This year has been pretty good. Unlike my regular picks, I also ventured into the world of fiction, something I don’t do often. But I have no complaints – it’s been totally worth it.
Didn’t really get to read much this year – made up for lost time in the fag end and Yeah, I was in the mood for some travel and adventure. Continue reading
Topping the list will definitely be the simply must-haves (a) In the Rainforest. Catherine Caufield takes you everywhere – deep jungles, deserts, to the seas… I mean, this is journalism at its best. There is so much to learn from Caufield’s experiences and then some!
Todd Balf: The Last River
Every once in a while I develop a sweet tooth for titles that positively kick my sluggish ass outdoors. I finally decided to give The Last River a shot. The fact that the author is a former senior editor for Outside Magazine just made this book a blue-chip. Like I expected, I couldn’t get myself to even take coffee breaks while I lived through the journey.
Richard Dowden – Africa – Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
“Africans meet, greet and talk, look you in the eye and empathize, hold hands and embrace, share and accept from others without twitchy self-consciousness. All these things are as natural as music in Africa.” Continue reading
John Briley: Cry Freedom
One of the ways to learn from history is to dig out the dirt and feel the wounds… understand, read, look for signs… but always feel – feel deeply for the exploited, discriminated, and the oppressed – when justice failed time after time, when despotism and imperialism stumped innocent lives, and for those deplorable times when color triumphed, yes, that’s right, “color”… Continue reading
Tim O’Brien: The Things they Carried
“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.” Continue reading