Read: The Book of Tea

This book is magic but in a very subdued way. I’m not sure how I got this book. Must have downloaded it by accident, but I’m glad I did. Tea is a part of my life, and I have friends … Read More

Read: Off to the Side

You are going to want to own this book. A memoir. My suggestion is to get the hardcover from the library, take your time, read it then return it. Then buy a stack of softcovers and keep them in your … Read More

Read: In Search of the Old Ones

What happened to the Anasazi remains a gray area for those who have attempted to decipher the riddle. The landscape of the American Southwest is a minefield of former peoples who passed on, moved on, lost battles or simply disappeared. … Read More

Read: Walden on Wheels

“The Screwed Generation.” I like that. I also like this book. The author,a proud member of the first generation to have it worse off than their parents, has quite a story to tell. Walden on Wheels is a voyage through … Read More

Read: Breath

Two years ago I found myself in Western Australia heading north out of Perth for an unknown destination. Stopped in a small town on the coast a friend turned to me and said “This is the town where Tim Winton … Read More

Read: Small Acts of Disappearance

This book was recommended to me by Lorenzo, and for this I have to say “Thank you.” On the surface this is a collection of essays about a woman with an eating disorder, but the book is so much more. … Read More

Read: This Machine Kills Secrets

As you know, I have a thing for hacking, those who hack, those who leak and those who provide the platforms for leaking. I actually don’t do any of these things myself, nor do I actually know anyone who does, … Read More

Read: The Book Thief

Yes, that is a photo of a Kindle. Get over it. There are more on the way. I love the Kindle, when I travel. As soon as I get home I go back to paper. It’s awesome having both. Much … Read More

Read: Finding Beauty in a Broken World

This book haunted me right from the beginning. A part of me didn’t want to read this book, and I’m not sure why? Perhaps I was feeling fragile and KNEW what I was in for, but this book turned out … Read More

Read: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Okay, before you go thinking I’m intelligent and that I read physics books for sport just know that I will need to read this little book at least a dozen times before any of the contents will even begin to … Read More

Read: All the Wild that Remains

As many of you know, I’m a man of The West. I love open spaces, and when I find someone who understand this region, and can write about it, well, I just about fall in love. David Gessner’s “All the … Read More

Read: Dead Wake

I know little about history. I make no claim otherwise. And even the things I THINK I know about, often times, turn out with different endings. But that’s okay. What other choice do I have? So I read. Trying to … Read More

Read: The Billion Dollar Spy

I love a cyanide pill as much as the next guy, so what’s not to like about David E. Hoffman’s “The Billion Dollar Spy?” Being forty-seven-years-old I remember The Cold War, and I remember the underlying threat simmering just below … Read More

Read: Dirt Work

I loved this book. Christine Byl’s “Dirt Work, An Education in the Woods,” reads so smoothly I found myself reading and rereading passage after passage just because I found them so demanding of my contemplation. Her fluctuating definitions of wild … Read More

Read: Quiet

I actually finished this book while in the middle of a party with at least 300 people. I sat on a chair and read. “You can do that?” someone asked. “Yep.” Susan Cain brings us this book, “Quiet, The Power … Read More

Read: Life and Death in the Andes

This is a fantastic book. Read it. Certain people have a writing style that is as easy to consume as real gelato. Smooth, creamy and fattening in all the right ways. The problem you will have with this book, especially … Read More

Read: Paris to the Pyrenees

“Do we have time for a visit?” I asked, checking my pedometer and watch. “About three months,” Alison reminded me. “Who’s keeping track, other than you?” I have to say, at first I was not interested in reading this book. … Read More