I launched DennisKennedy.Blog on February 15, 2003, as an early birthday present to myself. My birthday is February 17.

Among other things, my blogging style is noted for a tendency to over-anthropomorphize my blog. For example, this blog has its own Twitter account (@dkennedyblog). If truth be told, most longtime bloggers do consider their blogs as separate persons, but don’t like to admit that.

That said, this blog has a tendency to make a big deal about its birthday. My birthday usually gets way overshadowed by the blawgiversary activities of my blog. And I’m OK with that.

The annual tradition at this blog is to do a week-long blawgiversary extravaganza, including special announcements for blog readers (e.g., early bird discount for ABA TECHSHOW 2012 until February 19).

I’m taking a more low-key approach this year, even though there might be a surprise or two. However, I do like to shift the focus over to the readers. So, again this year, I’m continuing my annual tradition of offering to try to answer any reader questions I get over the next week and post as many answers as I can on the blog. (If you submit a question that you want a private answer to, please tell me when you submit the question.) Answering questions harkens back to the early days of this blog when I used to do “By Request” posts on a regular basis.

You may submit your questions by leaving a comment to this post, sending me an email (denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com – yes, my blog demanded that it have its own email address) or contacting me through my social media outlets.

I went back and looked at my post on February 15, 2003. It was:

And so it begins . . .

I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article.

As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog.

Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, and the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.

Looking back, I’m more surprised by how long I took to start the blog than I am by how long it has lasted. When I started the blog, I remember my feeling that the whole blogging thing had already passed me by and I was way too late to the party. That’s funny now.

A big thank you to all my readers, fellow bloggers, and all who I have gotten to know as a result of this blogging experiment.

To new readers, my blog welcomes you, as do I.

Best wishes to all for another year,

Dennis

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For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 57 books.

I’m doing the same thing in 2012. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books. In addition, Tom Mighell has almost talked me into keeping the list in GoodReads as well.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.

December

56. Fooling Houdini, Alex Stone
55. Content Management for Mobile, Karen McGrane
54. Project Runway: The Show That Changed Fashion, Eila Mell
53. The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds

November

52. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
51. The Cocktail Waitress, James M. Cain
50. The Fallen Angel, Daniel Silva
49. As the Crow Flies, Craig Johnson
48. The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook

October

47. How to Feed a Lawyer, Evan Schaeffer
46. Father Night, Eric Van Lustbader
45. The Janus Reprisal, Jamie Frevaletti
44. DNA USA, Bryan Sykes
43. River Republic, Daniel McCool

September

42. Culinary Intelligence, Peter Kaminsky
41. Blowout, Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg
40. Cryptoscatology, Robert Guffey

August

39. Red Star Burning, Brian Freemantle
38. Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes
37. The Dark Horse, Craig Johnson
36. The Social Conquest of Earth, Edward O. Wilson

July

35. Too Much Magic, James Howard Kunstler
34. Too Big to Know, David Weinberger
33. The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey
32. The Art of Detection, Laurie R. King
31. Junkyard Dogs, Craig Johnson

June

30. Kindness Goes Unpunished, Craig Johnson
29. Another Man’s Moccasins, Craig Johnson
28. Trigger Point, Matthew Glass
27. The Shadow Patrol, Alex Berenson
26. Revelations, Elaine Pagels
25. The Big Retirement Risk, Erin Botsford

May

24. Just Ride, Grant Peterson
23. Boomerang, Michael Lewis
22. Best Music Writing 2011, Alex Ross
21. Pirate King, Laurie R. King
20. The End of Money, David Wolman

April

19. The God of the Hive, Laurie R. King
18. Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, Joan Vernikos
17. Explorers of the Nile, Tim Jeal
16. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
15. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
14. Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett

March

13. The Language of Bees, Laurie R. King
12. Locked Rooms, Laurie R. King
11. The Game, Laurie R. King
10. Facebook for Dummies, Carolyn Abram
9. Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson
8. LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields

February

7. O Jerusalem, Laurie R. King
6. The Moor, Laurie R. King
5. Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command, Paul Garrison

January

4. Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler, The KunstlerCast
3. Crazy River, Richard Grant
2. Shaq Uncut, Shaquille O’Neal
1. The Abyss, David Hagberg

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For the last few years, I’ve tried to do a 52 books in 52 weeks reading program and have encouraged others to do the same.

