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2008 Gastoni Award Winners
By Dave Gaston
China Road / Rob Gifford
Dual, The / John Lukacs
Evolution / Jean-Baptiste De Panafieu
Long Walk, The / Slavomir Rawicz
Man Who Loved China / S.Winchester
Only Yesterday / Fred Allen
Peace Like A River / Leif Enger
5 Star Audio Books
Beatles, The / Bob Spitz
Kill A Mockingbird, To / Harper Lee
Outliners / Malcom Gladwell
Reaching For Glory / Michael Beshloss
Taking Charge / Michael Beshloss
21; Burning Down House / B Mezrich
Book Thief, The / Markus Zusak
Beautiful Mind, A / Sylvia Nascar
Consider The Lobster / David Wallace
Living Great Lakes / Jerry Dennis
Looking for Alaska / P Jenkens
New World Coming / Nathan Miller
Three Cups of Tea / Greg Mortenson
When Engulfed Flames / D. Sedaris
Your Inner Fish / Neil Shubin
What does it take to win a Gastoni?
Well, for starters, you better write a book on a topic I love. Next, your writing style has to be exquisite (to the point of awe and envy). Finally, your story telling has to be transporting. To sum it up, I quote Somerset:
“When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.”
On a more personal note, the time I spent reading and listening to books this year was pure escapism. It felt like I spent most of it in a hospital waiting room (which is not true). When I’d start obsessing about my girl Gracie’s cancer I’d crack a book and ride it hard to block the worst of my fears. At night, when I needed to find a path to sleep, I’d take the easy road and escape down a story line. A good book is a gift.
Our family has so much to be thankful for this year. For starters, Carrie and I have our girl back! She now has about an inch of fine blond hair sticking straight out of her 5 year old head. At school they call her Q-tip. Her teachers call her Q-T-tip. I’ll post a couple holiday pictures of the family up on her website: caringbridge.org/visit/gracegaston
Your friendship is counted among my many blessings. Merry Christmas to you and your family, My best for the New Year, Dave
Tiz the Season. I imagine, like me, you give books. My holiday list keeps getting longer and my holiday budget keeps getting smaller. What's a guy to do? Answer: Ask his stellar and sturdy Shelfarians where they place their orders. I order the majority of my books (for my own consumption) via Amazon Used... but I'm not going to gift a used book (tacky, tacky). So, have you found a place that would offer a deep discount for a volume buy? I'd appreciate you passing on the tip. Thanks, Merry Merry, Dave
Hi, I just posted a very special interview with Juile Lessman, author of "A Passion Most Pure". She is giving away a copy of her book if you leave a comment on my blog. Check it out www.psalm516.blogspot.com. She'll be giving the book away next week.
Omg. that's a whole lot of books. i can't belive it. you must of had a real adventure reading all those books. i am only 11 and i have not read that many books yet. i am not even close. i hope soon i could get to read that many books just like you. i'm part of a big family so it's always hectic. if you have any tips for me to start reading more please get back to me. it's really hard for me to read sometimes. 2 reasons. there is no where to read. i need quiet. there is a lot of people in my house. 2nd, it's hard for me to understand sometimes because i have a little trouble in school somtimes. sooo it's hard for me to understand. so please give me some tips. thank you!!!!!!!!!!
I saw that you put Bonk on your "book" list. So did I. How could we not, what a great title. Here is my review. Interested in girls perspective.
Bonk / Mary Roach
A rollicking and random “bonking” through the up and down and down and dirty of all things sexual. Sure it is science writing, in the same way that Andy Rooney is a serious news reporter. Roach writes to both enlighten and to throw an eyebrow. Often her writing and wit are so sharp that she over delivers on both. The sexual enlightenment is so very, very vivid it is cringe worthy to the point of leg crossing. If you don’t yell, “Ouch!, Gross! Too Much! and Wait a Minute!” at least ten times, you’re less of a prig and a prude than this pecker-head. Amazingly for the smarmy subject she covers, her writing is never disrespectful to the topic at hand (pun intended). Some times the detail is uncomfortable to the point of nausea... but never disrespectful. Conclusion: A very strange mix; the bedfellows of hard science and hard-ons. There was way too much science for the merely sexually curious and a way too much devotion and detail focused on the sexually bizarre to be taken scientifically serious. What can I say, Mary Roach sent me all a twitter.
I am spreading word about my new book about my life working on a cruise ship. Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship chronicles my wacky job search to get my dream job as Assistant Cruise Director and takes you behind the scenes on a cruise ship. Go to www.permanentpassenger.com to see more about the book.
Truly a very funny insightful book that will make you laugh – cry – and throw up just a bit.
The book is in Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle and also can be ordered online
Hope you like mysteries. That's about all I have on my shelf. Sheesh! I really need to expand my library. You need to check out Squids Will Be Squids. Zoe brought that book home 3 times from the library. It's her favorite book even though it's little morals and fables that are over her head. I recommend it!
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