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Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury from Seattle
by Keith Cameron
Voyageur Press, 2014
Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam. Those are the names most often associated with the Seattle music scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But there is another band, one that predated the explosion of Kurt Cobain in the mainstream and probably influenced him more than he would ever admit: Mudhoney, comprised of Mark Arm, Matt Lukin, Dan Peters, and Steve Peters. Largely forgotten by so-called fans of grunge music, Mudhoney never achieved the commercial success of their peers—which was never the band’s aim. “They’re four guys who got together and played music for fun, and the grand plan ended there.”
Author Keith Cameron’s definitive work on the overlooked grunge rockers covers it all, starting with each member’s upbringing and musical influences, early endeavors, and coming together to form the classic lineup. The band received critical accolades for their releases on Sub Pop, and disdain for the materials released by Reprise. Drug addiction and turmoil among the band members, dwindling crowds and IRS audits were among the many struggles the band faced during their career, ultimately leading to bassist Matt Lukin’s departure from the band. Soldiering on despite many difficulties, the band still exists today on a smaller scale, playing smaller venues, but still releasing new music for fans. While many of the grunge bands of the past have abandoned their roots, Mudhoney embraces them.
Whether you are a fan of the musical output or not, the story of Mudhoney deserves to be told. A story of realistic expectations and resilience through adversity. Cameron’s Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury from Seattle leaves nothing out, and is a worthy addition to any rock fan’s bookshelf.
1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever by Bill Madden (2014)
by Bill Madden
Da Capo Press, 2014
The Brooklyn debut of Jackie Robinson in 1947 ushered in a change in the way baseball owners thought about race, but it took several years for the impact to be seen. In 1954, baseball fans saw for the first time an abundance superstars at the top of their game who were not white. Larry Doby with the Cleveland Indians, Willie Mays with the San Francisco Giants, Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs, and Minnie Minoso of the Chicago White Sox all impacted the game in their own ways. Doby and Mays starred in the World Series that year, Banks thrilled audiences as a rookie, and Minoso was selected as an All-Star for the fourth time.
Author Bill Madden looks back through history in 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever. A recipient of the Hall of Fame’s J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the New York Daily News writer brings the pennant race to life, and shows how those black players provided a spark to their respective teams. Madden also writes about Yankees general manager George Weiss and his reluctance to sign black players, Bill Veeck and his shenanigans and feuds with other owners that ultimately cost him his St. Louis Browns franchise, and a handful of anecdotes about Casey Stengel‘s antics with the Yankees that season.
Madden’s style is part journalistic, part storytelling. The journalistic tone is difficult to get through at times in this longer format, but when he becomes conversational in tone the book reads very quickly. Baseball historians will love 1954 and the perspective presented as it relates not only to our national pastime, but to the subject of race relations in the game and how much those relations have changed in the past sixty years.
Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball
by Jeff Blair
Vintage Canada, 2014
The only major league baseball team currently playing outside the continental United States, the Toronto Blue Jays are often overlooked by the average baseball fan. With a history full of underrated players like Dave Stieb and a wealth of disappointment—save 1992 and 1993—the Blue Jays just don’t hold the fan’s imagination like their division rivals, the Yankees or Red Sox. The premise of Full Count by Jeff Blair, to present a history of the franchise, is a good one. But it fails in that it barely mentions the team or its players prior to the championship teams of the 1990s. Some of the franchise’s most recognizable names from the 1980s—Jimmy Key, Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby—are mentioned only once, and that in passing. Instead of “Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball,” the focus is more on 1992 to the present.
Blair closely examines a lot of the business dealings, almost to a fault. There are excellent chapters on Roberto Alomar and his Hall of Fame career, Joe Carter and his home run off Mitch Williams, and Blair wraps up the book with a look at the team’s current Canadian talent, Brett Lawrie. Those are some of the most enjoyable chapters in the book, written in an easy-going, conversational tone. In between all that, however, the managers, general managers, and other administrative personnel are profiled. Trades are picked apart, and front office hiring decisions are dissected. A lot of good background information, but I for one would have rather read about the product that took the field more than the men behind the scenes.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens &
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook
by Sean Covey
240 pages (Pesonal Workbook)
Originally published in 1998, Sean Covey’s groundbreaking The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has been adapted and updated to reflect the technological age that is the 21st century. Covey learned from a master; his father Stephen’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold over fifteen million copies. Sean’s motivational work for teenagers is not far behind, having sold five million so far.
