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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/08 16:23:52 (permalink)
The Red Tent for a bookclub, should have Mary Roach's new book " Packing for Mars" from the library in a couple of days.  
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/08 17:43:51 (permalink)
Not your Red Tent, but a different one is the name of a movie starring
Sean Connery-----very interesting movie about an airship that tried to find the North Pole and crashed. 
 
Every time I see the title of this thread "What Are You Reading? I am tempted to write ---"A Post on Roadfood", but I wouldn't do that. 
No Way.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/10 16:31:47 (permalink)
Just finished "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" by Daniel Okrent. It is an excellent history of Prohibition, readable and full of information. recommended to all.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/12 09:39:48 (permalink)
Currently, I'm reading the companion volume to Ken Burns' "Jazz" series. Which is causing me to add to my jazz CD collection.
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/12 14:04:08 (permalink)
Santa Fe Edge, Stuart Woods, one of the most entertaining writers today, IMHO!
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/10/12 16:27:40 (permalink)
I just finished the Robert B. Parker novel "Promised Land." It was great. The first appearance of Hawk in the series. 
 
Now I'm reading "And A Bottle of Rum" by Wayne Curtis. It's a look at how the history and popularity of rum parallels with the growth of the United States. I'm really enjoying it.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/10/12 16:38:40 (permalink)
For anyone interested in science, I recommend "Evolution" by Stephen Baxter. It's not a new book; it's a few years old. It tells the story of human evolution from 65 million years ago (we meet our ancestors who lived when the dinosaurs got wiped out) all the way to 500 million years into the future, so we can see what our last living relatives might be like. The book is written as fiction, and chapters take place in different eras, from earliest ancestors to our ultimate descendents. It sounds a bit nuts, but it works, because Baxter is extremely imaginitive and because he's got the science right (as far as I can tell, being not a professional scientist but someone who's been interested in evolution for 30 years and has read many books on the subject).
 
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/26 18:03:50 (permalink)
I just finished the last of the Millenium Trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. I read them all on the iPad. They are best if read in order since they are progressive. In fact the fire an Hornet's nest book are essentially one long book in two editions.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/26 20:12:44 (permalink)
Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/27 11:48:01 (permalink)
I'm reading Twain's Feast by Andrew Beahrs, Penguin 2010.
It's a fascinating story of a Twain fan and foodlover who goes in search of the foods listed by Twain in a letter home from Europe in 1879. A few recipes are included but they are not very useful because of the incomplete way 19th century recipes were written - the writers expected the reader to know what a "gill" is and what expressions like, "enough" and "plenty" mean, and what temperature is a "hot oven".
The author is a bit like John McPhee in that he is interested in everything and digresses frequently into ecology, geology, sociology, history, paleontology etc. 
 
Cheers, John 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 01:39:45 (permalink)
I rarely read books but I'm reading "W's" book, "Decision Points". I'm one of those staunch Republicans who lost faith in George in the declining years of his Administration, but after reading the book (I'm at page 205 of 477), I'm developing a whole new respect for the man. One area that I disagreed with him on was his position on Stem Cell Research. After reading all the research & thought he put into the decision and the actual reality of the facts of the issue, I found myself reversing my perception of what is involved in the whole issue. He just did a lousy job of communicating the reasons and facts of the issue to the American people.
 As Paul Harvey says, "And now you know the rest of the story".
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 10:09:44 (permalink)
Just got Anthony Bourdaine's 'Medium Raw' for Christmas. Its a fun page turner.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 10:32:17 (permalink)
I got the latest Clancy novel " Dead or Alive" in time to do a cover to cover  day and a half before Christmas...Kept me out of the way during all the prep work around here !  Not bad...a definite improvement over the first book of this series. I find it hard to accept that the Jack Ryan character is going to come out of retirement and run for President again...I figured him for a background information source from now on in the books. 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 14:10:30 (permalink)
I just finished Greg Isle's The Devil's Punchbowl. Excellent story and lots of action, although I had to skip a few pages of graphic descriptions of the dog fights.
His books are probably more fun if you know Natchez, which I do.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 16:45:41 (permalink)
Hollywood Hills...Joseph Wambaugh, great fun read, Sgt. Wambaugh can flat write, even the Washington Post loved the book!
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/28 17:54:13 (permalink)
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I just finished Greg Isle's The Devil's Punchbowl. Excellent story and lots of action, although I had to skip a few pages of graphic descriptions of the dog fights.
His books are probably more fun if you know Natchez, which I do.
Love his work.

