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Books On Our Current Reading List

Within our extended family, we always have a bunch of books cracked open.  Here is the current reading list, together with our comments, including some of the more remarkable books that we've read over the last few months. These are all available from


Title & Description
The Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island
Jerry Kobalenko

This book won the Banff Mountain Book Award for Adventure Travel in 2002. Kobalenko explores the past and present of this forbidding but beautiful landscape. Julie-Ann Clyma, a 2002 Banff jury member, comments: "Kobalenko’s The Horizontal Everest stood out. He writes with passion, clarity and — praise be — some humour. I found myself smiling a lot at his observations."
Sherman Exposed: Slightly Censored Climbing Stories by John Sherman
The best of the climbing articles by John Sherman. Although there is some irreverence (What does relativity prove about sex?), the real focus is on the purity of the climbing.
The Nanny Diaries: A Novel; by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Marvelous book that skewers the prototypical New York upper class parents. Very, very funny with a bite of wickedness.
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
The story of a family struggling with the German occupation during World War II.
bullet We Die Alone: WWII Epic of Escapes and Endurance
bullet The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure
bullet The Sledge Patrol: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Victory

This set of three books by David Howarth represent truly remarkable and heroic exploits of individuals or small groups who struggled to survive both the elements and the enemy in World War II.

bullet Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
bullet The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, Book 2)
bullet The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, Book 3)

This series be Eoin Colfer was a lifesaver during our last long vacation. The boys each enjoyed reading them twice through which helped us manage through a spell where we ran out of new books to read...

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Other books that may be of interest that have been written by Naomi Ragen - not a part of our Ragen branch but I thought that people might find their way to our website by accident.


For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bullet Books on Wine Appreciation and Winemaking.
bulletChildren's Books that our boys or their cousins are reading. Click here for the Seattle Children's Theatre recommended booklist.
bulletHistory Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.
bulletReturn to TheRagens Books Homepage.


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