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Reading Roundup September 2010

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here’s a selection of the books that I found interesting this month:

  • Steinbrenner:  The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden.  A very good book (especially coupled with the recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “The House of Steinbrenner”) that examines the perplexing life of Steinbrenner.  On the one hand, he could be unusually cruel and vindictive, and on the other hand, especially compassionate.
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stiegg Larson.  Book Two of the Trilogy.  A page turner that holds your attention to the very end.
  • Love is a Mix Tape:  Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.  The heart-breaking story of love and loss told through the memory of music.  Sheffield and his wife shared a love of music, and here, Sheffield tells the story of their romance and dealing with her untimely death.
  • Through A Screen Darkly by Jeffrey Overstreet.  An interesting look art, specifically movies, and what they say to and about the Christian faith.
  • Bury My Heart At Conference Room B by Stan Slap.  A business book that suggests the way to have management buy into the vision of the company is to tap into their values as a person and let those values shine through their work.
  • We Were Young And Carefree by Laurent Fignon.  Great book.  Fignon, who recently died of cancer, speaks candidly of his years as a professional cyclist in the eighties and nineties.  Most people remember him as the man who lost by 8 seconds to Greg LeMond rather than the man who won the Tour de France twice.  Really enjoyed.
  • Permission To Speak Freely by Anne Jackson.  Good book.
  • The Devil by Ken Bruen.  More great Irish noir.
  • Bittersweet:  Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist.
  • In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman.  Very interesting look at the history of the company.  One sees how even the best laid plans can go wrong, and how wealth can create problems in future generations of a family.
  • Badasses:  The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders by Peter Richmond.  More books are starting to be written about the coming of age of football and this is one of them.  More attention is paid to the personalities and some of their outlandish antics, but you learn about the front office that found many of the players that made the Raiders one of the best teams of that decade.
  • Secondhand Jesus:  Trading Rumors of God For A Firsthand Faith by Glenn Peckiam.
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