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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/21 10:44:25 (permalink)
I found this blog? or site that may be of interest to many here.
www.bakingandbooks.com

The author of this site shares the same passions as we do, good food and reading. She lists a collection of some recipe food related books and various novels with reviews.
I have a rather large collection of early cookbooks some first editions and I have been thinking about starting to get rid of them. So doing some reasearch on the net I found her site and decided to buy a couple of other books.Oh well, so much for trying to down size.
Currently I'm reading The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
This is the second of a trilogy. It's about the allied invasion of Sicily and Italy. Very well written and reasearched, pretty much reads like a Shaara book. Chow Jim
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/21 15:10:42 (permalink)
I just finished Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell

The book provides an interesting glimpse at a macabre footnote to the story of Abraham Lincoln: the true tale of how, on election night of 1876, several Chicago thugs attempted to steal and hold for ransom the president’s corpse. Along the way, the author delves into a number of subjects that are tangents of the story such as counterfeiting money and the birth of the U.S. Secret Service. It was a very interesting read.

I’m now reading The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/24 06:03:45 (permalink)
Just finished Steve Martin's "Born Standing Up", a memoir of his youth and his career as a stand-up. It is well-written. imteresting, with a a sense of restraint. Worth a read if you like Mr. Martin. Also read Sara Paretsky's "Bleeding Kansas, a novel set in the Lawrence, Kansas area. It is about a terrible year in the life of a Kansas family. Ms. Paretsky grew up in Kansas and the novel is a break from her wonderful detective series set in Chicago. her writing is excellent.
i am continuing to work my way through the American Presidents series, roughly 150-175 page short biographies written by a wide variety of writers about American presidents. FDR's biography was written by former British Labour cabinet member and peer Roy Jenkins, Gerald Ford's by modern historian Douglas Brinkley. TR's by writer Louis Aunchloss. William McKinley's by Republican strategist Kevin Phillips. They have been good short reads and I look forward to more.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/24 11:18:41 (permalink)
If your paying attention to "Election '08" like it's the only game in sports (and I am) then I'd recommend "The Race" by Richard North Patterson...If only some of these people were real...well that's fiction!

It's a rather decent look at the presidential primary process and has some interesting parallels as to what's going on in today's race.

Stephen Kings new "Duma Key" just came out and my librarian has called as I was first on the list...how!
My weekend is set.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/24 12:56:09 (permalink)
I'm finishing up The Dirt - Motley Crue...it's actually extremely interesting! It's amazing how much they went through; I was a fan of the band and never knew all the backstory and all the hardships they had to deal with!

I'm going to move on to Nikki Sixx's: The Heroin Diaries next; has anyone read it yet?
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/24 13:13:21 (permalink)
Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon by Dana Fredsti
This is her first published novel.
Kind of hard to categorize. This is going to sound weird, but -
it's both humor and a murder mystery. Rather pun-ny, too.

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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/24 14:51:29 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Pat T Hat

If your paying attention to "Election '08" like it's the only game in sports (and I am) then I'd recommend "The Race" by Richard North Patterson...If only some of these people were real...well that's fiction!

It's a rather decent look at the presidential primary process and has some interesting parallels as to what's going on in today's race.

Stephen Kings new "Duma Key" just came out and my librarian has called as I was first on the list...how!
My weekend is set.


Pat, this post made my check my own account at the library. They've got Duma Key ready and waiting for me too. My weekend is set also.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/26 21:12:28 (permalink)
"HEAT" by Bill Buford. A simple read about the author working in Mario Batali's Babbo and his quest in Italy for local pasta making techniques and ingrediants. A good fun read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/01/28 09:42:16 (permalink)
I finished Stephen King's Duma Key last night. Though it's not as gripping as his best work, I still really liked it. There were a couple of plot twists that I did not see coming.

And now the long wait for the next King book begins.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/17 12:20:22 (permalink)
Just finished a great book. Taylor Clark, a former writer for Portland's Willamette Week paper, has written an excellent history of Starbucks called "Starbucked". It includes a brief history of coffee and is a refreshingly non-ideological look at the company. it is a quick read and it is quite well-written.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/17 16:26:55 (permalink)
I'm rereading "The Complete Stories" by Flannery O'Connor. She always manages to come up with a phrase that provides a perfect, and amusing, description of whatever she's writing about. I hope folks still read her stories.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/17 21:13:14 (permalink)
Flannery O'Connor was such a brilliant writer. I loved"A Good Man is Hard to Find".
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/17 21:16:53 (permalink)
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Originally posted by mr chips

Flannery O'Connor was such a brilliant writer. I loved"A Good Man is Hard to Find".


Not to be confused with the porn classic "A Hard Man is Good to Find."
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/18 01:53:40 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
My last two books read were:
1) "My Life In Rock 'n' Roll Radio" -- Cousin Bruce Morrow.
2) "Just 100 Miles From Home" -- Joe Aaron.
I'll finish the one I'm working on now in a couple of daze, and add it then.
Impagently, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Central.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/18 10:35:00 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Pat T Hat

If your paying attention to "Election '08" like it's the only game in sports (and I am) then I'd recommend "The Race" by Richard North Patterson...If only some of these people were real...well that's fiction!

It's a rather decent look at the presidential primary process and has some interesting parallels as to what's going on in today's race.

Stephen Kings new "Duma Key" just came out and my librarian has called as I was first on the list...how!
My weekend is set.


Have you read "What It Takes" by Richard Ben Cramer? It's the best book on presidential campaigns ever written.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/18 13:09:42 (permalink)
Term Limits by Vince Flynn. I love all his books. Kind of governmental espionage and conspiracy plots.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/21 11:23:24 (permalink)
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Originally posted by mr chips

Flannery O'Connor was such a brilliant writer. I loved"A Good Man is Hard to Find".


