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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
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    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
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    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
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    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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Weekend Wrap-up

We dropped Andrew off with the YMCA staff members yesterday for his first week of camp. He was pretty excited to go and I hope he comes back complaining that he couldn’t stay a second week. He is going to camp McAlister, up by Hugenot, NY. The activities of the day are canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, etc. No cell phones or PSPs allowed. Hooray! I hope he has fun.

Afterward, we stopped at the mall at Columbus Circle for some iced-tea (it was HOT yesterday), Kelly hit J-Crew for a little while and then we went to meet a few friends at the Central Bar to watch the Euro Cup Finals. Everything was packed, but we were lucky enough to get access to the newly opened upstairs and great sits by the projector.

Unfortunately, Germany lost 0-1 to a better Spanish team. Germany did well for the first 10 minutes and again later in the second half, but Spain just handled the ball better and took a lot more shots on goal. It sucks that the only goal was really just a miss-step on behalf of a German defender and his goalie.  My favorite player, Lukas Podolski, was a non-factor as was much of the German offense.

Now we wait for World Cup 2010 in South Africa…

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