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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman

If you want to read a laugh-out-loud book about running, read The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman. It was a happy break for me to read this collection of comics that describe the Oatmeal’s running experiences and make fun of a lot of stuff associated with [...]

Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

You might think that books about trees and bushes are probably dry and boring. For the most part, that’s true, although they are also very useful when planning what specimens to buy. Every once in a while though, a gem comes along, and Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen is one of them. Jacobsen [...]

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

I don’t usually read non-fiction, and when I do, I don’t usually like it all that well. With In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, I’ll admit that I picked up the book because Ron Howard is directing a movie version, soon to be released, starring Chris Hemsworth. I also [...]

North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

Cea Sunrise Person spent her childhood and adolescence as part of a free-spirited family who left California to spend their nomadic life in a series of teepees and makeshift housing in Canada during the 1970s in the sunset of the counterculture movement, moving in and out of relationships, living off the land, doing drugs. Family [...]

Savage Harvest:A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman

At the dawn of the ‘60s, Michael Rockefeller, a golden son of the Rockefeller dynasty traveled to remote New Guinea. A child of privilege, the trip was an opportunity to experience new and mysterious cultures, to work on a documentary film, and to prove himself a serious collector of primitive art, which interest he shared [...]

In the Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim

 In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim tells the unusual true life story of Lovenheim’s journey deep into his street, sleeping over at and spending a day with those of his neighbors who would welcome him. It’s an unusual approach to a popular [...]

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird

A good biography is hard to find, and The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames is one such rare tome. In 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more importantly, it eliminated America’s most [...]

Get Off Your Ass and Run! by Ruth Field

I am a runner.  Although I am not in love with running, I am extremely disciplined and have never, in over 15 years of running, NOT met my mileage goal for the week no matter how busy I am or who I annoy.  But I do need motivating things to think about while running so [...]

The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency edited by Chris Monks and John Warner

I have followed Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney’s Publishing, since reading his great memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” years ago.  When I came across the short essay book The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, I had to read it.  My favorite essay is “Passive-Aggressive Vegan Grocery Cashier: A Day in the Life” by [...]

Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey has written a book that will just infuriate you.  Fast paced and shocking, Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness is also a reminder to us that a lot of things that we take for granted like big buildings and bridges, tunnels and [...]

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