John Elder Robison: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Amazing book about the life of a young boy with undiagnosed Asperger's. From dropping out of school to touring with KISS, Robison's life is an adventure in the extraordinary.
Barbara Demick: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Absolutely amazing. You will be shocked and saddened by this portrait of a country cut off from the rest of the world.
Keith Richards: Life
Loved this book - doesn't matter if you are Stones fan or not, Richards will ensnare you in his tale and make you wish you'd done it yourself.
Andre Agassi: Open: An Autobiography
Feeding my new addiction to tennis.
Arlene Blum: Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life
Seeing Arlene Blum speak last month inspired me to start climbing mountains again. (Kilimanjaro, Spring 2010) If you need a kick in the pants to start believing in the impossible, buy this book.
Count Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenia
Yes, this book is 800 pages and I'm only on page 17, but there is lots of potential.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Infidel
Please read this - it is so smart and honest.
Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger
First book I'm going to attempt to read on the Kindle.
- Junot Diaz: Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao Signed
Diaz's first novel that won the 2008 Pulitzer for fiction. My words won't do it justice. Just read it.
Bill Bryson: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Reading Bryson's book about growing up in Des Moines is not unlike strolling through my own childhood. Despite the 25 years that passed between Bryson's days in DSM and my own, very little seems to have changed. My grandfather's clothing store, Frankels, also makes a few appearances in the story. Since I never met my grandfather, it is cool to read about him through another person's lens.