Some Good Reads {Fall 2013}

Today I’m sharing what I’ve been reading lately (you can find the list of the books I enjoyed this summer here.)  What’s  on your reading list?!?

  1. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P is a laugh-out-loud read.  The story follows a young, self-absorbed hipster’s quest to find love and literary fame in New York.
  2. You’ve probably heard about the soon to be released movie: The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  This is the true story that inspired it and it is highly entertaining.  From Amazon: “By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called The Wolf of Wall Street.”
  3. Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias is not a high-brow read by any means but if you followed the Arias case as I did, you’ll find broadcast journalist  Jane Velez-Mitchell’s analysis interesting.
  4. Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining glimpse into another world of “three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.” (quoted from Amazon)
  5. Mick Jagger is a detailed account of Jagger’s life and the British Invasion.  If you’re interested in The Beatles and/or the Stones you’ll enjoy this.
  6. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work shares quick vignettes of the daily routine of artists that will make you think about your habits and schedule.  From Amazon: “161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.”
  7. Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier tells the story of a family led by an twisted patriarch in the Alaskan wilderness.  From Amazon:  “In Pilgrim’s Wilderness, veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin.”
  8. Big Brother: A Novel is from one of my favorite modern authors, Lionel Shriver.  From NPR: “Lionel Shriver tackles a whopper of an issue in her new novel, Big Brother: obesity and the emotional connection between weight, consumption, guilt and control. She comes at this huge subject through a sister torn between saving her morbidly obese older brother, who has “buried himself in himself,” and an unsympathetic, belligerently fit husband — a situation that raises questions about divided loyalties and whether blood is thicker than water. In this book, diet protein shakes are thicker than both.”
  9. Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines  is a special recommendation because my sister, Cameron, helped with the book’s research and the author is my former co-worker and friend, Tim Gay. If you love Cam’s movie reviews you know she is a great writer and dedicated researcher.   Savage Will is the true story of the American medics and nurses who endured two months in Nazi-occupied Albania, and the fearless citizens and Allied intelligence officers who risked all to save them. Great read and perfect Christmas gift for your grandfather (my move) and any history/WWII buffs in your life.
  10. The latest Dan Brown, Inferno has been sitting on my nightstand for a week and I plan to open it this week so my review is based on Amazon: “In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.”
  11. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns is the sequel to the bestseller The Devil Wears Prada.   I picked it up because I liked the first book/movie (despite Anne Hathaway) and was curious to see how the Miranda Priestly/ Runway magazine/Andy story would turn out.  While the book is neither unpredictable nor a great story, it was a pleasant, entertaining read.
  12. In Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind 20 creative minds share their strategies for tacking the modern workplace of constant distraction, technology and multi-tasking.