2014 in review: new books

It seems to be a custom for bloggers, like journalists, to write end-of-the-year pieces. I’ve been writing this for more than a year now, so I figure that’s sufficient to consider it a real thing. I’m going to start, though, with something I haven’t done any writing about, because it’s easy (I can just extract this information from a database query): the books that are new to me in 2014. Some of these books I bought on the basis of reviews, or mentions on Twitter, or (in the case of Andrew Wheeler) explicit non-reviews; others I bought because they were recommended by (or written by!) friends. A few of these books have been sitting on my wishlist for years, waiting for their turn to come around (or go out of stock indefinitely, as sometimes happens before I ever manage to get my hands on a copy). They run the gamut from highly technical books on computing, to popular books on history, linguistics, and law, to books of art, photography, and architecture. There are a lot of cookbooks, because I’m a sucker for food porn (as witness most of the content on this blog). Because I am not a book reviewer, I had to pay for all of these — they didn’t arrive free on my doorstep — and so I don’t feel particularly compelled to attempt to summarize what they are. Despite telling myself to cut back, I regularly acquire far more books than I can ever hope to read, or even find shelf space for.

Here’s the full list (barring any last-minute acquisitions between now and New Year’s):

Authors Title ISBN YOP F
Abel, Allen Scaring Myself Again: Far-flung Adventures of a TV Journalist 9780002157865 1992 HC
Adams, John Joseph (ed.) Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, The 9780765326454 2013 TP
Addison, Katherine Goblin Emperor, The 9780765326997 2014 HC
Adler, Tamar Everlasting Meal, An: Cooking with Economy and Grace 9781439181881 2012 TP
Aldersey-Williams, Hugh Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc 9780061824739 2011 TP
Ansel, Dominique; Schauer, Thomas (illus.) Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes 9781476764191 2014 HC
Armstrong, Karen Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence 9780307957047 2014 HC
Austin, Dan; Doerr, Sean (illus.) Lost Detroit: Stories behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins 9781596299405 2010 TP
Bear, Elizabeth Range of Ghosts 9780765327543 2012 HC
Beard, Mary Fires of Vesuvius, The: Pompeii Lost and Found 9780674045866 2010 TP
Bender, Mike (ed.); Chernack, Doug (ed.) Awkward Family Photos 9780307592293 2010 TP
Beranbaum, Rose Levy; Fink, Ben (illus.) Baking Bible, The 9781118338612 2014 HC
Bierut, Michael Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design 9781616890612 2012 TP
Blanning, Tim Triumph of Music, The 9780674057098 2008 TP
Blom, Philipp Wicked Company, A: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment 9780465028658 2012 TP
Bloom, Carole; Defurio, Alexandra (illus.) Caramel 9781423632122 2013 HC
Bogle, Kathleen A. Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus 9780814799697 2008 TP
Bray, Hiawatha You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves 9780465032853 2014 HC
Briggs, Patricia Fair Game 9780425256183 2013 MM
Briggs, Patricia Hunting Ground 9780425269596 2014 HC
Briggs, Patricia Night Broken 9780425256749 2014 HC
Briggs, Patricia Shifting Shadows 9780425265000 2014 HC
Brooks, Frederick P., Jr. Design of Design, The: Essays from a Computer Scientist 9780201362985 2010 TP
Brust, Steven Hawk 9780765324443 2014 HC
Castellucci, Cecil Tin Star 9781596437753 2014 HC
Chihuly, Dale (illus.) Fire 9781576841594 2007 HC
Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone Mastering the Art of French Cooking 9780307593528 1983 HC
Cohen, Richard Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life 9781400068753 2010 HC
Collucci, Stephen; Gunnison, Elizabeth; Bagwell, Iain (illus.) Glazed Filled Sugared & Dipped: Easy Doughnut Recipes to Fry or Bake at Home 9780770433574 2013 HC
Cooper, T; Glock-Cooper, Allison Changers: Book 1 * Drew 9781617751950 2014 TP
Cornell, Paul London Falling 9780765330277 2013 HC
Costantino, Rosetta; Schacht, Jennie; Remington, Sara (illus.) Southern Italian Desserts: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily 9781607744023 2013 HC
