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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/13 22:24:26 (permalink)
Jeff Shaara's second book of his trilogy based on WWII called "The Steel Wave"
is due out next week. It is about the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe.
I just finished the first book "The Rising Tide" which was the story of the war
in Africa and Sicily. It is amazing how bad some of the thinking and planning
was on both sides.

I have learned more history easier from the Shaara family than from all my years
in school. Actually I only spent 2 terms in College--Truman's and Eisenhower's.

Number One son gave me "World Without End" for Christmas but I was too busy to start it,
I knew I would never put it down if it was as good as "Pillars of the Earth".
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/15 12:14:00 (permalink)
I finally finished 'Kabul Beauty School' over the weekend, dug straight through 'Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary,' which is also fascinating and really well selected, and picked up 'Armageddon in Retrospect' by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, which is a compilation of stuff he never published before he died. And I wanted to mention it here because there's a delightful little short story in the middle of it about these three POWs and their supervising German corporal who are having a running conversation about the first things they're going to eat when they get back home. I thought folks here would enjoy it, and wondered if anybody else had read it?
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/16 13:48:42 (permalink)
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improviser, you're kind of a reading fool!


Thanks, Nancy. I take that as a compliment.

I haven't been reading as much lately as I've started a new job (well it's a new position in the same company) and have been insanely busy lately.

I did finish John Grisham's "Playing for Pizza" which was a quick, fun read. I'd hadn't read any Grisham other than A Time to Kill. Playing for Pizza was predictable plot-wise but surprised me in placed. I'd recommended it if you're looking for a breezy read.

I started Greil Marcus' "Invisible Republic" about Bob Dylan and the Band last night. I'll probably put that aside when I get my copy of Mark Evanier's Jack Kirby bio, "King of Comics."
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/17 13:10:48 (permalink)
I have been on a classic "school" book reading session

To Kill a Mocking Bird
Puddin Head Wilson
Tom Sawyer
Huck Finn
My Brother Sam is Dead
The Machine Gunners
The Pearl
The Good Earth
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Red Badge of Courage
Tale of two cities
David Copperfield
Hound of the Baskervilles
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Mrs Frisby & The Rats of NIHM
Chickenhawk

Among many others

There is something in these classics some simple, some complex that just lets me unwind.
I had been reading TOO many historical books, too much actual history, some of these are escapes.

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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/26 21:01:36 (permalink)
I am in the Non Fiction phase.
I just bought
"The Much Too Promised Land,
-Americas Elusive search for Arab-Israeli Peace"..
By Aaron David Miller.

And to tell you the truth?.. I am still trying to wend my way thru The Nasty Bits (Bourdain) still.

I fall asleep so quickly nowadays when reading!
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/27 08:14:25 (permalink)
I'm most of the way through "Clapton, The Autobiography". It's mostly a history of his drinking, drugging, womanizing, and recovery. It is amazing he could remember any of it. It's moderately interesting.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/04/28 12:30:49 (permalink)
Last night I finished "The Lonely Werewolf Girl" by Martin Millar. It was excellent, right up there with his "The Good Fairies of New York". Fans of both Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore should check it out. Great characters, a wonderful plot, and laugh-out-loud dialogue. Very good stuff.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 01:46:52 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
The last book I finished (lent to me by my friend Lucy Mae from Leland, Mississippi) was "The Most Southern Place On Earth" by James C. Cobb. It's a study of the Mississippi Delta from its initial settlement up to the end of the 1980's... a most interesting read.
Turning No Pages At The Moment, Ort. Carlton in Literate Athens, Georgia.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 01:51:04 (permalink)
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... but then, he was married to Zelda who was non-compos mentis, so maybe he thought all of us dames wuz nuts....


Sandy,
You're not nuts... you're out in the garden.
Sneezing From The Pollen From Here, Allergic Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Flowering-All-Of-A-Sudden Athens, Georgia.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 06:49:57 (permalink)
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... but then, he was married to Zelda who was non-compos mentis, so maybe he thought all of us dames wuz nuts....


Sandy,
You're not nuts... you're out in the garden.
Sneezing From The Pollen From Here, Allergic Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Flowering-All-Of-A-Sudden Athens, Georgia.


Ort,

Thank you for being gallant, kind Suh! I guess being out in the garden is better than being out to lunch...although I have one friend who grew up in the country, and says that her favorite summer lunch was going out to the garden with a bucket of water (to rinse off the tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers and eat them right there).

In the end, and despite discredited views of mental illness and outmoded views of women, I thought "Tender is the Night" was brilliant. Now that the Clapton autobio is behind me, I'm off to the library for more Fitzgerald. I must say, I don't know which of the two of them drank the most.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 14:51:36 (permalink)
Ot, as a native of the Mississsippi Delta, I can give The Most Southern Place on Earth a hearty thumbs up. I am always leery of books about Mississippi because so often they just rehash old stereotypes. Cobb really did a great job.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/01 18:22:23 (permalink)
I usually have 2 or 3 going at one time. 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs and one in the car.

