|ColinD's Book Lists|
|Off-kilter non-fiction (6 titles)
Interesting books with a double twist of the strange. Not like alien abduction, Area 51 strange. I mean these are books written from a perspective that's a bit outside of the mainstream. Burton Hersh, for example, details the deep mob ties of Joe Kennedy, patriarch of the house of JFK and RFK. John Ross blows your mind with millions of years of the history of what is now Mexico City condensed into a form of narrative honey that is hard to break away from once it starts flowing.
|Flashback : a novel |
by Simmons, Dan
Likely to be Michele Bachmann’s favorite novel of the year. posted Sep 17, 2011 at 11:31PM
by Eggers, Dave.
I agree with the comments above. A very well written book that shows us how quickly those freedoms we take for granted can be thrown out the window in times of crisis. posted Mar 23, 2011 at 7:14PM
|Psychogeography : disentangling the modern conundrum of psyche and place |
by Self, Will.
Pretentious? Oh yes indeed. So read with caution. Check it out if only for the crazy illustrations by Ralph Steadman (also to be found in Minneapolis's Hell's Kitchen). posted Mar 15, 2011 at 9:41PM
|A dog in a hat : an American bike racer's story of mud, drugs, blood, betrayal,|
by Parkin, Joe.
Parkin's got a gift for straight-talking storytelling. He's also got an amazing story to tell of his days as an American trying to make it as a pro bike racer in Belgium in the '80s and '90s. Bonus: he spent time in Minneapolis working at Flanders' Brothers bike shop and racing locally. posted Mar 15, 2011 at 9:33PM
|Murder city : Ciudad Juarez and the global economy's new killing fields |
by Bowden, Charles, 1945-
A poetic essay on the violence engulfing northern Mexico. The violence of Ciudad Juarez, Bowden argues, has less to do with drug dealers and more to do with the brutality of modern economics. In his eyes, Juarez is the future that we are rushing toward. posted Mar 15, 2011 at 9:25PM