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RE: What are you reading? 2010/07/24 22:00:54 (permalink)
Right now I'm reading "The Amazin' Mets" by William J. Ryczek. Highly recommended for anyone who'd be interested in a year by year history (with lots of reminiscenses from lesser known players) of the 1960's Mets. A wonderful trip down memory lane for me as a Mets fan since Day One. It's gotten excellent reviews over at Amazon.

What's unusual for me is this is my first ever E-book, sort of. I was on the fence about buying this book since it was $29.95, but I noticed the Kindle price was $9.99. Not wanting to invest in a Kindle for just one book, I opted to download "Kindle for PC" to my laptop, and it's working out very nicely. I'll probably read a few more books this way before summer is over.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 11:21:50 (permalink)
Just finished "The Bullpen Gospels"by Dirk Hayhurst. Mr. Hayhurst writes well of the day to day life of a minor league middle reliever who is barely holding on to the dream of a baseball career. The baseball life's myriad ups and downs and his struggles in his own are funny, profane and deeply moving. i don't recall when I have enjoyed a book more. I have a new player to root for and i recommend this book to all who love baseball and even those of you who don't. My thanks to The Traveling Man for bringing this work to my attention.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 14:45:15 (permalink)
Seabiscuit--------never got around to reading it.  Saw the movie.
But----best of all, I remember the match race---listened in Noel Rice's backyard to a radio lowered out the window for us kids to listen to.
We were all rooting for Seabiscuit, a favorite of us depression kids.
We went bonkers at the finish.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 14:54:03 (permalink)

I just finished Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides .  I had a hard time  putting it down..........fascinating!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 16:21:44 (permalink)
I'm reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's Dismantling America, a collection of his essays.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 20:33:58 (permalink)
J Man-----I was talking with one of my sons about getting that for me as a Christmas Present.  Sounds like something worth reading. 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 20:57:00 (permalink)
Last of the Mohicans (1826) by James Fenimore Cooper
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 22:34:36 (permalink)
I just finished Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee. A bit strange, but compelling. She even includes some recipes.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 22:51:37 (permalink)
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J Man-----I was talking with one of my sons about getting that for me as a Christmas Present.  Sounds like something worth reading. 


Anything he writes is worth reading......again.....and again.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/11 23:29:51 (permalink)
Huckleberry Finn...reread it after about 40 years for a class I'm teaching...what a masterpiece!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/12 09:59:24 (permalink)
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Huckleberry Finn...reread it after about 40 years for a class I'm teaching...what a masterpiece!!!


That's a great idea.  I ordered it from Amazon this morning.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/20 00:33:03 (permalink)
I've been reading William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries at the recommendation of roadfooder Davydd. They are set in the Minnesota north country near   the Boundary Waters and Duluth. So far I have finished "Iron Lake", "Boundary Waters", "Purgatory Ridge", "Blood Hollow" and "Mercy Falls" and i have read them in chronological order as Davydd strongly suggested. They have a strong sense of the country, the characters are interesting, the mysteries first rate. Hope other people will find them interesting.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/20 05:03:39 (permalink)
Another masterpiece for the course I'm teaching: The Grapes Of Wrath, Steinbeck sure caught the agony of the "Okies" and the horrors of the depression.  One of my favorite authors!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/21 17:35:18 (permalink)
Rhoda, a Lifetime in Stories by Ellen Gilchrist. It is a collection of short stories that follow the life of one person, Rhoda Manning if you are familiar with her work. She is one of my favorite authors.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/09/21 18:24:36 (permalink)
Right now I am read C. J. Box's Below Zero. It is part of the Joe Pickett, game warden series that takes place in Wyoming. This is a series that is an absolute must that you try to read in order because of character development, age chronology and continuity from book to book in order to fully appreciate.
 
