Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Guest Post: How to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply Naturally


How to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply Naturally
Maintaining a healthy milk supply is important to having a successful breastfeeding relationship and giving your baby the nourishment you want to provide. However, many women experience problems with low milk supply, which can cause temporary setbacks or could derail breastfeeding goals entirely.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to increase breast milk supply to ensure that you overcome these setbacks quickly and easily. Here are a few tips for how you can increase your breast milks supply naturally:
Nurse as Often as Possible
There is no better way to tell your body to produce more milk than to let your baby nurse as often as possible. The more your baby nurse and empties your breasts of milk, the more your body will think you need to make. The suckling motion will also stimulate your breasts to make more milk. Nurse on demand as often as your baby wants, and your baby will quickly adjust to making the amount of milk you need.
Sleep with Your Baby
Skin-to-skin contact and sleeping with your baby encourages you and your baby to relax,  your baby to nurse longer and more frequently, and your body to produce more milk. Lay down to nurse your baby for naps and at bedtime. Co-sleep with your body when possible, and remove your baby's shirt when nursing when possible.
Pump More Often
Though pumping will never stimulate your breasts in the same way that nursing will, pumping more often or pumping after nursing sessions can help to stimulate milk production. Either pump between feedings or pump immediately following a feeding. Of course, you should also pump regularly when you are away from your baby and can't nurse. Pumping can help you to increase your milk supply when you do it regularly in addition to nursing.
Eat More Oatmeal
There are some foods that naturally help your body to produce more milk, and oatmeal is one of them. You can eat a bowl of whole oats for breakfast each day, or eat special oatmeal cookies designed to increase milk supply. Other foods that are said to increase milk supply include barley and dark beer.
Take Fenugreek
Fenugreek has long been known as a natural aid for increasing milk supply. You can pick up this herb from a local health food store and take it once or twice a day to help increase your supply. One side note: Though it is effective at increasing milk supply, it is also likely to make you and your milk smell like maple syrup as fenugreek is one of the main ingredients in maple syrup.
There are many more ways that you can try to increase your milk supply naturally if you are having troubles to ensure that you protect your breastfeeding relationship and get your baby the nourishment he needs. If you hit a roadblock meeting your breastfeeding goals, try one of these tips for increasing supply and getting back on the road to success.
What have you done to increase your breast milk supply naturally? Share your tips for success in the comments!

Sarah Clare is a writer and oversees the site projectmanagementsoftware.com, where she has recently been researching project tracking software. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and scrapbooking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Skyo and The Thirst Project


So, I have been thinking a lot this year about giving back.  But it's so hard to do anything.  I mean, sure, I can hand a few bucks to the bell-ringer for the Salvation Army, but what with having two little ones, and being as pregnant as I am, I can barely make time to get dressed.  So I have been looking for ways that I can help from home, and I lucked out and found a super easy one:  using social media to help out Skyo and the Thirst Project.

Skyo, an online textbook company (you can check out their website here) , is donating $1, up to $25,000 in December to the Thirst Project for every Twitter Follow and Facebook like.  The Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that educates students about the global water crisis and builds clean water wells around the world.  Sometimes I am so humbled by what people like this do.  I mean, I'm sitting here wondering if the water from my fridge tastes fresh enough and if I need to change my water filter, and there are so many people right now struggling to find clean, safe water to drink.  The fact is, 1 child dies every 15 seconds in the world due to diseases related to contaminated water.

1 BILLION people in the world--1/7 of the world's entire population--don't have access to clean drinking water.

But the good news is an entire community of people can be saved with fresh, clean drining water for about $5,000--that's how much it costs to build a well.

And you can help by taking two minutes--less, really--of your time by following Skyo on Facebook and Twitter.  You can easily get Skyo to donate $2 with two seconds of your time.  Cool, huh?  You can follow Skyo on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter here as @GoSkyo.  I also recommend reading their blog post about their goals for giving.



Monday, December 17, 2012

No, Liza. You AREN'T Adam Lanza's Mother

When I first read Liza Long's post which she entitled "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," I literally didn't know what to expect.  So, I read it, and then I took a good hard look at her blog.

And then I got pissed.

Before you judge me, hear me out.  And I am going to take a few moments to give you some caveats:  No, I have NO idea what she's dealing with.  Yes, I too post pictures of my kids on my blog.  Yes, I understand the desire to have your posts looked at.  And yes, most of my posts are happy ones, because I usually choose to post about silly/sweet/funny things that are going on with my kids. Oh, and yes, my kids drive me crazy on a daily basis.  I have said and done things that I am not proud of with regards to them.

But.

But.

But.

There are certain things you don't do to your kids.

You don't post a picture of your thirteen year old on the internet, saying that he's Adam Lanza.  Because, I mean, really--if she is Adam Lanza's mother, then he's Adam Lanza.  And if he's as "brilliant" as she claims in her post, then I have no doubt he can easily look at it on the internet and say to himself, "Wow.  That's truly what my mom thinks of me."  Now, I get it--this is probably a way to draw attention to her post.  Very sensational title.  I can only imagine how many people clicked on it based on the title--I know I did.  So.  Fine.

But what are you telling your kid?  Ms. Long, you are telling him that when you look at him, you see a mass murderer who gunned down innocent children.  In essence, you are already assigned him this role.  You're telling him that you expect this from him.

