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RE: What are you reading? 2006/07/30 13:22:11 (permalink)
I'm reading "Born Fighting" by James Webb. Great historical perspective of my Scots-Irish heritage through the hillbilly red-neck present day.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/02 16:04:40 (permalink)
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One of my all time favoritest reads was Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon, who's a former English professor and part Osage. The gist was, after losing his job, he packed the van and took a road trip. The title was derived from his habit of avoiding the main roads, which were red on his maps, and taking the blue highways.

I even enjoyed this book while underlining some of the bigger words to look up later in the day.

Now, I'm plodding through his book River-Horse A Voyage Across America.

I'd like to get a copy of Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I started years ago, but misplaced.

I have a stack of stuff I need to hit, mostly biographiss and history stuff. I like to tell people the last fiction I ever read was Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Al Gore's Putting People First.

Zen and the Art...[/u} is on sale at Barnes and Noble as a Summertime read. I tried, but I couldn't get very far into it. Good luck!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/12 08:49:36 (permalink)
I'm reading Two for the Road by Jane and Michael Stern. It gives you an inside look at the Sterns' life on the road. It's very funny, with great stories, and recipes. It is also reminds you what "Roadfood" is all about. I highly recommend it.

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/12 18:29:20 (permalink)

My favorite book, ever, of all time, is Anton Myrer's The Last Convertible. I am never without a copy, and I'm not kidding: there's a battered paperback copy in my car AND in my husband's car, always one in my purse (a healthy back bag, gotta love 'em) and one in my beach bag. And I buy every single used copy of it I ever find, because I am constantly giving them away. I will be buried with a copy of this book.

I also love Elinor Lipman, especially her Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, and The Inn at Lake Devine. She's often compared to a modern Jane Austen and it's a fitting comparison.

I love Suzanne Strempek Shea's Selling the Lite of Heavenbut her other books are good too.

I like anything by Lorna Landvik, most particularly her first, Patty Jane's House of Curl. I like anything by Ann Hood, Beth Gutcheon, Joyce Maynard (I like her At Home in the World, which is her autobio and deals with, among other things, her doomed love affair with JD Salinger, and Where Love Goes.

I love memoirs; any foodie will want to read:

Elizabeth Ehrlich's Miriam's Kitchen, which is Elizabeth's story of learning to cook kosher with her mother-in-law, Miriam...who is a Holocaust survivor. Elizabeth begins to know so much more about what is real and what matters in her life than she would have known any other way....

And Michael Ruhlman's books, The Heart of a Chef and The Soul of a Chef are wonderful, wonderful!

And actor Michael Tucker wrote one a few years back called I Never Met a Meal I Didn't Like which is one of the best things I've EVER read.

And Peg Bracken's A Window Over the Kitchen Sink is equally wonderful...she's the one who wrote the I Hate to Cookbooks in the '60s.

I just finished Bob Greene's And You Know You Should Be Glad, which, like all his writing, speaks deeply to my heart....he gets inside and stays there.

I average about 10 books a week. I've been making notes from reading your suggestions! Thanks!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/13 02:31:21 (permalink)
Hello All,
GracieB, The Last Convertible is a great book. I had a boss recommend it, and I put off reading it. But
once I did, it was joy, parts a sad joy.
A few weeks ago I finished, Mayflower, and so am back to reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes, until I
find something else.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/13 10:24:07 (permalink)
Fieldthistle, I did the same thing...resisted reading it for a long time. Once I did I couldn't believe how much I loved it.

I am writing my own book and have lifted the style of The Last Convertible ONLY in that I am using different typefaces (three) to make it clear whether we are reading journal entries/letters, memories/thoughts, or current day/history.

Bob Greene's latest (a heartbreaker, made me want to call every friend I ever had and tell them I love them) and now I am ready to tackle Jacquelyn Mitchard's new Cage of Stars and then Nando Parrado's memoir (one of the Andes 'Alive' survivors.)
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/14 14:30:37 (permalink)
Fieldthistle, I also read The Complete Sherlock Holmes whenever I can't find anything new to read. I also read "Shogun" at least once every year. It is a book I can really get lost in everytime.
Right now I am reading "Why do men have nipples" a hilarious book about questions we would never think to ask our doctor, unless we are at a cocktail party after 3 Martini's.
The saddest thing I read lately was the obituary of Syd Barret in "Rolling Stone".
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/14 20:54:31 (permalink)
I picked up AN INEBRIATED HISTORY OF BRITAIN by Peter Haydon today.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/15 07:02:41 (permalink)
Hello All,
NAAMikey, now I am going to have to get that book so I can find out
why men have nipples.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/18 02:25:31 (permalink)
I read it a while back, but have talked about it lately with a lot of people, "A People's History of the United States 1492-present" by Howard Zinn. A mind blowing read. Think of all the history books you had in school. This turns them on their heads. Most history books are written from the perspective of the country that they're written in and the history is told from the perspective of those in power. This book tells U.S. history from the perspective of the losers of battles and those who were oppressed. Really opened my eyes. I just finished "Don Juan" by Moliere. A very funny French playscript.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/31 02:03:49 (permalink)
Right now I am reading "The Narrows" by Michael Connely. Loved "Concrete Blond" This book is a continuation of "The Poet" series. Well written and very fast paced. Also reading the Lord of thr Rings Series again for the fourth time. One of my all time favorites.




