Bhi Bhiman

Favorites from the singer-songwriter's shelves.



Bhi Bhiman's sophomore album, Bhiman, draws on his Sri Lankan background and upbringing in St. Louis to create an unclassifiable sound that is somehow distinctly American. Singing from perspectives as diverse as a North Korean political prisoner ("Kimchee Line") and a freight train-hopping hobo ("Guttersnipe"), Bhiman's booming tenor and technically accomplished guitar playing captivate listeners. This week, he points us to three favorites with subjects that range from the mighty Mississippi to his beloved hometown baseball team.


Music by Bhi Bhiman



Life on the Mississippi

By Mark Twain


"This book is a great introduction to the man, Samuel Clemens, and the central character of the story, the Mississippi River. It's an autobiographical stepping stone to what would be his classics, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer."





The Dominant Animal

By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich


"This is an excellent book about how we became the dominant species on Earth. Climate and environmental change were factors in how humans evolved, but now the roles have reversed. We are currently squeezing every last drop from this planet like it's an orange."





Three Nights in August

By Buzz Bissinger


"As a St. Louis Cardinal fan and a baseball fan in general, this is a must read. Three Nights dissects three games and 27 innings between divisional rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals during a heated playoff push. This book shows how in this baseball age of numbers, there are several human intangibles that truly dictate the game."

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).