Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

What a page turner! I listened to this while driving across the country and almost didn't want to stop to eat or get gas or anything because it was so suspenseful. Saw what you will about whether or not it qualifies as literature, but it certainly made me think about sexual abuse, human trafficking, and the role of police in new ways that I may not have ever thought about if I had not read this series.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

My absolute favorite book of the year. What an amazing ability Gawande has to write so clearly about such complicated and emotionally explosive topics. Unbelievable how he winds in the threads of his own life and experiences with careful research about experts in the field of aging and death.

America's Bitter Pill by Steven Brill

Cool history about the backroom politicking involved in getting Obamacare passed. Reminded me of Remedy and Reaction by Paul Starr. Always disturbing to hear about the power of money in our political process.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Went over my head for the most part, but amazing to hear such a great mind express itself so precisely through the written word.

Flat, Hot, and Crowded

Couldn't finish it, just too repetitive. A lot of would've, should've, could've that just made me frustrated.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

Listened to a few chapters, and learned some interesting patterns about the most popular online TED talks, should probably finish the book to see what the other ones are, but most are common sense, like telling stories, identifying emotion, finding common ground with the audience, etc

My Antonita by Willa Cather

Really enjoyed the descriptions of place, and got a good sense of time, but found the story a bit restrained, almost censored.