Covey encourages young people throughout the book to think positively and be proactive, and to look for solutions to problems that will benefit all who are involved. Examples and anecdotes are sprinkled in with practical applications and actionable ideas. The Personal Workbook complements the work, giving teenagers questions to answer about how they deal with situations, and actual tasks to help them build confidence in themselves and be more productive.
An excellent book and workbook, highly recommended for those who fall in the age range. Parents would do well to purchase The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and the Personal Workbook for their children as they enter the confusing teen years.
Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
edited by J.W. Rinzler
Star Wars is and always will be pure gold, despite the travesty of Jar Jar Binks. When materials from the original trilogy are made available, fans devour it. Some of those materials are of questionable quality, but Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy is a top-notch book showing what the movie looked like in the minds of those creating it, along with commentary from the artists.
The art from A New Hope is perhaps the most interesting, showing some of Ralph McQuarrie’s original concepts for the characters. Fans who are not familiar with storyboarding need to keep in mind that this is not a graphic novel sort of book, but sketches to give the directors something to go by before they start rolling the cameras. A storyboard is like a blueprint for movie making. Some of the sketches are rough and unfinished, with few details. Some of the art inside is simple black and white, but there are nice splashes of color throughout as well.
There is little doubt that Star Wars fans across the galaxies will love Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, a glimpse inside the making of the greatest space opera of all time.
Wrigley Field: The Long Life & Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines
by Stuart Shea
The University of Chicago Press, 2014
Numerous books have been released over the past year to commemorate and celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Wrigley Field, and each has its charms. Author Stuart Shea’s rather large 448-page book is a very good overview, focusing more on the park itself than the team that played there, though certain memorable events are recalled. Various playoff games are mentioned, including the one featuring Babe Ruth‘s “called shot,” but the descriptions are brief since Cubs fans really had nothing to celebrate after those playoffs were over.
One of the most interesting sections in the book deals with the installation of the lights in 1988 to allow night games at Wrigley Field. The city fought against lights for years, but Major League Baseball finally threatened to give the 1990 All-Star Game to another city if lights were not installed. Shea discusses some of the major players instrumental to bringing night games to Wrigley, from commissioner Peter Ueberroth to politician Eugene Sawyer to general manager Dallas Green. It’s an interesting look at how long some had been trying to get the lights installed.
For Cubs fans, Wrigley Field: The Long Life & Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines is a great reminder of what makes the ballpark so special, and why the Cubs remain so popular despite all the disappointments over the years.
Baseball Prodigies: Best Major League Seasons by Players Under 21
by Charles F. Faber
There have been 284 men who have played major league baseball as a regular before their 21st birthday; 192 of those players lasted five or more seasons in the big leagues. In Baseball Prodigies, the latest offering from baseball scholar Charles F. Faber, the top ten hitting seasons and top ten pitching seasons by players under the age of 21 are explored in depth, while brief profiles of the remaining 172 players are included.
Many of the hitters are a “who’s who” of baseball immortality: Mel Ott, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, and the like. There are a couple of nineteenth century guys and one current player, as well as a special “star of the future” tag applied to Mike Trout, who is not included in the top ten as he does not yet qualify to be ranked, though he will once he reaches five years of big league service.
On the pitching side, only two of the top ten are Hall of Famers: Bob Feller and Christy Mathewson. The tragedy of injury befell many of the others, such as Bret Saberhagen and Don Gullett, while drugs derailed Dwight Gooden‘s route to Cooperstown. There is one current pitcher ranked, CC Sabathia, who could one day join Feller and Mathewson. But Matt Kilroy, Icebox Chamberlain, and Willis Hudlin will only be rembered—if at all—as examples of “what could have been.”