This year, I hadn’t done a good job of updating my list and had the feeling I wasn’t going to make the target this year without a big push at the end of the year. Fortunately, between reading on my Kindle and my new trick of taking a picture of hard copy books with my iPhone, I was able to get the list up-to-date.

To my pleasant surprise, I had already reached 52 and beyond.

Here’s the updated list. Good reading to you. And a big thank you to the Webster Groves Public Library for being such a great source of books to read.

December

56. Rip Tide, Stella Rimington

November

55. Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars and the New Lithium Economy, Seth Fletcher
54. Robert Ludlum’s The Ares Decision, Kyle Mills
53. The Devil’s Light, James North Patterson
52. The Big Roads, Earl Smith
51. A Letter to Mary, Laurie R. King
50. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King

October

49. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
48. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War, David Willman
47. Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman
46. The Way Some People Die, Ross MacDonald
45. Red Alert, Peter Bryant
44. Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff

September

43. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, Neil Strauss
42. The Profession, Steven Pressfield
41. 59 Seconds, Richard Wiseman
40. Stories My Father Told Me, Jeffrey Lyons

August

39. Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
38. Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli
37. Dethroning the King, Julie Macintosh
36. How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
35. Blood Trust, Eric Van Lustbader
34. Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland, Patton Oswalt

July

33. Portrait of a Spy, Dan Silva
32. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion, Eric Van Lustbader
31. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
30. Flash Foresight, Daniel Burrus

June

29. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work, Douglas Coupland
28. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub
27. As of This Writing, Clive James
26. Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens
25. In the Line of Fire, Jerry Weissman
24. A World I Never Made, James Lepore

May

23. Getting More, Stuart Diamond
22. The City in Mind, James Howard Kunstler
21. The Next Decade, George Friedman
20. The Unknown Soldier, Gerald Seymour
19. The Leavenworth Case, Anna Katherine Green
18. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell

April

17. In Office Hours, Lucy Kellaway
16. Practically Radical, William Taylor
15. Gunn’s Golden Rules, Tim Gunn

March

14. Free, Chris Anderson
13. Our Kind of Traitor, John le Carre
12. Geronimo, Geronimo’s Story of His Life
11. The Secret Soldier, Alex Berensen
10. If the Dead Rise Not, Philip Kerr

February

9. Finders Keepers, Craig Childs
8. Choke, Sian Beilock
7. Monsoon, Robert Kaplan

January

6. Agents of Treachery, Otto Penzler
5. The Big Bang, Mickey Spillane
4. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, Matt Dellinger
3. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
2. Moxyland, Lauren Beukes
1. The Missing Manual: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, David Pogue

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

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When we were back in Indiana a few months ago visiting my parents, my brother, Bruce, told me about a cool project he had been working on with a group of his Master Gardener friends. He also said that the project had won a state award and might get a national award.

It turns out, the project actually won an international award – first place in the Special Needs Audience category of the 2011 International Search for Excellence Award, sponsored by The National Gardening Association and Extension Master Gardener.

The details can be found in the article, Noble County project wins Excellence award, which includes a picture of the representatives of the group that won the award, including my brother.

The project involved teaching gardening skills to minimum security prisoners. Among other things, some of the vegetables (quite a lot) were donated to a local food pantry. Bruce told me that, as a result, a number of the participants were hoping to get into gardening, landscaping or food-related careers.

As I said, it was a cool project.

Today, Bruce sent me the speech he made when accepting the award at The International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, West Virginia last week on behalf of the Noble County Master Gardeners. He said that there were about 1,000 people in the room. He said he was nervous, but thought a great project deserved a good speech. Apparently, many people thought it was a great speech.

I did too.

Maybe you will too. Here it is:

This project was a joint effort between Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility superintendant Michael Cunegin, Noble County Extension Agent Hanson Young, and the Noble County Purdue Master Gardeners. We gave the inmates a 80 hour intensive training program based on our Master Gardener training with a emphasis on landscape design and installation and greenhouse production to make the guys more employable when they get out.

