An Update on My Reading Goal: Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel

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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(Image from amazon.com)

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

 

 

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