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

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

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

  45. Kafka - Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

  46. Sarah from Alaska - Scott Conroy, Sushannah Walshe

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

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

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

  50. The Wine Trials - Robin Goldstein (excellent)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  58. The Tartar Steppe - Dino Buzzati (very good)
  59. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions -- Dan Ariely (excellent)
  60. Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris (okay)
  61. What Americans Really Believe - Rodney Stark (good)
  62. Chance - A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market & Just About Everything Else (very good)
  63. I am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter (okay)
  64. Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created The Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built and American Kingdom - John Gorenfeld (good)
  65. Worlds of Their Own: A Brief History of Misguided Ideas: Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky Affair Robert J. Schadewald (good)
  66. Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Daniel Radosh (very good)
  67.  Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - Nassim Nicholas Taleb (okay)
  68. The Drunken Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Leonard Mlodinow (excellent)
  69. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Barack Obama (very good)
  70. Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire - Matt Taibi (very good)
  71. Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon - Daniel Dennett (very good)
  72. The Wisdom of Crowds - James Surowiecki (very good)
  73. Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays - Frederick Crews (excellent)
  74. Blind Side - Michael Lewis (very good)
  75. What Is Intelligence? - James R. Flynn (good)
  76. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb (disappointing)
  77. 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)
  78. A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness:  From Imposter Poodles to Purple Numbers V.S. Ramachandran (very good)
  79. Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans - Garvey and Widmer
  80. Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What it Means to be Human - Ed. Susan Blackmore (excellent)
  81. Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us about Human Behavior - Nancy L. Segal (very good)
  82. Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong - Marc D. Hauser
  83. Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction - David Kuo (very good; should be read by every religious conservative)
  84. State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III - Bob Woodward (overrated, considerably inferior to Hubris or Fiasco)
  85. Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War - Michael Isikoff and David Corn (very good)
  86. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq - Thomas E. Ricks (excellent)
  87. A World Without Time - The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein (good)
  88. 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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