Dick, Philip K.; Lethem, Jonathan (ed.) Four Novels of the 1960s 9781598530094 2007 HC
Dijkstra, Bram Naked: The Nude in America 9780847833665 2010 HC
Edgerton, David Shock of the Old, The: Technology and Global History since 1900 9780199832613 2011 TP
Editors of Cook’s Illustrated (ed.) Cook’s Illustrated 2014 9781940352046 2014 HC
Elsen, Emily; Elsen, Melissa; Gentl & Hyers (illus.) Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, The: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop 9781455520510 2013 HC
Fleskes, John (ed.) Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art 9781933865584 2014 HC
Forbes, Nancy; Mahon, Basil Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics 9781616149420 2014 HC
Forney, Ellen (illus.) Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads from Seattle’s The Stranger 9781560978848 2008 HC
Fossier, Robert Axe and the Oath, The: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages 9780691154312 2012 TP
Fox, Kate Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour 9781857885088 2008 TP
Freeman, Paul (illus.) Heroics II 9780980667547 2013 HC
Friedberg, Susanne Fresh: A Perishable History 9780674057227 2009 TP
Fujimura, Takayuki (illus.) Sorako 9781939012067 2013 TP
Gertner, Jon Idea Factory, The: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation 9781594203282 2012 HC
Gibbons, Stella Cold Comfort Farm 9780143039594 2006 TP
Gladstone, Max Two Serpents Rise 9780765333124 2013 HC
Glouberman, Misha; Heti, Sheila Chairs Are Where The People Go, The: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City 9780865479456 2011 TP
Gopnik, Adam Table Comes First, The: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food 9780307476968 2012 TP
Gregg, Brendan Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud 9780133390094 2013 TP
Gross, John (ed.) Oxford Book of Parodies, The 9780199639373 2012 TP
Gualdoni, Flaminio Female Nude (Skira Mini Art Books) 9788861305397 2008 TP
Hadfield, Chris; Hadfield, Chris (illus.) You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes 9780316379649 2014 HC
Hall, Loretta Underground Buildings: More Than Meets the Eye 9781884956270 2004 HC
Halper, Donna L. Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting 9780765636706 2014 TP
Hamilton, Gabrielle Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef 9780812980882 2012 TP
Hamilton, Laurell K. Shiver of Light, A 9780425255667 2014 HC
Harris, David A. Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science 9780814790557 2012 HC
Hartwell, David G. (ed.); Nielsen Hayden, Patrick (ed.) 21st Century Science Fiction 9780765326003 2013 HC
Hausmann, Ricardo; Hidalgo, Cesar A.; Bustos, Sebastian; Coscia, Michele; Simoes, Alexander; Yildirim, Muhammed A. Atlas of Economic Complexity, The: Mapping Paths to Prosperity 9780262525428 2013 TP
Hayes, Bill Anatomist, The: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy 9781934137215 2009 TP
Hayes, Brian Infrastructure: The Book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape 9780393329599 2005 TP
Heather, Peter Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe 9780199892266 2012 TP
Hines, Thomas S. Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970 9780847833207 2010 HC
Hobson, Phyllis Making Your Own Ice Cream, Ices & Sherbets 0-88266-105-1 1977 TP
Holmberg, Martha; Silverman, Ellen (illus.) Modern Sauces: More than 150 Recipes for Every cook, Every Day 9780811878388 2012 HC
Jaxson, Jake (illus.); Sebastian, R.J. (illus.) Thing of Beauty, A 9783867876629 2014 HC
Joannides, Paul; Johnson, Toni (ed.); Groess, Daerick, Sr. (illus.) Guide to Getting It On 9781885535757 2014 TP
Kahn, David Kahn on Codes: Secrets of the New Cryptology 0-02-560640-9 1983 HC
Kahn, David Hitler’s Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II 9780306809491 2000 TP
Kahn, David How I Discovered World War II’s Greatest Spy and Other Stories of Intelligence and Code 9781466561991 2014 HC
Kaldunski, Shelly; Kunkel, Erin (illus.) Ice Creamery Cookbook, The 9781616286842 2014 HC
Kaplan, Wendy (ed.) Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965 9780262016070 2011 HC
Kennedy, Dan Wired City, The: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age 9781625340054 2013 TP
Kershaw, Ian End, The: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 9780143122135 2012 TP
