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The Best Books I Read This Month (April 2012)

With all the time spent in hospital rooms, ICU rooms, and watching Mom, you’d think that I would’ve plowed through more books than normal, but I didn’t.  I have no reason why.  It even surprises me.

I started reading Nick Hornby when his first book, High Fidelity came out in ’95 or ’96.  This last month I returned to Hornby and read Juliet, Naked as well as How To Be Good.  Juliet, Naked reminded me a great deal of High Fidelity, which is still one of my favorite books, and I enjoyed this story of celebrity and relationships.

In addition to those two, here’s the rest of the list:

  • Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail by Cheryl Strayed-  This book has garnered a lot of attention since its release.  The book is more than an account of Strayed’s adventures on the Pacific Trail, it’s also a journey of finding herself after the death of her mother from cancer.
  • Building a Life Out of Words by Shawn Smucker
  • Revelations:  Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels- Pagels new book takes a historical rather than futurist approach to interpreting Revelation but she also comments on the similarities of Revelation to similar writings of that time period and the contrasting opinions of the book around the time of its writing.
  • Reading Revelation Responsibly:  Uncivil Worship and Witness by Michael Gorman-  A more detailed historical approach to Revelation.  This one came highly recommended by Richard Beck from the Experimental Theology blog.
  • Some Assembly Required:  A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott-  A great introspective look at life and relationships through this journal from Anne Lamott.
  • Brave Dragons:  A Chinese Basketball Team, An American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing by Jim Yardley- A hilarious account of a former NBA coach who agrees to coach a professional Chinese team.  In the course of the year, he’s hired, demoted, promoted, demoted, and so on by his ever meddling owner.
  • Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod- A short treatise on finding your own way from the author of the gaping void website.  As insightful and funny as his previous two books.
  • Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
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