What I’m Reading (Feb 2017)

March 5, 2017 Leave a comment

This month’s reading with comments on selected titles:

  • Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh – An outstanding collection of short stories.
  • A MidSummers’s Equation by Keigo Higashino – A superb Japanese mystery.
  • Darwin’s Nightmare by Mike Knowles – A true hard-boiled page turner.
  • Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
  • Work Hard, Study, and Keep Out of Politics: Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life by James A Baker, III – An intriguing memoir from one of the most important public officials in my lifetime.
  • Chuck Knoll: His Life’s Work by Michael MacCambridge
  • The Grand Tour: The Life and Times of George Jones by Rich Kienzle
  • Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  • Congratulations, by the Way by George Saunders
  • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Bard Ricca
  • One Pan & Done by Molly Gilbert
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What I’m Reading (Jan 2017)

February 12, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of January’s read list

  • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino – a phenomenal Japanese crime novel. One of the best I’ve read in awhile.
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Last Quarry by Max Allan Collins
  • SHOUT!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
  • The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast by Tim White, Randall Richard, and Wayne Worcester
  • The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights by Shaun Assael
  • Why Kerouac Matters by John Leland
  • Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll by Fred Goodman
  • Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Arts Agency by James Andrew Miller
  • In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary
  • Everyday Cook by Alton Brown
  • Ask a Pro by Phil Gaimon
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What I’m Reading (Dec 2016)

January 1, 2017 Leave a comment

Here’s the list of this month’s reading.

  • Fever City by Tim Baker- an excellent noir novel, reminiscent of James Ellroy. Deserving of all the great reviews.
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • Quarry by Max Allan Collins- I watched season 1 of Quarry, and after doing so decided to read the books on which the series was based. The books are entertaining noir.
  • Quarry’s List by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Deal by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Vote by Max Allan Collins
  • Graveyard of the Gods by Richard Newman
  • DreamLand: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones- Fascinating book. Also worth the time to listen to his interview with Marc Maron.
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis- Lewis continues to shine as a writer. Part about how we think and part about the friendship among two very different men.
  • Patient H.M: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael Hiltzik- About the infamous PARC group that set the stage for much of what we see in technology today.
  • API’s: A Strategy Guide
  • Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby
  • Home is Burning by Dan Marshall
  • On Trails by Robert Moor
  • Everyone Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
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What I’m Reading (Nov 2016)

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Another selection of interesting books this month.

  • Dodgers by Bill Beverly- An award-winning crime novel. Well-worth the read.
  • The Prophet by Michael Koryta- Crime novel
  • Kiss the Devil Goodnight by Jonathan Woods- Page turning crime novel. Entertaining and looking forward to more from this author.
  • Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman- An entertaining biography of Brett Favre
  • The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy
  • Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama by Kenneth L. Woodward
  • Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn- Biography of Jim Jones from childhood to the final days at Jonestown.
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What I’m Reading (Oct 2016)

November 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Life, biographies, software, true crime, and some novels.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson – A superb book. Rather than not caring about anything or caring about it all, the premise to carefully select what you will care about. A book I will read again.
  • The Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance- A recognized book about growing up poor in far from ideal conditions.
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen- His autobiography. Interesting for the early years and his scrabble to attain success. He somewhat glosses over the last two decades.
  • Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff
  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein- An interesting view on how the development of the smartphone.
  • Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff- What a tale about the fall of Blackberry.
  • Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry- An unbelievable true-crime story. I recall when they murders occurred and how it traumatized the people of Austin.
  • The Heart of Hell (A Marko Della Torre Mystery) by Alen Mattich
  • The Ragged End of Nowhere by Roy Chaney
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What I’m Reading (Sept 2016)

October 15, 2016 Leave a comment

A random collection of books in no particular order for the month of September:

  • Seven Times Dead by Roy Chaney- a superb political thriller. This book comes out November 15 from 280 steps.
  • Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse- a non-academic biography of the philosopher and a good beginning point on the philosopher.
  • American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin- about the kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Seinfeldia by Jennifer Armstrong- a┬ábehind the scenes look at the show, Seinfeld.
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong- a book about the Mary Tyler Moore Show, how it came to be, almost didn’t get made, and the launching of many careers.
  • Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman- a series of essays on 80’s movies.
  • The Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman- a historical look at one Russian spy and how the CIA worked with him.
  • Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull- business lessons from Pixar
  • Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli- a biography of Steve Jobs
  • Running: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
  • Zagreb Cowboy (Book 1) by Alen Mattich- political thriller in 90’s Yugoslavia
  • Killing Pilgrim (Book 2) by Alen Mattich- political thriller in 90’s Yugoslavia
  • A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
  • Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler by Mike Freeman
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What I’m Reading (Aug 2016)

October 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Some interesting books in the month of August.

  • A Good Month For Murder by Del Quentin Wilber. If you’ve ever seen Homicide: Life on The Street or read the book by David Simon, this book is the inspiration. Follow around a bunch of homicide detectives and see what happens. Wilber’s book is good, but if you haven’t read Homicide, start there. It’s the best.
  • True Crime Addict by James Renner. The author dives headlong into the unsolved disappearance of a female away at college.
  • Truth is a Total Defense by Steven Bochco. A breezy memoir of the TV producer and writer’s life in TV.
  • My Hour by Bradley Wiggins. A short read about Wiggins pursuit to set the record for the most distance covered on a bike in a hour.
  • Chris Boardman: Triumphs and Turbulence by Chris Boardman. The first modern day great British cyclist.
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. A book by two of the executives from the company how they made key decisions about strategy, culture, and other things.
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich. A good crime novel. I might quibble with the ending.
  • Good as Gone by Amy Gentry. A daughter is kidnapped and then reappears, but is she who she says she is?
  • I Am Duran by Roberto Duran. The autobiography of the famous boxer.
  • Furious George by George Karl. The autobiography of the former basketball player and coach, George Karl.
  • Bad News by Mike Carey. The biography of the talented, but greatly troubled basketball player Marvin Barnes.
  • Sex, Drums, Rock ‘N Roll by Kenny Aronoff. An autobiography of the famous session drummer, known to most as the drummer for John Mellencamp.
  • Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond.
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