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Top Ten Books Read in 2013 – 9

This year is a year if firsts, no Christie, honorable mentions, and for #9 we have a tie, of two very different books.

Mere AnarchyThe first is a series of short stories by Woody Allen entitled Mere Anarchy. I’ve always enjoyed Allen’s dry intellectually driven humor. I listen to this particular tome through a special Audible recording narrated by the author himself. No one story stands out to me now but as a whole I’ve never laughed so hard in my car os often. One or two times I contemplated pulling over for fear of being unable to pay attention to the road. I read tow of his other collections  but neither held the charm and wit of this one.

The second is a history book. Tom Standage looks at the history of the world through the lens of what was the  prevailing drink of an era, in A History of the World in 6 Glasses. This would be a great book if there was such a thing as a bar book club.

Standage sees the history of the world through six glasses: a pint glass of A History of the World in 6 Glassesfermented grains, a wine glass filled with fermented grape juice, a cup or mug filled with the brew of a roasted and ground up coffee bean, a glass bottle filled with distilled spirits, a tea cup filled with brewed tea leaves, and finally an aluminum can filled with flavored carbonated water. He deftly maneuvers through each liquid epoch making the argument that what we drink drives us. It is a fascinating read whether you have it with a pint of IPA, a glass of chianti, a cup of espresso, a snifter of brandy, a cup of tea, or a bottle of Coca-cola. Cheers.

About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.

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