Read: Finding Ultra

I’m late to the party once again, but a book is a book and I know that many of you would feel incomplete, even despondent, were it not for my book “reviews.” Wink, wink. Rich Roll is a guru of … Read More

Read: Barkskins

Maybe it was too late when the first hominid awoke and stared at the world. This is perhaps the underlying theme of this VAST and EPIC book. Now, a little background. Barkskins was given to me by a friend who … Read More

Read: The Line Becomes a River

Whoever recommended this book, thank you. If you have any interest in the border then read this book. What is this book? A detailed, historical look at the region? No. A book of facts and statistics? Not really. This book … Read More

Read: Pieces of White Shell

Warning. If you are someone with a love of the open spaces, of Native American culture, history and story then this book will consume you. But this is a quiet book. “Simple.” It gives you the recipe but then it’s … Read More

Read: Basin and Range

Here we are again. John McPhee. Sick of me yet? Sick of him? Hope not. Okay, in short, if you aren’t into geology and things like plate tectonics, continental drift and zeolites then don’t bother with this book. Or if … Read More

Read: The Road

This is an old school book. Written in 1907. Jack London’s “The Road” is about his life as a hobo. Jumping trains, begging for food, escaping the railroad “Bulls” and enduring the rough aspects of life on the rail. It … Read More

Read: The Survival of the Bark Canoe

So, am I going to build a bark canoe? Probably not. Would I like to? Yes, I would actually. Working with my hands isn’t something I’ve done since my youth, and even then it was mostly manual labor jobs. But … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More

Read: Draft #4

I love John McPhee. I’ve posted a few of his books on this site, and can promise I’ll be posting more in the future. He’s intelligent, funny and his writing is so honed it makes me sick to think of … Read More

Read: The Razor’s Edge

I know. I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. I’ve read this book about a hundred times. And I will read it again. One of my all time favorites. Not only do I like the period and … Read More

Read: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

This book is a bit deceiving in the sense that I thought I would be reading about three individuals but the fishing chapter is actually broken out into several people including a riverman, shrimpers on the gulf and a fisherman … Read More

Read: Unbelieveable

This book is a train wreck, which is why I read it. You know going in what you are about to find, most of which has already been well played out over the past year, but the small behind-the-scenes details … Read More

Read: Icefall

The world is a dangerous place. For John All the danger comes in falling into a crevasse, alone in the high mountains near Everest. And on top of Everest and in the sticky Central American jungle among other places, and … Read More

Read: The Time in Between

So I have mixed feelings about this book. I have no idea where I got this book or how it ended up in my house, but it was there, so I read it. This book received a lot of recognition … Read More

Read: Food of the Gods

This book blew me away. Nine pages of notes from this baby. So, Terence McKenna is well known in the literally world, especially the branch of this world that deals with drugs. I think there are different categories of McKenna … Read More

Read: American Wolf

Okay, Nate Blakeslee’s “American Wolf” made my blood boil. I’m guessing you are familiar with the wolf situation in the American West, but I know there are more than a few Euro types who read this site, so let me … Read More

Read: Inside the Company, CIA Diary

Okay, “Inside the Company, CIA Diary” is dense. Really dense. A detailed nearly day-by-day, play-by-play diary of Phil Agee’s time inside the CIA. The content is fascinating but you have to want to read this. Within a few short pages … Read More

Read: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This is a beautiful book. So smoothly written it felt EFFORTLESS. The entire book is based on one conversation, in one cafe in Pakistan. In short, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about the changing shape of humanity and the global, interconnected … Read More