I hope you are all doing well. Have you ever lived out of a suitcase? That seems to be what I am doing lately. I was talking with a businessman from Colorado Springs on a flight from Little Rock last week, and we both groaned about our growing frequent flyer status at the expense of time with our families. I miss my wife and kids.
I sure do get a lot of reading done on planes, though. From awful romance novels (I am trying to get interested in them, as they represent the most popular genre in America, but I am struggling) and hastily-written biographies to incredible children’s books and inspirational collections, I have devoured a lot of pages while crisscrossing the country for speaking engagements. I have to thank Beth Doucette for recommending Barrack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. I knew very little of the politician, but this book sold me on the man. That book got me reading a slew of other Presidential candidates’ books. At the rate people are announcing their intentions to campaign for the White House, I wonder if there will be anyone left to film any of the 758 reality shows on television. Charles Lewis has a great series of books called The Buying of the President that identify which companies and individuals contribute the most money to candidates’ campaigns. I have an idea: why not make the 2008 Presidential election a Nascar event? I’d feel better watching the candidates debate if they just wore advertising all over their suits (and blouses) that showed all the companies expecting perks. Sorry to ramble, but I am actually fascinated by Presidential politics. If I had to vote today, I would vote for Rafe Esquith for President. His just-published book Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 may be the most inspiring teacher tale I have ever read. As a matter of fact, at 256 pages, I just realized that I need to put that book on a lazy reader list, so watch for it next month.
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 February, and enjoy your books!