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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/09 11:41:19 (permalink)
I'm a huge Stephen Hunter fan.
Point of Impact got me hooked on him. (Bob the Nailer is my new hero..).

I just started :
The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk

Next up (unless I get the new Hunter book) is:
Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard H. Dana
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/09 22:50:57 (permalink)
 
Just picked up Food Rules by Michael Pollan.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/03/12 12:33:57 (permalink)
The FOTL at my local library has monthly sales of donated and withdrawn books.  Some of the offerings last weekend were a little out of the ordinary:
 
Table Talk's Illustrated Cook Book, published August 1906
 
Good Housekeeping's Book of Meals, First Edition, printed 1930
 
The Good Housekeeping Cook Book, Third Edition, printed 1943
 
Gumbo Ya-Ya by Saxon, Tallant and Dryer, published 1945 with about 2/3 of the DJ
 
I gave a dollar each for these items and doubt they are worth more to any collector - the FOTL is pretty savvy about pricing. 
 
Surprisingly perhaps, the illustrations in the oldest book (1906) are photographs and one of them was of an "asparagus server" ready to put on the table.  I think I've seen such a thing, a sauce boat on a dish with two spaces for the asparagus, but never knew that was the name.  This book also had several USDA leaflets, perhaps from the thirties on the use of various grains with simple recipes.  There is a note on the front flyleaf:  "This book belonged to my mother _________ ."  I take it that in the third or fourth generation no one was interested in an old cook book, with its instructions like "(add) a suspicion of made mustard" in the recipe for deviled crab.
 
The two Good Housekeeping books showed that changes with time.  The instructions now give specific temperatures for items cooked in the oven rather than to bake in a moderate oven, for example.  The older of the two had recipes for Mexican, Tomato, and Welsh rabbits, or rarebits if you will and the later recipes for Tomato, Monkey, and Welsh rarebits, but no Mexican. The older book had a couple of handwritten recipes in it, including one on a party napkin decorated with printed flowers. Both of these books are in what I think a collector would call good condition only.  All of the pages are there but the bindings are damaged.
 
Gumbo Ya-Ya of course, is not a cook book, or at least that is not its main focus.  It is more a collection of Louisiana or New Orleans folk lore.
 
It has been a while since I've read this thread front to back.  Has anyone else found any interesting old cookbooks?
 
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/12 13:20:58 (permalink)
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Just picked up Food Rules by Michael Pollan.


I just downloaded this book from Amazon.com's Kindle eBook library onto my iPhone for reading. $5 one click credit card purchase directly from the iPhone, instant download with no shipping or sales tax. I previously downloaded and read Michael Pollan's, In Defense of Food from Barnes & Noble for reading on B&N eReader on the iPhone.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/12 19:55:00 (permalink)
I've just started reading "Dark City" by film historian Eddie Muller. It deals with the film noir subgenre of American movies of the 1940s and '50s. There are a couple of hundred films from that period that qualify as true noir, and, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that Sterling Hayden was in at least thirty percent of them. BTW, mr chips, if you enjoyed "My Name's Friday", you might want to check out "The Badge", Jack Webb's true crime book that was first published in 1958. It's recently been reissued in a softcover edition by Thunder's Mouth Press.

                                              www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/12 22:23:33 (permalink)
Just finished Douglas Wallop's 1954 classic"The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant". The book was the basis for the musical "Damn Yankees" and the Reader's Digest condensed version was a staple when I visited my grandmother as a kid. A middle aged Washington Senators fan sells his soul to the devil to become a young phenom for the Senators baseball team and tries to lead the team to victory over the Yankees. However, the devil is a Yankee fan and complications ensue. A fun read, mindful of my youth.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/14 13:47:42 (permalink)
I just finished "The Stonewall File" by Budd Davisson. If you like fast paced adventure and intrigue slathered with guys, gals, guns, planes and you name it, give this book a look.
Davisson himself is an interesting study. He only has two books out now and working on a third, but his other interests keep him pretty much on the go.
Check him out at airbum.com
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/14 18:15:33 (permalink)
The Gold of the Gods (1915) by Arthur B. Reeve.

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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/21 16:37:26 (permalink)
I just finished The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, and thanks to Mosca's recommendations, I've started The Race to Timbuktu.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/22 08:58:22 (permalink)
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Just finished reading The Crowd Sounds Happy, by Nicholas Dawidoff, a memoir of his experience growing up in New Haven, CT in the 1970s, his troubled family, and how baseball helps him find his place in the world.

Generally a melancholy story, but uplifting in the end. I didn't love the book, I found it interesting that he really never experienced the New Haven that tourists know, like Louis Lunch and apizza at Sallys or Pepe's. In fact, his New Haven experience was nothing I expected - if he hadn't said he was in New Haven, you could've pictured him in Cleveland or Buffalo in the 70s. Not the idylic CT small town idea one normally has of these new england towns.


I picked up this book last week at the library and just finished it  I really liked it and found it very well written.  I thought it was a coming of age book well told, and the weaving of baseball as his solace and savior was masterfully done.  Thanks for bringing this to my attention. 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/22 12:10:09 (permalink)
The Greatest Show On Earth, by Richard Dawkins
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/23 16:27:35 (permalink)
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/23 17:31:29 (permalink)
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I just finished The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, and thanks to Mosca's recommendations, I've started The Race to Timbuktu.


