The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

SuperFreakonomics, S. Levitt and S. Dubner

The Lizard Cage, Karen Connelly

The Garneau Block, Todd Babiak

The Girl who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson

The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larson

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer. This man is an excellent writer. I am in sympathy with him much of the time. I couldn’t help but find it sad, though, that he didn’t eat his grandmother’s chicken soup. I take a great pleasure in the fact that although I became a vegetarian at the age of 12, I decided to make an exception for my grandmother’s chicken soup in my late 20s, just before she died. I think she died in greater peace because of it! I also think of my favorite hippie-friends in northern California who are slightly nutty organic vegans, but when they went traveling in western Africa, and were offered a chicken head stew by the chief of a tribe, they ate it. There is much to be said about social eating, the community formed by eating, that I think he misses (surprising for a Jewy Jew). I think in focusing on the morality of eating animals, he puts us on par with the animals, which I guess, when it comes down to it, I don’t agree with. I am, it turns out, specieist (who knew?). The “you’re eating shit” part of the book was WAY more compelling an argument for me!

St. Urbain’s Horseman, Mordecai Richler

Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, M. A. Shaffer and Anne Barrows

Maps for Lost Lovers, Nadeem Aslam

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

Total Immersion, Allegra Goodman

The Girls, Lori Lansens

The Outside World, Tova Mirvis

Caucasia, Danzy Senna

Cockeyed, Ryan Knighton

Rather Laugh than Cry, Malka Zipora

Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro

Butterfly Tears, Zoe Roy

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris

Sima’s Undergarments for Women, Ilana Stanger-Ross

The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith

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