And you know what?  That would have been okay for you to think.  You are totally entitled to your feelings.  You are entitled to feel afraid of your son, to view life with him as a form of survival, because that is your reality.  You're also entitled to share this with family, friends, therapists, doctors, etc.  Because you clearly need a social network of support to deal with this situation.

But what were you thinking, sharing his picture on the internet?  Because let's play a game of "what if."  What if, a year down the road, someone creates a medication that can help your son?  That can balance whatever it is in his brain that causes him to have these violent outbursts?  So he can live a "normal" life?

But he never will be able to, because you have identified him this way.  So even if he's "cured", he'll still have the stigma of having a post on the internet that can easily be traced to him.  Because you gave your name.  Your blog is out there.  You're a writer.  It's not that hard to find a trail that leads you to him.

I'm careful about what I write about my kids, because I know that by blogging I am taking a risk.  I suppose one day Bug could be in a job interview and they could be like, "So, do you remember eating foil?"  But I try to exercise restraint when I write about my kiddos.  Am I perfect?  Heck no.  I'm not perfect as a mother.  I try my hardest, but I fail.  And fail.  And fail.

For the record, by the way, all we know about Adam Lanza is that he has been identified with having Asperger's.  Which is a form of autism, not mental illness.  I have no doubt that he had a form of mental illness, but I think drawing parallels to your child is rather premature.

Just to be clear, I do think it would have been acceptable to share your struggles if you had (a) written anonymously, since you knew this would be a widely read post, and (b) not identified your child.  Your words were powerful, no question.

I am truly sorry for your situation.  It sounds really rough, because not only are you dealing with a child who requires constant vigilance, but other people on the internet who have taken the time to pick apart your blog are now pointing out other things in your life that are tough situations to deal with.  But I urge you to take his picture down.  Because no kid deserves to see his picture on the internet, associated with the caption "I am Adam Lanza's Mother."


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Yesterday

His warm little hand slid into mine as we stepped out into the sunlight.  The sun felt good, but the breeze was biting, so I warned him we had to stay in the sun.

"Okay, Mommy!" he proclaimed.  He was so happy to be outside.  He had begged me, over and over, until I had relented and we went for a walk.

"When we cross the street, you hold Mommy's hand, okay?"  I instructed as we walked around our neighborhood.  "Promise Mommy."

"Promise, Mommy!" he proclaimed, and then began indulging in his favorite pastime of running in circles.

And so, I watched the sunlight glint off of his gorgeous curly hair, so much like mine, and I watched as his cheeks got red from the exercise, and I had to hide my tears, because I knew that there are families that will never get to see their little boys and girls running around again.

He got ahead of me a few times, and I called to him, saying, "Bug, if you don't stay close, we have to go back home."  That usually stopped him dead in his tracks, and he would dutifully come back and carefully squeeze my hand, saying, "Sorry, Mommy."

"I just want you to be safe, buddy," I told him, as we made our way back, hand in hand.  "Because there are cars and we have to be careful."

But still, he'd get ahead of me.  And when he did that it pulled at my heart even more.  How much longer will I be able to protect him for?  Already he's gotten so independent, and he wants to do everything on his own.  Can I really keep him safe?

Am I going to be afraid every day of his life?

How can I trust anyone with him?

He realized he'd gotten too far away, and so he came running back, laughing, his eyes sparkling like it was all some big joke.  "Mommy's slow," he observed.

"Yes," I said wryly.  "Being pregnant doesn't do much for Mommy's run time."

And I felt the warm fingers in my hand again, and prayed that God would keep him safe, and close to me.  Because I don't want to live in a world without him and his brothers.

And I won't always be able to protect him.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I found this delightful blog that had what it referred to as The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge--listing all the books Rory reads during the entire series of The Gilmore Girls.  For fun, I decided to have a go and see how my literary repertoire stands up:


1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain--read in 7th Grade
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll –read over and over

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank--read in 6th grade
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – read – June 2010
Beloved by Toni Morrison--read in 12th grade
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley--read in 11th grade
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire – read – June 2010
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – read
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White--read as a child
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – read multiple times
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare--read in Shakespeare, can't remember which time
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père--read in 2005 or 2006
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – started and not finished
The Crucible by Arthur Miller--read in 9th grade
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – read – 2009
Daisy Miller by Henry James
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown – read when everybody else read it (2003?)
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson--I LOVED this book, I read it back in 2006
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - read – 2009
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe--I am fairly certain I have read everything worth reading by Poe.  And then I read THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl which is AMAZING.
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen – read over and over, it's my favorite:)
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol--I owned, like, all of these as a kid
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – started and not finished
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) – read when the movies came out
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes--I want to say I read this in 11th grade
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut--I like Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions better, though
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – started and not finished
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – on my book pile
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read multiple times
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare--well yeah
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – read of course
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – read of course

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad--ugh, I hate Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (TBR)
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende--I enjoyed this back in 11th grade
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss--LOVE
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – I have attempted to read this book many times.  I simply can't get into it
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare--read in middle school
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis--because who hasn't?
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen--I hate this story.  Makes me cry
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – many times when I was younger
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare – read many times
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka--maybe in college?  Can't remember when I read it
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson--long time ago
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – I have read all Jane
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare 
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby – read
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – read
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers – read
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – read
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) – read
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – read
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – read
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy 
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers – read
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – I bought it but haven't read it
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – read
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – read
Ulysses by James Joyce--I tried so hard to read this.  But I failed.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire 
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Hmm..maybe I need to read more:)