Good Books & Addictive Authors


Refugio They Named You Wrong  by Susan Clark Schofield

Nowhere Else on Earth  by Josephine Humphreys

Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodie Picoult

The Monk Downstairs  by Tim Farrington

Anthem for a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx

Lynda La Plante

Ken Bruen

Most Scandinavian Crime novelists

Peter Taylor?  (Australian)

Dennis Lehane

Michael Nava

James Lee Burke

Tana French


Spirituality of the Body by Alexander Lowen

How We Die by Sheldon Nuland




Audiobooks & Narrators still with me

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. Narrated by Brad Pitt.

Sea Biscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.  Narrated by Campbell Scott.

Cell by Stephen King.  Narrated by Campbell Scott.

The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale.  Narrated by Don Jellerson.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell.

Any James Lee Burke titles narrated by Will Patton.

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.  Narrated by Michael Boatwright.

Prodigal Summer written & narrated by Barbara Kingsolver.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  Narrated by Richard Poe.

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  Narrated by Jenna Lamia.

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Narrated by James Jenner, Ali Ahn ?

The Shining by Stephen King.  Narrated by Campbell Scott.

Beach House by Jane Green.  Narrated by Cassandra Campbell.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  Narrated by Edward Herrman.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Narrated by Lynne Thigpen.









Querky things I remember:

  • “It’s a dog eat dog world and there ain’t enough dog to go around ” news cartoon/ 2005 in SF
  • ” They say God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle, but I don’t know what homeboy thinks my back is made of”  Elderly woman in documentary about terminal illness.
  • “Story about the housewife who cleaned everyday all day. She spent her life fighting dirt and when she passed away she was buried in dirt.”  Not sure where I heard this.
  • “That dog don’t hunt.”  Not sure.
  • If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”  Not sure.
  • “Shoot all extremists”  wall graffiti in Sebastopol, CA/1978.
  • “Little Crooked House”  Name of home-organization business/2010.
  • “We’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”  Oscar Wilde
  • “Lets be frank with each other.”  My mother/ age 85 in 2006.
  • “Hair is a woman’s crowning glory.”  My dad when I was a teenager.
  • “Other people show me to myself.”  high school friend/ 1970?
  • The raw dialogue in the original Bad News Bears movie.  Long time ago.
  • The bathtub falling through the floor in the movie ‘The Money Pit”  “
  • The title of the movie “Throw Mama from the Train”                          “
  • How amazing Christian Bale was as a little kid in the movie “Empire of the Sun”  “