Devil In the White City” by Erik Larsen

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Dev­il In the White City” by Erik Larsen. Crazy true sto­ry about a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent rel­a­tive­ly promi­nent cit­i­zens of Chica­go around the turn of the cen­tu­ry and their vir­tu­al­ly par­al­lel mur­der­ous lives. It’s the sec­ond book I’ve read here by Larsen; I real­ly enjoyed both very much. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (sent by Michelle Man­ning)  

Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts

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I received this book in April unex­pect­ed­ly from my mom’s friend who has lit­er­al­ly known me since birth. Although I was real­ly hon­ored that she took the time to write me and to send me a book, I was a fright­ened by its 932-page length, so much so that it took me more than four months to pick it up. …

Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

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I was killing ten min­utes in the air con­di­tioned FPCY library when I came across this 120-page book. The title cap­tured my atten­tion so I picked it up, read the pre­lude and decid­ed to check it out. I didn’t actu­al­ly check it out, that’s not how we do it here — iron­i­cal­ly, we just take it and return it lat­er …

Calico Joe” by John Grisham

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This is the first nov­el I can recall reading…in a long, long time. I guess “A Catch­er In The Rye” is a nov­el, but def­i­nite­ly not a mod­­ern-day nov­el. Grant­ed, this book, which is about a pair of fic­tion­al Major League Base­ball play­ers and their inter­twined careers, con­tains numer­ous fac­tu­al depic­tions of the ear­ly 1970 MLB play­ers and over­all his­to­ry. …

No Childhood” by Edith Rogers

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This is a very inter­est­ing book writ­ten by a Holo­caust sur­vivor about her expe­ri­ences as a young girl dur­ing the Nazi reign in Ger­many. The sto­ries are very basic — could have been trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish — with some poet­ry. What’s most unique is the per­spec­tive from a young girl whose moth­er and broth­er were tak­en away and …

All Things Possible” by Kurt Warner

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Pret­ty much about the 1999 Super Bowl season…nothing too new here…I think he wrote it in May of that year. The book has been repack­aged Ari­zona Car­di­nal Red. The only thing that has changed is that page 267 which orig­i­nal­ly con­tained Kurt’s stats from that mag­i­cal sea­son are missing…go fig­ure. GOOD BOOK

The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger

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I first read this clas­sic in the 6th grade after learn­ing about it in the “Prep­py Hand­book” in the ear­ly 80’s. I appre­ci­at­ed it much more this go around and gained inspi­ra­tion of style for my cur­rent work in progress. Although I still can’t under­stand why it’s a cult clas­sic, it’s a great book — and a short read — …

Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

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This might be the most inter­est­ing and insight­ful book I have ever read. By def­i­n­i­tion an “out­lier” is a phe­nom­e­non that lies out­side of nor­mal expe­ri­ence. This book focus­es on the sto­ry of peo­ple whose lives and expe­ri­ences are phe­nom­e­nal in that regard. It explains the careers of real­ly suc­cess­ful peo­ple like Bill Gates and dis­cuss­es what specif­i­cal­ly lead to …

Ciento” by Lorena Dee Cervantes

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We live in a world devoid of com­plete sen­tences, phras­es or speech. Our world has been over­run by Face­book and Twit­ter and the con­stant 100-word pro­file updates. This book con­tains 100 poems each com­prised of 100 words or less. One would expect the poet­ry to be con­trived and weak. Instead, it is real­ly out­stand­ing. For the Pri­o­ry guys out there …

The Extra 2%” by Jonah Keri

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Some call this the next “Mon­ey­ball”. I’d say it is more like an orga­ni­za­tion­al approach to Mon­ey­ball. It’s about the trans­for­ma­tion of the peren­ni­al last-place Tam­pa Bay Dev­il Rays to one of the top orga­ni­za­tions in base­ball, the Tam­pa Bay Rays. The Rays did the unthink­able by hir­ing non-base­ball minds from Wall Street to trans­form the orga­ni­za­tion. They rev­o­lu­tion­ized how …