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Category: 2017 Sticky Books (Page 3 of 3)

How To Love Your Wife by John Buri

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

 How to Love Your Wife John Buri

How To Love Your Wife 

 

by John Buri

 

If you didn’t guess, this book is by father. My wonderful, amazing father is an Indie Author as well. He has written two books (and countless articles) in a completely different genre from what I write. I strongly encourage you to read his books.

Now I don’t recommend “How To Love Your Wife” as a Sticky Book because it’s my father’s book. I would like to think Sticky Books has more integrity than that! Admittedly, I likely would have never picked it up to read it if it wasn’t my father’s book, but that would have been my loss.

It is an excellent book.

As fortune would have it, it is also my father’s birthday today. We have a tradition in our family of honoring each other on our birthdays. As kids—imagine five young boys and one young girl going around the dinner table with my parents honoring each other—it was terrifying and wonderful to do honorings. When we were very young, it was always best to go first so your idea wasn’t stolen and you didn’t look like a copycat.

Well, now I’m married with two children and we carry on the tradition in our family. I just sent a video to my father wishing him Happy Birthday back in Minnesota. I honored him for two things that anyone who knows him will be able to recognize. My father likely has taught everyone who’s met him this, whether they have realized the lesson or not.

One, thank you Dad for teaching me to work harder than anyone else in the room. Two, thank you Dad for teaching me to always remember my faith.

All the color commentary from my video to my Dad? I’ll leave that between us.

Get this book, whether you’re married or not, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

“At the heart of intimacy is self-disclosure.”

 

“She is special…It is always delightful for me to hear such a response, for when a young man is able to speak so openly and so positively about the love of his life…I am certain he will decide to invest in their life together through the good times as well as through the bad times.”

 

“If she is special, show her!”

 

“People who understand that marriage entails a mutual responsibility for one another and for their life together can work through their disagreements—for such individuals, conflicts are not so much about what I want as they are about what we need.

 

“[This is] not very touchy-feely…When it comes to dealing with conflict in a healthy way in our marriages, for many of us what we need more than anything else is to grow up!”

 

“People do not ‘fall out of love’ with each other. When love begins to wane, it is because the marriage has taken a back seat on our list of priorities.”

 

“Make your marriage a high priority in your life. Let your wife know just how much you love her.”

 

“The fact of the matter is that ongoing meaningful expressions of affection are essential to the vitality of a marriage.”

 

“As you consider what it required of you to make your marriage a success, it is crucial that you overtly acknowledge the centrality of regular heartfelt expressions of affection.”

 

“Quite literally, if you want to experience the joy of lasting marital love with your wife, then you need to act more lovingly toward her. Just Do It! Be affectionate, even if you don’t feel like it.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty

 

Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir  

 

by Mark Doty

 

I read this book nearly 20 years ago. I was a freshman at a Catholic college and it was selected as the required reading for all incoming freshmen. Heaven’s Coast is a memoir of Mark Doty’s experience learning his partner has tested positive for HIV and the slow, heartbreaking time leading to his partner’s death.

As you can probably imagine, there was considerable uproar from the local Catholic community that this book was selected as required reading. I like to think that Catholic’s in U.S. are more humble and open in the two decades since that freshman year, especially given the amount of pain and suffering some leaders in our communities have caused. I like to think that Jesus’ charge to give freely and to judge-not have created a more accepting Catholic community in recent years. I like to think that our ever-loving Pope Francis has become an emblematic figure for the acceptance that the Catholic faith calls us too. I like to think those things, but I’m also no fool.

I’m not sure if it was the raucous raised locally with the selection of this book as required reading or the beautifully poetic words that lie within Heaven’s Coast, but this book has stuck with me 20 years later. It’s high time I pick it up again.

 

 

“Being in grief, it turns out, is not unlike being in love. In both states, the imagination’s entirely occupied with one person. The beloved dwells at the heart of the world, and becomes a Rome: the roads of feeling all lead to him, all proceed from him. Everything that touches us seems to relate back to that center: there is no other emotional life, no place outside the universe of feeling centered on its pivotal figure.”

 

“Christmas Eve, I give him packages which I open for him, since the bows and paper represent more labor than he could manage: music videos by the Nashville singers he thinks particularly sexy, fleece-lined slippers decorated with images of bacon and eggs, and a book about breeds of dogs. He says he wishes he had something for me to open, but I don’t want anything except to have him here. There’s nothing more he could give me than his life, right now, his being with me.”

 

“I used to walk out, at night, to the breakwater which divides the end of the harbor from the broad moor of the salt marsh. There was nothing to block the wind that had picked up speed and vigor from its Atlantic crossing. I’d study the stars in their brilliant blazing, the diaphanous swath of the milk Way, the distant glow of Boston backlighting the clouds on the horizon as if they’d been drawn there in smudgy charcoal. I felt, perhaps for the first time, particularly American, embedded in American history, here at the nation’s slender tip. Here our westering impulse, having flooded the continent and turned back, finds itself face to face with the originating Atlantic, November’s chill, salt expanses, what Hart Crane called the “unfettered leewardings,” here at the end of the world.”

