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carlton pierre

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RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/14/12 8:33 AM (permalink)
I just finished reading "A history of salt".  I thin that was the title but cannot remember the author.  Fascinating book.  The words "salacious", "salad", and "salary" all come from the word "salt".
 
    porkbeaks

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    RE: What are you reading? Mon, 09/17/12 11:17 AM (permalink)

    "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind"
    By Mallory Factor. A good read, but it will make you very pissed off.
     
      love2bake

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      RE: What are you reading? Mon, 09/17/12 12:31 PM (permalink)
      porkbeaks


      "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind"
      By Mallory Factor. A good read, but it will make you very pissed off.

      Every time I read a book relating to politics I want to throw it across the room at least a half dozen times.
       
        fishtaco

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        RE: What are you reading? Mon, 09/17/12 2:09 PM (permalink)
        carlton pierre


        I just finished reading "A history of salt".  I thin that was the title but cannot remember the author.  Fascinating book.  The words "salacious", "salad", and "salary" all come from the word "salt".

        Searching for my lost shaker salt, salt, salt
         
          mr chips

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          RE: What are you reading? Tue, 09/18/12 10:25 PM (permalink)
          Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is an outstanding book. it reminds me of hitchcock or patricia highsmith and is more thriller than mystery. There is a pair of startling secrets halfway through the book that totally change perspective. She is a writer of great talent and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
           
            jaylhorner

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            RE: What are you reading? Wed, 09/19/12 9:34 AM (permalink)
            Just finished James Patterson's Private #1 Suspect.....good read!
             
              BelleReve

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              RE: What are you reading? Sat, 09/22/12 2:19 PM (permalink)
              mr. chips - I had Gone Girl on request from the library, but when it came in, the usual 3 week check out was reduced to 1 week because the book is  # 1 bestseller, and in high demand.  I can read  a book in less than a week, but have too much going on right now, so will read later on. 
               
              I agree with you about Gillian Flynn's talent as a writer but I have to warn you, I read her Sharp Objects, and it's dark, and disturbing - some images may stay with you.  
               
                mr chips

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                RE: What are you reading? Sun, 09/23/12 10:31 PM (permalink)
                Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.
                <message edited by mr chips on Mon, 09/24/12 10:05 PM>
                 
                  mr chips

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                  RE: What are you reading? Sun, 09/23/12 10:36 PM (permalink)
                  Just finished "Overtime", a somewhat autobiographical book by sportswriter Frank Deford. I've never really liked Deford. His written words aren't that interesting, his NPR commentaries forgettable, his HBO stories not all that interesting because of his very dull presentations. His book about his daughter and her death was hard to take but not particularly well written. i just can't warm to the guy and it really was not worth the time to slog through the book. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did.
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                    love2bake

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                    RE: What are you reading? Mon, 09/24/12 9:52 AM (permalink)
                    mayor al


                    For whatever reason I am not a fan of crime/horror writings (or film) so I tend to skip over thos entries.

                    Ditto--I know people love them, but those things can make me paranoid.
                     
                      BelleReve

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                      RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/28/12 1:12 PM (permalink)
                      Dearie - the new Julia Child biography.  I thought this would be an easy read, and still may be, but I'm on page 42 and she's just born.   
                       
                        easydoesit

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                        RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/28/12 1:20 PM (permalink)
                        mr chips


                        Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.

                         
                        mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 

                         
                          easydoesit

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                          RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/28/12 1:39 PM (permalink)
                          To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)
                           
                          I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.
                           
                          His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.
                           
                          It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.
                           
                          I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.
                           
                            leethebard

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                            RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/28/12 6:13 PM (permalink)
                            Just started Tony Danza's "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had". It's his account of his year of teaching English in an Inner City Philadelphia school. It's funny ,but has its emotional moments. Great for teachers, current and former....and anyone who has ever been a student. Great best-seller!!
                             
                              Davydd

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                              RE: What are you reading? Fri, 09/28/12 7:31 PM (permalink)
                              easydoesit


                              To Davydd --  I know you check this forum once in a while.  Have you read any of the novels by Stephen Hunter?  He has quite a few, including a series about one family of police and military men, the Swaggers.  (One was made into a movie starring Mark Wahlburg, I forget the movie's name.)

                              I just finished his most recent, Soft Target, which takes place in a favorite place of yours -- the Mall of America.  Except Hunter has taken some liberties with both the name and the layout of the mall, and its general idea from an architectural standpoint.

                              His mall, called AtM (America the Mall) is designed more like a sort-of pentagon that is twisted around to resemble a scrunched-up America.

                              It's all about a terrorist attack on the mall, by, who else these days, and an attack that is meant to surpass the World Trade Center.

                              I know nothing about the designs or mechanics of such a place, but all the way through the book and it description of interior design, I was wondering what someone who had actually worked on the real mall would be thinking.

                              I haven't read anything by Stephen Hunter but will be sure to read Soft Target. Thanks for the tip. Way back in 1970 I read a mystery thriller (forget the title and author) about a super huge megamall that in retrospect was pretty accurate in describing non-public spaces behind the scenes. That book was more than 22 years before the Mall of America opened. This past summer I stopped at the West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada which is actually bigger square foot wise than the MOA. However, it was built in stages rather than one huge singular concept. MOA is special to me because I spent 3 years of my carrier as the Architectural Technical Director on the design team.
                               
                              Right now I am ready Lake Country by Sean Doolittle. It takes place in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Brainerd Lakes area. There is an architect involved in part of the plot.
                               
                              PS edit: I downloaded Soft Target onto my iPad just now.
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                                mr chips

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                                RE: What are you reading? Sat, 09/29/12 10:04 PM (permalink)
                                easydoesit


                                mr chips


                                Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.


