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How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service
Ram Dass, Richard Alpert, Paul Gorman
The Monk Downstairs
Tim Farrington
Angle of Repose
Wallace Stegner, Mark Bramhall
An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues (Introduction to Religion)
Peter Harvey
Stoner - John Edward Williams Tim Kreider recommendation NYT 10/20/13
The Unknowns - Gabriel  Roth Manjula Martin recommendation

The Son

The Son - Philipp Meyer Grand, sweeping novel about Texas, family, violence, history, America and humanity. Great book.
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book - Daniel M. Ingram For serious Buddhist meditators, iconoclastic and indispensable.
The Magus - John Fowles David Thomas, David Moldawer recs (says basis for "The Game" movie)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel - Rachel Joyce Quon rec
All That Is - James Salter This book and its author were ill-served by all the hype that surrounded its publication - just a pleasant, episodic story-of-a-life. Ordinary writing, felt very old-fashioned, like a mid-list novel from the 50s. For a much better novel of this ilk, read William Boyd's ANY HUMAN HEART or Richard Yates' A SPECIAL PROVIDENCE.
Turtle Diary - Russell Hoban, Ed Park Rec via Ed Park intro excerpted in Slate.
Dad Is Fat - Jim Gaffigan Meh. Cute, slender, commonplace musings about parenthood. Maybe funnier in performance but not a book worth reading.
Bossypants - Tina Fey Meh - quick, light read - mishmash of humor, celeb tales and modern feminism - sort of a combo of Woody Allen and Sheryl Sandberg.
Case Histories - Kate Atkinson David Klotz recommendation. Nice writing but melding of multiple cases diffused things - wouldn't likely read any more by her.
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry Rachel Balik raves
Any Human Heart - William Boyd, To Be Announced Lovely sweeping novel - the story of a life - touching, interesting, great audiobook performance by Simon Vance.
TransAtlantic - Colum McCann So disappointing, especially after loving LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. In this book every character's section was written with the same elegiac tone, which grew monotonous and tiresome. Couldn't even finish.
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey Candy recommendation
Hapgood: A Play - Tom Stoppard Read before seeing staged reading at ACT. Like most plays, hard to get full picture from own reading - much more fun to see performance. Nice, intricate-if-minor Stoppard.