2015 Resolutions: January Book Report

Back in January, I wrote a post about my 2015 Intentions & Resolutions. My only resolution (of which I was committing to action) is to read two books a month. In January, I actually finished one, read two, and started another – boo ya. Here’s a quick run down of my 2015 library:

Slaying the Badger: Gred LeMond, Bernard Hinault & the Greatest Tour de France

You know that I’m a regular bicyclist, but only for the 1986 Tour de France do I totally geek out. I saw a few minutes of a documentary on LeMond/Hinault this summer and was hooked on the story. It’s a colorful recap of drama, intrigue, athletics and cultural history of the Tour. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The Book Thief

“A story of books’ ability to feed the soul”… A powerful, imaginative book. Read for guaranteed tears, but not in a bad way. The Book Thief stuck with me for a little while. And just this morning, I was thinking of it, and the movie – and how wonderful Geoffrey Rush must be fulfilling his role.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption 

Another book-to-movie novel (that’s not all I read!), this captured the human-history lover in me. Life was so different in the times of World War II and Zamperini’s story is unbelievable. The tenacity he displayed throughout his struggles, to ultimately survive and come to thrive is amazing. Also, Laura Hillenbrand (the author) wrote Seabiscuit (only saw the movie).

Finally, I’m currently reading:

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class

Quite the hop from book-to-movie and historical retellings, eh? At a conference in Seattle, Heather McGhee, president of Demos gave a compelling address to a room of young professionals. While the details are buried in notes and folders, I took away the energy that my peers and I are capable of great change and building a progressive nation, based on equality and fair democracy. She also highlighted Dog Whistle Politics, which I ordered as soon as I got home and am finally getting to read it. A few chapters in, I’m learning about subversive racism, the implicit kind, that we might not even realize we subscribe to and ways it’s being taken advantage of for political gain. Very, very interesting. I’m only a few chapters in but would recommend to anyone interested in challenging their own paradigm.

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