I read a great article at The New York Times, about older brains and how they learn; it's less about working puzzles and more about approaching tasks and thinking in new ways. At the end of the article I saw that the author has a book coming out this year, and so with this book, I start my 2010 reading list.
Here, in no particular order, is my list for 2010. In addition, I want to keep reading one book of poetry a month. And I want to keep buying at least one book of poetry a month. If poets don't support each other, how can we expect other people to buy our books?
1. The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain by Barbara Strauch
This book joins the book from 2009 that I forgot to read:
2. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
Other books on the 2009 list that I want to get around to:
3. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
4. After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of Religion by Robert Wuthnow
I'm already reading the next 3 books, so let me add those to my list of theology books to read:
5. The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life by Joan Chittister
6. The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher
7. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
I want to read 2 books of history:
8. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
9. History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism by Judith Bennett
I want to read two memoirs by writers:
10. The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble
11. Literary Life: A Second Memoir by Larry McMurtry
And let me not forget novels (and please, let me enjoy some vacation time like I had last August where I can just read novel after novel):
12. Gail Godwin, one of my old-time favorites, has just published a novel: Unfinished Desires
13. Lorrie Moore's latest book got lots of good press, so I'll give it a whirl: A Gate at the Stairs.
14. Richard Russo's book, That Old Cape Magic, will come back to the library shelves eventually; if that many people have checked it out, it must be good, right?
15. Zoe Heller is always a treat, so I'll read her latest, The Believers.
16. And last, but not least, I want to remember to read Barbara Kingsolver's latest, The Lacuna.
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