My Copy: 9780807001127 (image from bn.com) This one's a far different book than Stride Toward Freedom. That book was an autobiography and history of the bus boycott. This one's partly an autobiography with the Birmingham, AL protests and how they impact the struggle to a free and equal society. Why We Can't Wait was a … Continue reading Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Copy: 9780807000694 (image from bn.com) I had to read this book in college for my U.S. Social Movements class, and I remember enjoying the hell out of it for a class read. Stride Toward Freedom is the earliest autobiographical book by MLK Jr. It isn't entirely chronological, and does jump around a little bit … Continue reading Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from bn.com) This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It's part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn't well known … Continue reading Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh
My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz
My Copy: 9780316253031 (image from amazon.com) Well, now I'm back to my Canadian author after the holiday. Chris Hadfield is probably the best known astronaut of the 21st century so far, and no wonder when you read this book and see what all he got involved in. I haven't had the chance to read many … Continue reading An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Col. Chris Hadfield
My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez
My Copy: 9780807014295 (image from amazon.com) Maybe it's the "December Dumps" that have been hitting me hard, or it's the crazy work schedule that's made me lose sight of the things I'm trying to work toward. All I know is when I picked this book up Christmas Eve and started to read, I have to … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
My copy: 9781435108387 (image from abebooks.com) This particular work has sat on my shelf since I took my last Antebellum South class in school, but I hadn't had the chance to read it yet. I find it more spiritual than other runaway-slave narratives, and it's relatively short. You'd have to be from another planet (or … Continue reading Truth Stranger than Fiction: Father Henson’s Story of His Own Life, by Josiah Henson
My Copy: 9780664262679 (image from amazon.com) Somewhere in the examples of family, friends, and churches, I've found myself not looking at Christianity as terribly relevant to me for over a decade. But this book is making me take another chance on Christianity--and myself--to find the good and spiritual. A Bigger Table is a fantastic read … Continue reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz
My Copy: 9780192835826 (image from goodreads.com) Two things made me pick up this book again after 15 years. The first was listening to Dan Carlin's latest Hardcore History episode called "The Celtic Holocaust." I actually have the same translation he used for his notes. And I really think it's funny that when I started re-reading this book, … Continue reading The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)