Monday, June 15, 2009

My Summer Reading Recommendations

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King: You can see this movie played over and over on tv but put it on your reading list. This was originally published as a novella in Different Seasons. I usually enjoy reading the book before the movie but this is one was an exception to my rule--I had no idea it was a work of Stephen King. Getting narration from Red's point of view is very special. This novella is only 106 pages long but it is well worth it.

A Painted House by John Grisham: This isn't a legal thriller and is vastly different from Grisham's original works. It is a coming of age story told by a 7 year old Arkansas boy as his family works to get the years cotton harvested. A great read.

Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger: A must read for Cardinal baseball fans--especially for those who have a tough time figuring out what manager Tony LaRussa is thinking. It provides tremendous insight into the game of baseball during a three game series with the Chicago Cubs.


Mark said...


I have read 2 of the 3, with the Grisham one on my list, they are great choices

Roy Bishop said...

All right Mark! Great minds read alike. What would you share with others?

David Stock said...

Haven't seen the film version yet but it was a great novella. Rita Hayworth rules!

Roy Bishop said...


I think you will enjoy the film version. There are some slight variations, but nothing that changes the memorable aspects of the novella. You can see the film version on TNT, TBS or HBO just about any night. I recommend a commercial-free network or renting the movie. Let me know what you think.

Mark said...

On the baseball front, I Was Right on Time, by Buck O'Neil, Clemente by David Maraniss, and As They See 'Em by Bruce Weber.
I am enjoying "The Last Campaign" by Thurston Clarke (A great RFK read)
Columbine by Dave Cullen is riveting and sad.
The Dangerous World of Butterflies by Peter Laufer takes me into a world I would never had thought to explore.
And then our own local minister, Robin Meyer, has a new book out to challenge your beliefs, "Saving Jesus"
And lastly, The Children by David Halberstam is one of the best books I have ever read

Roy Bishop said...

I've got the ones about O'Neil and Clemente on my list. The one about Columbine will be a hard for me to read. I had trouble with Kozol’s Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. It was really sad.