Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies is narrated by an American-born, Pakistani playwright whose father is a physician who specializes in several rare cardiac disorders. The father, as a result of his expertise, gets flown to New York in the 80’s to personally examine Donald Trump who had been experiencing health issues. After a handful of first class flights,Continue reading “Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar”

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

(Kindle Book) First of all, I think The Gifts of Imperfection is the wrong title for this book. It seems to me that it’s more about her focus on wholehearted living than it is about accepting your imperfections. But before we get into the content of the book, the choice. Some of these just aren’tContinue reading “The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown”

Under The Wave At Waimea by Paul Theroux

Under The Wave At Waimea is about Joe Sharkey, an aging big wave surfer still recognized for his past successes but forced to face a steady decline in his faculties and abilities. Sharkey’s story, his childhood in Hawaii and his legendary feats immediately brought to mind another Hawaiian named Joe, Joey Meyer. Tanner Joe MeyerContinue reading “Under The Wave At Waimea by Paul Theroux”

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

On the one hand, Jose Uribe makes absolutely zero sense as a bookmark for Little Bee. On the other hand, it’s pretty remarkable I haven’t used an Uribe card or written about him already. Little Bee is about a Nigerian refugee seeking asylum in London. As it is split between Nigeria and London, there isn’tContinue reading “Little Bee by Chris Cleave”

End of Practice Speech #4 (Trivia Game)

*I decided to tell a story and/or give a little baseball trivia at the end of each practice this season. Partly to give some background of the game we’re playing, the history of the game – I believe you can’t truly love and respect something until you know its history – but also partly forContinue reading “End of Practice Speech #4 (Trivia Game)”

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Clayton Kershaw has been compared to Sandy Koufax his entire career, so much so that the great Vin Scully would sometimes call him Koufax during a broadcast. They are tied by their Dodger lineage, their high release southpaw deliveries from the mound at Dodger Stadium, the K in their last names hinting at the strikeoutsContinue reading “The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare”

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project is a wonderful book that sucked me in from page one. It begins with aging artist Julian (more on that name to come) who decides to write down the truth he’s been denying to himself in a notebook and leave it for a stranger to find. The notebook is read by othersContinue reading “The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley”