I just bought this bestseller book by marie kondi: the life changing magic of tidying up. It is about the japanese art of organizing
Seven days of no swimming makes one week.
At the moment I am reading Crisis Four by Andy McNab.
It is an action thriller about an ex special forces soldier who now works on deniable operations. He is chasing down a rogue agent, the problem of course is that the rogue agent is the only woman he has ever really loved.
It isn't brilliantly written, McNab will certainly never win any prizes for literature, but it is written well enough to flow. The pace is fast and the language appropriate for the character.
The nice thing is that as an ex SAS sergeant who was the most decorated soldier on active service for a while it has the feel of authenticity.
All in all I like it, if you want a book that doesn't tax you to read, but grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go then give it a whirl. You could do a lot worse
I just finished reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. I enjoyed it, although I didn't think it was outstanding. Now I'm finally getting around to reading "The Goldfinch." It's been on my list for a while. So far it's excellent. I'm a sucker for a good bildungsroman.
The other thing I liked about the book was the description of the technical ins and outs of crew (and boatbuilding in an age when it was still more art than science).
Yes, that one has been on my list for a while!
edit: Trainspotting is great. I think it fits the category.
I am not quite halfway through Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert. It is both a fascinating and depressing story of our (unsuccessful, misguided, pick your adjective) attempts over the past 100-150 years to turn the desert of the American West into an oasis. It's a particularly timely read today, given the horrible drought conditions which prevail in the Western US. More amazing perhaps, is that Reisner originally published it in 1986. It's not like nobody has known the trouble the West is in.
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The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.
I'm about halfway through Empty Mansions, which is a non-fiction story about the recluse daughter of copper magnate, W.A. Clark. She was the daughter from a second marriage and the will of millions is in contention with many of the grandchildren from Clark's first wife's children. The heiress lived in a hospital, willingly, her last 20 years, leaving several mansions being cared for without anyone in them for over half a century in some cases. Fascinating history.
"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it." - Jonathan Winters, actor and comedian
I just finished "One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon," by Tim Weiner. Here is part of the author's summary of his book:
From the Author
Richard Nixon has fascinated me for more than forty years. I thought I knew something about the man and his presidency when I began this work. Then I discovered a trove of top-secret documents from the Nixon years had been declassified in recent years. I dug into them with a growing excitement. I felt like a treasure-hunter unearthing the palace of a lost empire.
Tens of thousands of files from his White House, his National Security Council, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were newly unsealed. So were minutes of the secret White House committees that controlled military and intelligence operations under Nixon. The transcripts of federal grand jury testimony by Nixon himself, the only president ever compelled to answer questions under oath in a criminal case, were now public records. Hundreds of hours of his infamous tapes finally came out in 2013 and 2014, along with previously classified entries in the daily diary of Nixon's closest aide, H. R. Haldeman. Together, they ensure that every quotation and each citation in this book is on the record: no blind quotes, no unnamed sources, and no hearsay statements...
The South Pole by Roald Amundsen (in progress about halfway through)
An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram" 1910-12 (Vol 1 & 2).
I've read a few books lately about/by the explorers of the early 20th century (Amundsen, Hillary, Peary, etc) and their feats. Being the first to those last remote locations on earth makes going there today seem like such a cakewalk. They didn't have all the support that exists today...base camps, supply depots, GPS navigation, hi-tech specialized clothing and equipment, etc. Heck, even getting to where they could begin the journey in earnest was a task. When I read about them 'going on' in the face of extreme elements never-before experienced by humans...I find it pretty inspirational.