Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: A Novel

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: A Novel Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: A Novel by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I greatly enjoyed this novel and all its facets. Very timely and personal for me, especially as a sometimes-economics professor and father. I especially liked all the references of this clearly well-researched book. This includes the thinly veiled characterization of my old econ prof and 2017 Nobel winner Richard Thaler, considered by some the "father of behavioral economics" and (briefly) portrayed in the novel as a rival of the title character, Professor Chandra.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so pleased that my local library system came up with Nomadland as a recommended read for me! I decided to give it a shot, and it ended up as one of my more memorable books from the past couple of years, with similarities to Evicted, but hitting on so many interesting topics I have been curious about. This starts with the overnight-or-longer "urban campers" I see regularly over by one of our more out-of-the way city parks, and includes the subculture of Baby Boomer workers who, in their RVs, seasonally descend on Amazon warehouses. I found the author's bio in her Twitter account as writing on subcultures, and that she does, very well. Subcultures have one of my major interests tied to my many years, practicing and teaching in the marketing field. While reading and now after finishing Nomadland, I find myself telling people about the "boondockers" every chance I get!

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Review: Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink

Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink by Kevin Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes a sports book can be the most entertaining and educational book of the year! Author Kevin Cook fills in the details leading up to this classic game between the Cubs and the Phillies, with some great history to set the stage. The game itself was a classic battle (that's an understatement), that brought together two teams with interesting legacies, some great, some not so great. A number of players involved would leave their own personal legacies, and the latter part of the book, following the 10 innings of play-by-play, covers the fascinating stories, these including Dave (Kong) Kingman and the late, great Bill Buckner. Highly recommend!

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