Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Dan Walsh18
May Book Club: Bird by Bird
It’s time for our next book club!
I had a great time discussing our last book, Makers, with everyone who logged in. I can’t wait to do it again with another book.
I’ve been scouring Amazon and harassing friends to tell me what books they love and what books they’d like to read. I narrowed it down to three titles which should have enough broad appeal for everyone and enough depth to create another great discussion. But we can’t read all three of these, so vote for your favorites in the comment section. I’ll tally up all the votes in 7 days (May 8th), and declare a winner.
At its core, Bird by Bird is a book about writing. I think most of us want to be better writers. Even if we don’t aspire to be novelists, we still need to write articulate emails, blog posts, Yelp reviews, etc. and sometimes the words just don’t come out. This book has been highly recommended not only for the writing advice, but also as a font of general wisdom for daily living.
I have read some of Alain de Botton’s other books and they are excellent. The writing is witty, funny, and wise. Plus, who doesn’t like to travel?
“de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.”
It’s Michael Pollan’s latest book. I can’t write a more compelling description than that!
Ok, I’ll take a crack at it…
This time around Pollan discusses food preparation, something we probably all take for granted. He approaches the subject from the perspective of the four classical elements of fire, water, air, and earth. He learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment cheese and beer.
Win a FREE Copy!
Just like last time, I’m giving away three (3) copies of whichever book gets the most votes. You have three chances to earn a free copy
- Vote for the book you want to read in the comments on this page. I’ll chose one at random as the winner, even if the book you voted for didn’t win. Bonus points for wit!
- Retweet a link to this page. You can use this one: http://su.pr/1EpNeP or make your own. Don’t worry about hash tags, but do make sure to include me (@dpwalsh) on the tweet so I can count your entry.
- Forward a copy of the Tangents & Distractions May email newsletter to at least 5 other friends. Make sure to BCC dan[at]tangentsanddistractions.com so I know to count you. If you haven’t received the T&D newsletter, get on the mailing list by signing up via the form at the top right of this page (black box, blue button).
*Domestic US shipping only. Sorry my international friends.
Contest Winners [Update May 8th]
1. Huey K
3. Garrett L
Winners, please email me at dan[at]tangentsanddistractions.com with your mailing address or Kindle email address and I’ll send out your copy faster than Clark Kent can change in phone booth!
Book Club Discussion Details
[Update May 8th] Bird by Bird will be our book for May. Thanks to everyone who voted and retweeted!
I want to give everyone enough time to read the book, so our discussion will actually be in early June.
Date: Saturday, June 8th.
Time: 10am Pacific
Where: The discussion link will be sent via Twitter on the morning of the 8th. (Make sure to follow me: @dpwalsh)