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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly  (completed)

Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

Killing Floor by Lee Child   (completed)

   (1997, Reacher's first appearance)

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

(done)

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (Dey St. Books, just completed, full review just published)


Double Agent Celery: MI5's Crooked Hero by Carolinda Witt (pen-and-sword books)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1980, the book that started the franchise, just completerd)

The Take by Christopher Reich (Mulholland Books)


Podcast Favorites

Kara Swisher's Recode Decode this week is an interesting conversation with Tina Brown. Using the publication of her new Vanity Fair Diaries as a starting point, they examine Brown's publishing career, notably her wonderful runs with Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Then they dive into the internet age, how it's changing the publishing world, Brown's start-up of The Daily Beast, followed by venting about Facebook today. Swisher puts together the best intervierw/talk with Brown I've heard since her book was published. Brown was consistently creating some of the best magazines in the world, at a time when that mattered.

Rich Roll's podcast is one I've discovered recently, and I'm working to catch up. Here are two don't-miss episodes:

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/bryan-fogel/

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/lance-armstrong/

Fogel is the star of, the producer of, the man behind Icarus. If you've not watched this documentary, exclusively streaming on Netflix, get to it! Of all the interviews I've read and heard with Fogel, Roll brings out the most interesting perspective. It's a fabulous listening experience.

 

Lance Armstrong needs no introduction. I don't care whether you admire or dislike him, his wealth of experience and new perspective on many matters is worth listening to. Me, I think he's one of the finest athletes ever.

Entries in @simonschuster (2)

Tuesday
May302017

Matchup with Lee Child

Hell yes! I've been waiting for Matchup, edited by the great Lee Child. @LeeChildReacher, @SimonSchuster, @amandalanger, #leechild#matchup

Thursday
Jun022016

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is one of the greatest American novelists of the last thirty years. His recent House of the Rising Sun enhances his hard-earned reputation, rekindling my hope Burke lives forever and continues to write an amazing novel each year. 

Hackberry Holland, Texas Ranger, is at the center of events in House of the Rising Sun. Burke has worked with him before. He is of disciplined spirit and resilience, with and an attitude of strength and a moral compass uncommonly strong. Set in Texas, beginning in 1918, Burke weaves an adventurous tale incorporating treachery, lost and found faith, and man’s struggles.  

Holland carries within himself a constant threat of danger, a knowledge that he has the capacity to do whatever must be done. Sometimes others realize this; to their unhappiness, often people don’t. The reader will find themselves captivated and riding an emotional roller coaster along with those whose lives intertwine with Holland.

On the surface House of the Rising Sun is an adventure story set in a time and place in American history little-known to most.  Holland’s interaction with others, notably his son, provides opportunity to witness and reflect upon good and evil. Tension slowly, effectively builds throughout the story. I find myself glued to the pages, not wanting the story to complete.

James Lee Burke writes in such a way that my reading is slowed, my comprehension is lifted, and my enjoyment is amplified. Few bring people, their thoughts and struggles, the path of life itself, to the printed page as Burke can. Don’t let me raves for the people in House of the Rising Sun, and how they are brought to life, take anything away from what is a hell of a good adventure tale, either. James Lee Burke is, first and foremost, a tremendous spinner of yarns. Thought provoking and full of conflict, but always at heart, superb stories.

#houseoftherisingsun, @JamesLeeBurke, @simonschuster