Been almost 6 months since I’ve mentioned any books but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. Here’s a lengthy list to consider as summer starts leaning towards fall. Fall – WOW – Colorado elk hunt in less than 3 weeks.
Good book, not great. Spoiler alert – he didn’t actually through hike the AT. Everyone else I’ve talked to about the book was equally disappointed with that one small facet. Still, great writer, obviously one of America’s most popular in his genre. A little tough on the US Forest Service and some other federal land management agencies but that’s what happens sometimes.
Great book. The 2nd Pollan book I’ve read (Omnivore’s Dilemma was the first) and he’s also got a fantastic 3-part Netflix original called Cooked. This is a history of 4 plants that have intertwined their evolution with humans to ensure a successful march through recent history. Tulips, marijuana, potatoes, and apples – very interesting read.
Also a great book. Written by someone with parents who sold off the family property’s mineral rights to a door knocking “landman” in the height of the fracking boom in Pennsylvania. Written by someone who is a senior energy reporter for one of the biggest newspapers in the world. Same guy, great perspective on the history of oil and gas development as it leads into the current gas boom enabled by horizontal fracturing technology. Very readable, very interesting.
I love Rick Bass. Read it. The feature story is one of the best I’ve read. Have tissues handy. (Other Rick Bass books I’ve read and reviewed: The Book of Yaak, The Lost Grizzlies, The New Wolves, The Hermit’s Story).
A timeless classic written from the perspective of a boy’s relationship with his granddad. From eastern North Carolina, this retelling of the author’s childhood is one you won’t ever forget. A MUST READ!!!
Among Grizzlies is a ridiculous book – mostly for all the wrong reasons. This guy was a nut and the only reason to keep reading was to find out what happened next. We all know how this ended. Definitely loved grizzlies but misdirected energy if you ask me.
This one will stretch you mentally and personally. The premise is that the vast majority of us do not fully appreciate biased tendencies within our own selves and how our interpersonal interactions leverage into challenging pressures experienced by others. It’s fully grounded in scientific studies but still very readable. For someone who interacts with a student body that is oftentimes very different than myself, I found it extremely helpful.
Similar to Bill Bryson’s book except way better. A personal memoir of a young solo woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Excellent.