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BOOK REPORT

In April 2020, Gabriel Rhenals ordered a copy of the book 'Solitude: A Return to the Self' by Anthony Storr at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, he's continued reading book after book in an unbroken chain of habit. Mostly non-fiction selections, the topics for Gabriel's reading journey have spanned writing, film, art, philosophy, history and psychology but he's always looking to expand the scope whenever possible.

Below is each entry in Gabriel's series along with a link to compilations of brief reviews prepared for each book at time of completion. All part of what he calls... his Book Report!

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48. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

47. Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents by Louise Levison
 
46. Kuleshov on Film: Writings of Lev Kuleshov by Lev Kuleshov

45. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

44. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

43. The 'Star Wars' Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III by Paul F. McDonald

42. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan

41. On Writing by Stephen King
 
40. Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
by Kay Redfield Jamison


39. Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's by Ray Kroc

38. The Vibrational Actor: A Heart-Centered Approach to Acting by Shaun Grant

37. Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifen and Gregory White Smith

36. Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts by Terry Burnham, Ph.D. and Jay Phelan, Ph.D.

35. Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict by Ronald Bergan

34. Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck

33. The Road Ahead: Completely Revised and Up-to-Date by Bill Gates

32. Murder in Deer Park: An Historical Mystery Novella by Gary Alan Ruse

31. The Iliad by Homer

30. The Frying Pan by David Bush

29. Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez

28. Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino

27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

26. The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

25. Scribbles on the World and Me: A Collection of Poetry by Christopher Sanchez

24. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin

23. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence

22. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Dr. Ed Catmull

21. The Sociology of a Miami Girl by Kelsey Milian Lopez

20. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

19. The Film Sense by Sergei Eisenstein

18. The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron by Rebecca Keegan

17. Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows

16. On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky

15. Isaac Newton by James Gleick

14. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff

13. Film Form: Essays in Film Theory by Sergei Eisenstein

12. Howard Kazanjian: A Producer's Life by J.W. Rinzler

11. The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators by Bruce Isaacs

10. Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Janaway

09. Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors by Sarah Stodola

08. Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Tanner

07. The Odyssey by Homer

06. Jung: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Stevens

05. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

04. Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson

03. Freud: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Storr

02. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

01. Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
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