorian Gray," by Oscar Wilde
"Slaughterhouse Five," by Kurt Vonnegut
"Infinite Jest" and "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," by David Foster Wallace
"Four Gated City," by Doris Lessing
"A Painted House," by John Grisham
"The River Why," by David James Duncan
"The Little Drummer Girl," by John LeCarre
"The Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison
"Old Dogs and Children," by Robert Inman
"Crossing to Safety" and "Angle of Repose," by Wallace Stegner
Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series
The books of Haruki Murakami
"Precious Bane" by Mary Webb



Books to Read in 2010
"Wolf Hall," by Hilary Mantel
"A Gate at the Stairs," by Lorrie Moore
"The Anthologist," by Nicholson Baker
"Love and Summer," by William Trevor
"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett
"A Guide to the Great Beyond," by Jane Brody
"Pirate's Latitudes," by Michael Chrichton
"Fingerprints of God," by Barbara Bradley Haggerty
"Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work," by Matthew Crawford
"Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman," by Jon Krakauer
"Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son," by Michael Chabon
"Border Songs," by Jim Lynch
"Fool," by Christopher Moore
"Stones Into Schools," by Greg Mortenson
"The Angel's Game," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," by Steig Larsson
"An Echo in the Bone," by Diane Gabaldon
"Sum," by David Eagleman
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
"Yesterday's Weather: Stories," by Anne Enright
"The Lacuna," by Barbara Kingsolver
"Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist," by Thomas Levenson
"The Last Olympian," by Rick Riordan
"When You Reach Me,' by Rebecca Sead
"Al Capone Shines My Shoes," by Gennifer Sheldenko
"Ms. Hempel Chronicles," by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
"The Other Queen," by Phillipa Gregory
"Lark and Termite," by Jayne Anne Phillips
"Woods Burner," by John Pipkin
"American Rust," by Philipp Meyer
"The Madonna's of Leningrad," by Debra Dean
"Brooklyn," by Colm Toibin
"The Elegance of the Hedgehog," by Muriel Barbery
"Born to Run," by Christopher McDougall
"An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith," by Barbara Brown Taylor
"The Financial Lives of the Poets," by Jess Walter
"The Long Fall," by Walter Mosley
"The Irresistible Revolution," by Shane Claiborne
"Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto," by Mark Levin
"The Latehomecomer," by Kao Kalia Yang
"After River," by Donna Milner
"The House in the Night," by Susan Marie Swason
"The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes," by Bryan Burrough
"Infinite Jest," by David Foster Wallace
"Carry Me Across the Water," by Ethan Canin
"King Dork," by Frank Portman
"Mariposa," by Greg Bear
"A Christmas Blizzard," by Garrison Keillor
"Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond
"The Power of Purpose," by Richard Leider
"Evolution for Everyone," by David Sloan Wilson
"The Forgotten 500," by Gregory Freeman
"Eternal Life," by John Shelby Spong
"So Brave, Young and Handsome," by Leif Enger
"Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials," by Reza Negarestani
"The Gathering Storm," by Robert Jordan
"Songs of the Dying Earth," by George R.R. Martin
"The Book of Unholy Mischief," by Elle Newmark
"Everything Matters," by Ron Currie
"In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension," by Dan Falk


Books that take you to different places and times

"Out of Africa," by Isak Dinesen
"Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton," by Sara Wheeler
"Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica," by Sara Wheeler
"Travels in a Thin Country," by Sara Wheeler  
"In Patagonia," by Bruce Chatwin
"Angela's Ashes," by Frank McCourt
"Brian's Winter," by Gary Paulsen
"Riding the Iron Rooster," by Paul Theroux
"The Great Railway Bazaar," by Paul Theroux
"Dark Star Safari," by Paul Theroux
"Italian Education," by Tim Parks
"Passage to India," by E.M. Forster
"Dubliners," by James Joyce
"The Sheltering Sky," by Paul Bowles
"Tales of the Alambra," by Washington Irving
"Travels with Charlie," by John Steinbeck
"Log from the Sea of Cortez," by John Steinbeck
"The Anatomy of Biblomania," by Holbrook Jackson
"The Innocents Abroad," by Mark Twain
"The Comedians," by Graham Greene
"The Quiet American," by Graham Greene
"Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure," by Sarah Macdonald
"Eat, Pray, Love," by Elizabeth Gilbert
"On the Road," by Jack Kerouac
"The Farming of Bones," by Edwidge Danticat
"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe," by Fanne Flagg
"Far Tortuga," by Peter Matthiessen
"Eleni," by Nicholas Gage
"The Shadow of the Sun," by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"Travels with Herodotus," by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"McCarthy's Bar," by Pete McCarthy
"A Time of Gifts," by Patrick Leigh Fermor
"Between the Woods and the Water," by Patrick Leigh Fermor
"No Mercy: A Journey Into the Heart of the Congo," by Redmond O'Hanlon
"A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson
"West with the Night," by Beryl Markham
"The Missing," by Tim Gautreaux
"As They Were," by M.F.K. Fisher
"Undaunted Courage," by Stephen Ambrose
"Hawaii," by James Michener
"Shogun," by James Clavell
"Last Letters from Hav," by Jan Morris
"The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway
"A Moveable Feast," by Ernest Hemingway
"Life and Death in Shanghai," by Nien Cheng
"Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife," by Margaret Williamson
"Home to Harlem," by Claude McKay
"Passing," by Nella Larsen
"A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens
"Until I Find You," by John Irving
"You Shall Know Our Velocity," by Dave Eggers
"Wind, Sand and Stars," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"In Arabian Nights," by Tahir Shah
"Extra Virgin," by Annie Hawes
"The Wild Trees," by Richard Preston
"Fingerprints of the Gods," by Graham Hancock
"Full Tilt," by Dervla Murphy
"Bitter Lemons," by Lawrence Durrell
"The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver