Sunday, December 14, 2008

Recent Books ... and looking for recommendations

The Pyjama Game: A Journey into Judo by Mark Law (Paperback - Jun 2008)
Buy new: $13.33
7 Used & new from $12.95
Usually ships in 2 to 4 weeks

Just finished this book.

A fifty year old newspaper reporter/journalist decides to begin Judo. But his story is also the story of Judo and the story of Judo in England. It was really good, as you might suspect by the fact that the used copies are almost as expensive as the new ones.

I'm now reading a book we got for free from the lending library at the hotel we stayed in during our visit to New Orleans (and it too, is a great book):

Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story by Peter Morton Coan (Paperback - May 1, 1990)
Buy new: $14.95
35 Used & new from $3.11 (with all the free copies, I'm surprised it isn't cheaper).

Please recommend a new "good book" to me now that I've pretty much finished these.



adamf said...

Have you read "Gang Leader for a Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh (a sociologist)? His story is talked about in Freakonomics, but this is the full version and VERY interesting about his experiences studying first hand the inner workings of a Chicago gang a few decades back.

I'm currently listening to "Into Thin Air" by Krakauer, about climbing Everest and it's pretty good too.

Stephen said...

That sounds like a great book, I really liked Freakonomics.