Washington Weekly’s summer reading list

Check out the histories, mysteries, politics, policy and sports books that Gwen Ifill and some of Washington Weekly’s panelists are reading this summer.


Andrew Weil, M.D’s summer reading list

Captured from Andrew Weil’s Facebook page:

Andrew Weil, M.D. – ‘Looking forward to reading “The Tiger” by John Vaillant and “Kafka On the Shore” by Haruki Murakami during my four months here in British Columbia. ‘

What is a “book”?


A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other various material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book).

Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers.

The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (for example, biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and so on.).

A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.

In 2010, Google estimated that there were approximately 130 million unique books in the world. [1]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


[1] “Books of the world”. Google. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15. “After we exclude serials, we can finally count all the books in the world. There are 129,864,880 of them. At least until Sunday.”

Barack Obama’s Favorite Books

According to Abebooks.com a lot of people have been wondering what books and authors have most influenced President Obama.  Here is a link to their fabulous article with a list of books and authors that the President has read.

Deepak Chopra’s Library

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Deepak Chopra. It is very interesting to see what a great man like him is reading.  Here’s a link to his book list.

Rory Gilmore’s Book List

Apparently a lot of people became fascinated with the brilliance of the TV character, Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls.  One fan has created a list of the books, Reading Like Rory Gilmore, that Rory read or discussed during the 7 seasons the show aired on The WB.

Oprah’s Book Club List

As long as I’m making note of book lists, I must add what is probably the most extensive and notorious list of books of all time, Oprah’s Book Club List.

Tom Shadyac’s Book List

Tom Shadyac is the creative force behind the documentary entitled I AM. I confess that up until now I have not been a fan of his work. I AM looks very interesting, and so does his book list.

Be Your Own Shaman by Deborah King

“Be Your Own Shaman” is a recounting of the author’s personal journey as she trained to become a healer or shaman. She uses her own tragic childhood stories to help the novice reader understand some of the technical language that is used. She talks freely of supernatural events that occurred while she was still a novice. And she uses her experiences while in training to help the reader get a real feel for the amount of work and dedication required to become a healer. Sprinkled amongst the pages of this amazing journey are lessons for the shaman in training.

Link to info about the book: Be Your Own Shaman
Link to info about the author: Deborah King

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received this book, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.

Read everything. . . Then write.

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window. — William Faulkner

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