Krondl, Michael Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert 9781556529542 2011 HC
Kulaga, Agatha; Patinkin, Erin; Barton-Ballentine, Winona (illus.) Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery 9780373892952 2014 HC
L’Engle, Madeleine Wrinkle in Time, A 9780374386139 1962 HC
Lackey, Mercedes Dragon’s Teeth 9781451639438 2013 TP
Lackey, Mercedes Closer to Home 9780756408992 2014 HC
Lambert, Sheela (ed.) Best Bi Short Stories 9781613900888 2014 TP
Litwack, Matthew; JURNE (illus.) Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System 9781584235545 2014 HC
Lloyd, G.E.R. Cognitive Variations: Reflections on the Unity & Diversity of the Human Mind 9780199566259 2009 TP
Malgieri, Nick; Yanes, Romulo (illus.) Nick Malgieri’s Pastry: Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook 9781909487116 2014 HC
Margaine, David; Margaine, Sylvain (illus.) Forbidden Places: Exploring Our Abandoned Heritage 9782915807820 2012 HC
Marks, P. J. M. Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder’s Art 9781584562931 2011 HC
McGee, Harold Keys to Good Cooking: A guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes 9781594202681 2010 HC
McGee, Harold; Dorfman, Patricia (illus.); Greene, Justin (illus.); McGee, Ann (illus.) On Food and Cooking 9780684800011 2004 HC
McKinley, Robin; Dickinson, Peter Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits 9780399237966 2002 HC
McKusick, Marshall Kirk; Neville-Neil, George V.; Watson, Robert N.M. Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System, The 9780321968975 2014 HC
Medrich, Alice; Jones, Deborah (illus.) Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker’s Guide to Chocolate 9781579655112 2013 TP
Mettler, Suzanne Submerged State, The: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy 9780226521657 2011 TP
Montague, Julian; Montague, Julian (illus.) Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America, The: A Guide to Field Identification 9780810955202 2006 TP
Morgenstern, Erin Night Circus, The 9780307744432 2011 TP
Moss, Robert F. Barbecue: The History of an American Institution 9780817317188 2010 HC
Munroe, Randall; Munroe, Randall (illus.) What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions 9780544272996 2014 HC
Nathan, Zoe; Loeb, Josh; Almerinda, Laurel; Armendariz, Matt (illus.) Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen 9781452123523 2014 HC
New York Transit Museum; Robins, Anthony W. Grand Central Termina: 100 Years of a New York Landmark 9781584799948 2013 HC
Nguyen, Andrea; Green, Paige (illus.); Stromberg, Betsy (illus.); Nguyen, Andrea (illus.) Banh Mi Handbook, The: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches 9781607745334 2014 HC
Noddings, Nel Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach 9780521710008 2006 TP
Nunberg, Geoffrey The Way We Talk Now 9780618116034 2001 TP
Nunberg, Geoffrey Years of Talking Dangerously, The 9781586487454 2009 HC
Nunberg, Geoffrey Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years 9781610392587 2012 TP
O’Boyle, Shaun (illus.) Modern Ruins: Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region 9780271036847 2010 HC
Ottolenghi, Yotam; Lovekin, Jonathan (illus.) Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi 9781452101248 2010 HC
Ottolenghi, Yotam; Lovekin, Jonathan (illus.) Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi 9781607746218 2014 HC
Padel, Ruth Darwin: A Life in Poems 9780375711923 2012 TP
Parsons, Nicholas Welcome to Just A Minute!: A Celebration of Britain’s Best-Loved Radio Comedy 9781782112471 2014 HC
Payne, Christopher (illus.) Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals 9780262013499 2009 HC
Peril, Lynn College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds, Then and Now 9780393327151 2006 TP
Pinkard, Susan Revolution in Taste, A: The Rise of French Cuisine 9780521139960 2010 TP
Potter, Jeff Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food 9780596805883 2010 TP
Provine, Robert R. Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond 9780674048515 2012 HC
Quiggin, John Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us 9780691154541 2012 TP
Reeves, Richard John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand 9781843546443 2007 TP
