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

Read: The Age of Missing Information

This is a fantastic book. I almost didn’t reread this. I thought “This book is old and will feel dated.” I dove in anyway and I’m glad I did. Yes, this book is mostly centered on television, but all you … Read More

Read: Bull Mountain

Bull Mountain was a recommendation from my friend Andrew. There are at least three Andrews who frequent this site, so which one is it? You have to guess. I was trying to figure out how to describe this book other … Read More

Read: Underground Airlines

This book really got me. Got me thinking. What if? In a way, and the author will probably hate this, reminded me of World War Z, but this book has nothing to do with zombies. World War Z was written … Read More

Read: West With the Night

This is a beautiful book I’ve read many times. Africa, 1930’s. Author is a pilot, an adventurer, pioneer. She writes SO well it makes me somewhat ill knowing I will never be able to do something so good. Check out … Read More

Read: Death Comes for the Archbishop

A book about New Mexico. Do I need to say anything more? Yes, laced with religion, hardship, faith, war and the landscape, not to mention rife with power names that still resonate through the high desert and the Sangres, this … Read More

Read: Joe

Another recommendation from my friend Jack. Another good one. Another Southern writer, but don’t let that allow you to think of him as a “regional writer,” which is a strange title I hear from time to time. The characters in … Read More

Read: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Two pages in and you know the author can tell a story and you are in for a good ride. Recommended by my friend Jack, a writer himself, so I knew this book wouldn’t disappoint. What is it about a … Read More

Read: American Assassin

So I saw the trailer for the film adaptation and thought I would read the book. Vince Flynn. I think he’s done about ten thousand books. All best sellers. That might be a slight exaggeration, but I know he’s got … Read More

Read: The Outlaw Sea

I’m doubling down on my monthly prescription of William Langewiesche. “The Outlaw Sea,” is another book you don’t want to put down. Turns out the world’s oceans are a big place. And few laws apply. Consequently the world’s water is … Read More

Read: Heat

One of those things you may or may not think about. Heat. I love heat, always have. I’ll take heat over cold any day. But what Bill Streever brings to us with “Heat, Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places,” is … Read More

Read: The Atomic Bazaar

Who doesn’t love a bomb book? I thought this a fitting read as I sit in SoCal waiting for the crazy guy with the bad haircut to turn me to dust. Trump I mean. Who did you think I meant? … Read More

Read: Writing my Wrongs

This book was in the trunk of a friend’s car. He handed to me and I dove straight in. You might think this book a departure from the kind of things I normally read but it really isn’t. I was … Read More

Read: Tree of Smoke

Denis Johnson can write. Just choose anything he’s done. But if you really want to sink your teeth in pick up Tree of Smoke. As many of you know the photography of the Vietnam War was what made me become … Read More

Read: The Old Ways

“A Journey on Foot.” Just think about that. When people say “The world is a small place,” I always add “Unless you are on foot.” It’s true. Our rock is huge when you are under your own power. “Th Old … Read More

Read: Rest

I loved this book from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Yes, the back fifth of the book is a notes section which references the work, lives and examples of other folks. So the book fits a certain look, design and feel of … Read More

Read: The Last Magazine

Okay, I’ll read anything that shines a light, however unflattering, into the darkness of the editorial world. Fiction, nonfiction etc. But I’m getting ahead of myself. If you faithfuls remember, a few short weeks ago I posted about another book … Read More