Ahab’s Wife
Tenants of Time
It Doesn’t Take a Hero: Norman Schwarzkopf
Wuthering Heights
Rule of Four
Tom Jones
We Were the Mulvaneys

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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/07 14:32:24 (permalink)
Right now I'm reading Bill Walsh's "Lapsing into a comma," a guide to newspaper style. It's interesting although, like all style manual authors, he can be pretty pedantic about things.

Earlier this week, I finished "How did they die?", an encyclopedia-like reference to famous people and where they died, what their last words were, etc. It was interesting, if morbid, reading. I liked the authors wide definition of famous, i.e. including both Peter Abelard and Mario Lanza. Good stuff.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/25 21:57:11 (permalink)
This morning I finished "The Ten Cent Plague," by David Hadju, a look at the backlash against comic books that occurred in the 40s and 50s. I'd heard of the backlash before, even read up a bit on it in other books regarding comic book creators, but I'd never realized just how far it extended, with legislation and comic book burning rallies.

It's a great read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/05/29 09:54:26 (permalink)
Just finished "Tricky Dick and The Pink Lady", a detailed book about the 1950 Caifornia Senate race between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Incredibly interesting and chock full of information
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/07 13:28:19 (permalink)
Just finished" Pictures At A Revolution "by Mark Harris. It is a detailed history of the 5 best picture nominees for 1967's Academy Awards,"Bonnie and Clyde, "The Graduate","Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"."In The Heat of the Night', and "Doctor Doolittle"(sic). It is also a story of how the old Hollywood started morphing into the Hollywood of today It is a great narrative and a fascinating read.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/07 16:57:01 (permalink)
I just finished "Sea Change" by Robert B. Parker and started "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/09 23:03:12 (permalink)
I understand there will will be an upcoming show on Robert e Lee on PBS so I decided to read a biography. You cpouldn't write a romance gothis novel any better than his life story. truly fascinating.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 09:22:09 (permalink)
"Dark Light" (one of the Doc Ford series) by Randy Wayne Wright
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 09:50:50 (permalink)
I am knee deep in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, and I don't understand why it's not one of the books that gets hit hard in high school, or maybe I do.

I want to read 'Bonk' by Mary Roach next; 'Stiff' was a really fun read. Chipsie, it sounds like you have very good taste in nonfiction.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/10 18:57:44 (permalink)
I'm reading Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig. It is an authorized book by Margaret Mitchell’s estate.



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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 14:08:10 (permalink)
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I am knee deep in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, and I don't understand why it's not one of the books that gets hit hard in high school, or maybe I do.

I want to read 'Bonk' by Mary Roach next; 'Stiff' was a really fun read. Chipsie, it sounds like you have very good taste in nonfiction.


I really loved Stiff, Nancy, can't wait to read Bonk. Did you read her last book, Spook? It's also really good. She explores scientific explorations of life after death.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 14:31:40 (permalink)
I didn't read 'Spook' but I would pretty much read her about anything so I might have to check it out.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/12 15:20:00 (permalink)
She's a really good writer. I don't care much for her columns in Reader's Digest, but her books are great, really interesting.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/06/16 15:59:54 (permalink)
I finished Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Movie Wars", a book about how the media controls what movies come to multiplexes, at the expense of foreign or independant films. Really interesting read, though it was slow going at times.

Right now I'm reading Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird," a book of advice for writers.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 01:10:05 (permalink)
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 14:17:11 (permalink)
I just read Caliphate by Tom Kratman, Time Spike by Eric Flint, Chasing Darkness (an Elvis Cole mystery) by Robert Crais and Warrior (a Matthew Hervey novel).

I am now reading Swan Peak (a Dave Robicheaux mystery) by James Lee Burke.

Lined up next in the queue (Thank you Roadfooders) is The Third Option (a Mitch Rapp novel) by Vince Flynn.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 15:33:08 (permalink)
I finished Dickens' "Great Expectations" about a week ago.
I'm rereading Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections."
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 15:51:27 (permalink)

I'm about halfway through "Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes - next on the list is "Swan Peak."

Last Friday I had the good fortune of listening to a radio interview with James Lee Burke - he was incredible - and he has a laugh that you'll never forget.
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RE: What are you reading? 2008/07/13 18:49:04 (permalink)
improviser, you're going to love 'Bird by Bird'--I love her because she doesn't feel the need to dress her thoughts up for presentability. 'Traveling Mercies' got me through a crisis of faith a number of years back. I kinda love Anne Lamott.

Finally finished 'Beloved'--what an incredible book.
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