February 2019 books read

  • Lethal White – Robert Galbraith, 2018 – I love the Robin and Cormoran story but I’ve already forgotten the details. I look forward to re-reading down the road.
  • The Incomplete Book of Running – Peter Sagal, 2018 – Wanted to love it… good not great.
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty, 2015 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength – Scott Carney, 2017 – I’ve taken a cold shower every day since about 2016 and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Not quite the same as this for now, but it’s intriguing.
  • Door to Door : the Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation – Edward Humes, 2016 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan, 2012 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • Miss Mapp (1922), Lucia in London (1927), Mapp and Lucia (1931), The Worshipful Lucia/Lucia’s Progress (1935), Trouble for Lucia (1939) – E. F. Benson
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque (1929) – quotes pulled, review tdb

Short stories and novellas:

  • “The Miracle of Purun Baghat” – Rudyard Kipling (1894) – I read and re-read the Jungle Book stories a zillion times as a kid, but this is the one that really sticks with me as an adult. I love the depiction of the various stages of life, and the idea of age bringing purity and nobility.
  • “Souls” – Joanna Russ (1982) – Another story I first read as a {teenager? | young adult?} that haunts me years later and which I re-read every few years at least. Radegunde is both deeply humanly sympathetic – and ultimately detached from the “poor old puppies.” Like Jim Woodring’s Frank, it’s as though there something deeply true here that I can’t express or put my finger on.