Books read in 2017

Books! Best to worst. Too many music books, as usual, but hey.

Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts


Haruki Murakami, Absolutely on Music

Six extraordinary conversations about music with Seiji Ozawa.

Steve Turner, Beatles, ’66: The Revolutionary Year

How a boy band became a zeitgeist.

Robert Irwin, The Alhambra

The story of “The Red” — the only Muslim palace to survive from the Middle Ages in Granada, Spain.

Natalie Moore, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

Compelling portrait of the largest part of Chicago.

Caetano Veloso, Tropical Truth

I didn’t know, despite being an admirer of both, that Maria Bethania is Veloso’s sister.

Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly

Hygge, taxes, and baked goods.

Fil Hunter, Light: Science and Magic

Understanding photographic lighting.

Carl Hiaasen, Lucky You

Comic pleasure. Prophetic in its 1991 characterization of white supremacists as the saddest, dumbest people in the USA.

Burt Bacharach, Anyone Who Had a Heart

Who he banged.

Nancy Isenberg, White Trash

The History of the Deplorables by an author with a repetitive, bludgeoning style that overuses the word “weedy.”
Did not finish.

Black and Decker Corporation, The Complete Guide to Flooring

Thin characterization, nonexistent plot.




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