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The Best Books I Read This Month (June 2012)

With a week in Destin, I figured that I would’ve gotten more reading done, but that didn’t happen.  As always, the list is eclectic to say the least.

There are very few books and authors that I will re-read, but Frederick Buechner falls into that category.  In June I re-read three of his books:  Telling Secrets, The Eyes of The Heart, and The Yellow Leaves.  I can’t recall how many times I’ve read Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner.   Telling Secrets is the third of his four memoirs (the others being Now & Then, The Sacred Journey, and The Eyes of The Heart).

In Telling Secrets, Buechner writes about coming to grips with the suicide of his father when he was ten and dealing with the anorexia of his daughter.  In The Eyes of The Heart, he writes of coming to grips with old age.  About three quarters of the way through the book, he writes very movingly about the passing of his brother.

The Yellow Leaves, a collection of essays, is what Buechner says will be his last book.  If that’s the case, it’s a fine way to go out.

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura is a psychological crime book about a pickpocket who gets involved in a crime over his head.

An Unquenchable Thirst:  A Memoir by Mary Johnson is story of a young Texas girl who decides she wants to be a nun, but not just any nun.  She joins the order of Mother Theresa.  She writes of her joys and sorrows in her work until her questions about the Order and her calling lead her to leave.  Really interesting story.

With cycling season in full swing, publishers have released a plethora of books.  Riis by Bjarne Riis is a fascinating tale of first becoming a Tour De France winner and second becoming a team owner and manager.  Field of Fire by Jeff Connor is his second book on the crazy shenanigans that were the 1987 ANC-Halford team in the Tour De France.

Here’s some other books I read this month:

  • The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss.  In one word, unconventional.
  • Don’t Cry, Tai Lake:  An Inspector Chen Novel by Qiu Xiaolong- A Japanese detective novel.
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  The first Bryson book I’ve ever read.  Here he attempts to walk the Appalachian Trail.
  • Dream New Dreams:  Reimagining My Life After Loss by Jai Pausch- Written by the spouse of professor Randy Pausch, who died of pancreatic cancer.
  • Popular Crime by Bill James- The baseball statistician dissects the way police have handled murders throughout history.


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