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Reading Roundup: April 2011

Another great month of reading.

The couldn’t put down:

    • You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried:  The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact On A Generation by Susannah Gora-  The book on John Hughes’ movies of the ’80’s.  The book does cover a couple of Cameron Crowe movies, but most of the content centers around John Hughes, the movies he made and the influence he had on his actors as well as a generation.  Also, full of tidbits about the movies that I didn’t know about, such as the original ending of Pretty In Pink.  What I took away is that sometimes people don’t realize that the success they enjoy is due to the team of people they are working alongside.  Instead, there is the desire, this ambition, to go and prove that we can succeed in spite of the people we are working with and sometimes we find that we really needed those people who we couldn’t wait to get away from.

  • Evolving in Monkey Town:  How A Girl Who Knew All The Answers Learned To Ask The Questions by Rachel Held Evans.  A phenomenal work.  The story of a woman who grew up in a conservative Christian home, attended Christian schools, won all sorts of accolades for being such a good Christian (seriously) and then started to question those very beliefs.  Although I enjoyed the book, I found the first chapter to be the best part of the book.  Entitled “Why I Am An Evolutionist” she demonstrates how the Christian faith and thought has “evolved” over the years.  This book is worth it for the first chapter alone.
  • On Tour By Bradley Wiggins- Stunning photography and raw insights from Wiggins who went to the 2010 Tour De France as a favorite and didn’t come close to accomplishing his goals.

The still good:

  • The Extra 2%:  How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team From Worst to First by Jonah Keri
  • When The Game Was Ours by Jackie MacMullan
  • Bird Watching:  On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love by Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan
  • Roule Britannia:  A History of Britons in the Tour De France by William Fotheringham
  • Hard Rain by Barry Eisler
  • Rain Storm by Barry Eisler
  • Killing Rain by Barry Eisler
  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence:  Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence by Ruth Haley Barton
  • Sacred Rhythms:  Arranging Our Lives For Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton
  • My Korean Deli:  Risking It All For A Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
  • The Chronology of Water:  A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Do The Work by Steven Pressfield
  • Shimmering Images by Lisa Dale Norton
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