Stump’s Best of 2018

Here’s the best of 2018! By category, only one winner per category, no runner ups, no honorable mentions, no blah blah blah. I’ve culled the list from 427 articles, 119 Youtube videos, 67 books, and 41 movies. Unlike many other best of’s on the internet, I’ve actually read, watched, or listened to the media that tops my list. Enjoy and Merry New Year!


Books by an Amputee

Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs (I’m rather biased, it’s mine!)

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon


The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles, Gary Krist


Ready Player One, Ernest Kline (A PBS Great American Read)

Pictorial Works

Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel, Simon Adams

Children’s Picture Book

Her Right Foot, Dave Eggers, Art by Shaun Harris


22 Things to do After Work



Christmas Song

Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keene


If you hate Small Talk


Convicted killer confesses to 90 murders

Generation Gap

Which Generation Are You In?


Emma Stone learns British slang from Rachel Weisz

Shark attack Cape Cod

Also a language lesson to everyone not living on Cape Cod. It’s an island, so it’s “on Cape Cod” not as this headline reads “in Cape Cod.” It’s like when when people call the Gulf of Mexico, the ocean. Sorry, rant over.

Long Form Journalism

Map (Interactive)

Medieval London’s Bloody Murders

Mental Health






The Disaster Artist


We’re the Millers


Beat Root Revival, Live At the Saxon Pub in Austin, Texas

Sports Writing

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban Friendship

Social Media

Teens Desert Social Media


Big Little Lies


Travel is No Cure for the Mind

Truck Drivers





Thanks for reading, watching, and listening.

Best Mail

Jump over to my personal page to learn more about the best Christmas present!



2015 Recommendations



In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, Neil White

Scorsese: A Retrospective, Tom Shone

Steal like an Artist, Austin Kleon

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

What we See When we Read, Peter Mendelsund

Picture Books

The Book with No Pictures, B. J. Novak

The Day the Crayons Came Back, Drew Daywalt

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

USS Alabama: Hoorah for the Mighty A! Karyn W. Tunks

Graphic Novel

Demise of the Spirit’s Guiding Lady, Megan Redlich

The Odyssey, Gareth Hinds


The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck


Next Door to the Dead, Kathleen Driskell


Big Eyes

Big Hero 6

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure



The Cobbler

Dolphin Tale 2

Gone Girl

The Help


The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

Night Crawler

A Night to Remember




St. Vincent


Star Wars *In Theaters

The Theory of Everything




Evel Knievel’s Spectacular Jumps

Fed Up

Ivory Towers

Open Sesame


American Crime   

Boardwalk Empire Season 5

House of Cards


Red Oaks *Amazon Prime

Survivor : Cambodia-Second Chance

Happy New Year!

The Amputated List of Movies Watched and Books Read in 2013

As a librarian people often ask me, “What are you reading?” I usually tell them that my tastes range wide. I don’t typically read popular fiction, and tend to lean heavily toward nonfiction. Since its the end of the year, here’s the list of books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched in 2013. At the bottom of the list are my top five for each category, including a list of my favorite amputee related books and movies. 


1.  Midnight Rising, Tony Horwitz

2.  The World Atlas of Beer, Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont 

3.  History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage

4.  The Eagle and the Raven, James Michener

5.  Fly Guy Presents: Sharks, Tedd Arnold

6.  The Men’s Club, Leonard Michaels

7.  Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community, 

     Joy Deangdeelert Cho, Meg Mateo Ilasco, and Grace Bonney

8.  999 Tadpoles, Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami

9.  Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, Craig Hatkoff,

      Juliana Hatkoff and Isabella Hatkoff

10. What Teachers Make, Taylor Mali

11. Franklin and Winston: An intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, Jon Meacham 

12. Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters, Marilyn Monroe, Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment

13. Capturing Camelot, Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys, Kitty Kelly

14. Same Sun Here, Silas House and Neela Vaswani

15. Start and Run a Creative Services Business, Susan Kirkland

16. Wise Men, Stuart Nadler

17. Come on Rain, Karen Hesse and Jon J. Muth

18. The Falling Raindrop, Neil Johnson and Joel Chin

19. Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water, Robert E. Wells

20. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

21. This Moose Belongs to Me, Oliver Jeffers

22. St. Patrick’s Day, Gail Gibbons

23. Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer

24. Maggie McNair has Sugar Bugs in There, Sheila Booth-Alberstadt

25. Catherine the Great, Robert Massie

26. ABCs of Baseball, Peter Golenbock and Dan Andreasen

27. The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, Alexandra Fuller

28. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. Different Seasons, “The Body”

      “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” Stephen King

30. Carrie, Stephen King

31. Fairhope in the Roaring 20s, Cathy Donelson

32. Bossy Pants, Tina Fey

33. Between East and West, Anne Applebaum

34. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

35. The World’s Strongest Librarian, Josh Hanagarne

36. Isaac’s Storm, Erik Larson

37. Dubliners, James Joyce

38 The Big House, George Howe Colt

39. The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

40. Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream-and Why it Matters, Helen Smith

41. Blogging for Dummies, Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley

42. The Odyssey, Homer (Robert Fagles Translation)

43. The Iliad, Homer (Robert Fagles Translation)

44. Best Foot Forward, Ingo Arndt

45. The Matchbox Diary, Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline

46. Wumbers, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

47. The Lump of Coal, Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist 

48. The Alabama Night Before Christmas, E. J. Sullivan and Ernie Eldredge

49. The Killers, Ernest Hemingway

50. The Spirit of Fairhope, Dean Mosher and Megrez Mosher

51. To The Nines, Janet Evanovich



1.  Zero Dark Thirty

2.  Fistful of Dollars

3.  For a Few Dollars More

4.  Beasts of the Southern Wild

5.  Argo

6.  Lords of Dogtown

7.  Rust and Bone

8.  42

9.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10. Night of the Hunter

11. The Great Gatsby

12. Gangster Squad

13. Pixar Animated Shorts

14. Silver Linings Playbook

15. Hemingway and Gellhorn

16. Carrie

17. Quincy M. E.

18. One Crazy Summer

19. Despicable Me

20. Back to School

21. The Way Way Back

22. Feasting on Asphalt

23. Love Song for Bobby Long

24. Zombieland

25. Moon

26. Louis C. K.

27. Better Off Dead

28. Cinderella Man

29. The Paperboy

30. Boardwalk Empire Seasons 2 and 3

31. The Raven

32. Fenway Park 100 Years

33. Monsters U

34. The Heat

35. Better Off Dead

36. Cinderella Man

37. The Paperboy

38. Searching for Sugar Man

39. Good Ol’ Freda Fairhope Film Festival

40. Ginger and Rosa “FFF”

50. (Notes on) Biology “FFF”

51. Chasing Mavericks

52. World War Z

53. Memento

54. Robot and Frank

55. The Words

56. Point Break

57. The Killers

58. American Hustle

59. King’s Row


Top Five Movies

American Hustle

King’s Row

Silver Linings Playbook

The Way Way Back


Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Animated: (Notes On) Biology


Top Five Books

The Odyssey

What Teachers Make

Men on Strike

Legend of Colton Bryant 

The Great Gatsby

Picture Book: The Day the Crayons Quit


Top Five with Amputee Characters

King’s Row

Rust and Bone

Same Sun Here

The Eagle and The Raven

Winter’s Tail