I’ve always been an avid reader… especially when I began going on long expeditions and needed to keep preoccupied during storm days, rest days, loss of sanity days. One of my favorite things to do, still, is going to the library and check out a book. It’s like Christmas morning, especially if I’m fortunate to be the first to read a brand-new book they’ve just acquired.


The reason I’ve decided to start posting books I read is a selfish one.  If this gets one person to put down their smartphone, turn off their laptop or TV, and sit for an undisturbed period of time to enjoy a good book, then it’s worth it. The benefits are abundant.


Most books I read have been suggested to me by other readers, admirers, or in magazine reviews. Not every book I read I like… though a majority of those won’t be posted because I just can’t finish them… too boring and won't hold my attention.


Get outside, sit under a tree or pop in a tent, and read.


Recent Posts



Furious Hours, Casey Dep

I chose this book because of interest in Harper Lee, who after writing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, one of most seminal works of fiction in history, never published another book again. What happened? She spent years covering a true-crime story that the book lays out in detail. But the most interesting aspects was Casey’s coverage on Lee’s life which evolved around friendship, honor, loyalty, deception - her 50-year silence talking to media; her friendship w/ Truman Capote (they grew up right next door to one another in Alabama); how she helped him with the research for ‘In Cold Blood’; how he stopped communicating with her after that book was published (some speculate because he fabricated the

Anthony Bourdain Remembered

One of the few TV hosts who actually had something to say that was impactful on the human life. Bourdain was an extraordinary storyteller. I don’t recommend this book though – it’s all social media blurbs posted by chefs and people to a digital site CNN created for fans to come together after his death. Also included are large photos of Bourdain from his show. I thought this would dive into his life, his work and the series, but unfortunately no. I don’t think Tony (a fan myself… having seen every episode he’s ever made) would have approved of this book. Only good if you like reading fewer than 140 characters and prefer pictures than actual paragraphs and chapters of non-fiction storytellin

Skeletons on the Sahara, Dean King

A ship from Connecticut leaves port in 1815, the crew on a trading voyage. They get shipwrecked off the coast of Africa, and eventually get captured by desert nomads and sold into slavery. And then the real insanity begins.. murder, sandstorms, locusts, plagues, starvation…they were so dehydrated their circulatory systems siphoned their joint oil, causing them to move in stiff, jerky ways. Their mouths produced no saliva, their eyes no tears. Riley (the captain) was held captive for over 2 months… normally weighed 240… he was less than 90 when finally saved. Then the guy worked to liberate his crew by getting ransom paid. All suffered PTSD. 3 of his crew were lost to slavery. He became a out

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