Books read 2021

Books! Best to worst.

 Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleischman Is in Trouble

Excellent. I will read anything Taffy writes.

P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves

Flat-out great and hilarious.

Mark Harris, Mike Nichols

Immersive and deeply satisfying for a pop culture biography.

Ron Brownstein, Rock Me on the Water

Cultural history of California in the 1970s.

Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Relax, Peace Is Every Breath, and How to Connect

All three books are uniquely therapeutic.

Mark Leyner, Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit

Leyner’s unique hyperbolic style strains when attempting to convey something sincere.

Questlove, Music Is History


Camilla Townsend, Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

DNF, too academic.

Carl Hiassen, Squeeze Me

The expert Florida comedy we have come to expect from Hiassen, but I could not finish reading it because I picked it up during Biden’s first 100 days, and I couldn’t bear to be hurled back in time to those unfunny years of tweets from Mar-a-Lago.

D’Eramo, Marco, The Pig and the Skyscraper: Chicago, A History of Our Future

Good but DNF.

Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist

Self-help for artists. Okay, I guess.

Gillian Tett, Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life
Anthropologist rationalizes why anthropologists ought to be more important to giant corporations. Yawn, DNF






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