Read: Solitude

I am so conflicted about this book. That’s probably a good thing. Okay, this book has many layers but I’m going to butcher a short explanation here. Guy with interesting and varied life bounces around in the world, has deep … Read More

Read: Uncommon Carriers

John McPhee is a super smooth writer. This is my second book of his, and I’ve got a third lined up on the shelf behind me, a behemoth that looks like it must be 800-pages. Having said that, this book … Read More

Read: Lighting the World

I have mixed feelings about this book, like most books. Jim Rogers, the author and former chairman of massive energy company, doesn’t provide solutions just hope and a few predictions if you will. You can’t really knock him for this … Read More

Creative: The Hollow of the Hand

Thanks to my friend Larry for sending this baby my way. My new favorite photography book. You might know musician/poet PJ Harvey, but you might not know photographer Seamus Murphy, but you really, really should. She’s been killing it for … Read More

Read: Braving It

Books like Braving It are like candy to me. You open, start eating and suddenly you are on a serious sugar high. Alaska, father and daughter, epic conditions and the ever changing land and family relationships. I did a five-day … Read More

READ: A Visit to Don Otavio

A friend gave me this book. Mexico. Travel. But don’t view this as a typical travel book because it’s not. 1940’s. A fascinating study of Sybille Bedford’s time in country. What I love about “A Visit to Don Otavio” is … Read More

Read: Maximum City

I’ve never been to India. For all I know I’ll never go to India. I want to go. And I’ve been asked to go in the past, but always short trips, like a week to ten days, and I refuse … Read More

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: 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