I haven't read any of Steve Hamilton's books other than his Alex T. McKnight, PI series that takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the town of Paradise. I may branch out. I enjoy his books. I remember him as a neophyte mystery writer with his first book on an old AOL mystery discussion board back in the early 90s.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/23 17:50:51 (permalink)
Davy, I hope you get a chance to read it, it was excellent, the first I've read of anything by Steve Hamilton, but certainly not the last.

Another book I read recently and enjoyed was The Suspect by L.R. Wright.  I don't know how I picked this up, but would like to credit any posters here who may have recommended it.  I believe it's the first in the mystery series featuring the recurring character of RCMP Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg which I'm trying to read in sequence.

 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/24 10:03:58 (permalink)
Ark of the Liberties, subtitle America and the World, by Ted Widmer. I'm about 20% through it, having gotten through the 1600's and mid 1700's. There is a lot of interesting info by an outstanding writer, but it is still a tough read. Mr Widmer, a one time Clinton speech writer, now works at Brown Univ. I understand that later in the book he will make a great case for the Clinton presidency. 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/24 18:24:25 (permalink)
I've just started a memoir by Al Kooper, the musician, called Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards.  Should be a good recounting of his 40 years in the music biz.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/25 10:21:29 (permalink)
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I've just started a memoir by Al Kooper, the musician, called Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards.  Should be a good recounting of his 40 years in the music biz.

Little Steven talks about him all the time on his radio show. Thanks, I'll try to find the book to read myself!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/26 07:21:51 (permalink)
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I've just started a memoir by Al Kooper, the musician, called Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards.  Should be a good recounting of his 40 years in the music biz.

Little Steven talks about him all the time on his radio show. Thanks, I'll try to find the book to read myself!!

The book is great and you'll like it a lot.  It might be easier to find at the library as it first came out a long time ago and has now been updated to include the past 20 years or so of his career.  he is a musical icon for sure.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/03/30 00:39:51 (permalink)
Just finished a biography of Willie Mays by James Hirsh. It is an authorized biography but is  a very honest, if not a deep, character study. A must read for a serious lover of baseball or a fan of Willie Mays.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/11 18:23:33 (permalink)
Read "American Eve, Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, The Birth of the It Girl and the Crime of the Century"by Paula Uruburu. It is a sort of biography of Evelyn Nesbit but more a factual history of the famous murder case written with great sympathy to the young lady. An interesting read, especially if you liked the book or movie "Ragtime".
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/12 03:08:02 (permalink)
I am reading this thread right now!


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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/12 05:16:49 (permalink)
"Contested Will" by James Shapiro..this Shakespeare scholar's discussion of the authorship controversy...I too have made a life study of Shakespeare.....and think it highly likely the author of those plays was the man from Stratford, and not some contender...Evidence that points to one of the many contenders is usually flawed or simply made up....anyway I'm enjoying this...after this book, two early F. Paul Wilson novels are in the pipeline!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/12 08:55:57 (permalink)
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"Contested Will" by James Shapiro..this Shakespeare scholar's discussion of the authorship controversy...I too have made a life study of Shakespeare.....and think it highly likely the author of those plays was the man from Stratford, and not some contender...Evidence that points to one of the many contenders is usually flawed or simply made up....anyway I'm enjoying this...after this book, two early F. Paul Wilson novels are in the pipeline!!!
I've semi- followed the discussion about the authorship of the Shakespeare canon. Don't honestly care too much because whoever wrote them created some of the most beautiful prose in the history of English. And the fact that Henry VIII and a couple other plays in the Shakespeare canon were collaborations with John Fletcher does nothing to diminish their power in my opinion.

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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/12 23:03:51 (permalink)
"The Discoverers" (1985) by Daniel Boorstin.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/14 00:27:30 (permalink)
I've been reading Steig Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl Who Played With Fire". The next, and last, one in the series will "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest". Very taut crime thrillers from Sweden and interestingly written from what seems to be a Swedish perspective. Some pretty intense violence. The author wrote and delivered all three manuscripts before he died. Also read and enjoyed "The Help". That beautifully portrayed an era during segregated times when I was a student at a junior college for women in Virginia in the 1960's.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/15 10:55:59 (permalink)
Lynn- I'm waiting for "hornet's nest" to come out too.  Have you read anything by Karin Fossum?  I find her very similar to Larsen.

I'm just started Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/17 17:37:02 (permalink)
BelleReve-Thanks for the tip! I'll look for some of Ms. Fossum's books.
 
Now reading "These is my Words" by Nancy Turner. It's about a pioneer woman here in Arizona. Very interesting as it is written in diary form by the subject's granddaughter. Mostly fiction.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/25 11:42:00 (permalink)
Finished two books this weekend. "The Best of Baseball Digest" edited by John Kuenster features selections from that magazine from 1942-2006. interesting to me for both its historical and literary value. Also read Michael Holt's brief biography of 14th U.S.  president Franklin Pierce. The series that has been edited by Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz features brief biographies of the presidents with interesting perspectives. This is my second round of presidential biographies and I really enjoy them.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/25 18:27:07 (permalink)
THE TOUCH, by my favorite author of late, F.Paul Wilson...one of his early novels about a doctor who gets a mysterious ability to cure by touch...can't put it down!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/04/25 22:17:21 (permalink)
  I don't know how I missed it before but I'm about half way through Pat Conroy's Beach Music and I believe it's my most favorite of all of his works -
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