Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Summer/Fall Reading List

The Lincoln Myth: a Novel (Cotton Malone Book 9), by Steve Berry (2014). A powerful religious organization tries to break apart the United States.

The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy (1986). Different than I expected, I had always wanted to read this Southern classic. Now perhaps the movie will hold my interest.

Damascus Countdown (The 12th Imam #3) , by Joel C. Rosenberg (2013). Written as fiction that seems to prophetically come true, sometimes before the book can be published. Educational. I actually read it a second time.

Phil-osophy, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach (2014). Told like only the Duck Dynasty patriarch can. Read by Phil’s oldest son.

A Drive into the Gap (above), by Kevin Guilfoile (2012). A wonderful short story of the author’s link to baseball history: the bat Roberto Clemente used to collect his 3000th (and last) hit. Or was it?

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (1952). I need to read more of the classics.

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, by Martin Short (2014). A hilarious book, read by the author. Close friend of Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Paul Schaffer, Eugene Levy. Short also shares the pain of losing his wife to cancer.  

The Butler: a Witness to History, by Wil Haygood (2013). Interesting story of how the reporter got the idea for the story, and how he tracked down and befriended the humble man who saw so much. Much different from the movie, I’m sure. And better.  

American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (2012). I’m thinking the book did a better job of telling his story than the movie did. While I’m not usually the soldier story type, this book was an easy read. Kyle shares not just his successes about also his struggles as a husband and father.

Imperfect: an Improbable Life, by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown (2012). The pitcher intentionally waited until years after his career ended to tell his story. Unlike most sports biographies, Abbott does a great job of sharing the feelings he experienced in all his highs and lows.

Gray Mountain, by John Grisham (2014). The author tells a tale about the dark side of coal mining in Appalachia. Some thought the book was preachy, and perhaps it was – but I still enjoyed learning what I did.  

Robert Redford: the Biography, by Michael Feeney Callan (2010). Informative and interesting. A great talent not without warts.

Drunken Fireworks, by Stephen King (2015). While I’m no fan of the horror genre, King’s stories and characters are captivating reading.

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, by Jimmy Carter (2015). Books by the former president are usually thoughtful  even if I don’t agree with everything he says.

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