Books That I Read in 2011 – A Review

As 2011 is now in the history books, I thought that I would list the books that I read over the year.

My list reveals that I spent the year re-reading the classics: Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and other deep thinkers. Actually, I read a lot of true crime, mystery, and sports books, but I had a good time. Fifty-seven seems like a good number, given that I have both a full-time job and two small kids.

I have marked those books that I enjoyed with a (*) and those books that I especially enjoyed with (**).

1. Scorpion Reef by Charles Williams*
2. Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines by Eddie B. Allen
3. Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City by Luke Bergmann*
4. Down Among the Jocks (Hardman #5) by Ralph Dennis
5. Unknown Man #89 by Elmore Leonard*

6. Blood Cold: Fame, Sex, & Murder in Hollywood by Dennis McDougal*
7. In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother’s Unceasing Quest for the Truth by Ann Rule
8. Poison Mind by Jeffrey Good
9. City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit by Elmore Leonard**
10. Blood Warning by John Dillmann*

11. A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder by Steve Miller*
12. Blood Justice by Tom Henderson
13. Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City by Joyce Maynard
14. Masquerade by Lowell Cauffiel**
15. Dreamland by Newton Thornburg

16. 52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard*
17. On the Road with Charles Kuralt by Charles Kuralt
18. I Think I’ll Drop You Off in Deadwood: A Hitchhiker’s Story by Tom Detitta
19. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose*
20. A Season in the Sun by Roger Kahn

21. On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America by Christopher Greenslate
22. Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent*
23. Laughing in the Hills by Bill Barich
24. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay by John Gimlette
25. Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting by Kevin Kerrane*

26. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle by Moritz Thomsen*
27. God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant*
28. The Last of the Armageddon Wars (Hardman #11) by Ralph Dennis*
29. Perversity by Francis Carco
30. The Snowman by Jörg Fauser

31. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
32. Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas’ Most Notorious Female Killer by Glenn Puit*
33. Notes from the Underground: The Most Outrageous Stories from the Alternative Press by Nancy Armstrong
34. After You with the Pistol by Kyril Bonfiglioli*
35. Shopping for God: How Christianity Went from In Your Heart to In Your Face by James B. Twitchell*

36. The Double Take by Roy Huggins*
37. Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze
38. The Name of the Game Is Death by Dan J. Marlowe*
39. The Ice Harvest: A Novel by Scott Phillips**
40. The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson*

41. Holy Smoke by Tonino Benacquista*
42. Deadman’s Game by Ralph Dennis
43. Goodbye, Friend by Sebastien Japrisot
44. Songs of the Doomed : More Notes on the Death of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
45. Petroleum Man by Stanley G. Crawford

46. The Dating Game Killer: The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath, and a Series of Brutal Murders by Stella Sands
47. Our Little Secret: The True Story of a Teenager Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town by Kevin Flynn
48. Keys to Tulsa by Brian Fair Berkey
49. Silver Street by E. Richard Johnson
50. About Three Bricks Shy… And the Load Filled Up by Roy Blount, Jr.

51. That’s The Way I Saw It II – By Bob Ingram
52. Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary in the Heart of Dixie by Allen Tullos
53. After Wallace: The 1986 Contest for Governor and Political Change in Alabama by Patrick R. Cotter and James Glen Stovall*
54. The Human Factor by Graham Greene
55. The Last Cowboy by Jane Kramer

56. Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of “The Most Dangerous Man Alive” by Charles Manson (as told to Nuel Emmons)
57. The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart**

Hopefully, 2012 will bring another great batch of books my way 🙂


About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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