Anyone who knows me well will tell you that my first passion is movies, not books. I toyed with the idea of including a bunch of screenplays to honor the Oscars this month, but I’ll save short scripts for those times when I find it difficult to recommend anything else. My reading habits mirror my movie habits: when I get interested in a genre or person, I become obsessed. That’s how I would spend sleepless nights watching every film by Woody Allen or Akira Kurosawa. Lately, I have been reading a ton of biographies about vastly different people. I think the Winter Olympics must have inspired me. I just finished another book by Bill Bradley (Values of the Game), as well as Terry Bradshaw’s Keep It Simple. Roald Dahl’s Boy: Tales of Childhood is simply fantastic, as is Gail Caldwell’s A Strong West Wind. Both of those books inspired me to do a lot more reading (they both deal with the role of books in the authors’ lives, and I dare you to try to put either of the books down before finishing them). I have also just begun Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris. Edmund Morris is the reason the Lazy Reader’s Club exists, as his incredible book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt changed my life (see review in the Archives from 2/03).
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 March, and enjoy your books!