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Baby and Books

This is Baby, Book, and Banjo, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of the first one recently. Therefore, here is the baby, sitting in my library.

Among the books her library, her favorite book is Winnie-the-Pooh, which her mother is reading to her in English, and I am reading to her in Esperanto.

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January 4th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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Books I Read in 2011

2011 was the Year of the Lime — the year that “Book and Banjo” became “Baby, Book, and Banjo.” I’d predicted that having a newborn in the house would cut into my reading time (and it was a tradeoff I’d gladly make). But, having a newborn seemed to give me more time for reading. The iPhone Kindle app helped turn time spent waiting in the doctor’s office into a few pages, as did listening to audiobooks in the car while lulling baby Limelette to sleep. (I consider listening to unabridged audiobooks to be the equivalent of reading the book.)

In 2011, I read the following 70 books. I’ve bolded the ones I especially enjoyed or recommend.

January 2011
Myths, History, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee

February 2011
The Great Gatsby
No Country for Old Men
The Turn of the Screw
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Mile-High Fever
Wizard and Glass
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

March 2011
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
The Kingdom of Ohio
At Home
Wise Blood
Roughing It

The Reivers

April 2011
Pym
Foxfire Book
American Gods
Gilead

May 2011
Deathless
Disappearing Spoon
Infinite Jest
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

June 2011
Strange Angel
The Possessed
The Spirit Thief
The Tiger’s Wife
Confederates in the Attic
A Visit from the Goon Squad

July 2011
American Lightning
From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore
Rich in Love
Georgia Odyssey
Charlatan
50 Favorite Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright
Children of Fire
Georgia Curiosities
Creating Black Americans
Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege
Flowing Through Time

August 2011
Slavery in the American Mountain South
Their Eyes Were Watching God
That Half-Barbaric Twang
Every Tongue Got to Confess
Bel Canto
African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia
Drunkard’s Walk
The Souls of Black Folks
The Original of Laura

September 2011
Blacking Up
The Language of Science and Faith
Let’s Play White
Moby Dick
Tambo and Bones
Folks Visions & Voices
Musicophilia
Pale Fire
The Signifying Monkey

October 2011
Seal Skin
Swamplandia!
Mail-Order Mysteries
The City & The City
Folk-Songs from the Southern Highlands
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

November 2011
Wolves of the Calla
Bossypants
Pilgrim of the Sky

December 2011
Embassytown
Rise and Fall of the Bible
Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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January 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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