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Question 1: TheRagens Reunion Questionnaire

In 2001, our extended family across two generations recently held a family reunion. As part of the reunion activities, we put together a family questionnaire to get a sense of where our collective family was thinking. One of the questions asked people to identify the best three books across any genre (non-fiction, beach, business, poetry, children's, etc) that they had read over the preceding year. The list below shows the collective results by general category and the links to Amazon.com.

Please list the best three books that you have read over the last year? Titles may be in any category of writing such as non-fiction, beach trash, business, poetry, children's, etc. Note that the results below show the cover art only if the book received more than one vote.

Adventure

bullet Proving Ground: The Inside Story Of the 1998 Sydney-Hobart Race; G. Bruce Knecht
bullet South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance; Sir Ernest Shackleton
bullet Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival; Joe Simpson

Advice and How-To

bullet Don't Sweat The Small Stuff For Women; Kristine and Richard Carlson
bullet From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine; Jeff Cox
bullet Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf; Harvey Penick
bullet Shes Having a Baby and Im Having a Breakdown; James Douglas Barron
bullet Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too; Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
bullet The Art of the Psychotherapist ; James F. T. Bugental
bullet The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat For Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Chong-Moon Lee, William Miller, et al
bullet The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference; Malcolm Gladwell
bullet Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life; Spencer Johnson, MD

Biography

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bullet Colors of the Mountain; Da Chen
bullet An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness; Kay Redfield Jamison
bullet Angela's Ashes: A Memoir; Frank McCourt
bullet Eleanor and Franklin; Joseph Lash
bullet John Adams; David McCullough
bullet Personal History; Katherine Graham
bullet Sorrow Mountain: the Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun; Ani Pachen and Adelaide Donnelly

Children's

bullet Amos and Boris; William Steig
bullet Ella Enchanted; Gail Carson Levine
bullet Guess How Much I Love You; Sam McBratney
bullet My Neighbor Totoro (Tukama's Magic Adventure); Hayao Miyazaki
bullet The Cat in the Hat; Dr. Seuss
bullet The Harry Potter series!! ; J. K. Rowling
bullet The Velveteen Rabbit; Margery Williams
bullet Truffle's Christmas; Anna Currey
bullet Winnie The Pooh; A. A. Milne

Fiction

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bullet Ahab's Wife: The Star Gazer; Sena Jeter Naslund
bullet Alias Grace; Margaret Eleanor Atwood
bullet Bump and Run; Mike Lupica
bullet Cold Sassy Tree; Olive Ann Burns
bullet East Of The Mountains; David Guterson
bullet Into the Forest; Joan Hegland
bullet Once an Eagle; Anton Myrer
bullet Snow Falling on Cedars; David Guterson
bullet The Fighting Agents; W.E.B Griffin
bullet The Pilot's Wife: A Novel; Anita Shreve
bullet The Poisonwood Bible; Barbara Kingsolver
bullet The Red Tent; Anita Diamant
bullet The Samurai's Garden; Gail Tsukiyama
bullet The Sky Fisherman; Craig Lesley
bullet The Sparrow; Mary Doria Russell

Non-Fiction

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bullet Bad Land: An American Romance; Jonathan Raban
bullet Crete: The Battle and the Resistance; Antony Beevor
bullet The Cretan Runner: The Story of the German Occupation; George Psychoundakis
bullet Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment; Sandra Steingraber
bullet The Long Walk; Slavomir Rawicz
bullet The Man Eaters of Tsavo; John Henry Patterson
bullet Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869; Stephen E. Ambrose
bullet Paradise; Larry McMurtry
bullet Perfect Storm: A True Story of Man Against The Sea; Sebastian Junger
bullet The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: Inside Oracle Corporation; Mike Wilson
bullet The Fat Man In The Middle Seat: Forty Years Of Covering Politics; Jack W. Germond
bullet The Greatest Generation; Tom Brokaw
bullet Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; Stephen E. Ambrose
bullet Waiting; Ha Jin
bullet Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas; Spike Walker

Several additional books were listed as part of Question 4 -- What would you bring to a desert island if you were going to be stuck there for a month.  These books are listed here as well:

bullet Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 15th Ed.; Braunwald, Fauci, Kasper, Hauser, Jameson (all MDs)
bullet The First Folio of Shakespeare (Folger Library Collection); William Shakespeare
bullet War and Peace; Leo Tolstoy
bullet Churchill's Second World War; Winston Churchill

 

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