1.  My iPhone by Brad Miser   (A user’s guide to the iPhone 6)

2.  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Excellent novel.  Loved it.)

3.  Velvet Rage by Alan Downs, PhD.  (Gay self-help book. Read it for my book club. Minimally insightful)

4.  Picking Up by Robin Nagle.  (Journalist travels with NYC sanitation workers, give us the inside scoop.  Informative and entertaining.)

5.  Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto (Fascinating story of my favorite international city.  Excellently written.)

6.  I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer  (Another selection for the book club I joined.  Poorly written, horrible protagonist, hated it.)

7.  Without You, There is No Us – Suki Kim (Fascinating insider account of life as a teacher in North Korea.)

8.  The Dylanologists – David Kinney (A look at Bob Dylan’s insanely obsessive fans. Scary.)

9.  There’s Something I Want You to Do – Charles Baxter  (Well written collection of short stories, each having characters that intertwine between the stories.  Enjoyable.)

10:  Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone – by Marky Ramone  (Memoir from the Ramones’ drummer.  Great insight into the band’s interpersonal dynamics.)

11. The Snow Queen – Michael Cunningham  (Great writer, disappointing novel.  A story about nothing, really.  Never went anywhere.)

12. Silence Once Begun – Jesse Ball  (Intriguing novel about a fictional murder in Japan)

13. Carsick – John Waters (Hilarious tales – some true, some not – of Waters’ hitchhiking odyssey across America.)

14.  Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys – Viv Albertine  (No holds barred punk memoir by the Slits’ guitarist)

15.  Burma’s Spring by Rosalind Russell (Brilliant account of Burma’s march toward democracy)

16. It’s Not Over – Michelangelo Signorile  (Gay activist’s warning about becoming complacent in the face of recent gains in the gay rights movement.)

17. From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey – Pascal Khoo Thwe  (Memoir detailing the journey of a Burmese man from farm boy to university scholar. Compelling.)

18. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (Biography and well-deserved homage to the woman whose donated cancer cells have led to countless important medical discoveries.)

19. The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read – Daniel R. Solin  (I still have at least five years before considering retirement, but I always like to be prepared.)

20.  The Rough Guide to Myanmar (Burma) – Gavin Thomas (My Burma obsession continues.  Read this book cover to cover in preparation for my trip there.)

21.  Eyewitness Travel Myanmar (Burma) – DK Publishing  (Read this one almost cover to cover as well, to see what I would be getting into in Burma.)

22.  To Myanmar with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur – ThingsAsian Press (Helpful tips and practical insights into this fascinating country.)

23.  Mookie:  Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets – Mookie Wilson  (Great first-person account of Mookie’s life in and out of baseball, with lots about the fabled “Game 6”)

24. Spell it Out: The Curious, Enthralling, and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling – David Crystal  (Great explanation of how and why we spell words the way we do.)

25. Elephant Company – Vicki Constantine Croke  (Spellbinding account of a fascinating man and his connection to elephants.  Takes place in Burma, of course.)

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