Read: A Town Like Alice

I’m not telling you to go get this book. A Town Like Alice was first published in 1950, and subsequently reprinted many, many times, but it’s written in a very 1950’s way. You may or may not like this. Either … Read More

Read: Homo Deus

Just go get it. Get this book. I haven’t read Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens, which came out a few years ago but I’m glad I found Homo Deus. This book brings up so many things, ideas, concepts and contemplation … Read More

Read: Lost City of the Monkey God

If you can’t get excited about finding a lost city in the jungle then you might already be dead. As you know, I’ve read Doug Preston before and I will read him again. Love what he does. ADVENTURE people. It … Read More

Read: A Visit From The Goon Squad

This is quite a book. Unique in my mind. I’m not really sure how to describe it, other than it snaps you off with precision, twisting and turning with a single paragraph. One chapter, toward the back, is all diagrams. … Read More

Read: Hard Rain Falling

Just before I read this book I read a blockbuster crime novel by a famous author I had never read. It was almost 600 pages. Although I get why this author is so successful I kinda felt like I was … Read More

Read: The Lifeboat

There was one thing I took away from this book. Anytime I read something like this, which is very much what the title suggests, I always do the “What would I do?” thing. Most of the time the answer isn’t … Read More

Read: Cruising Paradise

I really enjoyed this book, my fourth Sam Shepard in the past few weeks. This felt the most personal of the books I’ve read, and there are several things I found appealing. First, the chapters have the location where each … Read More

Read: Buried Child

I can’t remember reading a play. Well, at least on my own. In school, ya sure, they forced us to read all kinds of things, but as an adult my willingness to read plays hasn’t always been keen. Like going … Read More

Read: Great Dream of Heaven

I read this book in one day. Half on the beach in Newport and half in the Las Vegas airport. Not something I would recommend but it was what it was. And Jesus Christo the Vegas airport broke me. It … Read More

Read: Sam Shepard, A Life

I used to see Sam Shepard in Santa Fe. From time to time. At a bar or in a pickup heading the other way. Never met him, never talked to him, but was always somewhat intrigued by him. So when … Read More

Read: The Hidden Half of Nature

The full title of this book is “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health.” I was originally turned on to this book because it talks about soil health and about how microbes are a huge … Read More

Read: Fencing the Sky

Okay, I doubled down on Galvin, just like I have with various other authors, but unlike various other authors Galvin’s work is so painfully close to home. Fencing the Sky is a beautiful book filled with not so beautiful things. … Read More

Read: The Meadow

I didn’t believe this book existed. A friend in Laramie said “You know, someone wrote a book about the original ranch property your family had?” So to learn this book existed was a shock to say the least. Not to … Read More

Read: State of Wonder

This was a beautiful book. Certain writers are so smooth you can hardly believe the prose. This was my first Ann Patchett book but won’t be the last. State of Wonder follows a doctor into the depths of the Brazilian … Read More

Read: Rust and Bone

Craig Davidson’s Rust and Bone brings sex addicts, dog fights, whale bites and prizefights. Do I really need to say anything more? Short stories. Sick. Really sick. Good and sick. Sick, sick. Loved this book. Writer has style and the … Read More

Read: The Forever War

This is the first sci-fi book I’ve ever read. Loved it. Written by a vet, the book is a space reflection on the Vietnam war. Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War is a scary look at a potential future. The imagined … Read More

Read: All the Wrong Places

I finished this book at 4AM on the morning I hiked Santa Fe Baldy. I closed the book then sat in silence with an open window at my back, cool air reminding me of my current elevation. I was so … Read More

Read: Cities of Gold

Any author crazy enough to retrace Coronado’s route across the Southwest is okay in my book. Having traveled some of this same country, via truck and on foot, I can attest-to some tiny degree-just how insane this little voyage actually … Read More