June 2019 books read

  • Warlight – Michael Ondjaate, 2018. Quotes pulled, review tbd.
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming – Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, 2019. Quotes pulled, review tbd.
  • All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir – Erin Lee Carr, 2019. I loved David Carr (enjoyed Night of the Gun, re-found him through Ta-Nehisi Coates), and I actually stayed up way too late to finish this, which I hardly ever do any more, but ultimately I didn’t think it was great despite being compelling. This came across my radar because “Always Love” by Nada Surf (my brother’s band) is the soundtrack for the book trailer, so I was super-excited about it—and I guess Carr was a fan too, because they feature in “Things I Learned from David Carr: A List”: “Always love (See band: Nada Surf).” I’m sorry I didn’t like the book more—it had a lot of potential but needed more structure and more depth. I am interested in Carr’s documentary work now!
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain, 1884. Re-read (3rd time maybe?) Quotes pulled, review tbd.
  • Sabriel – Garth Nix, 1995. I can’t remember if I read the whole thing when I first picked it up about two decades ago—Mogget, a white cat with a red collar who turns out to be a bound magic being, stuck in my memory, but after the first hundred pages the rest was unfamiliar. A great fantasy which has deservedly become a classic, and now I’m in the midst of the second volume of the trilogy.