The Reading List - June/July 2017


Hey there!

I know, I know. You were all waiting patiently by your inbox for last month's reading list that never came. For that I am sorry. However, I did not take the month off from reading. This list is jam-packed with everything I read over the last two months. I think you'll like it.

So without further ado, welcome to the this month's Reading List, a collection of what I've read, skimmed, watched or written over the past month.

Everything mentioned below is something you can feel confident about clicking on. I've read the book, skimmed the article or watched the video/movie/documentary and they are on here because I recommend it

Hope you enjoy this month's reading list and I promise to send next month's reading list out on time. - Dan


Theme: A snapshot of a small part of the world unknown to you. Get out of your comfort zone.

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between - This is a stunning memoir about a son's return to a home he fled from as a young child in search of answers to what happened to his father, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Libya as a political prisoner. After the fall of Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, Hisham Matar returns home to look out at strange, but familiar landscapes, to meet family members he's never seen before, to learn about his father's legacy and to honor his mother, who never gave up hope. The Return won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason, it's damn good. After you're done reading this, pick up last year's Pulitzer Prize memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. You won't be disappointed by that either.

The Quiet American - "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." It's a line that describes both the main character and a view of Americans during the 1950s, when the US was trying to stop the spread of communism. Alden Pyle is a brash, young American businessman sent out to Saigon for reasons unknown, who befriends a seasoned British reporter, Thomas Fowler. As Pyle blunders his way through French-occupied Vietnam, Fowler can no longer stand on the sidelines. He must do something.

North Water - This is another book that has won several awards and was longlisted for the Man Booker Award. It's set aboard a nineteen-century whaling ship set sail for the Arctic. The men aboard have plans of catching enough whales to make them rich. However, there is a killer on board and only a doctor, fresh off a stint in India, to stop him. I wouldn't be surprised if this book becomes a movie soon. It's a quick, exciting read.  


The Last Moment of the Last Great Rock Band - New York City, specifically the Lower East Side and the East Village, during the turn of the century was home to some pretty amazing bands. The Strokes had the potential to be the best of them all. This is the oral history of how they went bust. ..And it's a book you'll see on this list in the future.

How Cold Brew Changed the Coffee Business -  I love me some cold brew coffee and I am not the only one. 75 percent of the coffee sold is hot and 25 percent is iced for most of the year. With the start of the iced coffee season, those numbers flip, and 65 percent of the coffee sold is iced. It's crazy to think that coffee shop owners will monitor the temperatures religiously because the change can happen overnight. I have this cold brewer at home.

Let's Be Real. You're Never Getting a Mentor - It's personal development time. I've long struggled with finding a mentor. Only until I changed my thinking did I realize I had them. These are 6 great tips to finding them.

San Francisco is Burning - Living in the Bay Area for six and a half years now, I've noticed an explosion of fires "coincidentally" occurring in many desirable neighborhoods. I'm not the only one. 

The Paradox of American Restaurants - The variety and quality of food has never been better, but for restaurants, it's a struggle to stay open. The convenience of eating at home has never been greater, and it's not about cooking for yourself. I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to these trends.

Why Instagram is this Journalist's Favorite Tool - For a group of journalists, Instagram is the perfect tool to learn about and see what's going on in the rest of the world in real-time. A big shout out to the Everyday Instagram accounts.

Judd Apatow Explains How Streaming Changes the Way Filmmakers Think - It's no secret that our watching habits have changed. What's surprising is how filmmakers have responded. 

That's it for this month. Ho w you read/watched/devoured anything good lately?

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