The guys couldn’t understand why we would take time to come in there and teach them. They would ask us every night and our answers weren’t good enough. Seems nobody had ever taken time to do something like that for these guys. Finally I told them the AA saying that says if it weren’t for the grace of God that would be me in there and if it was, I hoped somebody would do it for me. They understood that.

A ways into the classes a well-liked secretary at the facility was killed in a car wreck on the way to work one snowy morning. The guys asked us to design them a memorial garden they could plant for her. We told them they had the training now, they should do it themselves. We got them the plants that spring and they planted it.

This gave us the idea to put in a vegetable garden so they could get some hands-on training. The produce was going to supplement their meals. We had a landscaping project at the courthouse in town and were using the guys for labor. One day they helped was the day the local food pantry was open. The guys asked what were all the people standing in that line for? When they learned it was needy people waiting for food, they were seriously moved. They went to Mr. Cunegin and told him they wanted to donate their produce to the food bank if that was possible. They ended up giving over 1100 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank that summer.

I went out there two or three times a week to check on the garden and one day I asked them, why do you do this? You could be sitting under that shade tree smoking cigarettes with them other guys, making fun of you sweating in the sun and working so hard. They told me it was weird, but it makes you feel good. They had never experienced that feel good thing before. So the best thing to come out of this project was to introduce these guys to that feel good thing. Now I know how to explain why I am a Master Gardener. That feel good thing. Thank You for this award.

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I launched DennisKennedy.Blog on February 15, 2003, when I really believed that I was so late to blogging that I had missed the whole blogging thing. In part, the blog was also an early birthday present to myself. My birthday is February 17.

Over the years, this blog has made such a big deal of its birthday that my own birthday tends to get overshadowed. This year is no exception. As longtime bloggers know all too well, blogs can be very demanding.

Every year, I’ve done some kind of blawgiversary-birthday week-long extravaganza with fun events and surprises. In 2011, I’m taking a low-key approach, at least as compared to earlier years.

Three things have always been a consistent theme in the blogiversary celebration. First, I want to say a big “thank you” to my readers. Second, I try to devote some time to answering questions from readers. Third, I admit to a slight tendency to anthromorphize my blog.

I invite you over the next week to leave a comment, send me an email or DM me at @dkennedyblog on Twitter with any question you might have about legal technology, blogging or anything else I might cover on this blog.

I also have a surprise or two in mind for blawgiversary-birthday week, so watch during the rest of the week for those.

A huge thank you to all my readers. I appreciate you sticking with me and this blog for another you and I also welcome new readers.

Best wishes to all for another year.

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I have a tradition on this blog of writing a post on celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday (here, here, here, here (especially) and here). The holiday is special to me for a number of reasons that I go into in the earlier posts on the topic and it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.

The holiday has always seemed to me to be a day for reflection. I like the way that many blogger point to primary materials and good resources, and the way that some bloggers draw lessons from their own unique perspectives,

Some posts I saw today that I liked:

‘Dream’ Speech Writer Jones Reflects On King Jr.

On MLK Day: Put yourself in the shoes of a famous speaker – I had similar thoughts when standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on a trip to DC last October.

MLK’s Last Days

What Better Way to Honor Dr. King Than to Learn More ABout His Life and Legacy
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What you don’t know about King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Signs of Hope Along St. Louis’ Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

Hope you had a great day.

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For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read.

Last year, I decided to try to do the 52 books in 52 weeks meme (and encourage others to do so). I made it to exactly 52 and posted some reflections about that here.

