Is it time for school to start already? Now I know I am old, as the summers are passing a lot quicker than they used to.
The good thing is that after endless weeks on the road, I am finally home for an extended period of time. Not only do I get the chance to reacquaint myself with my family; I get to catch up on my emails (I am behind on just under 19,000 e-mail inquiries). Translation: if you are reading this and sent me an email in the past couple of months, please be patient. I will respond within the next couple of weeks.
I noticed on my various flights that a lot of people on airplanes were reading books about this boy named Harry Potter. Have you heard of him? J.K. Rowling amazes me. She single-handedly taught a generation to read.
I have focused my reading on a lot of inspirational and young adult books over this past month. A teacher in Tennessee gave me her copy of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit’s wonderful autobiography Reach for the Summit. It is just a tad over my 250-page count requirement (288 pages), but it reads quickly (in fact, I actually wish she had written more, as she is a fascinating motivator). For something quirkier that is sure to bring a smile to your face, grab a copy of the modern-day fairy tale Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, a book I had to check out just based on the title (this is a perfect book to read over coffee). Finally, I was a big fan of L.A. Law, so I had to grab a copy of Michael Tucker’s Living in a Foreign Language, a relaxing story about actor Tucker’s and actress wife Jill Eikenberry’s Italian adventure. I think what made me like this book so much was a dinner party they decide to give for friends in Los Angeles to share some of their Italian culinary discoveries, only to be rebuffed for a host of dietary restrictions. As a fellow Angeleno, I could really relate to that anecdote. A truly enjoyable book meant for reading on a cot with a cold beverage featuring exotic fruits and an umbrella.
Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections below. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to the address listed for authors and publishers.
Have a wonderful August, and enjoy your books!