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The Best Books I Read This Month (August 2012)

August provided a number of good reads, but one in particular stood out, The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters.  The Last Policeman, the first of a trilogy, revolves around the main character of Detective Hank Palace who is trying to solve a murder even though the world is about to end.  An asteroid is headed towards Earth, people are quitting their jobs, and others are committing suicide in advance of the Earth’s expected destruction.  Detective Palace is given a case that has been made to look like a suicide, yet he suspects otherwise.  His fellow detectives don’t understand his dogged pursuit of this case.  After all, what’s the point of solving a murder if everyone is going to die within six months?  The Last Policeman a great, thought-provoling novel.

There were a number of other standout books this month:

  • Basketball Junkie:  A Memoir by Chris Herren- Recently, the life story of Chris Herren was told in a 30 For 30 documentary.  His life story about his descent in and out of drugs was fascinating.
  • Hitless Wonder:  A Life in the Minor League Rock and Roll by Joe Oestreich- A funny, behind-the-scenes look at a band that never made it, but haven’t given up trying in over twenty-five years.  They tour on their vacations, sometimes drawing as little as two people, but their love for music and making music compels them to keep at it.
  • You Are An Ironman:  How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing The World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg-  Steinberg follows six normal people as they train and compete in a triathlon.
  • The Twenty Year Death by Ariel S Winters-  This is actually three novels in one.  From a literary standpoint, this was well done as Winter mimics the style of a different crime writer in each novel.
  • Running With The Kenyans:  Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn
  • Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
  • Bitter Drink by FG Haghenbeck
  • All The Devils Are Here:  The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean
  • Hitch-22:  A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
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