Dead Wake by Erik Larson.
What awful choices we make in war. Actually, first I’d like to say I loved “The Devil in the White City” (also by Larson). Also how is that not a movie (The Devil…). Actually I think a TV show would tell that book much better (AMC? Netflix?). I had heard once upon a time that John Cusack was involved. John make it happen. I want to see that book.
Ok back to Dead Wake. You know that the boat will be sunk by German U-Boats but that doesn’t change the fact that the book is worth a read. Also there is cross over with the brilliant movie The Imitation Game (PS love Keira Knightley).
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
How is not a movie? It will be a movie. If I bothered to google it I’m sure I’d find that isn’t already in talks/filming/been written etc. It’s what hollywood likes. It’s a damn fine book. And no matter how good the possible future movie…the book will be better.
Out of the depression (and you think you got it bad?…wow what these boys went through) a crew of young men travel to Hitler’s Germany in 1936. Obviously to try and bring home a gold metal.
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
A light touch on the “end of the world” story based around a traveling band of Shakespeare performers. I might even say a tender book. Sample: “But what made it bearable were the friendships, of course, the camaraderie and the music and the Shakespeare, the moments of transcendent beauty and joy when it didn’t matter who’d used the last of the rosin on their bow or who anyone had slept with…” Can Shakespeare save mankind at the end of the world?
Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins
Truth is stranger than fiction in this autobiographic novel about the author Tom Robbins. Or how Tom Robbins became Tom Robbins.
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
Quick read. A “beach read”. Restores your faith in human beings. 38 planes bound for the US on 9/11 are forced to land at a tiny airport in a tiny town in Canada. A true story about how a community shows kindness and love.
Zealot by Reza Aslan
I had always joked (but maybe not really joking) that Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore was the closest to being the actual events of Jesus (the Missing Years) around. This book by Aslan is actual facts, actual Jesus and Reza’s ideas about Jesus ring true (but really no one really knows). The real Jesus is quite interesting and wouldn’t recognize himself and they way Jesus is portrayed today. Read this only if you are comfortable knowing that you don’t know Jesus…or you don’t mind trying to find out who Jesus really was/is. It could (should) chanelenge those of us who like to learn. If you like ignorance, ignore this book.