I’m doing the same thing in 2011. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

December

56. Rip Tide, Stella Rimington

November

55. Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars and the New Lithium Economy, Seth Fletcher
54. Robert Ludlum’s The Ares Decision, Kyle Mills
53. The Devil’s Light, James North Patterson
52. The Big Roads, Earl Smith
51. A Letter to Mary, Laurie R. King
50. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King

October

49. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
48. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War, David Willman
47. Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman
46. The Way Some People Die, Ross MacDonald
45. Red Alert, Peter Bryant
44. Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff

September

43. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, Neil Strauss
42. The Profession, Steven Pressfield
41. 59 Seconds, Richard Wiseman
40. Stories My Father Told Me, Jeffrey Lyons

August

39. Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
38. Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli
37. Dethroning the King, Julie Macintosh
36. How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
35. Blood Trust, Eric Van Lustbader
34. Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland, Patton Oswalt

July

33. Portrait of a Spy, Dan Silva
32. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion, Eric Van Lustbader
31. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
30. Flash Foresight, Daniel Burrus

June

29. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work, Douglas Coupland
28. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub
27. As of This Writing, Clive James
26. Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens
25. In the Line of Fire, Jerry Weissman
24. A World I Never Made, James Lepore

May

23. Getting More, Stuart Diamond
22. The City in Mind, James Howard Kunstler
21. The Next Decade, George Friedman
20. The Unknown Soldier, Gerald Seymour
19. The Leavenworth Case, Anna Katherine Green
18. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell

April

17. In Office Hours, Lucy Kellaway
16. Practically Radical, William Taylor
15. Gunn’s Golden Rules, Tim Gunn

March

14. Free, Chris Anderson
13. Our Kind of Traitor, John le Carre
12. Geronimo, Geronimo’s Story of His Life
11. The Secret Soldier, Alex Berensen
10. If the Dead Rise Not, Philip Kerr

February

9. Finders Keepers, Craig Childs
8. Choke, Sian Beilock
7. Monsoon, Robert Kaplan

January

6. Agents of Treachery, Otto Penzler
5. The Big Bang, Mickey Spillane
4. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, Matt Dellinger
3. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
2. Moxyland, Lauren Beukes
1. The Missing Manual: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, David Pogue

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I thought I’d write a summary post from my 2010 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge. I really liked the way my blogger pal Jack Vinson summarized his efforts.

In 2010, I read exactly 52 books.

A few observations about that.

Things got kind of busy for me at the end of the year, so once I had the 52 in hand, I slacked off a bit. I also hit a string of books toward the end of the year, that I didn’t finish. One of the biggest changes I’ve made in my reading habits over the past few years is walking away from books I don’t enjoy. I used to just plow through them no matter what.

My public library closed for renovations and moved to a temporary location. I haven’t been there yet, which resulted in a limited opportunity to grab new books that appealed to me from the library. I’m also starting read more frequently on my Kindle. Also, I read a good number of summaries of business books from my GetAbstract subscription. I don’t count those on this list, but they take away time I might have spent reading books.

The great result of doing this 52 books in 52 weeks list on my blog for several years is that publishers occasionally email me to see if I’d like review copies of books. Would I ever! I’m always happy to get those requests.

They did a good job of targeting me this year because some of my favorite books were review copies. I don’t always write reviews of the books, but I try to mention the ones I like on my blog, Twitter or elsewhere. Examples of those include: Michelle Golden’s excellent Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Clifford Nass’s thought-provoking The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Marc Lauritsen’s ground-breaking Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, and a special thrill for a fan of spy thrillers like me, Eric Van Lustbader’s Last Snow.

My favorite book of the year: Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which, coincidentally or not, was a National Book Award winner.

My favorite reader experience was reading William Gibson’s Zero History, attending his St. Louis reading with my daughter, chatting with him briefly and getting my copies of Zero History and Neuromancer autographed.

I’d like to mention more – it was a good reading year.

Here’s the full list. I’ll be posting about my 2011 list soon. I encourage you to take on the 52 book challenge.

December

52. Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Michelle Golden
51. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
50. Million Dollar Speaking, Alan Weiss
49. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

November

48. Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
47. The 39 Steps, John Buchan
46. Seven Days in May, Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey

October

45. Beyond Code, Rajesh Setty
44. The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr

September

43. March Violets, Philip Kerr
42. Zero History,William Gibson
41. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Clifford Nass
40. The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus

August

39. The Good Son, Michael Gruber
38. The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, Barbara Strauch
37. Priceless, WIlliam Poundstone
36. Intelligence, Susan Hasler

July

35. The Nearest Exit, Olen Steinhauer
34. The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva
33. The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader
32. The Cabal, David Hagberg
31. Doors Open, Ian Rankin
30. Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, Terry Brighton
29. A Quiet Flame, Philip Kerr

