Reading has always been one of my great pleasures, though at times it has appeared a slippery endeavor.  I do enjoy a variety of subjects and often get on "genre kicks," such as cookbooks, magazines, foreign travel, self-help, women authors, Indian writers etc.

On this page I've assembled some books I've recently read so I can keep track of them, and, so others can peruse the titles for their own reading ideas.  Some of these books (from used bookstores, yard sales, thrift stores) are on my "real" bookshelf, but most I borrow from the library.

I never stop searching for titles that pique my interest--nor for great bargains that hold hidden secrets between their pages!

Have a book you'd like to recommend?  Send the title my way:

Currently reading (2008):

The Road from Coorain, by Jill Ker Conway, memoir of growing up Australian

Past titles:

Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, by Lucette Lagnado

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, by Laila Lalami
The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
Climbing the Mango Trees (memoir), by Madhur Jaffrey
Anatomy of an Illness, by Norman Cousins
It's not about the Tapas, by Polly Evans
Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas
Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl
My Antonia, by Willa Cather
I Celebrate Myself, The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg, by Bill Morgan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, by Ved Mehta
Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
The Red Letters, by Ved Mehta
Darjeeling, by Bharti Kirchner
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris
The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
Confessions of a Slacker Mom, by Muffy Mead-Ferro
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
Around the House and in the Garden, by Dominique Browning
Sister India, by Peggy Payne
Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
Bird by Bird, by Anne LaMott
The Art of Mending, by Elizabeth Berg
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Jasmine, by Bharati Mukerjee
Hold the Enlightenment, by Tim Cahill
Vinegar Hill, by M. Ansay
Infants of Spring, by Wallace Thurman
Eat Cake, by Jeanne Ray
Bread Alone, by Judith Ryan Hendricks
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? By Lorrie Moore
Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks
For Matrimonial Purposes, by Kavita Daswani
Himalayan Dhaba, by Craig Danner
Traveling Mercies, by Anne LaMott
Bella Tuscany, by Frances Mayes
A Walk Through the Woods, by Bill Bryson

Books of Short Stories:

Where the Long Grass Bends, by Neela Vaswani
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Arranged Marriage, by Chitra Banerjee
Colored Bangles, by Saloni Narang
Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

Books on Writing:

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
Bird by Bird, by Anne LaMott
Writing in Flow, by Susan K. Perry, PhD
How to Write and Sell Magazine Articles, by Daniel Case and Peggy Moss
Elements of Style