Books I read in 2009

The only reason I was able to read as much as I did in 2009 is because of the new eBook readers for my iPhone.

Kate was born in February 2009

In February 2009, I gave birth to my first child, a daughter named Kate, and she kept me busy most of the year.  Thanks to the elegantly designed Kindle reader for iPhone, I was able to read one-handed while feeding or rocking my daughter.

I also used the new Barnes and Noble eBook reader for iPhone, but that app wasn’t quite as elegant.  The pages were just a bit harder to turn, and the need to authenticate using my credit card number was a pain.  I will probably give this app another chance in 2010 – hopefully after Barnes and Noble improves it a bit.

Last year I read a lot of fiction – a bit easier and faster to read than the non-fiction I like.  I found a couple of new authors and rapidly read most of what they wrote.

To find these books in a library near you, you can view this list at

Ackerman, Diane. 1990. A natural history of the senses. New York: Random House.

Allen, Sarah Addison. 2008. The sugar queen. New York, N.Y.: Bantam Dell.

Allen, Sarah Addison. 2007. Garden spells. New York: Bantam Books.

Dorfman, Josh. 2009. The lazy environmentalist on a budget: save money, save time, save the planet. New York: Abrams.

Fernyhough, Charles, and Charles Fernyhough. 2009. A thousand days of wonder: a scientist’s chronicle of his daughter’s developing mind. New York: Avery.

Florey, Kitty Burns. 2009. Script and scribble: the rise and fall of handwriting. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Melville House Pub.

Green, Jane. 2009. Dune road. New York: Viking.

Hornby, Nick. 2009. Juliet, naked. New York: Riverhead Books.

Kinsella, Sophie. 2008. Remember me? New York, N.Y.: Dial Press.

Lamb, Cathy. 2007. Julia’s chocolates. New York: Kensington Books.

López, Lorraine. 2008. The gifted Gabaldón sisters. New York: Grand Central Pub.

McInerney, Monica. 2006. Family baggage: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books.

McInerney, Monica. 2009. Greetings from somewhere else: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks.

McInerney, Monica. 2007. The Faraday girls: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books.

McInerney, Monica. 2005. The alphabet sisters: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books.

McInerney, Monica. 2008. Upside down, inside out: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books.

Meacham, Jon. 2008. American lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. New York: Random House.

Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. 1987. Watchmen. New York: DC Comics Inc.

Morton, Kate. 2008. The house at Riverton: a novel. New York: Atria Books.

Morton, Kate. 2009. The forgotten garden: a novel. New York: Atria Books.

Murkoff, Heidi Eisenberg. 2008. What to expect the first year. New York: Workman Pub.

Myron, Vicki, and Bret Witter. 2008. Dewey: a small-town library cat who touched the world. New York: Grand Central Pub.

Nicastro, Nicholas. 2008. Circumference: Eratosthenes and the ancient quest to measure the globe. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Okasha, Samir. 2002. Philosophy of science: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shaffer, Mary Ann, and Annie Barrows. 2008. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. New York, N.Y.: The Dial Press.

Tomalin, Claire. 1997. Jane Austen: a life. New York: Knopf.

Walker, Kathryn. 2008. A stopover in Venice: a novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Weir, Alison. 2009. Mistress of the monarchy: the life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster. New York: Ballantine Books.

Weisberger, Lauren. 2008. Chasing Harry Winston. New York: Simon & Schuster.


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