Haven’t talked books in a couple weeks…
- The Good, The Bad and the Godawful: 21st-Century Movie Reviews, by Kurt Loder. Loving this collection of Loder’s work – he downplays his own chops as a film critic, but his reviews are spot-on and literate, and thanks to Loder, I bought a copy of The Midnight Meat Train. It’s a large collection, only about halfway through it.
- Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times, by H.W. Brands. Just started it, so I’ll reserve comment.
- I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! by Bob Newhart. Shit’s hysterical.
- Target: Santa (A Holiday Black-Ops Campaign), by Robert A. Hoyt. This was a free book on Amazon. It’s 90 pages long and I’ll read it on a flight. Looks funny as hell.
- Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham. I’ve read a few Jefferson bios, and this one’s been ho-hum so far. It got mixed reviews but Jefferson is forever fascinating to me, a patently obvious thing to say but I said it anyway.
- The Joy of Hate, by Greg Gutfeld. I’m enjoying it, but Gutfeld’s at his best on TV. A good airplane book.
- Live and Let Die, by Ian Fleming. The second in the original Bond series. I’m savoring the Bond reading project – Fleming’s writing is crisper than I was expecting, which is a good thing.
I bought several people a copy of The Four Hour Chef for Christmas. Even if you’re not into cooking, Tim Ferriss’ work is very much about learning – the memory exercises in it are quite amazing, as is the section on multiple skills you can master in 48 hours. If you buy one nonfiction book this year, by The Four Hour Chef.