Rick Bass is a prolific writer of essays, short stories, and long form fiction, many of them about nature and his adopted home in the Yaak Valley. Rick is also an outspoken environmental activist. His most recent book is called, "The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes."
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
A review of "Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters" by Mark Dunn.
A review of "The Blue Horse: A Novella" by Rick Bass.
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke Among the things about which I am most interested, improving the quality of my thinking and of my decision making rank high on the list, so after listening to a Tim Ferriss Show interview with Annie Duke, I was excited to read her book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter … Continue reading Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke
Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi Convictions of Faith is an historical novel by R. S. Basi, set in the Kongo Empire in the late 1600s and early 1700s. The novel tells the story of Dona Beatriz, or Kimpa Vita, a young girl born into a relatively well-to-do family who after a transcendent, near … Continue reading Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi
The Ship's Carpenter by D. E. Stockman The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman is an historical novel set in France and England, primarily in the 1740s, as those two countries wage war at sea. The title refers to the character Abraham Robinson, an English shipwright who leaves for France in search of work during … Continue reading The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman
For You to See the Stars by Radney Foster I love well written songs. Not songs that are just fun to sing in the car, but those that tell a story. I’m talking about songs that transport you somewhere else for a moment and have character, depth, and a plot. Songs where you look up … Continue reading For You to See the Stars: A Collection of Stories by Radney Foster
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, published by Windmill Books, tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution. The Count becomes a "former person", losing his land and most of his wealth, but never his class or his charm. Rostov, … Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese A friend recently recommended Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I struggled with this book. I struggled to read it, I struggled to put it down, and I struggled with the content. At one point I even cast it aside deciding not to read it, only to soon pick … Continue reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese