My Holiday Reading Recommendations

Here’s a short list of good books I’ve read recently that you may want to read or give to someone for the holidays. They’re all different lengths and genres, but they’re all really good. 1. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski Bukowski somehow can be funny and serious at the same time. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s really short. It’s a coming-of-age story set in Depression-era Los Angeles. 2. The Stand by Stephen King (unabridged) This one’s massive, over 1000 pages, but it’s well worth it. A government manufactured superbug gets outs and kills …

Miami Book Fair Finds

Yesterday, I went to the Miami Book Fair with Fernanda. We first met there two years ago so it was very special to revisit that place. All our best buys (our only buys) came from a tent right at the entrance—Out of the Way Books. When I saw the name of the tent, I wondered why the books would be “out of the way.” Was it because they were bad books? Turns out there was lots of cool stuff. Everything in the tent was five bucks. Books of all genres, magazines from the 60s, old newspapers, all kinds of cools …

Read INDIAN KILLER

Just finished Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Based in 90s Seattle, it centers around the life of John Smith, an adopted Indian raised by a white couple. John feels alienated from his Indian roots and foreign in a white world. When a serial killer dubbed the “Indian Killer” starts scalping white people in Seattle, John Smith becomes the prime suspect. The book does an amazing job of critiquing everyday racism. There’s loud racism and subtle racism. The loud racist listens to talk radio and think Indians are trash. The subtle racist almost fetishizes Indians, thinking …