I hope you are all doing well. I am in Singapore with my wife and two young children until January 9th. If you ever have the urge to take a couple of children on a trans-Pacific flight for 20 hours, let me advise against it. While it has been delightful visiting my wife’s family (who are all the nicest people in the world), it has been exhausting looking after the kids. I am itching to return home.
The great thing about traveling, though, is that it always affords me the time to read longer and more obscure books that I do not normally grab. My brother-in-law, Patrick Tan, has acted as my library in Singapore, as he has graciously loaned me all sorts of wonderful books. I have enjoyed a variety of interesting books including Pervez Musharraf’s excellent autobiography In the Line of Fire (fascinating insight into a sitting President’s views), Beyond the Age of Innocence by Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore’s UN Ambassador provides his ideas on America’s strengths/weaknesses), the insightful and very readable No god But God by Reza Aslan (who makes Islam very understandable to a layperson), a wonderfully intriguing biography of Steve Jobs called Icon by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon, and finally a paperback that is over a thousand pages that I have been meaning to donate to the library, but one I can never put down: Herman Wouk’s awesome The Winds of War (if you ever have the time, read this one).
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 January, and enjoy your books!