A Seriously Lazy Author

Andrew asked me for a few books he might like to read.  In a continuing effort to put every single bit of garbage I write onto this site, I present...

Let's try these, in the order I think of them:

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (who's the ex-husband of my something-cousin Sharon). Nonfiction about why some groups of people developed and conquered and why others did not. My dad said it was one of the best books he's ever read. I wouldn't go that far, but it was pretty damn good and is certainly one of the most intelligent books I've ever read.
The Southpaw, by Mark Harris. Fiction about a baseball player growing up. The sequel is called Bang the Drum Slowly, which was turned into a movie I haven't seen, or have only seen part of. I've read this book several times and each time I like it more than before. Though others might not agree, I think it's pretty subtle.

Old Songs in a New Cafe, by Robert James Waller. A collection of essays. I think you might have heard this read on tape on the way back from Bowling Green, but I'm always surprised by how good the book makes me feel. He's an impressive guy and doesn't have to tell you so.

The World According to Garp, by John Irving. I tried to read it a long time ago, then I really did read it a short time ago. A shame I waited.

Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose. Nonfiction about Lewis and Clark. If you don't read this (or even, heck, especially if you do) I recommend the documentary about Lewis and Clark, although I don't remember who did it. I got it from the library. I think it's 2 tapes.

A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn. I haven't read the whole thing, sometimes the urge strikes me and I'll pick it up and find a subject and read about it.

The Green World, by Dar Williams. Not a book, but I've been listening to a lot of it lately. I especially like After All and Spring Street, but that cheapens it. I just made a mix of dar stuff and ended up with, I think, 7 or 8 Green World songs on it, and it's not because I don't like her other albums.

Doug's thoughts on nothing in particular