13 January

Blindness by Jose Saramago

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Blindness by Jose Saramago

Here is a case of taking for granted the required necessities of life.  Though not required, sight may be seen as a tool used to appreciate what is not within arm’s reach.  I had a hard time imagining living through the white sickness epidemic and when I finally wrapped my head around the idea of […]

13 January

Hemingway’s The Complete Shorts

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Hemingway’s The Complete Shorts

A favorite of mine is “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”.  Francis and Margot are in Africa on a big game safari led by the brave, professional Wilson.  They are hunting lion when Francis is scared to death and runs for his life leaving Wilson to finish the job.  His wife, Margot, has then […]

13 January

The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouac

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The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouac

Lost stories of his Merchant Marine days have put a spotlight on the faint touch of his past as found in “Atop an Underwood”.  His Wesley and Bill’s timeline from New York to New England boarding the SS Westminster reminds me of an Ishmael and Queequeg bound for the Pequod in Melville’s “Moby Dick”.  Hoping […]

13 January

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

If you wanted to see Haruki Murakami change his style and write something that can be easily understood at face value, this is NOT the book for you.  He will lead you with a seemingly vague directional narrative and expect you to be able to find your way back after you remove the blindfold, good […]

20 December

“A Hole in Texas” by Herman Wouk

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“A Hole in Texas” by Herman Wouk

When I was in high school I lived a few blocks from Mr. Wouk in Palm Springs.  I only bumped in to him a few times, but I knew even then to not ask him to autograph my books of his on account of I’d gotten them second hand.  I went through my WWII phase […]

20 December

“Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami

“Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami

A loner boy, Kafka, of 15 years runs away from his Tokyo based broken home with the power of his alter ego, Crow, only to begin a work-live residency at a historical family owned and operated Komura Memorial Library.  Far off in Shikoku Mountains, the police are after him and any information connected with murder. […]

12 December

“The Universe is a Green Dragon” by Brian Swimme

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“The Universe is a Green Dragon” by Brian Swimme

Merging science and spirituality, “The Universe is a Green Dragon” offers an extremely beautiful and much broader perspective of what it is to be human.  Written as a conversation between an adult and a child, author Brian Swimme tells the story of the creation of the universe from a modern understanding of physics and history […]

12 December

“Waiter Rant” by Steve Dublanica

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“Waiter Rant” by Steve Dublanica

You’ll never see your dining experience the same way after reading this book.  Author Steve Dublanica lets you in the back door of the restaurants he’s worked in over the years.  Don’t worry, it’s not all horror stories of waiters spitting in your food (which appears to be the most unimaginative way revenge is exacted […]

12 December

Peter Matthiessen’s “Shadow Country”

Peter Matthiessen’s “Shadow Country”

Every interviewer asks me what my favorite book is, so I keep one in my back pocket so it’s ready to blurt out and chat about.  Like wishes: you always have to have one on reserve just in case you see a falling star or a dragon fly.  It’s bad form to stand there stammering […]

10 December

November 27, 2013

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http://www.midweekkauai.com/eastsides-bookstore/ Here is a link to the Midweek Kauai Business Round Table on Nov. 27.  Thanks for all the cool press!