Tag: book review

  • Review: Kristof and WuDunn’s Tightrope

    Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Maybe you knew that Nicolas Kristof grew up on semi-rural Oregon, and that the vast majority of those he went to high school with are now either dead or in jail, but I didn’t. This book, where Kristof and Wu Dunn use the stories of […]

  • Review Eyal’s Indistractible

    Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life Nir Eyal I’ve lost count of how many books on attention I’ve read over the years, yet still I struggle with putting my phone away. This one is pretty middle of the road. It still feels a bit padded. There’s lessons here on running good […]

  • Cline’s The Girls

    The Girls Emma Cline A novel about a cult leader, very much like Manson, and a woman, very much like Susan Atkins, who befriend / seduce a very young teenage girl and bring her into the dark side of the post-summer of love hippie land. Our hero, the very young teenage girl (Evie) is lost, […]

  • Wrights Why Buddhism is True

    Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Robert Wright This book is about much, much more than the truth of Buddhism. Yes, it convincingly makes the argument that the central tenet of Buddhism (i.e. there is no “you”) is true but it does so by marshalling the best that cognitive […]

  • Review: Mackintosh’s I Let You Go

    I Let You Go Clare Mackintosh A thriller about a dead child and a battered woman that has a plot twist that’s almost too clever. The writing is excellent, and the pacing in the first two third of the book feels like a perfect mix of long periods of dread and sorrow punctuated by short […]

  • Book Review: Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power

    We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy Ta-Nehisi Coates A collection of Coates journalistic pieces and other writings, most of which first appeared in the Atlantic, and many of which I’d read before. The pieces are organized chronologically, and importantly, tied to each year of the Obama presidency. Coates writes a thoughtful introduction […]

  • There Are Scenes He Describes That Still Haunt Me — Coogan’s On the Blanket

    On the Blanket: The Story of the IRA’s Dirty Protest Tim Pat Coogan If Tim Pat Coogan isn’t the world’s greatest authority on the I.R.A., he’s definitely on the short list. A reporter for years and year with close ties to catholic ghettos of Northern Ireland, he has the sources and knowledge few others can […]

  • Review: Marable’s Malcolm X

    Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Manny Marable A deeply researched, clearly written, important work of scholarship on one of the most fascinating figures in modern American history. Like many, I read Malcolm X’s autobiography in high school and was deeply effected by the story of the hustler turned political activist. I’ve encounter Malcolm’s ideas […]

  • Review: Itzler’s Living with a Seal

    Living with a Seal: 30 Days of Training with the Toughest Man On The Planet Jesse Itzler Fun. Rich New Yorker hires famed navy seal and ultra-endurance athlete David Goggins to come live with him for a month and train him. Goggins agrees with the condition that Itzler agrees to follow his every instruction, no […]

  • A Magical Adventure for Some; a Tale of Return and Venegence for Others: Homer’s The Odyssey

    The Odyssey Homer (trans. Robert Fagles) The story of the heroes return from the war.  The story of a son in search of his father. The story of a woman using her guile to ward off her suitors and wait for the return of her love. The story of a man through intelligence and strength, […]