## ODonnellWeb – Tag Books

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Posted on 12/12/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books

It's "A Wonderful Life"- for millennials.

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Nobody Eats Parsley: A book review

Posted on 10/08/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books, Humor

Nobody Eats Parsley

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from the publicist promoting David Oakley’s new book. I reviewed his first book almost 5 years ago, and apparently the publicist stumbled into it, referring to it as absolutely hilarious and wonderful, and asked if I would read and review …

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Recent Books Summer 2020

Posted on 07/25/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books

Living through a pandemic has definitely been good for finding time to read.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner

I greatly enjoyed this book. 10 chapter, each one dedicated to one pitch, in which the author reviews the history of the pitch, who invented it …

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American Dirt

Posted on 05/01/2020 in misc • Tagged with Coronavirus, Books

Like everybody else, the pandemic is "top of mind" 24 x 7 for me. I'm writing to help myself not internalize all of it. You can find other posts in the series at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/tag/coronavirus.html

American Dirt

It’s May Day, but probably not a happy one …

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The Wanderers: A Novel

Posted on 04/22/2020 in misc • Tagged with Coronavirus, Books

Like everybody else, the pandemic is "top of mind" 24 x 7 for me. I'm writing to help myself not internalize all of it. You can find other posts in the series at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/tag/coronavirus.html

The Wanderers:A Novel Review

I finished Chuck Wendig’s 800-page opus Wanderers: A Novel …

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The Rescue Nurse by J Phillip Horne

Posted on 03/14/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books

Rescue Nurse book cover

Imagine somebody binged on Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne movies for a weekend, then decided to write a book immediately after that weekend binge. They might write The Rescue Nurse. The pacing can best described as frenetic, as our hero Michael Grimm is deep in the shit within the first …

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Solo by Kwame Alexander

Posted on 02/23/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books


Simply the coolest book I've read in a long time. If I hadn't forced myself to go to bed at midnight (2 hours after I started it) I would have read it one sitting. As it turned out, I read it in two sittings. It's a YA novel about a …

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A Song For A New Day by Sarah Pinkser

Posted on 02/03/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

A Song For A New Day

I love live music, and this book is a coming of age story centered around the underground music scene in a dystopian near future that seems all too possible.

My biggest issue with this book is the classification of science fiction. The science and technology in the book center around …

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Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Posted on 01/26/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books

Uncanny Valley book cover

Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener’s memoir of her mid to late 20s working in salt mines of Silicon Valley. At 25, she was an under employed assistant in the declining publishing industry in NYC. She joined a publishing related start up in NY as employee #5, and then got …

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I Read A Book in One Sitting

Posted on 01/24/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books, Travel

Yesterday I got to ride Amtrak for almost 5 hours going North, get off the train, give a 45 minute sales presentation, then get back on the train and go home. Not the most productive use of my time, for sure. On the way North I was working. It turns …

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New book page

Posted on 01/22/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books, Site-News

If you look in the left column you'll see a new link to 2020 Books. Posting book reviews allows me to feel like I wrote something, without really writing. I'll still post book reviews when I read something particularly interesting, but otherwise I'll put the reviews on the review page …

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The Body by Bill Bryson

Posted on 01/19/2020 in misc • Tagged with Books, Health

The Body book cover

In The Body, Bryson does for human biology what he did for science in A Short History of Everything. In about 400 pages he attempts to provide a college 101 level understanding of pretty much everything you might want to know about your body. He mostly succeeds, although given the …

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Barbarian Days

Posted on 12/23/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

Barbarian Days

About 30 pages into this book, I had a brief thought that I didn’t care that the book won a Pulitzer, there was no way I was reading 400+ pages about surfing.

I finished the book. Surfing is the star of probably 90% of the pages in the book …

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South of Broad

Posted on 12/17/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

South of Broad book cover

Set in 1969 and 1989, South of Broad is essentially a love letter to Charleston. It's a sweeping story of a set of unlikely friends that meet in high school in 1969 and are still friends in 1989, although given the asshole factor in some of these characters you certainly …

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The Revenge of Analog

Posted on 12/06/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

The Revenge of Analog book cover

In The Revenge of Analog author David Sax surveys a variety of businesses that were supposed to be dead by now.

  • Vinyl records? Sales are growing. They aren’t going to become a major force in music distribution, but it’s a significant niche with real businesses creating real jobs …

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Chesapeake Requiem

Posted on 11/26/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books, Virginia

Chesapeake Requiem book cover

Chesapeake Requiem is a portrait of the insular community that has lived on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay for 200+ years. If you live in the eastern third of the US and have ever enjoyed a soft-shell crab you can thank the Watermen of Tangier for that crab.

Written …

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The Nickel Boys

Posted on 11/16/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

The Nickel Boys book cover

Colson Whitehead's previous book, 2016's Underground Railroad, won a Pulitzer. The Nickel Boys might be a better book. The story follows Elwood, an African-American teenager in early 60s Tallahassee FL that dreams of going to college and living a life Dr. Martin Luther King would be proud of. That plan …

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Hollow Kingdom

Posted on 10/20/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

Hollow Kingdom book cover

I’m pretty much over the zombie genre, but this book caught my attention because it’s a really unique take on a zombie story. The book is written from the point-of-view of the animals that are left to rule the earth as mankind dies out from a zombie virus …

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The Universal Baseball Association

Posted on 10/08/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books, Baseball

Universal Baseball Association book cover

I saw a blog post or email from author Dan Pink with a list of the 20 most influential books on his life. The list was mostly what you expect, except for The Universal Baseball Association by Robert Coover. I had never heard of the book. Being a huge baseball …

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1927 Was One Hell of a Year

Posted on 09/21/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books, History

I finished Bill Bryson’s book One Summer: America,1927 last night. It’s a highly entertaining tour of the ridiculous number of momentous events that happened over the summer of 1927.

So it is perhaps worth pausing for a moment to remember just some of the things that happened …

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