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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/31 06:13:11 (permalink)
I have to get my new driver's license so I can go to the library. Most of my books are in my storage room and I am going into serious book deprivation! I've read all of the books my Mom has on hand, but our tastes aren't that similar. There are only so many Christian themed romance and mystery novels I can read before I start foaming at the mouth. They are nice stories, but they don't take any time to read, and don't go into any real character development or deep thought provoking statements.

Here's to a library trip REALLY SOON!!!!

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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/31 13:14:15 (permalink)
I just finished reading two books of totally useless information. I love those type of books. Am now reading "On the road" by Jack Kerouac.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/31 21:39:57 (permalink)
"Memories of Ice", the third volume of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. Even better than the first two, and I have the fourth volume on the way from the Sci-Fi Book Club.

Also, the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. I like it better than the old Baltimore Catechism we used to have to memorize so Sister wouldn't smack us around.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/08/31 23:45:55 (permalink)
Just finished Tony Bourdain's Nasty Bits, and am now reading Anne Rice's novel about the early years of Jesus.

From profane to sacred in two easy steps.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/01 09:43:40 (permalink)
I just finished Tony's novel, "Bone in the Throat", and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/01 18:37:20 (permalink)
I just finished "That dark and Bloody River" by Allan Eckert it is a detailed history of the ohio river valley. I do mean detailed.

It was a lot of info to absorb, so now I am on to my yearly read of the hobbit, and the trilogy by tolkien. I have read them each year for the past 25 years. It is a change of pace and an easier read, something to relax with.

After the tolkien books I am going to read "Lies Across America" by James Loewen, it is about the information that our historic sites across America get wrong.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/01 18:42:39 (permalink)
reading two books.
manhunt the 12 day chase for lincoln's killer by james l. swanson
and hope- the history of the hope diamond by mary ryan
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/02 09:57:52 (permalink)
I am the proud owner of a new Georgia-wide (mostly) library card, and have been enjoying some Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown Mysteries and a book of short stories about fairies. Then I'll go on to Piers Anthony's Tatham Mound and some Lois McMaster Bujold.

Yea Library!!!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/02 12:55:26 (permalink)
Hello All,
pcdiva, oh yes!! I give you a big kiss on the cheek for reminding us to the library. When my daughter was
5, I took her to the library and she got a library card. From then until she was about 15, we would try to
go to the library every other week when possible, followed by a trip to a good place to eat, usually Jesses'Quick Lunch for their hot dogs and fries. We were able to combine a good time at the library with a good meal.
Going to the library opened her to a wealth of books that our private library did not hold.
Folks, the local public library is one great place your tax dollars goes. Thank you, pcdiva, for stirring
my memories of taking my daughter to the library.
And to get back on the topic...I'm still reading the Sherlock Holmes stories, but am ready for something else.
Yes, just decided to re-read "Platero and I" by Juan Ramon Jimenez, a soulful, small book about a simple man
and his donkey in a Spanish village.
Take Care,
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/10 05:19:09 (permalink)
September is Banned Books Month! Don't forget to visit your local library to avail yourself of the right to read what you choose.
I'm about to finish a great novel called "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt, an engaging morality tale...
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/09/12 00:47:51 (permalink)
Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen. Another story by one of the best mystery/humor writers around, IMHO.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/04 18:55:03 (permalink)
Ed, if you like carl, check out tim dorsey and christopher moore.

at the moment i'm reading the tender bar, a memoir by jr moehringer
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/04 19:39:37 (permalink)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Great read!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/04 21:49:01 (permalink)
I am reading a Short Novel and Three Short Stories, by Truman Capote. The short novel is Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is quite unlike the movie with Audrey Hepburn. Holly Golightly is not the delightful character in the novel that she is in the movie. The short stories are House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. I have read A Christmas Memory, it's wonderful. I'm looking forward to the other two stories, I've not read them yet.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/05 04:59:22 (permalink)
Kazuo Ishiguro
"Never Let me go"
Oh my....
what a fantastic book.........
Anyone else heard of this writer?
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/05 16:19:42 (permalink)
I have just finished reading a book called "Patriots"- a look at the Vietnam war from ALL sides. From soldiers to world leaders to entertainers, nurses,North and South Vietnamese,American, and just about everyone in between. An excellent read, could not put it down!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/05 18:38:12 (permalink)
Just finished Anne Rice's Christ The Lord. Gently written. Makes me wonder why it stirred so much controversy.

Currently reading Deception Point by Dan Brown. Certain parts remind me a lot of Michael Crichton, although I know they are not in the same league, by any means. Michael Crichton is a freakin' genius and HIS books fill me with terror for the future of the world.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/05 19:43:27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by roossy90

Kazuo Ishiguro
"Never Let me go"
Oh my....
what a fantastic book.........
Anyone else heard of this writer?


Yes, Remains of the Day is a wonderful, sad book. An Artist of the Floating World is another good one. Have you read any Murakami? Norwegian Wood and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle are both highly recommended.
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RE: What are you reading? 2006/10/05 23:54:15 (permalink)
Just finished "Fork It Over" by Alan Richman. He's a Philadelphia based food critic and his sense of humor about all of the food he has eaten and travels is hilarious. Also just finished "The Washingtonienne" by Jessica Cutler. A tell-all scandal book about a D.C. mailroom girl who wrote a blog about her sexual life with various men she worked with. A very empty soul wrote that one. On to some playscripts for acting work and "Viewpoints" by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. An acting style book.
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