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My Top 5 Books of 2004

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
This sensitive novel is so convincing it will make you question whether or not you're autistic. That's a good thing.

2. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
After emersion in the world of an autistic, why not try Tourette's Syndrome? A modern detective story featuring a tic-laden hero.

3. A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer
From the author of Endless Love comes another page turner examining romantic obsession. This time he also explores larger issues of race and class in our society.

4. Where I Was From by Joan Didion
It picks up where "Notes from a Native Daughter" leaves off. Where I was From is a brilliant examination of one my favorite topics: California, both the place and the myths that surround it.

5. One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the 12 Steps by Kevin Griffin
An excellent look at how 12-step programs relate to the world of Buddhism and meditation. Not just for 12-steppers or Buddhists, anyone can learn from this local author's own experiences which are skillfully presented here.