The other prodigies who are discussed briefly include both Hall of Famers (Robin Yount, Jimmie Foxx, Roberto Alomar) and those who will never be seriously considered for baseball immortality (Rick Monday, Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool).
Certainly an interesting study on youth in baseball, Faber does an excellent job of detailing each player’s career and life after baseball, recommending resources and biographies to learn more about them.
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Pitching To The Pennant
edited by Joseph Wancho
University of Nebraska Press, 2014
They won more games than the 1927 Yankees, boasted five future Hall of Fame players and a future Hall of Fame manager, featured two twenty-game winners, and fielded players who led the league in home runs, runs batted in, batting average, pitching victories and earned run average. Yet after four-game sweep by the New York Giants in the World Series and the most memorable catch in postseason history by Willie Mays, many people forget that the Cleveland Indians were that good in 1954.
Imagine having a pitching staff led by Early Wynn and Bob Lemon, who each won 23 games, and Mike Garcia with his 19 victories and league-leading 2.64 ERA. Add to that effective performances by Art Houtteman and an aging Bob Feller, and a bullpen that included Hal Newhouser. Not to be outdone, the offense featured hitting leader Bobby Avila and top slugger Larry Doby, along with a strong performance by Al Rosen. This was a team that had all the right pieces fall into place all season, until the World Series. General manager Hank Greenberg famously said, “We had a great season. It just lasted four games too long.”
The spirit of that 1954 season is captured in Pitching To The Pennant, edited by Jospeh Wancho, with biographies of each player written by members of the Society for American Baseball Research and monthly recaps of each game. Other articles discuss Cleveland Stadium, the All-Star Game that was played there, and game-by-game accounts of the 1954 World Series. Perhaps the most interesting piece, though, is “A Seven-Year-Old’s Perspective on the 1954 Indians” by David Bohmer, describing the writer’s personal recollections of that team from so long ago through the fog of time.
Pitching To The Pennant is another fine offering from the University of Nebraska Press, a book that delight the Tribe’s followers and educate baseball fans.
Amazing Athletes: Mike Trout
by Jon M. Fishman
I fondly remember checking out small books from the library about my favorite athletes, from Michael Jordan to John Elway to Don Mattingly. Children today can do the same with the “Amazing Athletes” series of books published by Lerner. Baseball, football, basketball and other sports stars are the subjects of these books. I recently received a copy of the book dedicated to Mike Trout, and it is very similar to the books I enjoyed in my youth, with brief biographical information and several color photographs. The recommended age range is second to fifth grade, though most fifth graders would probably find the content a bit under their level. For younger sports fans, they are a nice introduction to terminology of the game and generally encourage the reader to work hard toward personal goals.
Up, Up, & Away
by Jonah Keri
Random House Canada, 2014
It has been ten years since Montreal has fielded its own baseball team; following the 2004 season the Expos became the Washington Nationals. In the thirty-six years that the Expos existed, though, they boasted some big names, including two Hall of Famers (Gary Carter and Andre Dawson) and several other superstars (Tim Raines, Vladimir Guerrero, Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker). There is a lot of nostalgia for baseball in Montreal, despite pathetic attendance to games during the final seasons.
Much of that nostalgia is captured by author Jonah Keri in Up, Up, & Away. Keri begins by telling the history of how the game came to Montreal and the struggles of the first several years as an expansion club. Up, Up, & Away really gets good in the 1980s, though, as Keri begins to tell the story of the Expos through a young fan’s eyes, pleading the case for Raines as a should-be Hall of Famer, recounting the exciting pennant races (which the team never won, save 1981), and the devastating cancellation of the latter part of the 1994 season, in which Montreal seemed destined to win it all. Keri examines the reasons that Montreal lost the Expos, from poor leadership to poor publicity to a possible conspiracy by Major League Baseball.
