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I am the maintainer for expatsinafrica and hivnews. I co-moderate african_studies.

Books I started but haven't finished:
Oliver Sacks: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Barack Obama: The Audacity of Hope
Cornell West: Race Matters
Nelson Mandela: Long Road to Freedom
Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine

Books I purposely didn't finish
Amy Tan: The Bonesetter's Daughter
David Gilmour: Film Club

Books I finished:

Levitt/Dubner: Freakonomlics
Russell Banks: The Reserve
Sloane Crosley: I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Christopher Macdougall: Born to Run
Toni Morrison: Sula
Jane Smiley: A Thousand Acres
E. Annie Proulx: Heart Songs
Alice Walker: The Third LIfe of Grange Copeland
Gloria Naylor: Linden Hills
Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Banana Yoshimoto: Goodbye, Tsugumi
John Banville: The Sea
Bernard Schlink: The Reader
Ernest Hemingway: Green Hills of Africa
Russell Banks: The Darling
Malcolm Gladwell: Blink
Fannie Flagg: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
Rian Malan: My Traitor's Heart
Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food
Wendell Berry: Home Economics (reread)
C. S. Lewis: The Great Divorce
Wendell Berry: Bringing it to the Table - On Farming and Food
Elif Shafak: The Bastard of Istanbul
Norman Rush: Mating
Neil Gaiman: The Anansi Boys
Jeanette Winterson: Written on the Body
John Grisham: The Associate
Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud
Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated
Alice McDermott: A Bigamist's Daughter
Elizabeth Berg: What We Keep
Best Science and Nature Writing of 2007
Michael Chabon: Wonder Boys
Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Barbara Kingsolver: The Lacuna

Bryan Mealer: All things Must Fight To Live (reading)
John Irving: Until I Find You
Best American Short Stories of 2009
Frederick Forsyth: The Dogs of War
Anne Kingston: The Meaning of Wife
Michael Pollan: A Place of My Own - The architecture of daydreams
Harriet Washington: Medical Apartheid
Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Stepped On A Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Best American Short Stories of 2007
Bill Bryson: A Walk In the Woods
Atul Gawande: Better
Susie Orbach: Bodies
Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Flood
Rhoda Janzen: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Ann Tyler: Back When We Were Grownups
Audrey Niffenegger: Her Fearful Symmetry
Tracy Kidder: Strength in What Remains
I Love Myself when I am Laughing: Zora Neale Hurston anthology
Howard French: A Continent for the Taking

Aravind Adiga: Between the Assassinations
Atul Gawande: Complications
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus
D. Farah and S. Braun: Merchant of Death - Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible
Gerard Kaplan: The Betrayal of Africa
Giles Bolton: Africa Doesn't Matter
Mary Roach: Bonk
Elizabeth Pisani: Wisdom of Whores
Philippe Sands: Torture Team
John Updike: The Centaur
Michael Pollan: The Omnivore's Dilemma
Vikram Chandra: Love and Longing in Bombay
Thrity Umrigar: The Space Between Us
Jose Eduardo Agualusa: Book of Chameleons

Andre Brink: Looking on Darkness
Rob Gifford: China Road
Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Bill Bryson: Shakespeare
Jon Evans: The Blood Price
Ann Patchett: Bel Canto
Barbara Kingsolver: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
Jhumpa Lahiri: Unaccustomed Earth
Jim Shepard: Like You'd Understand, Anyway
Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger
Yann Martel: Life of Pi

Andrea Levy: A Small Island
N'gugi wa Thiongo: The Wizard of the Crow
Adam Roberts: The Wonga Coup
Ann Patchett: Truth and Beauty
Jennifer Baumgardner: Look Both Ways - Bisexual Politics
Best American Short Stories 2006
Kang Chol-hwan: The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Barbara Kingsolver: Small Wonder
Barbara Kingsolver: High Tide in Tucson
Andrea Levy: Fruit of the Lemon
Ryszard Kapuscinski: Shadow of the Sun
Jill Ker Conway: The Road From Coorain
Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex
Deborah Copaken Kogan: Shutterbabe
Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
Orhan Pamuk: Snow
Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin
Ngugi wa Thiong'o: Petals of Blood
Michael Ondaatje: Anil's Ghost

Joan Didion: Democracy
Joan Didion: The Year of Magical Thinking
Edwidge Danticat: The Dew Breaker
Best American Essays of 2006
John LeCarre: The Mission Song
Zadie Smith: On Beauty
Marina Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
E.M.Forster: A Passage to India
Gayle Peterson: An Easier Childbirth*
Ina May Gaskin: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth*
Jamaica Kincaid: Mr. Potter
Azar Nafisi: Reading Lolita in Tehran
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
Bruce Chatwin: Songlines
Jon Krakauer: Under the Banner of Heaven
Aidan Hartley: The Zanzibar Chest
Graham Greene: Travels with my Aunt

*For the record, I am not expecting, but if you are, I would highly recommend Gaskin and highly NOT recommend Peterson.

Lynne Duke: Mandela, Mobutu and Me (the Mobutu chapters)
Dorothy Allison: Bastard Out of Carolina
Kathryn Harrison: The Kiss
Sandra Cisneros: Caramelo
William Faulkner: The Wild Palms
Dava Sobel: Galileo's Daughter
Susan Vreeland: The Passion of Artemisia
Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Joan Anderson: A Year By the Sea
Haruki Murakami: The Windup Bird Chronicle
VS Naipaul: A Bend in the River
Ishmael Reed: Japanese By Spring
Elfriede Jelinek: The Piano Teacher
Ryu Murakami: In the Miso Soup
Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye
George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London

Aug-Dec 2004
Dan Brown: The DaVinci Code
Pete Hamill: Snow in August
Dai Sijie: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Ha Jin: The Crazed
Jane Hamilton: The Book of Ruth
Nuala O'Faolain: My Dream of You
Douglas Kennedy: The Pursuit of Happiness
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake
Zadie Smith: The Autograph Man

Books I'm going to read:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Thing Around Your Neck
Gerard Prunier: Africa's World War
Thomas Turner: The Congo Wars
Bill Bryson: A short history of nearly everything
Graham Greene: The Quiet American; The Heart of the Matter; The Third Man
Jamaica Kincaid: My Brother
Arundhati Roy: The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile
Caroline Elkins: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya
Ronan Bennet: The Catastrophist
Nina Planck: Real Food: What to Eat and Why
Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein: Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Henrietta Moore: The Subject of Anthropology
Thomas Lynch: The Undertaking
Isabel Gillies: Happens Every Day
Jessica Gregson: The Angelmakers
Deborah Copaken Kogan: Between Here and April, Hell is Other Parents
Harry Bernstein: The Invisible Wall, The Dream, What Happened to Rose


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