June
28. The One from the Other. Philip Kerr
27. The Tears of Autumn, Charles McCarry
26. The War That Killed Achilles, Caroline Alexander
25. Mariposa, Greg Bear
24. The Bell Ringers, Henry Porter
23. Point Omega, Don DeLillo

May
22. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend, Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg
21. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer
20. Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Henry Adams
19. Talking about Detective Fiction, P.D. James
18. The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons

April
17. WordPress for Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson
16. The Wayfinders, Wade Davis
15. The Midnight House, Alex Berenson

March
14. Light at the Edge of the Word, Wade Davis
13. The Department of Mad Scientists, Michael Belfiore
12. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

February
11. Burned, David Hagberg
10. Last Snow, Eric Van Lustbader
9. Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, Marc Lauritsen

January
8. Unclutter Your Life in One Week, Erin Doland
7. The Guide for Inclusive Leaders, Joerg Schmitz and Nancy Curl
6.Can You Hear Me Now?, Kate Peters
5. Just Kids, Patti Smith
4. Freedom, Daniel Suarez
3. Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
2. Vicious Circles, Otto Penzler
1. Whole Earth Discipline, Stewart Brand

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I have a tradition on this blog of writing a post on celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday (here, here, here (especially) and here). The holiday is special to me for a number of reasons that I go into in the earlier posts on the topic and it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.

I enjoy reading blog posts and other materials posted on the holiday, and today is no exception.

I especially liked Curt Rosengren’s Martin Luther King Day: 4 steps to making it personal.

The money quote:

This year, instead of just thinking, “Whoo-hoo! I have the day off,” or “Hey, there’s a sale at the mall,” spend some time exploring one simple question. “What could this day mean to me?” You can do this with any special day, but since today is MLK Day, that’s a good place to start.

Curt’s four steps:

1. Explore what it means to you.
2. How does this relate to my life?
3. What action does this suggest?
4. What is the first step, and when will I take it?

A great exercise.

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For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read.

Last year, I decided to try to do the 52 books in 52 weeks meme (and encourage others to do so). I made it to 63, which seemed pretty good. Here’s the post with the 2009 list.

I’m doing the same thing in 2010. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

December

52. Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Michelle Golden
51. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
50. Million Dollar Speaking, Alan Weiss
49. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

November

48. Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
47. The 39 Steps, John Buchan
46. Seven Days in May, Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey

October

45. Beyond Code, Rajesh Setty
44. The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr

September

43. March Violets, Philip Kerr
42. Zero History,William Gibson
41. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Clifford Nass
40. The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus

August

39. The Good Son, Michael Gruber
38. The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, Barbara Strauch
37. Priceless, WIlliam Poundstone
36. Intelligence, Susan Hasler

July

35. The Nearest Exit, Olen Steinhauer
34. The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva
33. The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader
32. The Cabal, David Hagberg
31. Doors Open, Ian Rankin
30. Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, Terry Brighton
29. A Quiet Flame, Philip Kerr

June
28. The One from the Other. Philip Kerr
27. The Tears of Autumn, Charles McCarry
26. The War That Killed Achilles, Caroline Alexander
25. Mariposa, Greg Bear
24. The Bell Ringers, Henry Porter
23. Point Omega, Don DeLillo

May
22. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend, Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg
21. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer
20. Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Henry Adams
19. Talking about Detective Fiction, P.D. James
18. The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons

April
17. WordPress for Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson
16. The Wayfinders, Wade Davis
15. The Midnight House, Alex Berenson

March
14. Light at the Edge of the Word, Wade Davis
13. The Department of Mad Scientists, Michael Belfiore
12. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

February
11. Burned, David Hagberg
10. Last Snow, Eric Van Lustbader
9. Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, Marc Lauritsen

January
8. Unclutter Your Life in One Week, Erin Doland
7. The Guide for Inclusive Leaders, Joerg Schmitz and Nancy Curl
6.Can You Hear Me Now?, Kate Peters
5. Just Kids, Patti Smith
4. Freedom, Daniel Suarez
3. Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
2. Vicious Circles, Otto Penzler
1. Whole Earth Discipline, Stewart Brand

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