 

“Desire I think has less to do with possession than with participation, the will to involve oneself in the body of the world, in the principle of things expressing itself in splendid specificity, a handful of images: a lover’s irreplaceable body, the roil and shimmer of the sea overshot with sunlight, a handful of cherries, the texture and weight of a word. The word that seems most apt is partake… We can say we partake of something but we may just as accurately say we take part in something’ we are implicated in another being, which is always the beginning of wisdom, isn’t it- that involvement which enlarges us, which engages the heart, which takes out of the routine limitations of self?”

 

“After he died, there was a deep calm to his face; he seemed a kind of unfathomable, still well which opened on and down beneath the suddenly smooth surface of his skin…The heat in him lasted a long time. I loved that heat. I don’t know how long I held his face and his shoulders and stroked him; as he began to cool I kept my hands on his belly, where the last of his warmth seemed to pool and concentrate. Here the fire of the body came to rest, smoldering longest, down to the last embers.”

 

“I don’t know anything different about death than I ever have, but I feel differently. I inhabit this difference in feeling- or does it live in me?- at the same time as I’m sorrowing. The possibility of consolation, of joy even, does not dispel the sorrow. Sorrow is the cathedral, the immense architecture; in its interior there’s room for almost everything; for desire, for flashes of happiness, for making plans for the future…”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.
 

Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Oral history of SNL

Live From New York  

by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

 
 

James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales didn’t invent the oral history, but they sure as hell have perfected it as an art form. If you like oral histories or you like Saturday Night Live, this is a must read. Miller and Shales have now published two fantastic oral histories together: Live From New York & Those Guys Have All the Fun (an oral history of ESPN). Miller recently published his third oral history last August, this time a solo project called Powerhouse, which is an look into Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency. I have yet to read Powerhouse, but you can be sure that it’s on my list to read.

 

 
 
 

“Vanity is the Death of Comedy.”

 

“You’re only working with if you count the money at the end of the night. Otherwise you’re working for.”

 

“It’s a choice: Either you try to make it look easy or you emphasize how hard it is.”

 

“You can’t tell nobody what they don’t know—not even that they don’t know it.”

 

“Keith Richards I remember. There was a horse backstage that week, and I was in my dressing area and I saw Keith Richards go up, hold the horse’s face in his hands, and go, “You’re a fine horse, aren’t you?” I’ll never forget that.”

 

“TRACY MORGAN: You know when I first saw Lorne Michaels? I was working at Yankee Stadium, before I got into show business. It’s where I met my wife fourteen years ago. I used to see Lorne Michaels go in Gate 4 every day. I was selling T-shirts and all that. I was a vendor at Yankee Stadium. Now look where I’m at. It was so ironic that I met Lorne Michaels like that. And now years later, he’s my boss and I’m working on his show. I didn’t know him. I was a kid from the ghetto, trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.”

 

“I’m a good self-starter when it comes to guilt.”

 

“Meanwhile, NBC brass were consumed with nervousness about the content of the show—about giving ninety minutes of network time a week to Lorne Michaels and his left-wing loonies. On the first show, with sometimes-racy comic George Carlin hosting, the network planned to use a six-second delay so that anything unexpected and obscene could be edited out by an observer from the Department of Standards and Practices (the censor), who would theoretically flip a switch in the control room and bleep the offending material before it went out naked onto the American airwaves. Over the coming months and years, various hosts or musical acts would make NBC executives more nervous than usual, and the notion of making the show not quite precisely literally live kept coming up.”

 

“It’s easier and more profitable to keep selling outrage than build any bridges.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.
Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Endurance Shackleton

 

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage  

 

by Alfred Lansing

 

Our first Sticky Book of 2017!! It’s here! 

If you are unfamiliar with Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team’s attempt to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914, the story is wonderful and harrowing and beautiful and devastating. Alfred Lansing does an exceptional job recounting the struggle that Shackleton and his 28-man crew endured for nearly two years. Originally published in 1959, the book is a classic you should definitely pick up in 2017. 

 

“In some ways they had come to know themselves better. In this lonely world of ice and emptiness, they had achieved at least a limited kind of contentment. They had been tested and found not wanting.”

 

“Of all their enemies — the cold, the ice, the sea — he feared none more than demoralization.”

 

“In that instant they felt an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. Though they had failed dismally even to come close to the expedition’s original objective, they knew now that somehow they had done much, much more than ever they set out to do.”

 

“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

 

“Unlike the land, where courage and the simple will to endure can often see a man through, the struggle against the sea is an act of physical combat, and there is no escape. It is a battle against a tireless enemy in which man never actually wins; the most that he can hope for is not to be defeated.”

 

 

“In all the world there is no desolation more complete than the polar night. It is a return to the Ice Age— no warmth, no life, no movement. Only those who have experienced it can fully appreciate what it means to be without the sun day after day and week after week. Few men unaccustomed to it can fight off its effects altogether, and it has driven some men mad.”

 

“The rapidity with which one can completely change one’s ideas . . . and accommodate ourselves to a state of barbarism is wonderful.”

 

“No matter what the odds, a man does not pin his last hope for survival on something and then expect that it will fail.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.
 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.
 

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