This year I decided to make a Book Christmas Tree – something a little bit more detailed than my beloved Charlie Brown Christmas tree, but still room for creativity. I actually have a whole “to-read” book table. Yes – table. So it was the perfect place to just do some…rearranging! I had to be a little bit more creative with the top of the tree. Luckily I had small volumes of love poems that were just right!
The books in the tree (from top-to-bottom):
- Random House Treasury of Favorite Love Poems, Second Edition
- Poetry to Share Your Love (Portable Poetry) Edited by Michael Schmidt
- Love Edited by Yves Saint Laurent
- In Our Strange Gardens (English and French Edition) by Michel Quint
Note: I’ve actually read this one. It was a good read.
- Chokeby Chuck Palahniuk
- The Wayward Bus (Penguin Classics) by John Steinbeck
- Cup of Gold (Penguin Classics) by John Steinbeck
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest (Everyman’s Library)by Dashiell Hammett
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Silmarillion, Second Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Channeling Mark Twain: A Novel by Carol Muske-Dukes
Note: Autographed by the lovely Carol Muske-Dukes after a great session on California Literature during the 2012 LA Times Book Festival
- The Enemy Within by Robert F. Kennedy
- Everything Is Illuminated: A Novelby Jonathan Safran Foer
- Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
- Magic for Beginnersby Kelly Link
Note: I’ve read this one. It’s fabulous. Recommended when I took a class by the lovely Rachel Resnick.
- Heart: Stories of Learning to Love Again (Illumina Book) Edited by Kristen Couse
Note: I’ve read this one. Very inspiring.
- Best New American Voices 2005 Edited by Francine Prose
- Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White
- A Writer’s Life by Gay Talese
- American Judaism: A History by Jonathan Sarna
Note: Bought after a great talk I saw when I worked for a Jewish organization.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale Edited by James B. South & William Irwin
- Druids: Their Origins and History by Lewis Spence
- The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick
Note: Autographed at a signing at one of my favorite comic book stores – Meltdown!
- Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears by Tom Lutz
- The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee
Note: Autographed and picked up at my favorite Seattle Bookstore – Elliott Bay Book Company
- Flu : The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic by Gina Kolata
Note: I’m pretty sure I read this, but the great Flu Epidemic of 1918 has always fascinated me, so I’m not 100% sure.
- The Boy Who Invented Television: A Story of Inspiration, Persistence, and Quiet Passionby Paul Schatzkin
- Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries) by Barbara Goldsmith
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
- What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill
Note: Purchased at my favorite New York Bookstore – Strand Books
- The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus by John Emsley
Note: #15, #28, #29, and #32 were purchased at one of my favorite Los Angeles bookstores – The Last Bookstore
- Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 by Jack Kerouac & Joyce Johnson
- Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
- A History of Japanese Literature: The First Thousand Years by Shuichi Kato
- The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology (P.S.) by Simon Winchester
- Love: A Novel by Toni Morrison
- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassem Nicholas Taleb
- Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan
- The Turquoise Mask by Phyllis A. Whitney
As I was figuring out the books, I realized that this is very random assortment, but I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way! It was also nice to map my book adventures a bit. Happy Holidays!