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in which the author discusses five books he’d read, if time permitted.

1. Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today, by Mark Gerchick
I really wish the former FAA dude who wrote this book had been next to me on those sad days when I’ve flown in and out of Newark Airport.

2. The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach, by Ben Falk
I’m not the farming type, let alone the type to reclaim supposedly worthless acreage by use of innovative 21st century farming techniques, but when I hire someone to do the job, I’ll recommend this title.

3. TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann
Ireland produced James Joyce, Sinead O’Connor, U2, and Frank McCourt. That’s a substantially better track record than Philadelphia.

4. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics, by Dan Savage
Buy now for Rick Santorum‘s stocking in December.

5. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, by Mitchell Zuckoff
Book about a bunch of dudes who tried and, more than occasionally, failed to survive on the Greenland ice sheet after a crash during World War II. Kind of like the time I tried to pet a stray dog while giving prospective students a tour of my college, and the dog bit me.