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Set Aside for the Moment 

  • Puyallup: A Pioneer Paradise - Lori Price and Ruth Anderson
  • Great Rocky Mountain Watering Holes - Michael Caldwell
  • Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography - David B. Williams  
  • UniverCity - The Story of the University District in Seattle - Rob Nielsen
  • Subliminal - How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior - Leonard Mlodinow 
  • Swinging Doors - Jim Marshall 
  • New York City's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Big Apple - Ben Westhoff 
  • Inventing Beauty: A history of the innovations that have made us beautiful - Teresa Riordan 
  • Eye, Brain, and Vision - David H. Hubel


In the queue 




Recently Completed


  1. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story - Sean Howe
  2. Latah County - Julie R. Monroe
  3. A Proper Drink - The Untold Story of How a Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World - Robert Simonson
  4. The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier - Elliot WestElmer Ogawa: After Hours with Seattle's Forgotten Photographer - Todd Matthews
  5. Stranger In Town: A Guide to Taverns in Oregon and Southwest Washington - Philip and Barbara Ree Thompson 
  6. Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle - Christopher Bayley
  7. Post Office - Charles Bukowski
  8. Once Upon a Time in Seattle - Emmett Watson
  9. The Guns at Last Light - The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 - Rick Atkinson
  10. The Barringtons: White Water Skippers of the North - Nancy Warren Ferrell
  11. One Hundred Years of the "Waterland" Community - A History of Des Moines, Washington - Ed. Richard T. Kennedy and Gretchen F.Schmidt
  12. Taverns West - An enjoyable look at the finest watering holes to be found along the West Coast - Michael H. Caldwell
  13. The Dry Years: Prohibition & Social Change in Washington - Norman H. Clark
  14. America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns, Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops - Christine Sismondo
  15. Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging - Gary L. Atkins
  16. Pioneer Square - Seattle's Oldest Neighborhood - ed. Mildred Tanner Andrews 
  17. Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington - N.L. Barlee
  18. A Billion Wicked Thoughts - What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships - Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam 
  19. Scoundrels and Saloons: Whisky Wars of the Pacific Northwest, 1840-1917 - Rich Mole
  20. Fugitives and Regugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon - Chuck Palahniuk
  21. Coal Towns in the Cascades - John C. Shideler
  22. Boom Towns & Relic Hunters of Northeastern Washington - Jerry Smith
  23. Before Seattle Rocked: A City and its Music - Kurt E. Armbruster
  24. Calabash: A Guide to the History, Culture & Art of African Americans in Seattle and King County, Washington - Esther Hall Mumford
  25. McCall's Historic Shore Lodge - Darcy Williamson and Marlee Wilcomb
  26. Early Ballard - Julie D. Pheasant-Albright
  27. Among The Truthers: A Journey through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground - Jonathan Kay
  28. Early Seattle Profiles - Henry Broderick
  29. Doc Maynard - Bill Speidel
  30. Watering Holes of the Northwest - Michael Caldwell
  31. The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge - Stephen Tow
  32. In the Garden of Beasts - Eric Larson (very good)
  33. Jackson Street After Hours - The Roots of Jazz in Seattle (very good)
  34. Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street  Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis(good)
  35. Losers - The Road to Everyplace but the White House - Michael Lewis (good)
  36. Heavier Than Heaven - A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross (good)
  37. The Big Short - Michael Lewis (very good)
  38. Hedonists in pursuit of pleasure and happiness - a 1970 guide to Seattle bars and restaurants - Ed. Wm. L. Hailey
  39. Just Kids - Patti Smith
  40. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior - Scott O. Lilienfeld et. al.
  41. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime - John Heilemann, Mark Halperin (very good)

  42. Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (good)

  43. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson (good)

  44. Kafka - Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

  45. Sarah from Alaska - Scott Conroy, Sushannah Walshe

  46. Storm of Steel - Ernst Junger (very good)

  47. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy  (very good)

  48. On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not - Robert A. Burton

  49. The Wine Trials - Robin Goldstein (excellent)

  50. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (okay) 

  51. Devil in the White City - Erik Larson (very good)

  52. The Invention of Air:  A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America - Steven Johnson (good)

  53. The Pluto Files:  The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet - Neil deGrasse Tyson (good)

  54. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) - Tom Vanderbilt (very good)

  55. The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 - Thomas Ricks (excellent)

  56. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America - David Hajdu (good) 

  57. The Tartar Steppe - Dino Buzzati (very good)
  58. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions -- Dan Ariely (excellent)
  59. Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris (okay)
  60. What Americans Really Believe - Rodney Stark (good)
  61. Chance - A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market & Just About Everything Else (very good)
  62. I am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter (okay)
  63. Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created The Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built and American Kingdom - John Gorenfeld (good)
  64. Worlds of Their Own: A Brief History of Misguided Ideas: Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky Affair Robert J. Schadewald (good)
  65. Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Daniel Radosh (very good)
  66.  Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - Nassim Nicholas Taleb (okay)
  67. The Drunken Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Leonard Mlodinow (excellent)
  68. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Barack Obama (very good)
  69. Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire - Matt Taibi (very good)
  70. Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon - Daniel Dennett (very good)
  71. The Wisdom of Crowds - James Surowiecki (very good)
  72. Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays - Frederick Crews (excellent)
  73. Blind Side - Michael Lewis (very good)
  74. What Is Intelligence? - James R. Flynn (good)
  75. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb (disappointing)
  76. A Tragic Legacy: How A Good VS Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency - Glenn Greenwald (a good summary, but little new info for people paying attention at the time)
  77. A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness:  From Imposter Poodles to Purple Numbers V.S. Ramachandran (very good)
  78. Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans - Garvey and Widmer
  79. Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What it Means to be Human - Ed. Susan Blackmore (excellent)
  80. Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us about Human Behavior - Nancy L. Segal (very good)
  81. Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong - Marc D. Hauser
  82. Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction - David Kuo (very good; should be read by every religious conservative)
  83. State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III - Bob Woodward (overrated, considerably inferior to Hubris or Fiasco)
  84. Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War - Michael Isikoff and David Corn (very good)
  85. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq - Thomas E. Ricks (excellent)
  86. A World Without Time - The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein (good)
  87. Foundations of Vision (very good)



Partially read / Never quite finished

  1. Proust Was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
  2. Harvard Business Review on Knowledge Management - Peter Ferdinand Drucker, David Garvin, Dorothy Leonard, Susan Straus, John Seely Brown
  3. Pagan Christianity - Frank Viola, George Barna
  4. The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber - Mel Gordon
  5. Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game is Wrong - Ed. Johan Keri
  6. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
  7. Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885-1915 

  8. Psychobabble and Biobunk: Using Psychology to Think Critically about Issues in the News




Pete's Book Reference




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