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The Best Books I Read This Month (September 2012)

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

This month I was looking forward to the release of two new books and they didn’t disappoint.  First up, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story:  A Life of David Foster Wallace by DT Max.  For those who don’t know, Wallace, considered one of the most brilliant writers as well as one of my favorites, committed suicide a few years ago.  Most people did not know of the mental struggles Wallace endured for years.  Not only is this book an insight into the life of Wallace and his writing, but it gives a peek into the life of someone who struggles with depression.  One downside to the book is that it seems to short-change the last few years of Wallace’s life.  Overall, very interesting.

The other anticipated book was The Secret Race:  Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle.  Hamilton, who rode with Lance Armstrong, comes clean about his doping practices as a professional cyclist.  A fascinating tale.  He describes the practices in detail, the methods of escaping detection, as well as the mental toll the deception and lying took on him.  Sad, but very interesting.

I read a few other interesting books this month:

  • Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard by George Simenon.  A French, minimalist mystery.
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  The second novel this year on what would people do if the world were going to end.
  • LEGO:  A Love Story by Jonathan Bender.  An adult rediscovers his love for LEGO.
  • Kicking and Screaming:  A Story of Heart, Soul, Rock and Roll by Ann and Nancy Wilson- The story of the rock band Heart.
  • The God Factor:  Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People by Cathleen Falsani

 

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