Here is the order:
Open Season (2001)
Savage Run (2002)
Winterkill (2003)
Trophy Hunt (2004)
Out of Range (2005)
In Plain Sight (2006)
Free Fire (2007)
Blood Trail (2008)
Below Zero (2009)
Nowhere to Run (2010)
 
I have one to go before I then get antsie and wait and wait and wait for the next one. I'm up to date on Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. I'm up to date on John Sandford's Prey series. I try to time them so I read the paperback edition and know there is another one yet to come. Now I am reading them all in eBooks.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/21 19:04:52 (permalink)
I'm reading the Dictionary of Military History,I'm a Military History nut.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/22 04:50:13 (permalink)
Start reading my next book,preping for my Lit class, Death Of A Salesman,by Arthur Miller......read it many times...looking forward to this note taking session..it's such a great play!
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/22 08:54:20 (permalink)
Lee The Bard---in the 80's I was sitting in Chock-ful-o-nuts corner of 54th and Madison in midtown Manhattan.  Two men sat opposite me at the "U" shaped bar.  One was telling the other "I know you got the part----Hoffman loved you"  The
lad he was talking to was John Malkovich who went on to star in the revival of Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/22 18:01:48 (permalink)
Wow...with your permission,I'd like to tell that story to my students...Dustin Hoffman's production is on the cover of our book!
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/22 18:59:01 (permalink)
Sure Lee, (Sure Lee you jest, stolen from Airplane)  I don't own it any more, once I put it on Roadfood it was a nation wide news bulletin.  And just for the heck of it. it was in that same Chock-ful-o-nuts, years earlier, and in almost the same seat that Katherine Hepburn sat eating date nut bread with cream cheese and drinking either tea or coffee. 
I nodded to her and she nodded back---we had a nodding acquaintance-ship.
One of my biggest clients had his showroom and office just across the street. 
 
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/22 18:59:22 (permalink)
Sure Lee, (Sure Lee you jest, stolen from Airplane)  I don't own it any more, once I put it on Roadfood it was a nation wide news bulletin.  And just for the heck of it. it was in that same Chock-ful-o-nuts, years earlier, and in almost the same seat that Katherine Hepburn sat eating date nut bread with cream cheese and drinking either tea or coffee. 
I nodded to her and she nodded back---we had a nodding acquaintance-ship.
One of my biggest clients had his showroom and office just across the street. 
 
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/09/23 21:37:21 (permalink)
Sketches by Boz (1837) by Charles Dickens.
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/10/06 20:55:54 (permalink)
I'm on about my 30th reading of The Lord of The Rings... haven't read it since before the movies came out almost 10 years ago. It's all in one big volume (it's actually 6 books, it was never a trilogy, it was just easier to print it in paperback that way), and my elbows get tired holding the darn thing up!
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/10/06 21:24:43 (permalink)
The latest book I'm teaching in my AP class:Joseph Heller's war satire, CATCH 22. Great anti war masterpiece....a laugh on every page.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 12:06:24 (permalink)
Star Island, Carl Hiaasen...great read!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 15:09:12 (permalink)
During my 14th summer I read all the books by SS Van Dyne.
He wrote about Philo Vance, a modern day Sherlock Holmes housed in Manhattan.  So I went back this year and read them all again.  Good stuff. 
 
During that summer I also read Agatha Christie's books starring Hercule Poirot and his little gray cells, and whatever I could find written by Rafael Sabatini----Captain Blood, The Sea Hawks, Scaramouche-----Loved them all and so evidently did Hollywood---------all were big hits on the Golden Screen.  
 
And now I start on Robert Goddard----
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 15:12:36 (permalink)
I just finished The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll. Set in the mid to late eighties, it is the true story of a computer operator who accidentally stumbles into a computer espionage set up.  Very interesting look at computer security (and lack of same).
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 15:14:13 (permalink)
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Star Island, Carl Hiaasen...great read!

 
Hiaasen is great. Just read Skinny Dip. Also over the summer read the entire Travis McGee series. Lot of John McDonald influance in Hiaasen.


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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 16:53:05 (permalink)
Sit Ubu, Sit
before that, Marianne Faithfull, An Autobiography
before that, Art Buchwald, Too Soon to Say Goodbye
before that, Ted Kennedy, True Compass
Meanwhile, I wait for the next Ann Rule book.  I always read them in quick time, largely because so many are set in the northwest, my old stomping grounds.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/07 19:16:53 (permalink)
Now reading "Yankee Autumn In Acadiana, The Great Texas Overland Expedition through Southwest Louisiana (October-December 1863" to learn how Gen. Banks again failed to conquer Texas.
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