The story of the Expos is disheartening. A team with so much promise, so much potential, that never prevails. Up, Up, & Away ends on a high note, reporting that a feasibility study showed Montreal’s economy could once again support a big league club. But even if a new team took up roots in the city, it could never replace the Expos in the hearts and minds of Montrealers.
The Giants Baseball Experience
by Dan Fost
MVP Books, 2014
Baseball is all about history, and when one becomes attached to a particular baseball team, the history of that franchise becomes almost as important as his own family tree. Those who are fans of expansion teams are somewhat fortunate in this regard; they don’t have as much to learn and absorb as those who become rabidly obsessed with franchises that have been in existence for a century or more. Fortunately, there are books such as The Giants Baseball Experience to help one catch up in short order.
Starting with the nineteenth century evolution of the team in New York and going all the way through the recent twenty-first century triumphs, author Dan Fost gives readers a snapshot of each season, including the team’s won-loss record, finish in the standings, highlights, and an overview of the most important players. And the Giants have had a wealth of important players throughout the years: Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Juan Marichal, and of course the “Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays, one of the most important in all of baseball history. Besides the individual seasons and players, other topics discussed include the various ballparks the team has called home, trades of major impact, the 1989 World Series earthquake, and of course the move from New York to San Francisco. Each decade is treated with a section called “The Record Book,” showing the statistical leaders of each season, award winners, All-Stars, and Fost’s “All-Decade Team,” sure to cause some arguments among the most devoted fans (for instance, why was Rick Reuschel left off the team of the 1980’s?). Photographs and images of baseball cards and other memorabilia grace nearly every page of this colorful volume.
The Giants Baseball Experience is the ultimate guide to all things orange and black, and Fost has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of the franchise. This is an excellent addition to any baseball fan’s personal library, especially those whose heart belongs to San Francisco.
The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds
edited by Mark Armour
University of Nebraska Press, 2014
When your favorite baseball team is struggling on the field, it is comforting to reminisce about past glory, especially when the past includes one of the greatest offensive lineups to step onto the diamond. The 1975 Cincinnati Reds boasted a lineup of three Hall of Famers (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez), two others that should be (Pete Rose and Dave Concepcion) and a Hall of Fame manager (Sparky Anderson). Add to that a dazzling defensive center fielder (Cesar Geronimo), a consistent hitting right fielder (Ken Griffey), and a slugging left fielder (George Foster), and you have offensive output that ranks among the greatest of all-time.
But the 1975 Cincinnati Reds went far beyond the starting lineup, as explained in The Great Eight, one of the latest offerings from the Society for American Baseball Research. There were the men behind the scenes, such as Bob Howsam and his squad of scouts. Anderson’s coaching staff (George Scherger, Alex Grammas, Larry Shepard and Ted Kluszewski) never receives the credit it deserves by the average fan. The “adequate” pitchers, including Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, and Gary Nolan, are often forgotten when discussing the Reds championship teams of 1975 and 1976. And all of the role players, from Dan Driessen to Ed Armbrister to Doug Flynn—all of these and more are recognized and profiled in The Great Eight.
Month-by month timelines featuring the headlines of each game as reported in Ohio’s Springfield News are interspersed between groups of brief biographies. Other articles speak to the importance of moving Rose to third to make room for Foster in the lineup, a comparison between the 1970s Reds and the 1940s-50s Brooklyn Dodgers, and a look at the franchise in the years after winning it all.
The entire team has never before been this fully investigated. Armour did a wonderful job editing this collection, with contributions from researchers Charles F. Faber, Bill Nowlin, Mark Miller, and Doug Wilson, who is fast becoming one of this writer’s favorite baseball authors. The Great Eight is a worthy addition to the Memorable Teams in Baseball History series, and a must-own for Cincinnati Reds fans.
Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir
by Joe Satriani and Jake Brown
BenBella Books, 2014
Rock history is replete with fantastic guitarists, but some are so innovative that they will be remembered forever as geniuses with their instrument: Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. In Satriani and Jake Brown’s new book, Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, the virtuoso chronicles his exploits in the studio, detailing the thought process behind the recording and producing of many of his greatest songs, including the equipment used and the struggles in finding just the right sound. There are no backstage stories of wild parties during the Mick Jagger tour, or even personal stories about how Satriani met his wife. The focus is almost entirely on the studio work of one of the greatest six-string instrumentalists of the past thirty years.
