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Reading Roundup: December 2011

Here’s a collection of the books I read this month.  I think the oral history of I Want My MTV was my favorite:

  • I Want My MTV:  The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks- I enjoyed this oral biography of MTV, learning how the network came into being and how MTV changed and shaped music in the 80’s.  Along with the oral history of ESPN and Susannah Gora’s book on John Hughes and his films, I’ve delved back into my high school years.  All three books were great.
  • Flunking Sainthood:  A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess- A humorous look at the spiritual disciplines.
  • What Saint Paul Really Said:  Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity by NT Wright- A mind-changer on how to understand Paul and his letters.  I took my time reading this book.  Wright argues that Paul is better understood as a Jewish thinker rather than as a Hellenistic philosopher, which is how most commentators see him.
  • Lit by Mary Karr
  • There Are Things I Want You To Know About Stieg Larsson and Myself by Eva Gabrielson- Written by Larsson’s life-long partner, her memoir provides insight into his writings as well as what has happened to his literary estate since his death.
  • Lost in Shangri-La:  A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Black Hole by Michael Connelly- The 1st Harry Bosch mystery.
  • The Black Ice by Michael Connelly- The 2nd Harry Bosch mystery.  The first one seemed a little long, but in the second one Connelly seemed to have found his stride.  And judging by his sales, his readers seem to agree.
  • Operation Napoleon by Arnuld Indridason-  Fast-paced action all the way until the end, which fell a little flat for me.
  • To The Edge:  A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance by Kirk Johnson- A non-athletic journalist decides to become a runner after his brother’s suicide.  But he doesn’t become just any runner, he decided to run Death Valley, perhaps the most challenging ultra marathon there is.  A crazy idea that might bring his scattered family back together and teach him something about himself.
  • Inside the Peloton by Graeme Fife- An older book on cycling.  I learned about some minor players and some older ones that I didn’t know about.

This month’s re-read:

  • Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner-  I re-read this book in anticipation of Winner’s new book, Still, coming out next month.  I’d forgotten about how she’d gone from Judaism to Christianity and lost a number of the Jewish friends she made.
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