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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway (r)
A girlfriend in grad school gave me this book, shortly before we parted ways, in fact. It was a real eye-opener to me that I lived much of my life hov ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 04, 2008
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
Miles Davis once said, when asked why he played such minimalist, modal melodies when his contemporaries were going for the more fevered, manic sound o ...more
Jan 2004
Jun 03, 2008
No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running
Any book that makes me feel good for my 11 minute mile pace is worthy of at least four stars right out of the gate.

John Bingham, who writes monthly co
Jan 2003
Jun 04, 2008
Don't Eat This Book
Supersize Me is one of my favorite documentaries, and I watch it every so often as a reminder to veer away from those dangerous yet alluring drive-thr ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 03, 2008
This is one of the funniest books I've encountered in a long, long time. Tina talks about her upbringing, her days at Second City, SNL, and 30 Rock, a ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Soul Of A Butterfly
Muhammad Ali has been one of my favorite athletes since I was a kid, drawn to his brash personality as much as his prowess in the ring. So, when I was ...more
Feb 2008
Jul 02, 2008
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
An inspiring read. The book presents a much more complex man than we might imagine when we see his glowing countenance in photos and on newsreels. He ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
I'm not sure there are adequate superlatives to describe this treasure. John Lithgow talks us through the lives and works of fifty of history's greate ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 10, 2013
Naked Pictures of Famous People
A very funny book and, along with Steve Martin's "Pure Drivel" and Chris Buckley's "Wry Martinis", my impetus to write my first (quite sloppy) collect ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 07, 2008
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
Well researched and a nice companion piece to the more authoritative (and Bruce-approved, warts and all) bio by Peter Ames Carlin. Most impressively, ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life
This is a pretty remarkable collection of essays and stories from a music critic who has befriended Dylan, Cash, Springsteen, and U2 over the years. H ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
There was no funnier show than "Seinfeld" when the show finally found its rhythm and stride, but I've never thought Jerry's stand up material was all ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2008
I Never Had It Made
Jackie tells his story the same way he played the game - with integrity, pride, and heart. You learn firsthand the challenges he faced growing up, in ...more
May 08, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Brain Droppings
Loved George (until he sort of just turned bitter), and I'll miss him dearly. His comedy didn't translate as well on the page, but if you want to read ...more
not set
Jun 24, 2008
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley
A much more comprehensive read than I was expecting, delving into Jamaican culture, the Rastafarian faith, and the roots and evolution of reggae music ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
I would say my only complaint about Pema's book is that it's too short, but at 100 pages, it's not. There are pearls of wisdom on every page, and this ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson
The liner notes to the Robert Johnson box set which came out in the 1980's were so exhaustive and complete, there's not a whole lot for this very earn ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Freak Nation: A Field Guide to 101 of the Most Odd, Extreme, and Outrageous American Subcultures
This is more of a reference book than a page-turner, with short overviews of a variety of subcultures.

From the folks you see at DragonCon (Trekkies, F
Apr 24, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
The Hour I First Believed
Weighing in at 750 pages, I knew this book would have a Dickensian quality to it, with subplots emerging as the tale progressed. The main story is pai ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 21, 2008
I loved having Mary Karr read this to me (audiobook). Her voice captures the wit and sorrow that balance "Lit" beautifully. Alcoholism, depression, an ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
I've had a hard time entering Philip Roth's world, having abandoned "Sabbath's Theater" and "The Human Stain" in the past, though I still hope to revi ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 12, 2008
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime
I learned a lot about the unspoken rules of Major League Baseball from this book. You might think of "The Code" as hallowed etiquette understood among ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Devil's Highway
From Veracruz to certain death, 26 Mexican men try to find their way to a new life in America. Fourteen of them - dubbed "The Yuma 14" - never made it ...more
Sep 12, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border
While not quite as compelling as Urrea's later "The Devil's Highway", this is still gripping writing. At his best, Mr. Urrea feels like non-fiction's ...more
Jun 2011
Mar 04, 2011
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
This is a must read for anyone who fancies themselves a comedy writer, or is just intrigued by the notion and process of creating comedy. Mike Sacks i ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Sep 02, 2010
The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic
This was a good book, though the need to turn all things pop culture into spiritual journeys grows a tad old (The Gospel According to the Sopranos and ...more
Oct 17, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values
I confess, I more or less skimmed through this, rather than giving it a conscious read. I like Olberman and am glad that he's out there to balance the ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
This book is much better than it deserves to be. The behind-the-scenes story of one of the worst films ever to find its way to an audience, "The Disas ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Oct 09, 2013
Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
The answer to the question, "Why is God Laughing?" might very well be, "He's doing something more entertaining than reading this book."

Sorry to slam D
Sep 06, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
When NPR correspondent Joe Bageant moved back to Winchester, Virginia after being away for decades, he felt the true breadth of the chasm that exists ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 28, 2008
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