Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House by Michael Lewis
I think it was about 5 or 6 years ago that I sat down and read Moneyball and Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life. But enough of Lewis's baseball themed books. In Losers, Lewis chronicles his all encompassing press coverage and behind the scenes of the Republican presidential candidates from the 1996 elections. Lewis gives you his impressions of meeting with everyone from Bob Dole to Forbes to the more obscure candidate Morry Taylor. He even follows Green Party darkhorse Ralph Nader. The book gives you great insight to each candidates shortcomings, triumphs, and of course gaffes. Its a good read.
3.5 out of 5 base pairs
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
Anybody who knows me knows that I love Anthony Bourdain, I religiously watch his TV show, No Reservations. Most people don't know that besides being a TV host and chef, Bourdain is actually a really, really good writer. This is the follow up to wildly successful book, Kitchen Confidential, where Bourdain recounts his checkered career and past, why you shouldn't eat fish on Sunday, and the inner workings of the New York City restaurant scene. Medium Raw picks up where Kitchen Confidential left off, Bourdain explaining his hatred of vegans, sparring with Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, and the giraffe of a TV show host, Sandra Lee. Bourdain tells you of his highs (TV show, finally not sweating the bills, etc) and his lows (failing marriage, drug usage). You get to see the daily life of Justo Thomas, a prep chef who does nothing but prep hundreds of pounds of fish each day to with precision that would simultaneously make a German engineer soil his pantaloons in glee and shed a tear of pride.
So check out this book and Kitchen Confidential if you haven't read it either.
5 out of 5 base pairs