Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best Books of 2014

1. You by Caroline Kepnes - listed as a romance novel, but actually in the vein of Misery in today's tech setting... 2. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - a very pleasurable read on a family who live around books.... 3. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman - fascinating psychological look at a very unique family during the depression... 4. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis - incredible inside look as to what actually happens in Wallstreet 5. Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green - great book on the behind the scenes process to the debate on education... 6. The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons David Menasche - incredible story about a teacher who searches the country to find his former students... 7. Killer by Jonathan Kellerman - another psychological thriller, couldn't put down... 8. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone - strange what if?, concerning the pervasiveness of the Internet 9. Natchez Burning (Penn Cage) by Greg Isles - disturbing look in the south... 10. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson - fascinating history of the computer age... 11. Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas by Edward Klein - behind the scenes of two of the most famous families in the world... 12. Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins - life long account as only he can describe his life... 13. Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk - bizarre look at the obsession those have for pleasure.... 14. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett - finishes the 20th Century trilogy in grand style... 15. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - they're back, and they show how to use their principles in everyday life... 16. The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry - fascinating history on one of the most famous, yet misunderstood men in history.... 17. The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman - the inner workings of an old bookstore and its inhabitants... 18. One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future by Candy Carson and Ben Carson - very poignant story about an unassuming man and his craft... 19. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Manning - interesting coverage of what the GIs brought with them to war.... 20. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas Warren Berger - unique perspective on the questions we should ask to get the answers we want... Honorary mention: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Visit with Dog Ears Books in Northport!

Great afternoon - visited the Graths, who own Dog Ear Books in Northport - they had bought out my bookstore back in 1995, when it was on Union St. (Bookbrokers) - bought a beautiful print from David, and bought several books from his lovely wife - also met Ken Scott, photographer extraordinaire - will be setting up websites and appraisals for all involved - great day - and visit the shop if you get a chance!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Reinvention of the Modern Book Club: Now With More Beer

The Reinvention of the Modern Book Club: Now With More Beer
I propose one of these in the Grand Traverse area - call it the "Brewed Awakening Book Club" which would rotate to different pubs each month, determined by the host for that month, who would also choose the book. Where we sit would be called the "Table of Contents." Sounds great, now who's in???