Books Read in 2008

I tried to read a book/week again, which seems very reasonable, but fell short once again. I’m about halfway through a dozen other books, which I’ll probably just finish & count for ’09. Under each category, they’re listed in the order I read them. Incidentally, the first book I read in 2008 was The Audacity of Hope by Mister Obama.


  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  2. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Life After God by Douglas Coupland
  5. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  6. Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson


  1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  2. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
  3. Riding With Strangers: A Hitchhiker’s Journey by Elijah Wald
  4. The Tilted Arc Controversy: Dangerous Precedent? by Harriet F. Senie
  5. Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Reluctant Metrosexual by Peter Hyman
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  10. Wampeters, Fomas, and Granfalloons by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon
  12. Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut ed. by William Rodney Allen
  13. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  14. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis


  1. Luther and Erasmus: Freewill and Salvation by Erasmus and Martin Luther
  2. Homosexuality, Science, and the ‘Plain Sense’ of Scripture ed. Timothy Bradshaw
  3. The Enlightenment in France by Frederick Artz
  4. Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul
  5. Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America by Eric Alterman
  6. Fixed Ideas: America Since 9/11 by Joan Didion
  7. Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  8. Christian Anarchy: Jesus’ Primacy Over the Powers by Vernard Eller
  9. The Fall of Interpretation by James K.A. Smith
  10. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
  11. The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Leo Tolstoy
  12. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
  13. Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church by Gregory Boyd
  14. Marx by Peter Singer
  15. Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
  16. Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn

3 thoughts on “Books Read in 2008

  1. Night by elie weisel was a book i taught last year to my students.
    Did you hear that Elie Weisels foundation was scammed by the now famous scam artist Bernard Madoff ( $50 billion financial scam … obviously not all elie’s foundation, but i heard the organization took a major hit)?

  2. I was just in Ethiopia where they are selling copies of Dreams from my father in Amharic. Couldn’t believe it.

    On a book-related note, read something by Christina Lamb this year. She’s an incredible author – The Sewing Circles of Herat (about Afghanistan) is one of my favourites, and the House of Stone (about Zimbabwe) is also good. It’s creative non-fiction.

  3. I love any comment that starts with “I was just in Ethiopia…”

    I’ll look into Lamb. Creative non-fiction is what I’d like to write myself eventually.

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