What I’m reading right now*:
I loved the Yiddish Policeman’s Union, so I picked this one up a few months ago. But I’ve not found it nearly as engaging as I’d hoped–I’m having to push my way pretty hard through to the end. The characters of this one just aren’t grabbing me and keeping me interested.
Jared Farmer’s recent SoCal lecture about Trees was one of the best that I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve been dipping in and out of his book and find it to be one of the best-written history books that I’ve encountered this year. And, the landscape around the OC looks so different to me after reading Jared’s tome.
My officemate recommended this book to me after she learned of my interest in western history. It’s about the Indian Wars, which is an era of history that’s not easy to digest. The writing is accessible (i.e. not for a historian-audience) and breezy. If you enjoy western history, I’d recommend that you add this one to your nightstand.
And then there’s Tom Zoellner’s latest, Train. I haven’t started it yet, because I’ve got to finish a few of these others first. But I can’t wait!
*Click on the book images to visit the amazon pages for these books.