1. Light on Snow, Anita Shreve
  2. This is Where We Live, Janele Brown
  3. Dog On It, Spencer Quinn
  4. Hemlock Bay, Catherine Coulter
  5. Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer Saunders
  6. Collections of Nothing, William Davis King
  7. The Hollywood Musical, Jane Feuer
  8. Growing Up Green, Deidre Imus
  9. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, Drs Rachel and Richard Heller
  10. Class, Citizenship, and Social Development, T.H. Marshall
  11. Forever in Your Embrace, Kathleen Woodiwiss
  12. The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag
  13. Pendragon, D.J. MacHale
  14. Smoke and Mirrors, Tanya Huff
  15. Poets and Murder, Robert van Gulik
  16. Who Says, Fritz Ridenour (ed.)
  17. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
  18. Personal Injuries, Scott Turow
  19. The Big House, George Howe Colt
  20. Reinventing Eve, Kim Chernin
  21. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  22. A Radom Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel
  23. Bowling Alone, Robert D. Putnam

As of this morning, all 23 books are available in the lending library; hooray for community and neighbors and strangers!

eve     Magpie House
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  1. White Tiger, Aravind Ardiga
  2. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
  3. New York: A Travel Guide
  4. Only Revolutions, Mark Z. Danielewski
  5. How to be Good, Nick Hornby
  6. World War Z, Max Brooks
  7. Body Surfing, Anita Shreve
  8. The Weight of Numbers, Simon Ings
  9. Don’t Read This Book if You’re Stupid, Tibor Fischer
  10. When We Dead Awaken, Henrik Ibsen
  11. Bury Me Standing, Isabel Fonseca

This is a list of the books that have come and gone from our new lending library in its first 48 hours!

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  1. Mysterious Island, Movie and book (Jules Verne)
  2. Tom Swift and His Megascope Space Prober, Victor Appleton
  3. West with the Night, Deryle Markham
  4. Don Martin, Illustrator, Cartoonist circa 1960’s Mad Magazine
  5. Jurassic Park, or anything by Michael Creiton
  6. Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’engle
  7. Farewell to Arms, and anything by Ernest Hemmingway
  8. Magnificent Men in their flying Machines – movie
  9. Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
  10. Minority Report and other stories by Phillip K. Dick

It was my birthday yesterday; seems apropos to post my own dad’s list, non?

Mark Sturges     Petaluma, CA
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  1. Rocksteady, Alton Ellis
  2. the Piggot Brothers
  3. Lotus Flower, Radiohead
  4. Being Erica
  5. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. Mike McHugh, Creative Sweet TV
  7. Candy (the stuff you eat)

“Today’s obsessions: awesome AND distracting.”

check out Music Monday at the blog to be distracted like Aly :)



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  1. The quiet of 4 a.m. even in Los Angeles
  2. Taking a break after a fight with a friend, that could last 48 years.
  3. Humans don’t know how good they smell. Stop with the perfume.
  4. Coyotes taste like chicken.
  5. Everything looks different when you’re jumping rooftop to rooftop.
  6. People really should stop saying “Bite me” and “Kill me now.” It’s torture.
  7. A stake isn’t deadly. It’s just annoying.
  8. The Sun is a bitch with entitlement issues.
  9. Time to think…is overrated.
  10. Where to hide the bodies, a conundrum worsened by forensic scientists. Blast them.

I asked author F.M. Hopkins for a vampire list…

yikes. :)


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  1. The Book of Fame, Lloyd Jones
  2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  3. Landfall in Unknown Seas, Allen Curnow
  4. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  5. The Grey Havens,” from The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

“what I read when I can’t sleep!” -Emma

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  1. Adaptation
  2. Funeral – Arcade Fire
  3. Love is a Mixtape, Robb Sheffield
  4. Self-titledThe Airborne Toxic Event
  5. High Fidelity (movie)
  6. Just Kids, Patti Smith
  7. 69 Love Songs, The Magnetic Fields
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  9. Rock!!!!!  Violent Femmes
  10. Greenberg


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  1. You Were Always on My Mind, Elvis Presley
  2. Koh Gen Do -#001
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  4. BIC Crystal Ballpoint Pens
  5. Creme Abricot – Christian Dior
  6. Veuve Cliquot
  7. Tina Turner
  8. Eiffel Tower
  9. Coco Chanel
  10. Bichon/Poodles

Laura Westmoreland     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Calvin and Hobbes
  2. Radiohead
  3. ”Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Arcadia
  6. The Onion
  7. Rushmore
  8. Elliott Smith
  9. Infinite Jest
  10. The Sopranos

Sean is one funny dude, check out his site and laugh at(with?) him and ask him how he can love Elliot Smith and be a comedian. (Just kidding.)

