Friday, March 23, 2012

Books on the Brain

Considering the amount of time I spend looking at books, reading book reviews, buying books, finding books and otherwise thinking about books, it should come as no surprise that my reading list is enormous.

I’ll never read all of the books that I want to read.

And I’ll never stop adding books to my list.

At the awesome suggestion from my girl Kari, I’m going to start sharing a couple of books every week. They will be books that I haven’t read but plan to. I'll post a pair of books that have piqued my interest for various reasons – really great reviews, a topic that interests me, a gorgeous cover, whatever. There is absolutely no science to what appeals to me. I'm pretty random. But, hopefully, you readers among my readers can find a few titles to add to your own lists.

Book on the Brain: Fiction
The Might Have Been
by Joe Schuster

From the publisher: For Edward Everett Yates, split seconds matter: the precise timing of hitting a low outside pitch, of stealing a base, of running down a fly ball. After a decade playing in the minor leagues—years after most of his peers have given up—he’s still patiently waiting for his chance at the majors. Then one day he gets called up to the St. Louis Cardinals, and finally the future he wanted unfolds before him.

But one more split second changes everything: In what should have been the game of his life, he sustains a devastating knee injury, which destroys his professional career.

Thirty years later, after sacrificing so many opportunities—a lucrative job, relationships with women who loved him, even the chance for a family—Edward Everett is barely hanging on as the manager of a minor league baseball team, still grappling with regret over the choices he made and the life he almost had. Then he encounters two players—one brilliant but undisciplined, the other eager but unremarkable—who show him that his greatest contribution may come in the last place he ever expected.

Full of passion, ambition, and possibility, The Might-Have-Been maps the profound and unpredictable moments that change our lives forever, and the irresistible power of a second chance.

Why it caught my eye: The subject matter. Unquestionably, the subject matter. I'm somewhat afraid to read this book. I am scared that it might hit too close to home.

Book on the Brain: Non-Fiction
The Orchard: A Memoir
by Theresa Weir

From the publisher: The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to
a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband's family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll.

Why it caught my eye: I love memoirs. This one has a lot of elements that intrigue me: the unlikely marriage, the pesticides and the cancer, the rural setting. I read an excerpt of The Orchard and it has the promise of a fast read that still has substance.

Still looking for the perfect book? Leave me a comment with what you're looking for: I'm happy to recommend. Or sift through my boards on Pinterest, which I use to keep track of the books that I want to read and the books that I have read.


Kari said...

Thank-you!!! These are excellent (and I haven't read either of them -- yet!).

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