Summer Workouts
Blog: From the Director
Posted Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I have Facebook, foursquare and TweetDeck apps on my IPhone.  I’ve loaded more than 48 hours of music on my IPod.  I Skype with my son and daughter-in-law in China.  I dabble in online investing, and book all my travel arrangements online.  I have more passwords than July has days.  I’m forever Googling this or that.  I’ve blogged twice a week for 11 months.

But I can’t help myself:  I still print out the things that really interest me; I still spend ten hours reading the magazines and newspapers I’m holding for every one hour of reading online; and I still buy books – lots of them – and wear them out.

My wife dislikes reading a book after I have.  This is because I circle the words I don’t know, underline the ideas I want to remember and jot notes in the margins where the ideas have provoked me to consider future applications.

When I was a kid my mother commented that I made everything a contact sport; but she had to pay me to read books.  Now I read books like it’s a contact sport.

If you can find a little time for yourself this summer – some time to feed your mind and soul through reading – here are two fistfuls of titles I recommend for a “full contact” experience:

 Fiction

• The Brothers K (1992) by David James Duncan
• Middlesex (2002) by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Run (2007) by Ann Patchett
• South of Broad (2009) by Pat Conroy
• Prodigal Summer (2000) by Barbara Kingsolver

 Non-Fiction

• The Disuniting of America – Reflections on a Multi-Cultural Society (1991) by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
 John Adams (Simon & Schuster, 2001) by David McCullough
• Leadership on the Line – Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading (2002)
  by Ronald L. Heifetz and Marty Linsky
• Better – A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance (2007) by Dr. Atul Gawande
• The Botany of Desire – A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001) by Michael Pollan

There are many more titles just as good that I could suggest; but I would rather learn what your recommendations might be.  So please use the comment space below to recommend good reading.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 7:36 PM
Truman - David McCullough
Rise of Theadore Roosevelt, Theadore Rex- Edmund Morris
Odd Thomas series - Dean Koontz (F)
Life Expectancy - Dean Koontz (F)
Thanks for the suggestions.

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