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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Booked Up, 2021--part two--nonfiction


Some of my 2021 reads
As an old, and former journalist, I read more non-fiction than fiction, and that's been certainly true this year.

Of the 21 this year, 13--including rereads-- were since June, not counting art and poetry books.

In order of reading, minus the two rereads:

  • Remembering Santa Fe, William Clark
  • Mythologizing Jesus, From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero, Macdonald Dennis 
  • Forget the Alamo, The Rise and Fall of an American Myth, Bryan Burrough, et. al. 
  • Sea People, Christina Thompson, the ancient settlement of Polynesia, another one recommended by a favorite former UCO student, Lauren Vargas, Ph.D, who reads more books than I can count.
  • The Brass Ring, Bill Mauldin,  his life and World War II experiences
  • Everything That Remains, story of minimalism, Milburn/Nicodemus
  • Being Mortal, dealing with aging, Dr. Gawande
  • Lost City of the Monkey God, Doug Preston, the discovery of a Central American city, loaned by friend, former UCO student and fantastic travel journalist Heide Brandeis, after her trip of the Amazon, which this book survived.
  • After Jesus, Before Christianity, Vearncombe, et. al. Before there was a New Testament and organized Christianity, up to 200 A.D.
  • Apocalyptic Polly, A Pandemic Memoir, Polly Basore Wenzl. One of my favorite former students at O.S.U., now of Wichita, former terrific journalist, who had the courage to quit a full time job and write. Envious of her and this book--more later.
  • Tony Hillerman, A Life, James McGreggor Morri Makes you want to read all of Hillerman again. 
Note: can you spot the inconsistency in the photo above with the contents of this post. The post is correct.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really interested in the Alamo book and the Hillerman biography.


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