I recently read Eat & Run from Scott Jurek and Ultra Marathon Man from Dean Karnazes. Both stories are very inspiring and strengthen my feeling that I have to try a 50 miles. Also, the book from Karnazes raised the question about the reason of running. While each of us has a different reason and, when going for crazy distance, a real inspiring story, I would like to take advantage of my efforts to help other people.
In that context, the story from Dean makes sense. The guy runs to raise money and help children having health disease. It helped children have treatment for heart or lung disease. While you can keep your own motivation, running for charity would be a nice gift you can do for somebody else.
In the light of an on-going mid-life crisis, running for somebody, help other people is something motivating. Something to consider, running is a way to connect with nature, if it can be also a way to connect with other people, especially non-runners or people in needs, it will just make the journey definitively worth it.
Discovered through Amazon reviews (looks that this can be useful sometimes …), Black Hole is definitely a good graphic novel, a teenage-style story than happens in Seattle in the 70s and an obvious allegory of the raise of AIDS. Interesting story with a nice atwork, that might interest you if you like graphic novels.
Amazon link : http://www.amazon.com/Black-Hole-Charles-Burns/dp/0375714723/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371380384&sr=8-1&keywords=black+hole
From Guy Delisle, a Canadian writer that already writes about North Korea (see Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea). A very good non-fiction graphic novel, showing specific traits of this city and its associates country(ies).
Read recently: Neonomicon
This is an Alan Moore comics (the same guy that did the Watchmen or From Hell). This is very strange and disturbing, this one shows that Moore take a new artistic direction which is quite different from what he has done in the past. Very interesting, this is the kind of book that stay in your mind during several days. A must read.
Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Moores-Neonomicon-Avatar-Moore/dp/1592911307/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1363831693&sr=8-9
Recently read: Glock, the Rise of America’s Gun
Being a New York Times Bestseller, you can expect from reading this book to have a better insight about the relation of America and Guns and have a better analysis of what is going on with the current debate about the gun control. For sure, it explains some stories about issues related with gun, but the book itself is more about the successful economic story of one of the biggest gun maker.
While being a good book on the overall, some people may be disappointed if they want to learn more about guns and America, while others may really enjoy it. It rather depends on what you are really expecting.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Glock-The-Rise-Americas-Gun/dp/0307719952/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363494018&sr=8-3&keywords=glock