Randy Cepuch

Randy Cepuch wrote mutual fund annual reports and other financial publications for 30 years, always with the goal of helping investors to understand what they own. His humorous business travelogue — A Weekend With Warren Buffett and Other Shareholder Meeting Adventures (published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, now Perseus Books, in 2007) — received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said it “ranks among the best commonsense investment books, and is certainly one of the most fun to read.”

Cepuch is also a securities dispute arbitrator, an election officer, and a pie judge. He reads approximately 100 books a year, with favorite subjects including travel, music, wine, and business (ideally all at once).


30 entries by Randy Cepuch

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Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia

What makes an “engineered society” work so well?

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Together We Will Go: A Novel

By J. Michael Straczynski

Together We Will Go: A Novel

A dozen strangers share a bus headed for a truly final destination.

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Falling: A Novel

By T.J. Newman

Falling: A Novel

A white-knuckle read that should never, ever become an inflight movie.

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol

By Samantha Silva

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

A winning imagining of how the classic Christmas tale came to be.

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This Land: America, Lost and Found

Peripatetic reporting from California to the New York island — but mostly in between.

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel

A winning imagining of how the classic Christmas tale came to be.

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The Secret Life of Flies

By Erica McAlister

The Secret Life of Flies

This book about airborne pests gives an unexpectedly good buzz.

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Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

This unlikely collection of avian essays is a joy to read.

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Please Do Not Disturb: A Novel

A beautifully written story of an Irish expat in Africa struggling to write a second book amid government corruption and silent scandals.

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Some Pig

Long before Mister Ed, there was Freddy.

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The Genius of Birds

By Jennifer Ackerman

The Genius of Birds

Our winged brethren are a lot smarter than you think

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Hotels of North America: A Novel

A prolific, opinionated online reviewer assesses lodgings — and the human condition — in this slim, witty story.

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The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy

Hear that? According to this engaging new book, it’s all part of the plan.

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By James Carville and Mary Matalin

Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

The political pundits' efforts to reconcile Red and Blue State thinking under one roof are riveting.

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The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)

Who among us hasn’t said or written something dumb about aging and lived to regret it?

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The Truth

Michael Palin

The Truth

A former actor and writer for the British comedy team Monty Python brings his talent to bear in an engaging novel with a serious theme.

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Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

A British transplant offers his latest travel take on his adopted country.

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Pepperland: A Novel

Barry Wightman

Pepperland: A Novel

The romantic clash between a successful rock musician and his geeky girlfriend anchors this joyful romp of a tale set in Chicago’s 1970s music scene.

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The Good Rich and What They Cost Us

Robert F. Dalzell, Jr.

The Good Rich and What They Cost Us

Profiling personalities from colonial times to the modern day, this book explores the philanthropic leanings of the wealthy.

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The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th-Century Pop Lyrics

The “artlessness” of the title conveys the author’s attitude in this quirky and highly subjective retrospective of rock music.

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Helaine Olen

Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

A critical and condemning look at the tricks and traps of the personal finance industry.

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Carol Loomis

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012

This not-quite-a-biography of the Sage of Omaha offers advice from a guy who clearly knows what he’s talking about.

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Glenn Croston and Loren Collins

Two Books on Finding Facts in a Dangerous World

Two authors look at the human tendency to follow our biases and believe what we want to, regardless of pesky facts.

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Variations On A Theme - Politics: Q&A With Victoria Bassetti

Electoral Dysfunction goes a long way toward explaining why U.S. election practices are so confusing. It’s a fascinating discussion of both big-picture issues and minutiae.

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Joe Carlen

The Einstein of Money: The Life and Timeless Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham

A man who idolized Benjamin Franklin and mentored a young Warren Buffet, Benjamin Graham revolutionized investment strategy through statistical security analysis.

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David Charters

Trust Me, I’m a Banker

Set in London’s world of high finance, this novel of a cravenly ambitious investment banker is hilarious — and at times sadly spot on.

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Marc Dolan

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll

Through constant reinvention, the rocker with a blue-collar sensibility found his way in songs with messages hard for people to ignore.

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Marc Spitz

Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue

Fifty years after the first Rolling Stones show, a sprawling recap of an outrageous life.