My goal is to read a book a week, but don’t always make it. It took a month last summer to get through Moby Dick, one of my book club’s choices. It was worth it!
I also try to read the books written by people I know. Don’t always make that either.
Richard W. Etulain, a prolific college classmate has written or edited over 50 books, about the American West, including ‘The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane,’ which I plan to read in 2015. I enjoyed his ‘Stegner: Conversations on History and Literature,’ transcription of his dialogues with Wallace Stegner author of two of my favorite novels, ‘Angle of Repose,’ and ‘Crossing to Safety.’
My five choices for the best 2014 books –
Hard Times, by Barbara Kellerman – blog – Why it is difficult for even the best of leaders in the second decade of twenty first century America.
Duty, by Robert Gates – blog – This may be the best of several recent memoirs by former Obama Administration leaders.
Lila, by Marilynne Robinson – Another of my favorite novelists! Lila is the third in series following Gilead and Home, an intergenerational family saga of Calvinist preachers in and around the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. Poignant stories embedded with philosophy and theology.
A Path Appears, by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn – blog – A world in need and what we can do about it.
Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World , by James MacGregor Burns – blog – Burns, the champion of transformational leadership died this year at 96. At age 93 he published this history of the Enlightenment (late 17th to late 18th century) in Europe and America.
And several other 2014 books I found worthwhile.
- Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, by Marcus Borg
- Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, by Ian Leslie
- Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, by Molly Worth
- Who’s Got Your Back: Leadership Lessons From the Life of King David
by Eddie Estep
- The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We Have Lost In A World of Constant Connection, by Michael Harris,
- The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, by Michio Kaku
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