>Men’s Journal Recommends

>I’m generally disturbed by the short shrift men’s magazines give to books. They publish little or no fiction and spend far more time on reviews of music, movies and gadgets than they do books. So when a magazine like Men’s Journal, which devotes most of its energy to movement–adventures in the Galapagos, or the Caribbean, or wherever–makes reading recommendations, it is a pleasant surprise and worthy of note.

And what do they recommend on their Fireside Reading List for the Winter? It’s a mix: Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story, John Le Carre’s The Mission Song, and Carl Hiaasen’s Nature Girl (three books that probably won’t appeal to me), alongside Rick Bass’s The Lives of Rocks, Thomas McGuane’s short story collection Gallatin Canyon, William Kittredge’s The Willow Field and Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker.

As if I didn’t have enough to read already.

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