Continuing Education

2021 Book Log (Final)

I kept a book log in 2019 and 2020. I did the same in 2021.

  1. Harlem Shuffle – an excellent novel from Colson Whitehead. Nickel Boys is still my favorite book by Whitehead.
  2. Falling – debut novel from a career flight attendant about a high-jacked transcontinental flight.
  3. Wild Rescues – terrific auto-biography from FF/paramedic Kevin Grange about his work in Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks.
  4. The Last Protector – a secret service agent goes on a secret mission to avenge his father.
  5. Project Hail Mary – as good or better than the Martian.
  6. The Night Watchman – historical fiction about the Turtle Mountain tribes fight against termination in the 1950s.
  7. Under Color of Law – an LAPD detective investigates the homicide of an LAPD academy recruit.
  8. IQ – LA neighborhood man solves crimes with brain not braun.
  9. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital – In-depth look at the loss of life inside a New Orleans hospital in the five days after Hurricane Katrina.
  10. Dark Matter – instead of a cube a box opens the multiverse.
  11. The Enigma Cube – an alien object leads a scientist and special forces commando on a time-bending race to save the world.
  12. Two Spies in Caracas: A Novel – historical fiction about the reign of Hugo Chavez in Venezuala.
  13. New York 2140 – post-melt climate change fiction imagines the social and economic complexities in New York City after 50 feet of sea level rise.
  14. Tribe – a short book by Sebastian Junger about the benefits of group, communal living. After hearing Junger on the Press Box podcast I thought this book was going to be about hiking the railways of the northeast. But that book is “Freedom”
  15. Water Memory: A thriller – a secret agent goes for a “vacation” on a cargo ship and things go haywire.
  16. When the White Pine Was King: A History of Lumberjacks, Log Drives, and Sawdust Cities in Wisconsin – just as the sub-title says. A great read for my living and traveling in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
  17. The Broken Circle – a memoir of a grade school age girl and her three siblings escaping Afghanistan in the early 1980s.
  18. Vitals: The True Stories of EMS – a Marvel written and illustrated comic about AHN paramedics and EMTs for EMS Week 2021
  19. Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others – John C. Maxwell book on leading, mentoring and empowering.
  20. Tangled up in blue: policing the American city – a fantastic account of becoming a reserve police officer for the Metropolitan (Washington DC) Police Department.
  21. Nomadland – Reminder about how too many of us are just a medical emergency or job loss away from not being able to afford housing.
  22. Find Me – a crime thriller about a serial killer. Quite disturbing. Book 1 in the Inland Empire series.
  23. Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell on what we should know about people we don’t know.
  24. I thought you said this would work – an Amazon Prime reading book for the month of April. Cross-country road trip brings two old friends back together.
  25. The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek compares finite (sports) and infinite (business, life) games.
  26. Broken – a collection of six short novels by Don Winslow.
  27. The Intuitionist – the 2000 debut novel of Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys (my favorite book read of 2020)
  28. The Shell Collector – an after the oceans rise love story about shell hunting by Hugh Howey, author of the enjoyable WOOL/Silo Trilogy.
  29. If it bleeds – a collection of Stephen King short stories.
  30. Prodigal Son – the sixth book in the Orphan X action series.
  31. A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance) – legal thriller from John Grisham.
  32. The Plague Year – not a book per se but as a 30,000-word article, it took me several sittings to read this early history of COVID-19 in the U.S. by Lawrence Wright. You can also listen to Wright discuss the article on this episode of the New Yorker podcast.
  33. The Border: A Novel – the 3rd book in the incredible Power of the Dog Book series by Don Winslow. I read most of this book in 2020, but needed a library renewal to finish.
  34. Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live – a history so far of the COVID-19 pandemic through August 2020. Comprehensive examination of social, biological, and political factors that have contributed to the spread of the virus, economic disruption and loss of life.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.