What’s on your bedside table and your bookcase?

When I got back from my (retail) therapy sesh, I was in a much better state of mind. A little purchase can do wonders! Check out my new Hello Kitty laptop bag. It got its first unsolicited compliment from the Apple employee who was trying to help me figure out my MacAir. I’m scheduled to go back tomorrow and have a technician re-install iLife, which somehow isn’t there. All I know is that the store was packed full of women who, shall we say, all fall into the category of needing reading glasses and who were passionately attempting to learn how to work macs or iphones. It was pretty funny and revealing. From a marketing standpoint, does Apple even know who their primary demographic is, at least in the La Costa/San Diego area? It’s not young urban professionals, it’s women like me! Ha ha ha, or maybe the joke’s on me? Whatev.

I decided to expand the theme of reading material, and walk around the house and list all the books and mags that belong to my Merchant Marine tugboat captain husband. He has a lot of time to read while he’s out to sea with no TV, mostly no internet, and he’s limited to the DVDs of movies and television shows that he brings with him.  And yeah, there seems to be a recurring theme here.

Marine Technology Reporter
Marine News
Power Ships
Maritime Professional

Raising the Hunley Bryan Hicks and Schuyler Kropf

In Danger at Sea  Samuel Cottle

Titanics Last Secrets John Chatterton

No Country For Old Men Cormac McCarthy

The Secret Knowledge of Water Craig Childs

George Washington’s Secret Navy James L. Nelson

A Stranger Came to Port  and I Cover the Waterfront Max Miller

Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey

A lot of Joseph Conrad, who was a Merchant Marine.

Heart of Darkness, The Secret AgentNostromoUnder Western Eyes

The Rediscovery of North America Barry Lopez

Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond

Inside Mavericks, a photo book of the surf spot by Doug Acton

Here’s mine:

Afoot and Afield in San Diego Jerry Schad (one of the greatest hiking guides ever written)

Of Wolves and Men Barry Lopez

Love in the time of Cholera  Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lots of cookbooks, including  Joy of Cooking of course.

Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special

Martha Stewart Cookbooks

Light in August William Faulkner

How To Raise a Jewish Dog Ellis Wiener and Barbara Davilman

…and all the other chick lit books that are in print.

What’s on your shelves?

8 thoughts on “What’s on your bedside table and your bookcase?

  1. I think you and your husband would love “The Devil’s Teeth” and “The Wave” by Susan Casey. Devil’s Teeth is my favorite but The Wave is good too, it mixes surfing mega waves (Laird Hamilton is her guide)and rogue waves deep in the ocean.


  2. Well let’s see. To list a few:

    In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    On Seas of Glory by John Lehman

    Plus several books on Edwardians. I’m looking forward to reading Treacherous Beauty by Mark Jacob. It’s the first Peggy Shippen book I’ve come across.


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