I have a lot of Amazon links here for those of you who like to shop there, but I am recommending Brilliant Books, based out of Traverse City, Michigan. Like with Amazon, I am an affiliate, so I skim some of their profit when you buy a book via links here. As an author, it’s tricky to make a buck and this is sort of my jar of loose change. Plus by cooperating with Brilliant Books, I have a partner in a small business which can be just as effective with books as the other. I’d prefer to refer business to them, but that’s your choice. And get this FREE SHIPPING for a much smaller minimum purchase: “Any order over $10 is shipped Media Mail free of charge, within Michigan. Any order over $12.50 (which still covers a lot of books) is shipped Priority Mail free of charge, outside Michigan.”
My goal for the year is at least 52 books. This is my list of books I’ve read in 2015 so far, the most recent are at the top.
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young by Kurt Vonnegut
Dan Wakefield, one of Vonnegut’s old friends and a fellow Indianapolis native, put together this little collection of some of Vonnegut’s commencement addresses. Full of Vonnegut’s wit and wisdom and all the quirkiness of his style and his philosophy in the last two decades of his life. Vonnegut fans will hear his voice in their heads; newbies will want to start reading his books. Some may call him a pessimist, but his somewhat gloomy views of our future, our war habits, and much more, are always balanced against his belief we can all do some good and the importance for us to stick together and appreciate the simple joys of life, love, and learning. And the uselessness of a semi-colon.
Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota by Doug Hoverson
Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway
A cantankerous collector of birds for a New York museum and the story of his life and two true loves. Flashes back and forth between World War II in the South Pacific and the present for him in the early 1970s having just lost part of his leg to illness. It’s a fascinating read both for the war story and bird skinning elements, but also for the look back on a life and deciding the merits of having lived it or even to keep living it.
A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
A History of the World in 6 Glasses