Life

Life (A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth) Author Richard Fortey /Published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, New York  / Originally published as Life: An Unauthorized Biography by HarperCollins Publishers, London / Copyright 1997 / Paperback, 346 Pages At the end of the book, author Richard…

The Faithful Gardener

The Faithful Gardener (A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die) Author Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD / HarperCollins Publishers / Copyright 1995 / Hardbound, 81 pages When there is so much pain that words are knocked out of my head and I am left with ringing silence, I turn to books. Somehow, other people’s…

Time, Love, Memory

Time, Love, Memory (A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior) Author Jonathan Weiner / A Borzoi Book Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc / Copyright 1999 / Hardbound, 300 Pages This is a wonderfully written behind-the-scenes look at Science being done – wet and wild and messy and all kinds of mind-boggling….

Floating Off the Page

Floating Off the Page (The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journal’s “Middle Column”) Edited by Ken Wells, Foreword by Michael Lewis / Copyright 2002 / A Wall Street Journal Book / Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York / Paperback, 282 Pages  There are many reasons to read…and to re-read. This book is…

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers (The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth) Author Paul Hoffman / Copyright 1998 / Printed in the United States by Hyperion / Paperback Edition, 318 Pages First, the subject of this biography captured my attention. Then, the brilliance of its author kept it. Both Pauls…

The Art of Hunger

The Art of Hunger (Essays, Prefaces, Interviews and The Red Notebook) Expanded Edition Author Paul Auster /Published by the Penguin Group / Copyright 1997 / Paperback, 395 Pages As a writer, I’ve always felt that I’m a better reader. And finding this book by Paul Auster made me giddy and hungry to read better. As…

Mapping the Deep

  Mapping the Deep (The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science) Author Robert Kunzig / First published as a Norton paperback / Copyright 2000 / Paperback, 345 Pages Here is a book about something very few people really know about. And here is an author who is able to share with his readers substantial knowledge with…

A Gradual Awakening

  A Gradual Awakening Author Stephen Levine / Preface by Ram Dass / Published by Doubleday, originally published by Anchor Books / Copyright 1979, 1989 / Paperback, 173 Pages Here is one of those books that I wish I had a hundred copies to give out to all my family and friends. As Ram Dass…

Riding the Iron Rooster

  Riding the Iron Rooster (By Train Through China) Author Paul Theroux / Ivy Books published by Ballantine Books / Copyright 1988 / Paperback , 451 Pages I cannot recall where I found this book, but after reading it, I went in search of Paul Theroux’ other books. I found two more titles on paperback…

The Winter of Our Discontent

  Winter of Our Discontent Author John Steinbeck / Published by Penguin Books / Copyright 1961 / Paperback, 276 pages I used to have a really old hardbound copy of this book which I kept from childhood. It came from my aunt’s library, which she generously left in ours. I treasured that book, literally. It was…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Author: Lewis Carroll / Illustrated by John Tenniel / first published in 1866 by Macmillan and Co. of London, this edition is published by Books of Wonder, New York / with afterword by Peter Glassman / Copyright 1992 / Hardbound, 196 pages I first met Alice when I was a school…

A Big Enough God

A Big Enough God (A Feminist’s Search for a Joyful Theology) Author Sara Maitland / A Riverhead Books Published by The Berkley Publishing Group, New York / Copyright 1995 / Paperback 191 Pages I am not one to discuss religion or my faith in casual conversation. I would usually avoid religious discourse with acquaintances and…