Category Archives: books

Searching by bike for truth and reconciliation amid the minefields of Angola

A pretty compelling blog post title, if I do say so myself. It is deliberately so, as the Kindle book I just finished is just that – compelling. Normally, when one reads a book about bike touring, it is an … Continue reading

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“Climatopolis” isn’t “Hot” enough to evoke change

I was looking forward to reading Climatopolis, by author Matthew Kahn, as its title hinted at the eye-opening and daunting challenges facing society that I found previously while reading the superb book, Hot, Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth by … Continue reading

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Groot: A loveable and sentimental sentient

If you have not seen the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, please do. It is a fun and adventuresome cinematic treat for all ages.  Among the cast of very likeable heroes is Groot, a walking sentient tree a la the … Continue reading

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If the movie “Wild” is half as good as the book…

Here’s the trailer for Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. The movie is the screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s marvelous book of the same name. Easily the best book of 2013, Wild should be amazing on film, particularly under the direction of … Continue reading

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“The Gentleman From Finland” gets derailed

I really wanted to enjoy this book. The image of riding the Trans-Siberian Express across the width of the Soviet Union is a fascinating concept. Given how much I enjoyed Robert Goldstein’s more recent book, Riding with Reindeer, I figured this … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”

I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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Two less cars!

One of my favorite bicycle advocacy catch phrases is “One less car!” In celebration of this worthy and sustainable effort, Kathy and I spent yesterday (Saturday) accomplishing all our errands on our bicycles. Between us, we totaled more than 27 miles … Continue reading

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