Several other musicians add their own voices to Satriani’s memoirs, incuding Vai, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and Satch’s bandmates in Chickenfoot: Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Kenny Aronoff. Black and white photos are scattered throughout the chapters, and 32 pages of color photographs grace the center of the book.
Satriani is a humble man and, despite knowing how great he is at his craft, shows a vulnerability as he writes about his creative process. It is inspiring and encouraging to know that a man with such immense talent struggles with doubt even at the height of his brilliance, giving hope to budding musicians still trying to find their way. With a great deal of technical information, some of Strange Beautiful Music‘s content might be lost on the average reader, but rock and roll fans will enjoy stepping into the studio with Satriani through the years.
Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
DK Publishing, 2014
The massive Marvel Encyclopedia was first published in 2006 and revised in 2009. This latest revision hit the market earlier this year and now includes over 1200 character biographies. Ralph Macchio—not of The Karate Kid fame—wrote a new foreword for this edition, having served various capacities at Marvel since the mid-1970s, followed by an introduction by the legendary Stan Lee before the character profiles begin. And once you get lost in the back stories of the heroes and villains of the Marvel world, you will know more about them than you ever thought possible.
From first appearances to powers to primary allies and foes, both major and minor characters are chronicled in Marvel Encyclopedia. Of course, the major names are present: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man. But lesser-known Marvel personalities such as Whizzer, Moon Boy, Doctor Bong, and Zaran are also given ink. There are also several entries on major storylines, such as “Annihilation” and “Civil War.” Artwork abounds throughout this volume, showing the evolution of some of the world’s greatest heroes and including newly commissioned cover art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Comic book fans, especially those who gravitate towards the Marvel universe, will love Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.
by Ira Levin
Pegasus Books, 2014 reprint
Bearing new artwork to coincide with the recent NBC miniseries, the re-release of Ira Levin’s classic 1967 horror tale Rosemary’s Baby thankfully received no rewrites to match the new screenplay. While I have not watched the miniseries in its entirety, I have seen enough of it to know that it deviates far too much from Levin’s masterful yarn of demonic deception. That said, I would encourage all to read the book, whether you have watched NBC’s program or not.
The novel is divided into three parts, following Rosemary’s path to pregnancy and all the complications she faced. This is no ordinary pregnancy however, as the protagonist unwittingly battles evil at every turn. When she finally discovers the devastating truth, she melts into paranoia. Levin’s writing during this section of the story is particularly on-point, perfectly balancing suspense with terror.
All horror fans owe it to themselves to enjoy Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby in book form.
The 50 Greatest Tigers Every Fan Should Know
by Lew Freedman
Blue River Press, 2014
Everyone loves making lists and rankings, especially when it comes to sports. When thinking of the fifty greatest baseball players to wear the Detroit uniform, there is no argument about Ty Cobb‘s placement at the top of that list. But who should be second? Al Kaline or Hank Greenberg? Do Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker belong in the top ten? And where do current superstars Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander rank?
Author Lew Freedman does his best to answer these questions with three- to four-page profiles of each player in The 50 Greatest Tigers Every Fan Should Know. The Hall of Famers are all here, as well as those who should be in Cooperstown and those who may end up there eventually. The superstars from recent years, such as Lance Parrish, Cecil Fielder, and Mickey Lolich are remembered, as are the oft-forgotten names of the early twentieth century like Bobby Veach and Bob Fothergill. The further down the list you go, the more questionable the selections become; Magglio Ordonez, Tony Clark, and Steve Kemp are prime examples. The exclusion of Mark Fidrych is addressed in the introduction, and I’m sure there are other names missing that the devout Detroit disciples will notice, but that’s the point of making lists: generating fun discussion and debate.
