Monday, August 1, 2016

July Books

Something for everyone this month. Social science, fitness, British and Japanese fiction. Cannot wait to get home and rediscover the books I've ordered over the last eight months.

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging 
by 
thor researched thoroughly and developed into an excellent book.





25144069Strong Medicine: How to Conquer Chronic Disease and Achieve Your Full Athletic Potential


Straight dope science-based advice from a military doctor and my first strength coach (via the Washington Post). I e-mailed Marty to ask what he thought about my current regimen of bodyweight exercises. He responded, as always, promptly and succinctly: "Need weights."

From the local bookstore. Beautiful book about Britain and the end of an era. Enjoyed nearly every word.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

June Books

Good month. Exactly the kind of balance I'm looking for. Kapuscinski is the discovery of the year so far, and I thank Pat for that.


ImperiumImperium

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking


June Books

Good month. Exactly the kind of balance I'm looking for. Kapuscinski is the discovery of the year so far, and I thank Pat for that.


ImperiumImperium

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking

June Books

Good month. Exactly the kind of balance I'm looking for. Kapuscinski is the discovery of the year so far, and I thank Pat for that.


ImperiumImperium

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking

Thursday, June 2, 2016

May Books

Had fun looking for stuff to read at a London bookstore this month. I don't think I have ever bought more than one new book, and this time I bought four! Really enjoyed learning about the fall of the Ottomans; not something I knew very much about.

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle EastThe Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

Picked this off a shelf at a London bookstore, and enjoyed it very much. I learned a lot about a part of WWI I knew precious little about, beyond Gallipoli and Lawrence of Arabia.


Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

Stumbled on this at Foyles in London. More than I wanted to know about the line from Black Flag to Nirvana, and the end of indie. I was aware of, but didn't follow most of these bands, but the stories were all interesting in their own ways.
Pebbles of Perception: How a Few Good Choices Make All The Difference

Pebbles of Perception: How a Few Good Choices Make All The Difference

Recommended by Farnam Street. From Amazon. Life coaching from an older man who has read all of the same books as me. Not a bad place to start, but I didn't learn anything.

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild FoodFour Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

From Amazon. Lots of information about fishing and aquaculture, written by someone with a passion for angling. Interesting throughout, especially the biology.
The Who Sell Out


The Who Sell Out (33⅓ #37)

From the music section of a London bookstore. Have enjoyed others in this series much more. Learned a little bit about the pop art movement, but very little about the band or the music.



Essays in LoveEssays in Love

Monday, May 2, 2016

April Books

Two transcontinental trips (assuming you count home and back as two) and a trove of ordered material waiting for me at home, made this a particularly enjoyable month. The Iran book is an early front runner for 2016's Top 5, and Sapiens managed to be educational, provocative, informative and visionary all at once.

Shah of ShahsShah of Shahs