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  1. City of Thieves, David Benioff
  2. The End of Faith, Sam Harris
  3. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  4. Henry Fool
  5. Glengarry Glen Ross
  6. Sling Blade
  7. Albuquerque Lullaby, Dan Bern
  8. This is the 21st Century, Marillion
  9. The Joe Schmo Show
  10. Ken Burns’ Baseball


Dave Gast     Cotati, CA
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  1. Hiking along the coast in Nova Scotia
  2. The King’s Speech
  3. Taking a class on western films
  4. Zeitoun, David Eggers
  5. Planning trips
  6. Snowshoeing on the lake
  7. Playing Mexican Train Dominoes with my family
  8. Walking my dog
  9. Riding my bike 28 miles to eat breakfast
  10. Preparing my old legs to jog 6 miles


Toni Egan     Davis, CA
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  1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (song and album!)
  2. The Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling
  3. Arrested Development
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  5. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  6. Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Fitz and the Tantrums (album)
  7. Moulin Rouge!
  8. Pushing Daisies
  9. The Little Mermaid
  10. Cinema Paradiso
  11. Parks and Recreation

read about my discovery of modern communication and the design genius of Kate’s Blimp Cat Studios in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. Jeans (from Jnco to James, I’ve loved them all)
  2. Steak (thick cut, rib-eye, butter, A1 on the side)
  3. Italian movies (The Conformist, Blow Up, Caro Diario)
  4. Bernice Bobs Her HairW and all the short stories of  F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  5. Paul Simon’s Graceland album
  6. Pearl Jam (I am serious, ages 12 – 20)
  7. The Wonder YearsW
  8. The Baby-Sitter’s Club #1 /Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love books (let’s be honest, they are the same thing)
  9. Summer Camp
  10. Dracula (Bram Stoker’s, Coppola’s, Sesame Street‘s)
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  1. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. The Fragile, Nine Inch Nails
  4. the smell of new pointe shoes
  5. When the Stars Go Blue” Ryan Adams
  6. Remarks of Senator Barack Obama at the New Hampshire primary, Jan. 8, 2008
  7. The Big Lebowski
  8. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
  9. A Single Man
  10. an empty dance studio


Claire Richardson   Dancer   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan
  2. “A Perfect Day”, Lou ReedW
  3. Harold and Maude
  4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
  5. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  7. “Bonzo’s Montreux,” Led Zeppelin
  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  10. The Shawshank Redemption

no one ever said that inspirations don’t change with time and mood; see Danielle’s July list; it’s similar, but different! (and no one ever said you can only submit one list! got something else? send it in!)

Danielle Syslo   Actor   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The XanthW Series, Piers Anthony
  2. Footloose
  3. Stomp
  4. “Smooth Criminal” by Michael JacksonW
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  6. Fight Club: A Novel, Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Christ of Saint John of the CrossW, Salvador DaliW
  8. The Office: The Complete BBC Collection
  9. Derren Brown
  10. Naomi Klein

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, Salvador Dali

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  1. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were afraid To Ask (Watch it now!)
  2. E.E. CummingsW‘ poem Self-Excoriation 1, 2, and 3.
  3. The Revolution of Everyday Life, Raoul Vaneigem (Read it for free; just follow the link!)
  4. “Nashville Blues,” Doc Watson
  5. Days of Heaven
  6. Patti Smith is a new fascination after reading Just Kids
  7. Five Easy Pieces
  8. Lolita, Vladimir Nobokov
  9. The entire album of Graceland by Paul Simon has saved my life more than once. It can make the worst day better.
  10. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

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My BEST reads:

  1. Hiroshima, John Hershey
  2. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
  4. Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley
  5. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake
  6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

I DISLIKED reading:

  1. Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney (egotist!)
  2. Clapton: The Autobiography (awful! I didn’t want to know!!)

I WANT to read:

  1. Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley
  2. The Venus Fixers, Ilaria Dagnini Brey


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  1. Howard Roarke from The Fountainhead by Ayn RandW
  2. Iceland
  3. “The Birth and Death of a Day,” Explosions in the Sky
  4. The Moon
  5. Fogged up Car Windows at 4 am
  6. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  7. Two legs to walk with
  8. Ice cream
  9. Road Trips
  10. Water

“1,2,3, and 6 are highly recommended.  And as the teacher in Perks of Being a Wallfower said to Charlie when he handed him The Fountainhead: “Be a filter, not a sponge”


Alessio Tummolillo   Student/Writer   Lugano, Switzerland
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  1. Blue, Joni Mitchell
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  3. Sky Blue Sky, Wilco
  4. The Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit
  5. One Nil, Neil Finn
  6. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  7. Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame, Charles Bukowski
  8. The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern
  9. Amélie
  10. Eagle vs. Shark

check out Flo’s really neat music project, Taking Requests!

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