To that end, The 50 Greatest Tigers Every Fan Should Know is a thought-provoking volume that Tigers fans will love.
Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire
by Marissa Moss
Creston Books, 2014
Middle school can be frightening, and making friends can be difficult. When you have a secret to keep, especially a big secret, those two statements are amplified a hundred fold. Edgar Stoker is just trying to fit in, but this sixth grader is a vampire, and nothing he does seems to work, until someone discovers his secret.
This adorkable tale written for tweens is full of horror references that adults will recognize, from the name of the protagonist to the descriptions of his blood-sucking relatives. It is a perfect primer to introduce kids to the horror genre, especially when they’re not quite ready for Hammer Films or the slashers of the 1980s. Many of the ground rules of vampires are laid out, though author Marissa Moss does take some liberties with their ability to survive in sunlight by creating Sun-B-Gone Potion, which would be too easy of a fix for older readers; for the target audience, though, it is acceptable.
Young readers will appreciate Edgar’s plight of wanting to be more popular, but in the end understanding that he has to just be who he is without drawing too much attention to himself. There’s nothing groundbreaking in Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire, but it is an endearing story for parents who want a little less bite for their horror-loving kids.
The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
by Doug Wilson
Thomas Dunne Books, 2014 (paperback)
It is often said that if you didn’t follow baseball in 1976, you cannot understand how big of a deal Mark Fidrych was. The right-handed pitcher for the Detroit Tigers who played the game for fun, just like a kid, was a national phenomenon and created such a buzz that games sold out when he was scheduled to pitch. If you weren’t there, at least you have authors such as Doug Wilson. Wilson’s biography of “The Bird” takes the reader back to that simpler time, before the internet, when baseball on television was still a big deal and when a player could become a sensation based on a few quirks and an amazing season.
The book’s focus is on that rookie season in which Fidrych went 19-9 wit a league-leading 2.34 ERA, recounting the pitcher’s strange ritual of patting down the dirt on the mound and chasing away grounds crews when they attempted to help. His enthusiasm for the sport and for life in general is evident in nearly every sentence and quote. The devastating injury in the spring of 1977 is documented, Fidrych’s demise that saw him lose his abilities over time and landed him in Pawtucket just a few years after his spectacular first season. The showdown with Dave Righetti is also included, showing that even after he lost the ability to pitch at the major league level, Fidrych could still draw a crowd. The Bird’s life after baseball is discussed, as well as his untimely death resulting from a freak accident on his farm.
Baseball will never see another player like Mark Fidrych, but Wilson’s The Bird is a flattering yet fair remembrance of the man’s abilities and impact on the game. Highly recommended for fans of baseball history and the characters that shaped it.
Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems
edited by Gabriel Fried
Persea Books, 2014
No other sport lends itself to poetic language quite like baseball. This anthology collects some of the more interesting writings about the classic game. There are verses about bunting, about curveballs, about third basemen and Opening Day. Tom Clark, who travelled with Allen Ginsberg, offers up “Baseball & Classicism,” while the son of Negro League legend Quincy Troupe writes “Poem for My Father.” Ryan Murphy composes odes to Dontrelle Willis, Greg Maddux, Fidel Castro, and Sandy Koufax.
A fine collection paying homage to America’s pastime, Heart of the Order is sure to be a hit with fans of the sport and poetry.
Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier
by Ari Meisel
Everyone is always looking for ways to get more free time. In his book, Less Doing, More Living, author Ari Meisel suggests a number of ways to do just that using apps and outsourcing. Meisel calls himself an “achievement architect” as he frees up time by automating menial tasks and errands, creating more time to enjoy life. In other words, the less he does, the more he lives.
Not everything in Meisel’s book is practical for everyone. For instance, I’m not going to pay someone to read my e-mails or handle my meager bank accounts. But Meisel does suggest several services that can reduce stress and actually make life easier, such as Evernote and ScheduleOnce. He gives tips to eliminate errands and “batch” other menial but important tasks.
Less Doing, More Living definitely offers some good advice, and everyone would do well to implement a few of the ideas to streamline life.