Offer your suggestions. These are some suggestions for books I think are quality.
1 – Bill Buford, “Among the Thugs” – beautifully violent. Its been compared to A Clockwork Orange come to life.
2 – Franklin Foer, “How Soccer Explains the World” – if you find yourself interested in the “beautiful game” late in life, it explains the system of events that define Football (even if he calls it soccer). Read and see why people live and die for this game.
3 – Norman Mailer, “The Fight” – interesting to read before watching the documentary of the Rumble in the Jungle, “When We Were Kings.” Mailer’s writing is shamanistic. He makes the drama palpable.
4 – Joe McGinnis, “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro” – anything with ‘castle of blood’ in the title is worth a closer look. Its the story of a back desert Italian football team that gets promoted from the depths of the Italian leagues to Serie B, the second tier of professional Italian football. A novel concept to us in North America – dreaming the dream, and living it. Haven’t finished this one but I feel confident in recommending it after half.
5 – Mark Kurlansky, “Salt: A World History” – who would’ve thought that salt could rule the world? If you like history and imagining the reasons life is like it is, read it. Fookin’ unbelievable.
6 – Epictetus, “The Art of Living” and Lao-Tzu, “Tao Te Ching” – Philosophy/The Way.
7 – Anthony Burgess, “A Clockwork Orange” – Good fun, right-right? A masterpiece creation and the book has a different, and surprising, ending.
8 – Laura Hillenbrand, “Seabiscuit” – If this one doesn’t make you choke-up and dream, you’re dead. Its why we root for the underdog.
9 – Sinjin Singh, “The Big Bang” – If you don’t know what a trip special and general relativity are, you will after reading this. Singh can make the universe seem understandable. Brilliant.
10 – William Goldman, “The Temple of Gold” – The fictional story of Ray “Euripides” Trevitt. A Catcher in the Rye for the 50’s.