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

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




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