What I’m Reading

Hurt People: A Novel by Cote Smith

Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair

An uncompromising look at the damage we do to ourselves as humans when we allow fear to overcome reason. Torture is wrong; it’s that simple, and Fair shows us why.

Slade House – by David Mitchell

More mainstream than Cloud Atlas, Mitchell has created a spooky world that sucks in (literally) unsuspecting visitors. How this world is destroyed over time illuminates the master story-teller at its core.

The Fishermen: A Novel Hardcover

by Chigozie Obioma

A mythic tale set in Nigeria, where four brothers are tormented by prophesy and human nature. Lyric and beautifully evocative of place.

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again) Hardcover – January 7, 2014

Gathering Prey – John Sanford

Number 25 in this genre series. All action; we know the characters so well. Set in Minneapolis and the UP, but no guest appearance by Westerberg.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen Hardcover – April 6, 2015 by Mary Norris

She and my professor Bob Stewart could have a grammar smack-down any day.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

The author’s typical meticulous investigative reporting makes this story both tragic and frightening. See the interview here.

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

Robert Wachter

I knew him way back when. An interesting tie-in to the lack of narrative in medicine.

Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the ’70s & the ’80s

by Brad Gooch

A loving memoir set in the ugly first days of AIDS. Reviewed today on HuffPo http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/14/brad-gooch-smash-cut_n_7058084.html

Loitering: New and Collected Essays 

Charles D’Ambrosio

Sparkling essays by a master of the form.

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