Seasons Change With Their Scenery: Best-of 2013

An annual tradition. Here's the one from last year; here are the previous ones. As always, "best" is an unstable mix of "my personal favorites" and "stuff I actually think has exceptional quality." I'll defend anything listed in this post with my teeth, but I don't want to fight you about whether Life and Fate is really "better" than A House for Mr Biswas....Best books read for the first time (non-fiction): Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson, Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner … [Read more...]

Life is just a bowl of cherries: 2012 best-of

I hope you find something to enjoy here! Last year's best-of is here. Best books read (nonfiction): Joseph Volpicelli and Maia Szalavitz, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide. A thoughtful, empathetic guide to finding a path which works for you. I read this shortly after I quit drinking and got a lot out of it. (This post was influenced by their approach.) I definitely recommend this if you have a drug or alcohol problem, wonder if you might, or love someone who might.Ross … [Read more...]