August 5, 2020
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Des Linden’s book recommendations

Des Linden’s reading list

Des Linden isn’t shy about her love of books. Her personal reading quota is four books per month.

What books does she read? Glad you asked! Here’s a selection of Des Linden’s reading came up in a conversation with Sarah Lorge Butler (author of Run Your Butt Off!). The article was published just prior to her 2019 Boston Marathon race. You can read the full interview at Runner’s World online HERE.

Favorite biography

Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, by Robert Gordon

According to GoodReads, this biography captures the “epic, rollicking, up-and-down life of Muddy Waters, who went from Mississippi farmhand to musical legend, who invented electric blues and created the template for the rock-and-roll band and its wild lifestyle, is brought into sharp focus in this widely acclaimed biography. “

Favorite memoir

Blue Nights, by Joan Didion

From GoodReads: “A work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.”

Favorite fiction

On Beauty: A Novel, by Zadie Smith

From GoodReads: “Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith’s third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people’s deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.”

Favorite sports book

Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life, by Chungliang Al Huang (Author), Jerry Lynch (Contributor)

From GoodReads: “Written by a sports psychologist and a renowned T’ai Chi master, here is a guide to enriching all of life’s pursuits through the practice of its simple mental tools and wisdom. Using stories of success from athletes and businesspeople, the authors present techniques and exercises to promote relaxation and enhance performance.”

Recent read

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, by Antonio J. Mendez

GoodReads: “From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.”


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