Books I've Read


The Art of Scoring: The Ultimate On-Course Guide to Short Game Strategy and Technique

Stan Utley 2009
Read: 2022
Non-Fiction

I think the way that I learned about this book was through a golf learning program called Decades Golf, taught by Scott Fawcett. I believe he said this book was one of his go to’s. Like Fawcett, he believes that if average golfers kept their swing the same and made no other improvements, walking around […]

Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World

John O'Dohohue 2015
Read: 2022
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

My friend Tom recommended this book to me this year. Tom is a fellow superintendent who plans to retire at the end of 2022. He is a talented leader, a musician, and on top of that, a very reflective person. He found this book meaningful to him as he was embarking upon his new journey […]

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

Martin Seligman 2011
Read: 2022
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Martin Seligman is on a mission to change the very nature of psychology. While he looks at drugs and Freudian psychology as techniques that can at least mask and perhaps address the problem, he sees positive psychology as a way for everyone to grow. He does not want to treat PTSD, instead he wants to […]

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah 2019
Read: 2022
Non-Fiction

What a life. Those of you who watch the Daily Show (Jon Steward/Steven Colbert/Trevor Noah) know what intelligence, empathy, humor, and wit and takes to lead that effort. Trevor Noah has all of that. But I expected this book to be laugh out loud humorous. He finds a way to lighten it, and there’s humor […]

Daditude: The Joys and Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood

Chris Erskine 2018
Read: 2019
Non-Fiction

My favorite columnist in the world is Chris Erskine. He was a twice-a-week columnist in the LA Times for years. He wrote about being a dad, being a friend, being a husband married above his pay grade, and loving almost everything about his adopted home town of Los Angeles. He’s an everyman. A guy you […]

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

Chris Nashawaty 2018
Read: 2021
Non-Fiction

Chris Nashawaty’s book details the making of Caddyshack, and even more than you might figure it was, it was a total sh**show. It’s a miracle a film was ever made. You marvel and cringe your way through it, and you feel for all of the comic geniuses who could not hang on to their own lives.

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Smart, Sexy, and Fit – Until You’re 80 and Beyond


Read: 2022
Non-Fiction, Reading Now

Younger Next Year is a book I keep coming back to. I forget who first turned me on to it, but I read it in my mid-fifties, and it continues to inspire me.  The bottom line is that at some point, sometime in our forties or fifties, our bodies want to get old and decay. […]

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Eckhart Tolle 2010
Read: 2022
Non-Fiction, Reading Now

I’m not sure why I haven’t added this book until now. I’ve been reading it and re-reading it for years, and it has helped me through many a stressful time. I love the references to all of the world’s major religions. The main premise is rather Buddhist in nature, seeking the end of suffering through […]

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig 1975
Read: 2015
Fiction

I picked up this book again when a friend of mine undertook an up-and-down the Pacific coast motorcycle ride (actually, it was a Malibu to Bend, Oregon and back motorcycle ride). I read it back in high school and remembered many parts of it, but I wanted to read it again with him. As I […]

The Wright Brothers

David McCullough 2015
Read: 2016
Non-Fiction

If you’ve read anything by David McCullough, you know to expect a great read with fascinating history. I have read his John Adams book, his 1776 book and his Truman book and loved them all. The Wright Brothers is more great history well told.    If you are going to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum, you […]

WordPress to Go

Sarah McHarry 2013
Read: 2016
Non-Fiction

This is a very quick read for me as I try to figure out how to use the web and blogs to get some of my ideas across. I have this as a continuous goal, and I have a ways to go to get better at it, but that’s what I’m working on. Interesting – […]

The Wolf Gift

Anne Rice 2012
Read: 2013
Fiction

This was a book that my wife Jill was reading for her book club near their Halloween meeting. Although I’m a fan of science fiction, I’m not much into the Werewolf/Vampire genre of books. I certainly appreciated Lupin the werewolf in the Harry Potter books, but this book focuses entirely on it. I hate to […]

Wired

Douglas Richards 2012
Read: 2014
Fiction

A thoroughly enjoyable bio-tech thriller of a book. Gene therapy and the search for immortality all wrapped up in a who is the really bad guy thriller.    

Winter of the World

Ken Follett 2012
Read: 2013
Fiction

If you liked the Fall of Giants (I did), then you will like this one too. The same families in the first book now witness the rise of the Third Reich, World War II, and all of the surrounding events of the 30s and 40s. A great page turner. I look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy […]

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be

Frank Bruni 2015
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I became interested in this book after reading about Palo Alto High School and some of the suicide tragedies that occurred in that school in the last ten years. The pressure on our students to go to the right college is extraordinary. The pressure on our most advanced students to get into one of ten […]

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens 2018
Read: 2020
Fiction

I read this book after the How To Do Nothing book, and it actually fit in quite nicely. This is a beautiful story of a young woman who raises herself, without parents, siblings, or friends, on the Carolina coast. All she does is pay attention and appreciate everything that is around her. With the help […]

Wheat Belly

William Davis, MD 2013
Read: 2013
Non-Fiction

After reading this, my weight dropped from 205 to 197. If I was truly dedicated, it would go even lower. I recommend it for a very quick read. I don’t think he is wrong. My favorite line is when Dr. Davis talks about all of the marathoners and triathletes who have a paunch. How can […]

Unselfie : Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Michele Borba 2017
Read: 2017
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This is a book that our middle school vice principal Margot Parker asked our parents to read and led a book group discussion on it. It explores the idea that in this digital age, students are often hyper-consumed with themselves. I am reminded of that classic YouTube video of the college girls at the professional […]

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

Laura Hildebrand 2010
Read: 2014
Non-Fiction

I read this because (1) it is a big movie this year, and (2) it is a local story of a man from Torrance. My friend Paul told me about the book, and how it told so much more in the movie. He was particularly angered by the fact that the movie removed the importance […]

Truman

David McCullough 1992
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Truman, by David McCullough (1992) I am in awe of this ordinary man who became an extraordinary leader. (I’m also in awe of David McCullough, and I’ll read anything he writes.) Some of my favorite quotes: “An optimist was a person who thinks things can be done.  No pessimist ever did anything for the world.” Near […]

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger 2014
Read: 2019
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Tribe is a compelling book that speaks of the isolation and independence of humans in the modern world but particularly in the United States and the potentially harmful impact that that has on both individuals and society. The book opens with some historical accounts of Americans who were captured by Native American tribes and when […]

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor

Warren Bennis 2008
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

A major premise of this book is that the higher the leadership position, the less honest feedback the person receives. Their remedy: free flow of information and finding ways to hear directly from all levels of the organization. It’s about abandoning ego, hearing good and hard feedback, and giving the same.      

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything

B.J. Fogg 2019
Read: 2021
Non-Fiction

“There are only three things we can do that will create lasting change: have an epiphany, change our environment, or change our habits in tiny ways.”

10% Happier

Dan Harris 2014
Read: 2014
Non-Fiction

My father recommended this book to me. I try to always follow his recommendations. He is still a voracious reader, while continuing to practice law. He is keenly interested in my career and in public education. He lives back in Arkansas, but we talk regularly about life, law, public education and anything that resembles good […]