75 Books in 2015: May, Part I

defenseoffoodIn Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan (2008)

I learned some really interesting facts and tidbits from this books, but found it to be a little repetitive. If I had been reading it instead of listening to the audio book, I probably would have started skimming about half way through. Verdict: Good, not great.

From Amazon.com: “Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not “real.” These “edible foodlike substances” are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by “nutrients,” and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan’s sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: “Don’t eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.”

dela_9780812993080_jkt_all_r2.inddRob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney (2013)

I haven’t had a lot of free time to read lately, but I have been doing a series of repetitive tasks at work allowing me to continue audiobooking it up. This particular book wasn’t on my to-read list, but I needed something funny and it was the most recent thing added to my library’s digital humor section that sounded enjoyable. The result: I mean, this isn’t anything to write home about, but it was exactly what I expected. Delaney shares a lot of his often-difficult life and gives you laughs in the meantime.

From Amazon.com: “Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He played Sir Lancelot in Camelot. He has battled depression. He is funny as s***. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive.”

lovelifeLove Life by Rob Lowe (2014)

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Rob Lowe and that feeling grew after I read his first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography. That work was humorous, honest, and surprising inspiring. My current lack of time to read at home created a perfect opportunity to check out the audiobook of his latest work, Love Life.

Now, you might not know what to expect from a memoir by Rob Lowe entitled Love Life and – to be honest – I didn’t really either. Turns out, it focuses on all different kinds of reasons we love life and ways we have love in our life – career, family, support, etc. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Definitely start with that one if you want some Rob Lowe in your life.

From Amazon.com: “When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.”

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