November Book Log

December 1, 2016

I read five books in November, a bit off my normal pace, but I’m in the middle of one of the big David Mitchell books and didn’t manage to finish it before November was up. Anyway, here we go…

  1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (5/5) – I went for this as a therapeutic re-read after several books in a row about war and death. It was a good call. Sedaris at his best is as funny as they come, and this book is, I think, tied with Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim as his best. I was surprised, re-reading it, how much extra depth I found, though. I amy have to start working my way back through more of his writing.
  2. The Hardball Times Annual – I don’t rate this book because I’m too involved in the production to be in anyway objective. However, as an editor, I think this is the best one I’ve been involved with and that’s saying something, because they always contain excellent baseball writing. Certainly worthwhile for any baseball fan.
  3. How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee (4/5) – I read her book of short stories last month and while this wasn’t quite as good as those, it was still an excellent and worthwhile read. I feel like she does an excellent job of making North Korea seem like a real place when the face we see of it in America is often so farcical and terrifying.
  4. Transformations by Anne Sexton (5/5) – Another re-read, mostly because I had a conversation about Anne Sexton. This is on my 100 favorite books list and there’s a reason. Great use of traditional fairy tales to comment on 20th century America.
  5. Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge (4.5/5) – Count Bainbridge as the first writer I ever discovered from a song. Mark Knopfler wrote a song about her and I looked her up and then I got a copy of this book and it was fabulous. I feel like this might work on me like The Sun Also Rises did where, the more I read it, the more I find inside. Definitely a candidate to be re-read soon.