Does anyone else suffer through an occasional crappy book because the thought of not finishing something you started is agony? That is what I did with the most recent book I finished off NPR’s list of the 10 best books of 2016.
The Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel received great reviews, but I just never fully engaged with the book. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and activist focusing on the problems city planning methods caused for many communities in the 1950s.
While I appreciate the general idea of the book (that one person really can make a huge difference when it comes to social awareness and change), it just read like kind of a dull college research paper. Maybe skip this one unless you don’t have a problem with walking away from an unfinished book.
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Here is the updated list:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook