Read: Chaos Monkeys

If this book doesn’t make you ill, nothing will. As someone who has been transitioning in and out of San Francisco on a monthly basis for over ten years, I can say with certainty that the tech world has ushered … Read More

Read: Night in The American Village

Add Okinawan history to the list of subjects I knew next to nothing about. Sure, I knew a basic, tree-top level history of the area but all of my knowledge was tied to WWII. So, in short, I know little. … Read More

Read: The New Wild West

I am the problem. I have a 2017 Toyota Tacoma with 48,290 miles on it. I burn fossil fuel, more than my share. I’m guessing you might also fall into this category. The United States burns a disproportionate amount of … Read More

Read: Places and Names

This is a book about war. And other things. A series of small stories that combine to make the big book. Elliot Ackerman did FIVE tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has also been a White House Fellow. He’s got … Read More

Read: Kingdom of Lies

Just read it. This story is so interesting and this book so chaotic as it weaves a narrative that bounces from person to person, tactic to tactic and immediately begins to reveal just how out of control the world of … Read More

Read: The Naturalist

Fiction is like a reading vacation, at least for me. Most of what I read is nonfiction, some of which can be uber dense, almost like mild torture which is how I would describe most of my schooling. The knowledge … Read More

Read: The Orphaned Land

Ignorance is bliss. It surely, surely is. If the public knew the truth, well, probably not much would change but I still wish people knew. Just when you think you know a little bit about your home you read a … Read More

Read: Aldo Leopold’s Southwest

If you don’t already know this name make sure you remember Aldo Leopold. Why? Because we own him for all the wilderness areas in the United States. He’s the human that got this ball rolling. Now, I know the environment … Read More

Read: Goodbye to a River

I loved this book. I had never heard of John Graves. My bad. This book was first published in 1960 but it reads like it could have been written last week. Knowing the great Brazos River was about to receive … Read More

Read: The Woman at Otowi Crossing

This is such an interesting book and Frank Waters is an absolute legend. Sometimes writers are labeled as “regional” and get snobbed out by the New York literary establishment. I have no idea how Waters ranked with that crowd, but … Read More

Read: D. H. Lawrence in New Mexico

This is a very quick read but interesting as it traces first contact between the writer and the magic of Northern New Mexico. This land has seen a constant pilgrimage of artists, photographers, writers and others who know the unique … Read More

Read: The House at Otowi Bridge

This is mandatory reading in these parts, and I believe this should be mandatory reading for all of us. This is a wonderful book covering a story that never got as much play as you would imagine it would. Peggy … Read More

Read: Everything You Love Will Burn

White Nationalism is a truly odd thing. This book does a solid job of helping people like me comprehend the nuances, the ideology and the mission of many of these groups that seem to be coming out of the woodwork … Read More

Read: H is for Hawk

This book came out a few years ago and won several literary prizes. I still managed to avoid it. And then, like a hawk, I pounced. Last week I met a gallery owner who specializes in ancient, Japanese armor. My … Read More

Read: Deep Creek

I had never heard of Pam Houston. Sam Houston, yes, I’d heard of him, but not Pam. My bad. Apparently, she is famous. I somehow missed this point. But, I’m catching up and I chose a good book to do … Read More

Read: American Meteor

Just get it and read it. I think this is a wonderful book. Came out of nowhere. Apparently, this is a stand-alone book of a three-book series. Norma Lock’s American Meteor. Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, Battle of the Little … Read More

Read: Isaac’s Storm

Man, I’m glad I don’t live in Galveston. Just kidding. I actually really like Galveston. Not only the city itself but the Gulf Coast in general. I love the food, the structure and look of the city, and I used … Read More