Sunday, September 14, 2008

Babba's Book Notes

A Walk In The Woods:

This is a great book. It's about an older guy who decides to hike the Appalachian Trail. MP read it in about four hours, but it took me a week. It's not a pot boiler but just a pleasant excursion into a world few of us will ever see. It became preachy in a few spots but aside from those few chapters it was quite funny. The people he finds along away are just so authentic it hearkens you back to a simpler time before we all started taking ourselves so serious. ***

The Unthinkable:

I saw the author Amanda Ripley on C-Span. I was so impressed with her interview I requested her new book The Unthinkable. I'm only about half way through it but I can't put it down. The book looks at natural and man made disasters and tries to analyze the human responses. It is a pleasant read and doesn't repeat the original thesis chapter after chapter. It also doesn't read like a graduate school thesis, yet isn't as inane as usual disaster manuals eg; " How to Survive Being Trapped In An Automat." I think Ben would like it since she uses some scenarios from the Foreign Service. ****

My Waiting List:

Well, after a month on the waiting list I've moved from #23 to #16. I do prefer non-fiction but this book is getting such a buzz I have to check it out. ?????


Aunt Dot said...

I wish I could say that I knew something about these books, but I've never heard of them:-( thanks for the heads-up!

Babba-Gi said...

"The Unthinkable" is a must read if you live in California.

M- said...

"A Walk In The Woods" is not available through my library. Sounds like a must-read for our Trail Trek next year. ;)

aannie said...

I agree 100% on A Walk in the Woods. I read it a year or so ago after our 2 mile trek on The Trail. It was hilarious--the whole bit about getting attacked by bears...omg, I'm still laughing.

ALaura recommended The Shack to me when she and AMary were here. But she bought me The Kite Runner and I couldn't put that one down til it was done.

So many good little time.