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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/29 10:35:28 (permalink)
Reading Terry Teachout's Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, which my wife gave me for Christmas. What a great book.
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/29 11:24:39 (permalink)
I'm really trolling the bottom of the cutout bin:
"Tommy Chong, The Unauthorized Autobiography"
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RE: What are you reading? 2010/12/29 17:47:47 (permalink)
Wicked River, When the Mississippi Last Ran Wild by Lee Sandlin, and one of Bernard Clayton's bread baking books, which I need to get back to, since I haven't had a chance most of Christmas week.
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/29 21:57:46 (permalink)
mbrookes

I just finished Greg Isle's The Devil's Punchbowl. Excellent story and lots of action, although I had to skip a few pages of graphic descriptions of the dog fights.
His books are probably more fun if you know Natchez, which I do.

The Devil's Punchbowl is next for me - we were discussing Greg Isle's novels at work a couple of weeks ago and several of us wound up swapping books - I just finished 24 Hours - which for some unknown reason I'd never read. 

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Re:What are you reading? 2010/12/30 08:30:42 (permalink)
I have re-read 3 baseball biographies by Charles Alexander, a professor at Ohio University who has written interesting bios of Ty Cobb, John McGraw and Rogers Hornsby. it helps me get thru the off-season.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/02 12:14:41 (permalink)
I just finished Michael Criton's State of Fear. I highly reccommend this to anyone who is interested in climate change. It is well documented, even though it is fiction.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/02 12:55:00 (permalink)
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Just got Anthony Bourdaine's 'Medium Raw' for Christmas. Its a fun page turner.

 
Didn't get it for Christmas, but from the library.  Extremely interesting, and I always forget what a delightful writer he is.  You can totally hear him saying this stuff.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/02 13:10:50 (permalink)
I read State of Fear a few years ago----very interesting book---Crichton was a very interesting man---saw some videos with him teaching------he died much too soon.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/03 11:24:30 (permalink)
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I have re-read 3 baseball biographies by Charles Alexander, a professor at Ohio University who has written interesting bios of Ty Cobb, John McGraw and Rogers Hornsby. it helps me get thru the off-season.


These are great books. I met the guy years ago. Personable and very, very fascinating speaker.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/15 19:53:30 (permalink)
Last night I finished "The Deep Blue Good-By" by John D. MacDonald. The first of his Travis McGee series. I really enjoyed it. The only problem is, the next in the series is at a branch of my local library that's closed till Tuesday! Wah!
 
I'm also reading "Nature Girl" by Carl Hiaasen. Been far too long since I read one of his books. It's really good so far. Hiaasen has said that John D. MacDonald was a huge influence on his work and you can really tell. They have similar viewpoints on the fragility of Florida's present and future.
 
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/15 20:00:49 (permalink)
"Willie Nelson, An Epic Life" ... readable, as a fan ... if not, not so much,, I'm guessing.
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/15 20:41:38 (permalink)
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Last night I finished "The Deep Blue Good-By" by John D. MacDonald. The first of his Travis McGee series. I really enjoyed it. The only problem is, the next in the series is at a branch of my local library that's closed till Tuesday! Wah!

I'm also reading "Nature Girl" by Carl Hiaasen. Been far too long since I read one of his books. It's really good so far. Hiaasen has said that John D. MacDonald was a huge influence on his work and you can really tell. They have similar viewpoints on the fragility of Florida's present and future.

Oh God,I red every one in the 70's..."The Busted Flush"!! Great reads...each and every color!!!


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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/16 00:13:47 (permalink)
More Civil War stuff, a book called "Through The Howling Wilderness" about the Red River Campaign in Louisiana in 1864. Good stuff if you're a Civil War buff.
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Re:What are you reading? 2011/01/16 09:24:58 (permalink)
I am now reading" The Shack". Incredible stuff, very thought provoking.
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