Bossypants…

I recently read (and would reluctantly recommend) Tina Fey’s Bossypants.  Maybe this book was a victim of my high expectations (I heard that Fey’s memoir exceeded Amy Poehler’s wonderful work that I read last year) or possibly I am just not her target audience (there is a lot about Fey that I cannot relate with).  However, her chapters devoted to SNL, 30 Rock, and Sarah Palin make this book worth every penny (these sections remind me of Poehler’s entire book).

Some of my favorite quotes can be found on Instagram.  Pick up a copy this summer and let me know what you think.

 

Bossypants…

Shoe Dog…

I just finished reading (and would also recommend) Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.  

This book captures the story and spirt behind an athletic empire from the early stages of the co-founder’s life to the day that the company finally went public.  Though I was initially disappointed that the author did not continue down the road of when and how Nike signed some of their most-famed endorsements, Knight does shine light on some of his closest relationships in the reflections that make up the final chapter (and he does not shy away from some of the controversy that has and still does surround the sports industry).  He is boldly honest not only with some of his business decisions but also in the context of his personal life – especially as it relates to his parenting.

I can tell you this much, after reading the origin story, I am highly considering leaving my twenty year allegiance to Adidas.  I am gravitating between Nike and Under Armour (but I am not expecting a bidding war for my services).

Check out the book and let me know what you think.

Shoe Dog…

The Tiger…

Last Christmas, I received a copy of John Vaillant’s The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.  

This book is yet another example of why exchanges are such a fabulous ideas.  Though I would never have purchased a copy for myself (out of my areas of interests – at least on the surface), I would highly recommend that others read it.  I especially appreciated the references to Russia’s resilient people and complex history (this reminded me of my two visits there).

My favorite quote was when the author proposes, “When Russians wax eloquent about their homeland, they will often invoke Mother Russia, but Mother Russia is not the nation, and She is certainly not the leadership; She is the Land” (78).

Pick up a copy this summer and let me know what you think.

The Tiger…

Just One Look…

 

I had the chance this past weekend to continue through Harlan Coben’s books with Just One Look

Coben’s books continue to improve (this one just falls short of few other works) with time.  Just One Look continues to confirm my suspicion that his writing is best when stand-alone stories.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Marlon Bolitar as much as the next guy (and I especially appreciate when the author alludes to past characters and events as if New Jersey is his private universe) – but Coben does best when he develops a new list of people and problems.  

Here is how I rank all of his books thus far…
  1. Tell No One (2001):  Emails and the Inner-City 
  2. Fade Away (1996):  The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams  
  3. No Second Chance (2003):  Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground 
  4. Just One Look (2004):  Family Photos and Big Hair Bands    
  5. One False Move (1998):  The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
  6. Back Spin (1997):  The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings 
  7. Gone for Good (2002):  Covenant House and Childhood Bullies 
  8. The Final Detail (1999):  The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
  9. Darkest Fear (2000):  Paternity Suits and Plagiarism 
  10. Drop Shot (1996):  The ATP US Open and Gang Violence    
  11. Deal Breaker (1995):  The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements 
  12. Play Dead (1990):  The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef 
  13. Miracle Cure (1991):  The New York Knicks and HIV 

I plan to read The Innocent at some point over the summer.  Anyone read it already?  If so, what did you think?  

Just One Look…