I read "A Good Man is Hard to Find" last night. It's just about perfect, right down to the cat's name, "Pitty Sing".
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/21 15:38:32 (permalink)
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I finished Stephen King's Duma Key last night. Though it's not as gripping as his best work, I still really liked it. There were a couple of plot twists that I did not see coming.

And now the long wait for the next King book begins.


It was a little different wasn't it? I totally enjoyed it and found it a smooth comfortable read...I couldn't believe it was over, it went so fast.
He has a book of short stories coming out soon as I understand it.

I'm now in the middle of "Vinnies Head" by Marc Lecard.
The jacket compares it to Elmore Leonard on crack, Pulp Fiction on poppers, The Sopranos on acid and Carl Hiaasen on magic mushrooms, chased by a fifth of tequila...Steve Hockinsmith's review said he had to check into re-hab after reading it...hell, what's not to love!
So far it's most excellent!
It's his first book and I'm hopin' he's not a one trick pony and I'm only half way through it.
If you like Leonard and/or Hiaasen (if you like one, I know you'd have to like the other) for their snappy dialogue and quirky characters you should check this guy out...very tasty!

Read John Grisham's "The Appeal" last week and it's not his best, but I thought it was a pretty good story...not a happy one but there is something to be said about the subject matter.
I'd recommend it to most readers I know.

Finished Valerie Plame Wilson's book "My Life as a Spy...".
It took me a while to finish...needed to take long breaks so I wouldn't bash all my dishwear and smash out my windows...I really did have to stop when it made me angry ...I stopped often!

"People of the Book" by Australian author Geraldine Brooks is a must read if you like historical fiction.
It's a fantastic story, in my opinion, about a fancier than it should be antique haggadah and it's travels through many centuries.
It can't help but make you think about how the past effects the future in so many ways, and it helps put a little perspective on some things very current today.

And last but not least was James Griffando's "Last Call" where he brings back character Jack Swytech and friends after a book or two.
It's a fun little read and he does write some pretty funny dialogue.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/24 18:32:04 (permalink)
I finished "Paradise Screwed", a collection of Carl Hiaasen's Miami Herald columns. Really good stuff. I'm a big fan.

Right now, I'm about halfway through Conrad's "Lord Jim." It's great so far.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/28 22:45:16 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
This week, I finished "Peachtree Street, Atlanta" by William B. Williford... the 1973 reissue.
Then I tackled "The Tree That Owns Itself and Other Adventure Tales From Out Of The Past" by Loretta Johnson Hammer and Gail Langer Karwoski.
Last night I read, in its entirety, "So Far" by Kelsey Grammer.
There's no telling what I'll scrounge up next.
Turning Those Pages, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Land.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/02/29 15:55:11 (permalink)
In th past 3 months:
cormac mccarthy, no country for old men
cormac mccarthy; the road
cormac mccarthy; blood meridian
stuart coleman; eddie would go
rick carrol; Iz, voice of the people
"cant buy me love"
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/03 14:26:21 (permalink)
I'm bouncing back and forth between Conrad's "Lord Jim," which I might finish tonight, and Jeffrey Steingarten's "Return of the Man Who Ate Everything," which is really interesting, although Steingarten annoys everytime he claims to be poor or underpaid. You just wrote an article about buying thousands of dollars of caviar for a taste test. You're not poor.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/06 11:04:07 (permalink)
Finished Jeffrey Steingarten's "Return of the Man Who Ate Everything." Really enjoyed it.

Read Linda Ellerbee's "Take Big Bites." I'd seen Ellerbee on the news before but never knew much about her. A talented woman who seems to enjoy every minute of her life.

Now I'm bouncing back and forth between "Lord Jim" and Elizabeth David's "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine."
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/06 12:39:47 (permalink)
I finished The Fourth Hand by John Irving last week and am about half way through Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - last time I read it was 18 years ago ---
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/06 17:03:47 (permalink)
I havent read Stephen Kings "The Stand" in 20 years, so I am doing so now.Fascinating and in some cases like visiting an old friend...
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/06 17:47:00 (permalink)
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I havent read Stephen Kings "The Stand" in 20 years, so I am doing so now.Fascinating and in some cases like visiting an old friend...


I did the same thing about 5 years ago when I found out there was an unedited version reprinted in 1990. The 1978 version had, I believe, over 100,000 words cut. If you have this version, great. If not and you haven't gotten too far in your reread, you might want to look for the newer version. I think it's worth it; especially in terms of character development. pb
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/24 00:59:20 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
I recently finished "Southern Journey" by Tom Dent. It is now languishing in Blanch The Cadillac, waiting for me to run into my friend from the Mississippi Delta, Lucy Mae, so she can devour it next.
Before that, I plowed through "In The Footsteps Of Sherlock Holmes" by Michael Harrison.
Bookwormingly, Ort. Carlton in Literate Athens, Georgia.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/24 06:41:32 (permalink)
I started F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night" last night. I have wanted to read it for years and have finally gotten around to it.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/24 08:24:15 (permalink)
Jeff Shaara's "The Rising Tide" the first of a trilogy about WW2.

Rommel, Patton, Eisenhower and the invasion of, and the war in, North
Africa-----so far.

Just finished his "To The Last Man" the story of WW1. Fabulous book.

Having read the novels about the Revolution and Civil Wars by the Shaaras,
father and son, I was anxious to get into WW2 which I remember well. I
have not been disappointed, the book is great, even though I know how it ends.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/03/27 01:29:36 (permalink)
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I started F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night" last night.


Sandy,
Found a paperback copy of that today in a thrift store for 25 cents. It always sells.
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