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Good reads for a cold winter

Books are my weakness. Ask any good friend of mine and they will tell you, a good book to me is a little piece of heaven.

Whenever my husband is out of town I go through at least one or two books a week.

I know our publisher, Stephen Woody, talks a lot about books in his column, but I thought I’d mention some good ones I’ve read recently too.

Right now, I’m reading “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.”

I know, sounds like a real feminist read right? Wrong. Sure, it is full of stories about strong women, but it primarily focus on the instinctual nature of women. Fascinating. Not a read for everyone, but interesting nonetheless.

I also recently finished Philip Caputo’s new book, “The Longest Road: Overland in Search of American, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean.” For anyone who loves road trips, this book has it all. Wit, humor and the forced humbling that comes with having more confidence than one should in uncharted waters (or in this case roads).

I had been waiting and waiting for this book to be published and arrive on my doorstep. I was not disappointed.

The author even visits some nearby haunts on his way across the country. He speaks of the Custer Battlefield, the Badlands and even Billings, Mont. No talk of Sheridan, but you can tell he is mesmerized by the idealized Wild West.

On a less serious, more entertaining level, I also recently finished “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.

It is a good crime novel that explores the levels of insanity that can exist in any relationship, in this case, marriage.

It has twists and turns but overall will keep you turning pages.

The next doozy in my pile of unread books is “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.”

While I love history, the “Golden Age of Journalism” caught my eye and encouraged me to buy this nearly 1,000-page story of friendships built and lost.

The book includes the history of the muckraking press (our softball team this year was called The Muckrakers) and features the tales of star reporters like Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens and others.

When I read The New York Times Book Review it likened the book to a favorite TV show of mine. “Imagine ‘The West Wing’ scripted by Henry James,” it read.

OK, I’m in.

About

Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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