Thursday, November 4, 2010

Books I've read in Morocco.

September 2008:
1. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books: Azar Nafisi (Nonfiction=N)
2. Franny & Zooey, JD Salinger (Fiction=F)
3. Culture Shock: Morocco (N)
4. Working With Youth: Approaches for Volunteers (N)
5. PACA: Using Participatory Analysis for Community Action (N)

October-November 2008:
6. Loving Frank, Nancy Horan (F)
7. The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff (N)
8. Rules of the Volunteer in Development: Toolkits for Building Capacity (N)
9. Stupid White Men, Michael Moore (N)
10. A Language Older Than Words, Derrick Jensen (N)
11. The Te of Piglet, Benjamin Hoff (N)
12. The Rough Guide to Morocco (N)

December 2008:
13. Peace Corps Morocco Youth Development Teaching and Community Development Book (N)
14. Peace Corps Volunteer Ongoing Language Learning Manual (N)
15. Resources for the Dar Chebab, Peace Corps Morocco 1997, Karen E. Martin (N)
16. Resources for the Dar Chebab, Peace Corps Morocco 1998, Karen E. Martin (N)
17. Peace Corps Life Skills Manual (N)
18. Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny, Suze Orman (N)

January 2009:
19. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, Daniel Quinn (F)
20. If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino (F)
21. The Delicate Prey, Paul Bowles (F)

February 2009:
22. Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, Paul Sheffield (F)
23. The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell (N)
24. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Anne Fadiman (N)
25. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks (N)(second reading)

March 2009:

26. The Koran   
27. The Comfort of Strangers, Ian McEwan (F)
28. Best American Essays 2007 (N)
29. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (F)
30. Kiwis Might Fly: A New Zealand Adventure, Polly Evans (N)
31. Various GGLOW camp manuals, Peace Corps Morocco (N)
32. Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman’s Journey Toward Independence, Leila Abouzeid (F)
33. The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles (F)

April 2009:

34. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (F)
35. Sweetness in the Belly, Camilla Gibb (F)
36. Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor (F)
37. Patience and Power: Women’s Lives in a Moroccan Village, Susan S. Davis (N)
38. Running With Scissors, Augustyn Burroughs (N)
39. Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent, John F. Burnett (N)
40. “Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker” (N/Poetry)
41. “Quick Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less,” Robin Robertson (N/Cooking)

May 2009:
42. “In the Mind’s Eye: Essays Across the Animate World,” Elizabeth Dodd (N)
43. “Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World,” Edward Said (N)
44. The Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 (N/F)
45. “Double Fault,” Lionel Shriver (F)

June 2009:
46. “All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s,” Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (N)
47. “The Kid (What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant): An Adoption Story,” Dan Savage (N)
48. “Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide,” Charlotte Parnell (N)
49. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Stieg Larsson (F)
50. In the Land of No Right Angles, Daphne Seal (F)
51. Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women’s Lives, Kennedy Fraser (N)
52. Best New Games: 77 games and 7 trust activities for all ages and abilities, Dale N. Le Fevre (N)

July 2009:
53. Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, Natalie Goldberg (N) (reread)
54. Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey, Alison Wearing (N)
55: Rick Steves’ Spain 2006 (N)
56: In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed, Carl Honore (N)
57. A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco, Suzanna Clarke (N)
58: The River Queen: A Memoir, Mary Morris (N)
59: The Best American Travel Writing 2008, Anthony Bourdain, editor (N)

August 2009:
60. Road Work, Mark Bowden (N)
61. Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World, Mary Pipher (N) (read while on vacation in Spain)
62. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft, Natalie Goldberg (N) (third read?) (on vacation in Spain)
63. Unaccustomed Earth: Stories, Jhumpa Lahiri (on vacation in Spain) F

September 2009:
64. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway (2nd read? in Spain) (F)
65. The Best American Short Stories 1999, Amy Tan, editor (read in Spain) (F)
66. On the Rocks: The KGB Bar Fiction Anthology, Rebecca Donner, editor (F)
67. A Street in Marrakech, Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (N)
68. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle (N)
69. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (N)
70. Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems 1985-2005, Rodney Jones (Poetry) 

October 2009:
71. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town, Paul Theroux (N)
72. African Visas: A novella and stories, Maria Thomas (F)
73. Best New American Voices 2007: Fresh Fiction from the Top Writing Programs, Sue Miller, ed. (F)
74. Icy Sparks: A Novel, Gwyn Hyman Rubio (F)
75. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, Natalie Goldberg (N) (reread)
76. Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign, Pico Iyer (N) 

November 2009:
77. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck (F)
78. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (Memoir)
79. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky (F)

December 2009:
80. Selected Stories, Andre Dubus (F) (read on vacation in U.S.)
81. Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, Jen Marlowe et al. (N) (read on vacation in U.S.)

January 2010:
82. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communication of the Dying, Maggie Callahan and Patricia Kelley (N) (read on vacation in U.S.)
83. Best American Essays 2009, Mary Oliver, editor (N)
84. Best American Short Stories 2006, Ann Patchett, editor (F)
85. Everything That Rises Must Converge, Flannery O’Connor (F)
86. A Whistling Woman, A.S. Byatt (F)

February 2010:
87. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our
Families: Stories From Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch (N)
88. Waiting, Ha Jin (F)
89. The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer (F)  
90. The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Simon Winchester, editor (N)

Mach 2010:
91. We Share Walls: Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco, Katherine E. Hoffman (N)
* Way too much time reading online in lieu of books

April 2010:
92. The Best American Short Stories 2009, Alice Sebold, editor (F)
* Way too much time reading online in lieu of books

May 2010:
93. Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho (F)  
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (F)
95. Best American Travel Writing 2006, Tim Cahill, editor (N)
96. Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges, Marvine Howe (N)

June 2010:
97. A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold (N)
98. This Blinding Absence of Light, Tahar Ben Jelloun (F)
99. The Spiritual Gifts of Travel: Best of Travelers’ Tales, edited by James O’Reilly and Sean O’Really (N)
100. Walden and Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau (N)

July-August 2010:
101. The Spider’s House, Paul Bowles (F)
102. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder (N)
103. Up and Down the Road and Other Stories, Jilali el Koudia (F)

September 2010:
104. Twilight Sleep, Edith Wharton (F)
105. A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Writer Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (N)
106: Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert (N) (reread)

October 2010:
107. Lonely Planet Paris (N)
108. Berlitz French phrase book and dictionary (N)
109. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence (F)

November 2010:
110. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda (N)
111. ???
My Top 10:
A Language Older Than Words, Derreck Jensen
If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
We Share Walls: Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco, Katherine E. Hoffman
The Spider’s House, Paul Bowles
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Everything That Rises Must Converge, Flannery O’Connor
Franny & Zooey, JD Salinger
In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed, Carl Honore 


faye cassell said...

#87 is my all-time favorite non-fiction book. I read it in college and still remember the effect it had on me.

william said...

Quit bragging.

Karen E. Martin said...

Whoa! So I was googling my online history, and imagine my surprise to find myself mentioned here on your blog entry! It's really gratifiying to know that my books are still in use in PC Morocco--I hope they were helpful to you. They're the first curriculum books I ever wrote & published. Not too bad for a 25-year-old (at the time), I guess. Awww, now I'm feeling kinda nostalgic. :)

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T'halla f'rasek!