More Recommended Books…Just In Time For Christmas!

With less than a month to go ’til Christmas, here are some terrific books I’ve read over the years that I’ve recently added to my Recommended Books For Sale Amazon list.  Stuck for gift ideas?  Look no further than these titles:
 
U2: At The End Of The World is a fantastic book about the greatest rock and roll band during one of their most fertile creative periods.  Journalist Bill Flanagan follows the band’s every move during the Achtung Baby/Zoo TV/Zooropa years.  It’s quite a read.
 
Too Close To Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle To Decide The 2000 Election is Jeffrey Toobin’s account of Gore V. Bush after the infamous race was declared “too close to call”, an appropriate title.  Toobin, the CNN Analyst, is also a lawyer and like a lot of lawyers, he has a way with words.  This is a good reminder of why we’ve all been suffering the last six years.
 
Thomas Harris’ The Silence Of The Lambs is the second Hannibal Lecter novel and the only one I’ve read.  It inspired the excellent film version of the same name and there’s a reason for that:  it’s excellent in its own right.
 
The Run Of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson is the definitive account of the disastrous criminal trial, yet another triumph for Jeffrey Toobin.  Covering the trial for The New Yorker at the time, Toobin managed to get some fantastic scoops which are thankfully mentioned in the narrative.  This book will remind you in gripping detail why the former football great remains a hated figure worldwide. 
 
Private Parts and Miss America are the literary versions of Howard Stern’s highly influential and much misunderstood radio program.  They are so entertaining I whipped through each one in less than a week.  In fact, I still look at my paperback copy of Private Parts from time to time and it’s still highly enjoyable.  Highly recommended for those just getting into Stern through Sirius, even though they are very much time capsules.
 
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest saved my ass back in high school.  In Grade 12 Advanced English, we were all assigned a book report.  We had to pick a novel and then write about it.  I got through 3 or 4 chapters of Wuthering Heights before I realized I was not going to pass this assignment.  I switched to Cuckoo and ended up with a report so good Mrs. Hagger just had to hang onto it to show future English students how to get the job done.  I still haven’t seen the movie.  I got 97%, in case you were wondering.
 
Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live is a surprisingly serious oral history of one of the longest-running programs in Television history.  Edited by Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales and James A. Miller, many of the past and current cast members, along with creator Lorne Michaels and other creative staff members, dish the behind-the-scenes dirt about the creation of an influential sketch comedy show now over 30 years old.  You’ll never think of Chevy Chase in a positive light ever again.
 
Brain Lock: Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviour by Jeffrey M. Schwartz is one helpful book.  I lived in denial for many years about what was wrong with me.  This book positively changed all that and helped me start my long road to recovery which I’m still travelling on.  It will help you, too.  I still practice the 4 steps everyday.
 
A Vast Conspiracy is yet another Jeffrey Toobin title, this one about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  It’s very good.
 
Remember, every time you click on any title on my Recommended Books For Sale Amazon list and make a purchase, you’re supporting The Writings Of Dennis Earl.  At the same time, you’ll be making either yourself or a loved one appreciate the written word this holiday season.  You only have a few weeks left.  Use my book list to finish off your shopping this year.  You’ll be glad you did.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
10:19 p.m.
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