I am currently reading, “Blood, Ash and Bone” by Tina Whittle. The novel is set in Atlanta, one of my favorite cities, and is about a gun shop owner who is helping her ex-boyfriend find a Bible that was signed by Abraham Lincoln and William Sherman. I am not even in the middle of the book but I know that I am going to be in for a wild ride. Speaking of Atlanta, a great American city, I have come to read over the past two weeks great books about topics important in America like celebrities and meritocracy as well as anticipating reading a book about another great American city, Detroit.
“Why We Suck” by Denis Leary. This is not a question. This is Dr. Denis Leary, the actor and writer of the gripping television show “Rescue Me” telling you why America sucks. Published four years ago, the book is sort of clairvoyant about the problems of this country such as the focus of celebrities and the issue of losing weight. Hilarious, tongue in cheek, honest and personal, this book achieves a great balance of being funny when the times are just so sad but moves forward.
“Twilight of the Elites” by Chris Hayes. Dense information about meritocracy and elitism in America, this book is also the greatest link to viewing the shift in this country with wealth, power and class. A great combination of combining dense information as well first account stories from victims of events such as Hurricane Katrina, the book demonstrates Chris Hayes’ attention and ability as a rising journalist who delivers.
“Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Charlie Le Duff. Another author I saw interviewed on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” I found Charles to be very relaxed, incredibly smart and aware of the world. The title is what grabbed me, already declaring the afterlife of a city that is not quite dead but closer to its last breath.