Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

After finishing The Baker’s Secret, I immediately picked up Out Stealing Horses without realizing it too was a World War II novel, though the war is used as a distant back drop rather than front and center as it was in The Baker’s Secret. For Trond Sander, an older...
The Baker’s Secret

The Baker’s Secret

Life got in the way of my financially negligent, selflessly ego-driven reviews, so I’m playing catch up with a stack of 5 books consumed over the last two months. I say this to point out that my memory is neither sharp nor oft accurate and therefore you can take this...
The Gargoyle Hunters

The Gargoyle Hunters

The Gargoyle Hunters is a magnificently original debut novel from architectural aficionado and New York native John Freeman Gill. An unorthodox upbringing only seems odd to those on the outside: you don’t adapt to such an upbringing-you survive it; sometimes you...
The Thirst

The Thirst

My father and sister have a strong affinity for Scandinavian authors, the darker the better. Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg was my first venture into Scandinavian literature, a gift from my father back in 1992. Years later, he introduced me to Stieg Larson...
David and Goliath

David and Goliath

I don’t read books in any kind of order; I grab whatever piques my interest at the moment, though I do generally keep a fiction, non-fiction, and self-help/educational rolling at any given time. I don’t know where my copy of David and Goliath came from, but I read The...
Some Can Whistle

Some Can Whistle

When I stumbled across Buffalo Girls on my to-read shelf, Some Can Whistle was stocked beside it—though I have no idea its provenance. Nonetheless, reading McMurtry feels like putting on your most comfortable lounging gear, familiar and safe, so I figured I’d go for...
What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

On a trip back from Australia last year, my mother-in-law picked up What Alice Forgot and handed it off to me upon her arrival back in Los Angeles, with a strong recommendation to read it. Since it seemed to be in a genre for which I had little interest, I set it...
Weekly Reading Recap, April 10

Weekly Reading Recap, April 10

The Sympathizer With a steady pounding to the U.S. solar plexus, Viet Thanh Nguyen relentlessly holds a mirror to American sensibilities and the underlying imperialistic arrogance that is forever culturally present in daily American life. The Sympathizer provides a...
Weekly Reading Recap, Feb 22

Weekly Reading Recap, Feb 22

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Barbarian Days by William Finnegan provides a spectacular, masterful insider’s view of the arcane world of surfing. Esoteric religion. Ritual obsession. Lifestyle addiction. Spiritual muse. All of the...
5 Nonfiction Books to Make You Think

5 Nonfiction Books to Make You Think

Need some inspiration these days? Or want to learn more about what drives people to action? These 5 nonfiction books will make you think and offer perspective on the world around you. First published in 1995, G-Dog and the Homeboys outlines a period in the life of...