The Book Monster Vol. 6
My wife recently bought me a pedicure so that my feet wouldn’t be so gnarly. I’m glad she did because my feet look and feel a lot nicer now. Anyways, when I arrived at the spa they sat me down in a massage chair, which was equipped with a foot-soaking basin, and I tried relaxing as I waited for them to begin. But after a minute of relaxing I wished I had something to read because I often find that reading is the only way I can relax. A book or a magazine would have sufficed, but I had none. It was at least 20-minutes before they began to work on my feet and that entire time I just wanted to read. As I sat in the spa waiting for a pedicure I decided that from now on if I go anywhere and if there is any chance that I will have to wait for someone or something, I will have a book handy, and I will be reading.
Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad: We are almost halfway through summer, and there are plenty of adventures to be had still. And this is the book that will get you stoked for them. In 1979, 11-year old Norman Ollestad was flying to a ski competition when the small plane that he was on crashed into Ontario Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains of California. In this book Ollestad recounts his survival story while simultaneously telling the story about his relationship with his father (who died in the plane crash), his love for surfing, and his life after the plane crash. This book is filled with raw emotion that blends an amazing survival story with the complexities of teenage life. The book has a photo insert that brings the people of this story to life too.
Red, by Terry Tempest Williams: TTW lives in the red-rock desert of southern Utah. This book is filled with prose, poetry, and politics in a tribute to the wilderness she lives in. Although there are strong environmental currents in this book is still worth reading for everyone who loves the outdoors regardless of their political ideologies. One of my favorite chapters of the book retells the story of her move from Salt Lake City to the desert so that she could live a less materialistic life. Another one of my favorite chapters in the book talks about the desert tortoise of southern Utah, the politics surrounding this tortoise, and how these reptiles affected her family.
Schott’s Sporting Gaming & Idling Miscellany, by Ben Schott: Here are a few things I learned from this book: the original rules of basketball, Mark Twain hated exercising, the history of marathons, where the name Pac-man comes from, and what tattoos David Beckham has. Schott has put together an impressive book of stats, quotes, literary excerpts, maps, rules, history, etc. This book is great for carrying around because of its compact size; the short entries make for quick reading on the fly too. If you love sports you’ll love this book.