Rickett, Joel (ed.) How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books 9781845133214 2008 HC
Roiphe, Katie Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages 9780385339384 2008 TP
Roussel, Christine Art of Rockefeller Center, The 9780393060829 2006 HC
Rucker, Rudy Nested Scrolls: A Writer’s Life 9781848631519 2011 HC
Rudder, Christian Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) 9780385347372 2014 HC
Ruhlman, Michael; Ruhlman, Donna Turner (illus.) Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient 9780316254069 2014 HC
Ruwedel, Mark (illus.) Westward: The Course of Empire 9780300141344 2008 HC
Rybczynski, Witold How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit 9780374211745 2013 HC
Schrager, Lee Brian; Sussman, Adeena; Sung, Evan (illus.) Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides 9780770435226 2014 TP
Schroeder, Karl Lockstep 9780765337269 2014 HC
Sedia, Ekaterina (ed.) Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy 9780979624605 2008 TP
Seligson, Susan Stacked: A 32DDD Reports from the Front 9781596911178 2007 HC
Shafia, Louisa; Remington, Sara (illus.) New Persian Kitchen, The 9781607743576 2013 HC
Shea, Ammon Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation 9780399165573 2014 HC
Sher, Richard B. Enlightenment and the Book, The 9780226752532 2010 TP
Shinn, Sharon Fortune and Fate 9780441017751 2009 MM
Shuy, Roger W. Creating Language Crimes: How Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language 9780195181661 2005 HC
Siepmann, Charles A. Radio’s Second Chance   1946 HC
Silverberg, Robert Nightwings 9781600102004 2001 TP
Silverberg, Robert Dying Inside 9780765322302 2009 TP
Silvers, Robert B. (ed.) Company They Kept, The: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships, vol. 2 9781590174876 2011 HC
Silvers, Robert B. (ed.); Epstein, Barbara (ed.) Company They Kept, The: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships 9781590173343 2006 TP
Simon, Taryn American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, An 9783865213808 2007 HC
Sorayama, Hajime (illus.) XL-Masterworks Edition 9783037666524 2014 HC
Spufford, Francis Child That Books Built, The: A Life in Reading 9780312421847 2003 TP
St. Clair, Diane; Clark, Colin (illus.) Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, The: Recipes and Reflections from a Small Vermont Dairy 9781449427535 2013 HC
Steves, Rick Travel as a Political Act 9781568584355 2009 TP
Stewart, Matthew Management Myth, The: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy 9780393338522 2009 TP
Stump, Edmund Roof at the Bottom of the World, The: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains 9780300171976 2011 HC
Suicide, Missy (illus.) SuicideGirls: Hard Girls, Soft Light 9781934429952 2013 HC
Tan, Cecilia Siren and the Sword, The 9781590032084 2010 TP
Tan, Cecilia Tower and the Tears, The 9781590032114 2010 TP
Tan, Cecilia The Prince’s Boy (vol. 1) 9781613900093 2011 TP
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre Phenomenon of Man, The 9780061632655 1959 TP
The Bureau Chiefs Write More Good 9780307719584 2011 TP
Thoma, Benno (illus.) Maybe My Love (Bel Ami) 9783867876315 2013 HC
Truew, Alex (illus.) Young Shaven Beauties 9783943105247   HC
Twyman, Michael History of Chromolithography, A: Printed Colour for All 9781584563204 2013 HC
Valente, Catherynne M. Silently and Very Fast 9781936896028 2011 HC
Vandermeer, Ann (ed.); Vandermeer, Jeff (ed.) Time Traveler’s Almanac, The 9780765374240 2014 TP
Villas, James; Wyche, Jason (illus.) Southern Fried 9781118130766 2013 HC
Walton, Jo My Real Children 9780765332653 2014 HC
Walton, Jo What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy 9780765331939 2014 HC
Watts, Duncan J. Everything Is Obvious 9780307951793 2011 TP
Weinstein, Lawrence Guesstimation 2.0 9780691150802 2012 TP
Willrich, Chris Scroll of Years, The 9781616148133 2013 TP
Wolfe, Gene Peace 9780765334565 2012 TP
Yenne, Bill Sitting Bull 9781594160929 2009 TP
Zanini de Vita, Oretta; Marini, Luciana (illus.) Encyclopedia of Pasta 9780520255227 2009 HC
de Jong, Cees W. (ed.); Purvis, Alston W. (ed.); Tholenaar, Jan (ed.) Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles 9783836544801 2013 TP
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