fabrics feb 2010 – letters to the editor

KAREN LOUISE( Feb.’10)— My 2009 Book List


My family began a new tradition this past New Year’s Eve.  My parents are no longer interested in ringing in the New Year at midnight. Instead, we all compiled lists of the books we’ve read this year and shared our lists at a much more reasonable hour.  It didn’t matter if we read technical computer manuals, relaxing fan fiction, or new age spirituality.  We shared our lists and have begun new lists for next year.  Here is my list:


I completed an on-line college algebra course with material from “My Math Lab” published by Pearson.  I also reviewed a number of math text books for substitute teaching jobs.


Last winter, I finished reading both of Barack Obama’s books, Dreams From My Father (revised, 2004) and The Audacity of Hope (2006).  He’s an excellent writer who works out his personal history as well as his understanding of civil rights history and sense of community.


The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

Leonard Susskind    2008

In my never ending search to understand what particle physics has to say about reality, matter, time, and being.


Intuitive Eating

Evelyn Tibole & Elyse Resch   2003

Very informative understanding of the human brain, conditioned responses, and eating disorders.


How God Changes Your Brain

Andrew Newberg & Mark Robert Waldmen


Excellent book on spirituality, meditation, and how it affects your brain. Both are research scientists at Penn who have been studying human brains for decades.


The History of Last Night’s Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path of the Soul

Rodger Kamenetz  2007

Great read.  Rodger studied dream interpretation for years and uses it to help people understand their unconscious (or what the collective unconscious is telling them).  He’s Jewish, but has studied Buddhist philosophy as well as Freudian and Jungian works.


Lady Susan

Jane Austen   1805(?)

LS is wicked, manipulative, and very entertaining.  She schemes her way through life as she leaves a trail of broken hearts and tattered lives in her wake.  Interesting because JA tells the story in a series of letters between characters.


Collected Works

Jane Austen

Read bits and portions of Jane throughout the year. Any novel, any section can provide clever, relaxing reading. 


Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death and the SAT’s

Paula Marantz Cohen   2006

Witty updated version of Persuasion as experienced by a lovely guidance counselor at an uber-competitive high school in Westchester County, NY.


The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett   2007

What if Queen Elizabeth took a delight in reading and literature as an older person?  Very delightful read.  It shines a light on the duties (tedium) of royal responsibility. It’s about relationships and self-discovery.


Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment

Deepak  Chopra   2008

A fictional account of Jesus’ early life as told by a spiritual teacher from a non-Christian tradition.


A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle   2005

Spiritual teachings on the present moment, the illusion of living for the future, awareness and healing the world that rejects life as it is.


Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played

Jon Wertheim  2009

Wimbledon 2008, ended in darkness and tears and triumph.


Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions

Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk and teacher)  2004


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon  2003

Bestseller by first-time author. A mystery told from the point of view of an autistic teenage boy in England.


Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool

Dr. Lauren Artress  1995

1 comment to fabrics feb 2010 – letters to the editor

  • Hey Karen Louise!

    Even though I have always been “math challenged” we share some of the same reading choice. I have also read the Labyrinth book, WALKING A SACRED PATH by Artress and THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, by Hadden. Tolle is also on my bookshelf, just not that title.

    Thanks for sharing your reads!

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