What I’m Reading (Jan 2017)

February 12, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of January’s read list

  • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino – a phenomenal Japanese crime novel. One of the best I’ve read in awhile.
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Last Quarry by Max Allan Collins
  • SHOUT!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
  • The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast by Tim White, Randall Richard, and Wayne Worcester
  • The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights by Shaun Assael
  • Why Kerouac Matters by John Leland
  • Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll by Fred Goodman
  • Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Arts Agency by James Andrew Miller
  • In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary
  • Everyday Cook by Alton Brown
  • Ask a Pro by Phil Gaimon
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What I’m Reading (Dec 2016)

January 1, 2017 Leave a comment

Here’s the list of this month’s reading.

  • Fever City by Tim Baker- an excellent noir novel, reminiscent of James Ellroy. Deserving of all the great reviews.
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • Quarry by Max Allan Collins- I watched season 1 of Quarry, and after doing so decided to read the books on which the series was based. The books are entertaining noir.
  • Quarry’s List by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Deal by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins
  • Quarry’s Vote by Max Allan Collins
  • Graveyard of the Gods by Richard Newman
  • DreamLand: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones- Fascinating book. Also worth the time to listen to his interview with Marc Maron.
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis- Lewis continues to shine as a writer. Part about how we think and part about the friendship among two very different men.
  • Patient H.M: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael Hiltzik- About the infamous PARC group that set the stage for much of what we see in technology today.
  • API’s: A Strategy Guide
  • Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby
  • Home is Burning by Dan Marshall
  • On Trails by Robert Moor
  • Everyone Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
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What I’m Reading (Nov 2016)

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Another selection of interesting books this month.

  • Dodgers by Bill Beverly- An award-winning crime novel. Well-worth the read.
  • The Prophet by Michael Koryta- Crime novel
  • Kiss the Devil Goodnight by Jonathan Woods- Page turning crime novel. Entertaining and looking forward to more from this author.
  • Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman- An entertaining biography of Brett Favre
  • The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy
  • Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama by Kenneth L. Woodward
  • Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn- Biography of Jim Jones from childhood to the final days at Jonestown.
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What I’m Reading (Oct 2016)

November 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Life, biographies, software, true crime, and some novels.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson – A superb book. Rather than not caring about anything or caring about it all, the premise to carefully select what you will care about. A book I will read again.
  • The Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance- A recognized book about growing up poor in far from ideal conditions.
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen- His autobiography. Interesting for the early years and his scrabble to attain success. He somewhat glosses over the last two decades.
  • Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff
  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein- An interesting view on how the development of the smartphone.
  • Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff- What a tale about the fall of Blackberry.
  • Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry- An unbelievable true-crime story. I recall when they murders occurred and how it traumatized the people of Austin.
  • The Heart of Hell (A Marko Della Torre Mystery) by Alen Mattich
  • The Ragged End of Nowhere by Roy Chaney
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What I’m Reading (Sept 2016)

October 15, 2016 Leave a comment

A random collection of books in no particular order for the month of September:

  • Seven Times Dead by Roy Chaney- a superb political thriller. This book comes out November 15 from 280 steps.
  • Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse- a non-academic biography of the philosopher and a good beginning point on the philosopher.
  • American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin- about the kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Seinfeldia by Jennifer Armstrong- a┬ábehind the scenes look at the show, Seinfeld.
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong- a book about the Mary Tyler Moore Show, how it came to be, almost didn’t get made, and the launching of many careers.
  • Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman- a series of essays on 80’s movies.
  • The Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman- a historical look at one Russian spy and how the CIA worked with him.
  • Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull- business lessons from Pixar
  • Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli- a biography of Steve Jobs
  • Running: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
  • Zagreb Cowboy (Book 1) by Alen Mattich- political thriller in 90’s Yugoslavia
  • Killing Pilgrim (Book 2) by Alen Mattich- political thriller in 90’s Yugoslavia
  • A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
  • Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler by Mike Freeman
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What I’m Reading (Aug 2016)

October 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Some interesting books in the month of August.

  • A Good Month For Murder by Del Quentin Wilber. If you’ve ever seen Homicide: Life on The Street or read the book by David Simon, this book is the inspiration. Follow around a bunch of homicide detectives and see what happens. Wilber’s book is good, but if you haven’t read Homicide, start there. It’s the best.
  • True Crime Addict by James Renner. The author dives headlong into the unsolved disappearance of a female away at college.
  • Truth is a Total Defense by Steven Bochco. A breezy memoir of the TV producer and writer’s life in TV.
  • My Hour by Bradley Wiggins. A short read about Wiggins pursuit to set the record for the most distance covered on a bike in a hour.
  • Chris Boardman: Triumphs and Turbulence by Chris Boardman. The first modern day great British cyclist.
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. A book by two of the executives from the company how they made key decisions about strategy, culture, and other things.
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich. A good crime novel. I might quibble with the ending.
  • Good as Gone by Amy Gentry. A daughter is kidnapped and then reappears, but is she who she says she is?
  • I Am Duran by Roberto Duran. The autobiography of the famous boxer.
  • Furious George by George Karl. The autobiography of the former basketball player and coach, George Karl.
  • Bad News by Mike Carey. The biography of the talented, but greatly troubled basketball player Marvin Barnes.
  • Sex, Drums, Rock ‘N Roll by Kenny Aronoff. An autobiography of the famous session drummer, known to most as the drummer for John Mellencamp.
  • Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond.
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What I’m Reading (July 2016)

July 31, 2016 Leave a comment

There are books and then there are BOOKS. Tales so captivating, written so well, drawing you in so that you don’t want to put them down. And if you find one of those books as you make your way through the monthly pile of books, then it is a very good month.

The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock is such a book. Sent in 1917, the book follows three brothers as they move from farm laborers to wanted outlaws and all the characters they meet along the way. It is violent, gritty, and written so very well. Five stars and more for The Heavenly Table.

Other books of note:

  • In the Plex by Steven Levy- a history of how Google came to be and some of their guiding principles.
  • Behind the Clouds by Marc Benioff- lessons learned in the creation of SalesForce.
  • TED Talks by Chris Anderson- a guide to effective public speaking.
  • The End of the Road by Alasdair Fotheringham- a look back at the Festina Affair that nearly wrecked the Tour de France. Interesting as some of the main character are now willing to go on the record about what they were doing.
  • Two Hours by Ed Caesar- the chase to run a marathon under two hours.
  • Underground Airlines by Ben Winters- an alt-history novel where slavery was never outlawed.
  • I Saw the Light by Colin Escott- a biography of Hank Williams, Sr.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Brag- a biography of Jerry Lee Lewis.
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