Coyote's Top Five Books for 2011
This was a bit of an off year for me with only 36 books read. I've been consciously trying to spend more time in the mountains, so that may have had something to do with it. Any my New Year's resolution is to learn more about gardening this year, so who knows. Nevertheless, here are five books that I am extremely glad I got around to reading!
- The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. The story of the US Forest Service and how it came into being. A history I wasn't aware of and one that effects the quality of my life every day.
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Reading this book caused me to run out and get an iPhone. And I can't tell you how happy I am with it! Glad I didn't work for the SOB, though.
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. My favorite book about Ethiopia, and a wonderfully told story as well. Beautifully written.
- Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. Another history of the American West I was unfamiliar with, Gwynne's treatment of the Comanche Nation is fabulous reading and reveals the darker side of Manifest Destiny.
- In the Plex by Steven Levy. A fascinating account of the people and personalities behind Google. Reading this book along with the Steve Jobs biography gave me a different insight into the Silicon Valley culture.
An extremely helpful book in understanding some essential elements of the Ethiopian culture. You will learn more as you go, but this book provides a context for your own experimentation and learning.