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What I’m Reading (Dec. 2013)

December ended with a reading flurr. Of course, it helps to be sick the last week and a half of Christmas so that there’s nothing else to do but sit and read.

Last month I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and this month I read her two earlier novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects. Dark Places is excellent and Sharp Objects is a very good read. Sharp Objects is her first novel, a good first novel, although hard to characterize. Dark Places mixes small towns, serial killings, and Satanic worship into a fast-paced fascinating story.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl garnered much press when released and it might be one of the most imaginative novels I’ve come across. Pessl uses a variety of formats to tell the story of a disgraced journalist, a reclusive artist and a circle of devoted people who surround him, and the suicide of the reclusive artist’s daughter.

The end of December saw the release of Peter Richmond’s biography, Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings. While the later years of Jackson’s life as coach of the Bulls and Lakers have been well-chronicled in the press and in Jackson’s own books, Richmond’s biography fills in the pictures of Jackson’s early life, his collegiate years, and his oft-forgotten time as a coach in the CBA and in the Panama basketball league.

I managed to squeeze in three books on cycling as well. Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team by Team Lewis is about much more than cycling. It’s the story of the genocide in Rwanda, the people who survived, and the rebirth of a nation. Other cycling books read this month were Inside Team Sky by David Walsh and At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane by Mark Cavendish

Other books read this month were Doped by Jamie Reid (about the doping scandal of the 1950’s in England when gamblers were doping race horses), Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason (part of the Inspector Erlendur series), Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpoint (an examination of the works of Philip Roth- PBS also profiled Roth for their American Masters series), Edgar Allen Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Meyers, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, Jesus: The Human Face of God by Jay Parini, Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner, I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman, and Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry.

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