Book Notes

A list of books recently-read that I have discussed here.

For many years, Phoebe-Lou Adams wrote wonderful short reviews for The Atlantic. The short reviews were part of the month and part of the landscape; only when they were gone did I think about them. Short notes are tricky, but they make a nice sort of postmodern commonplace book, and way to share impressions and small joys.

This page is also an experiment in Information Architecture with Tinderbox. Tinderbox lets me gather and maintain this list automatically, so it's easy to build and easier to keep current.

A Cook's Tour

A Hymn Before Battle

A Killing Smile

A New Way To Cook

A Test Of Wills

Abraham's Promise

All She Was Worth

American Gods

Back Story

Beat To Quarters

Book Business: Publishing Past and Future

Bridge: 25 Ways to Compete In The Bidding

Buddha's Money


Chasing Shakespeares

Cold Hunter's Moon

Color Harmony For The Web

Deal Breaker

Death Assemblage

Death by Hollywood

Death and Taxes

Design for Community

Effective STL

Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life

Empire Falls

Everyone in Silico

Experience Design

Far Side of the World

Fever Season

Flash to the Core


Fresh Styles for Web Designers: Eye Candy from Underground

Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night

Get Shorty

Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home

Good Omens

Guards! Guards!

Gust Front

Half Magic

Half Moon Street

Hand Over Fist

Hanna's Daughters

Hard Rain

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Havana Twist


History of the Musical

Home Town

Humana Festival 2000


Introduction to Declarer's Play

J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

Jafsie and John Henry: Essays

John Adams

Justice Hall

Kiln People


Lessons Learned in Software Testing

Letter of Marque

Letters from the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross

Libraries in the Ancient World

London Walks

Lonely Planet: Unpacked Again


Love Invents Us


Make-Believe Town

Making Movies

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Modern C++ Design

C++ Gems

Murder in the Sentier

Mystic River


Night Soldiers

No Vivaldi in the Garage

North of Boston

Notes From A Small Island

O Jerusalem

On Directing Film

On Histories and Stories

Pattern Recognition

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

Planning Extreme Programming

Prairie Gothic

Pride and Prejudice

Programming Ruby

Rashomon Gate

Reading the Vampire Slayer


Rules for Revolutionaries

Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Sharpe's Triumph

Shopping for Buddhas

Simon's Family

Simple: Web Sites

Skipping Christmas

Stepping Out

Stet: An Editor's Life

Straight Up or On The Rocks

Strange Victory

The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away

The Berlin Stories

The Big Gamble

The Boston Marriage

The Bride's Kimono

The Bug


The Commodore

The Complete Essays of Mark Twain

The Crofter and the Laird

The Elements of User Experience


The Goal

The Golden Ocean

The Great Movies

The Heidi Chronicles

The Hundred Days

The Kappa C hild

The King David Report

The Liar

The Little Friend

The Lord of the Rings

The Med

The Moon's Shadow

The Mount

The Mouse Driver Chronicles

The Murder Book

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The Old Neighborhood

The Old Neighborhood

Ottoman Empire

The Remains of the Day

The Reverse of the Medal

Siege of the Arts

The Sinister Pig

The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy

The Startup Garden

The Thai Amulet

Thirteen Gun Salute

The Wailing Wind

The Weblog Handbook

The Whisper of Leaves

The Wiki Way

The Wild Party

The World At Night

The Yellow Admiral

This Earth of Mankind

Thread of the Spider


Singapore Ghost Stories 8

True and False

Under Fire

Under the Color of Law

Utopian Entrepreneur

We've Got Blog


Widow's Walk





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