                                mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 
                                I've heard of him and I think i read something he wrote but i don't remember it. I'll look for his work.

                                <message edited by mr chips on Sat, 09/29/12 10:07 PM>
                                 
                                  mr chips

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                                  RE: What are you reading? Sat, 09/29/12 10:06 PM (permalink)
                                  Just finished Paul Dickson's biography of baseball maverick owner Bill Veeck. Intersting life, well written book. Possibly the definitive work on Veeck's life.
                                   
                                    carlton pierre

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                                    RE: What are you reading? Sun, 09/30/12 9:41 AM (permalink)
                                    I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.
                                     
                                      chewingthefat

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                                      RE: What are you reading? Sun, 09/30/12 11:41 AM (permalink)
                                      easydoesit


                                      mr chips


                                      Thanks belle rive.I've always liked noir films and i like my detective fiction hard boiled. thanks for the heads up.


                                      mr chips -- have you ever read anything by Andrew Vachss?  He is quite a figure in his own right, quite colorful, and very big against the molestation of children, but he also writes some things that, if you like dark and hard boiled, he's your man.  Dark and hard boiled is where he seems to live. 

                                      I love his books, his carachters are great!
                                       
                                        Louis

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                                        RE: What are you reading? Sun, 09/30/12 2:46 PM (permalink)
                                        Just finished "The House of Beadle and Adams" (1950), a 800+ page bibliography of the dime novel firm (1860-1898) which also has a separate section of 300+ pages of biographical descriptions of the authors who wrote for the firm as well as 100+pages about the company's history.  This reference book weighs around five or six pounds and is as big as a doorstop.  It took me about three months to read it cover-to-cover.
                                         
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                                          mbrookes

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                                          RE: What are you reading? Mon, 10/1/12 12:24 AM (permalink)
                                          Ann Coulter's Mugged. No matter which way you lean, this is an interesting well researched book.
                                           
                                           
                                            fishtaco

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                                            RE: What are you reading? Tue, 10/2/12 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                            Fresh from the library, just out today,  Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Killing Lincoln is still on the best seller list, now he could have two.
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                                              RKB

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                                              RE: What are you reading? Wed, 10/3/12 7:39 PM (permalink)
                                              After reading it, I don't understand how 'Killing Lincoln' became a "best-seller".  Very poorly written IMHO. I'm glad that I checked it out through the local library, if I had purchased it I would not have been pleased.
                                              Of course, YMMV.
                                              Bill
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                                                pnwchef

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                                                RE: What are you reading? Wed, 10/3/12 8:09 PM (permalink)
                                                mr chips


                                                Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is an outstanding book. it reminds me of hitchcock or patricia highsmith and is more thriller than mystery. There is a pair of startling secrets halfway through the book that totally change perspective. She is a writer of great talent and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.


                                                Mr Chips, I agree on "Gone Girl" the book took enough twists and turns to keep you going. I just finished James Pattersons "ZOO" Didn't like it.......I am now reading Lee Childs Wanted man a Jack Reacher Novel........................Take care, I hope all is well in Portland............Bill
                                                 
                                                  mr chips

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                                                  RE: What are you reading? Fri, 10/5/12 6:20 PM (permalink)
                                                  Just finished "The Cleveland Creep"by Les Roberts. Roberts is a fine mystery writer who created the Cleveland based  Slovenian American private detective Milan Jacovich. Milo's adventures have kept me interested for the last couple decades. This book was atansistional book, introducing new characters and changing Milo'srelationships with old ones. A great read but probably more interesting if you have been following the character for a while.
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                                                    mr chips

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                                                    RE: What are you reading? Sat, 10/6/12 9:58 PM (permalink)
                                                    Read "Season of the Witch" by David talbot. it is a history of San Francisco's culture and politics from the 30's to the 90's. Well write, informative, interesting. Highly recommended.
                                                     
                                                      love2bake

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                                                      RE: What are you reading? Sun, 10/7/12 10:49 AM (permalink)
                                                      carlton pierre


                                                      I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.

                                                      Wow--I tried reading The Happiness Project earlier this year and could not get through it.  She was so perfect and wonderful at learning and applying everything that I just wanted to barf. :O  However, I can see how useful and inspiring the information and wisdom she provided was, too.
                                                       
                                                        ces1948

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                                                        RE: What are you reading? Sun, 10/7/12 10:29 PM (permalink)
                                                        My wife has been reading all of the Janet Evanovich books but now I believe she has read them all. Would anyone know an author with a similar style she could try out?
                                                         
                                                          carlton pierre

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                                                          RE: What are you reading? Mon, 10/8/12 7:36 AM (permalink)
                                                          love2bake


                                                          carlton pierre


                                                          I just finished "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.  Quick read and I found it very stimulating to think about happiness.  Currently reading "The Great Game" about Russia and France's obsession with taking India away from England.  Gripping.

                                                          Wow--I tried reading The Happiness Project earlier this year and could not get through it.  She was so perfect and wonderful at learning and applying everything that I just wanted to barf. :O  However, I can see how useful and inspiring the information and wisdom she provided was, too.


                                                          I decided to overlook some of the obvious advantages the author had in life and just focus on the "happiness" part, Love2Bake. 
                                                           
                                                            Davydd

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                                                            RE: What are you reading? Mon, 10/8/12 10:24 AM (permalink)
                                                            ces1948


                                                            My wife has been reading all of the Janet Evanovich books but now I believe she has read them all. Would anyone know an author with a similar style she could try out?

                                                            I haven't read them but have watched the TV show series, Rizzoli and Isles. The series is based on Tess Gerritsen's series of books and seems to have a similar family interaction spun into the plot.
                                                             
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