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Lucky Bishop
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What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 2:55 AM
To take a little of the heat off of Tiki after the minor flare-up on the AI thread, I thought it might be fun to have an actual reading-related topic.

So: what are you reading right now?

As for myself, I've got four books on the go at the moment, which is about usual for me. I'm less than a hundred pages from the end of The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith, which is one of those novels that resists synopsis. Basically, it's about a young man and the various obsessions that have taken over his life, my favorite of which is a book he's writing that divides everything in the world into one of two categories: Jewish or Goyish. It's got the same sort of antic quality as her first novel, White Teeth. I'm also well into Anita and Me by Meera Syal, a very funny coming of age novel about an Indian girl in England in the '60s and '70s and the neighborhood tough girl that she idolizes. (Meera Syal is also an actress -- if you have BBC America, you might have seen her as either the grandmother on The Kumars At No. 42 or the female lead on the sketch show Goodness Gracious Me.) Then there's Back to the Miracle Factory, a book of essays by Paul Williams, the founder and editor of the pioneering music magazine Crawdaddy, and I just started Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, which my wife has just handed off to me saying it's probably his best book yet.

Plus the new Gourmet just came today and I've got most of this week's New Yorker and a little bit at the end of last week's to get through, and the new issue of Mojo is tempting me from the bedside table as well.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 3:55 AM
Right now- Coastal Observer, newspaper from Pawleys Island SC. Crutchfield catalog in the bathroom. Amber Frey- "Witness for the prosecution of Scott Peterson" was my last book.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 9:55 AM
BLINK

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 10:24 AM
I go for non-fiction.

Nothing right now. The Roadfood book got me interested in Best Places Seattle -- but neither are cover-to-cover reads.

Last couple: Tom Brokaw's bio and Jonnie Cochran's bio.

I am always keeping an eye out for Ann Rule books -- the problem with them is they never last me very long.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 10:51 AM
I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)






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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 11:40 AM
"Where Rivers Change Direction", by Mark Spragg. Great coming of age story of a young man growing up on a dude ranch just outside of Yellowstone. Check it out!

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 11:48 AM
Curt Smith's Voices of the Game, It's about baseball broadcasters. American Fuji by Sara Backer, a mystery set in Japan.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 12:02 PM
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. I'm taking a break after book 8 in the Patrick O'Brian series (e.g. Master & Commander).

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 12:09 PM
This week---Just finished Jimmy Buffet's "Where is Joe Merchant?"---Raced through "The Skeleton Man" --Tony Hillerman's latest--( i am a BIG fan!!)---and am now in the middle of the first novel ever written by a President of the US---Jimmy Carter's "The Hornets Nest"--a story of the south's--esp Georgia and North Carolina--involvemant in the Revolutionary War. I am thinking that its been a LONG time since i read the Journals Of Lewis and Clark so that may be next.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 1:06 PM
I just finished Tom Clancey's "The Teeth of the Tiger" and I'm about halfway through Harry Turtledoves "In The Presence of Mine Enemies" an alternative history where Germany won WW2, "The Haunted South" a collection of ghost stories is out in the truck and Jimmy Buffet's "A Salty Piece of Land" is on the arbor table waiting for lunchtime..

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 1:12 PM
That's an easy one, the Roodfood website.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 1:52 PM
"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall," by one of the Bronte sisters, I'm not sure which one. It's kinda hard to tell them apart.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 10:26 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Adjudicator

I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)




Have you ever been to the EAA Air Adventure in Oshkosh, WI? Visit www.airventure.org for information.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 04/30/05 11:32 PM
nausea, sartre
juliette, sade
the timeships, stephen baxter
diaspora, greg egan
great short works, dostoevsky
ulysses, joyce
schild's ladder, greg egan
the furthest horizon, edited by gardner dozois




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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 3:01 PM
Dearfolk,
"Last Bus To Albuquerque" by Lewis Grizzard. It's a collection of his never-published-before columns laced with remembrances (sp.?) of co-workers, old buddies, and fans.
Lewis and I passed periodically in the halls of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism when I was a freshman in 1966-67; from what I remember, we had a nodding acquaintance... but from what he remembered of me, he thought I was a true character, and he told someone "I'd put him in a novel, but nobody'd believe that he was still running around loose."
I didn't always agree politically with Lewis, but he ALWAYS made me laugh, cry, and/or think... or get hungry. I cannot tell y'all how many extra-extra times I hugged my mother after his died because he couldn't hug his anymore.
Eventually I'll go visit his grave in lovely Moreland, Georgia, on the way between thrift stores and BBQ places (it's on U. S. 29 between Newnan and LaGrange; an easy exit off I-85). I know he'd appreciate at least half of my itenerary: you can't expect to find Gucci loafers in a thrift store, not even Goodwill Industries of West Point/Lanett....
Humbly Submitted, The Still-Running-Around-Loose Ort. Carlton in Doubtlessly Extraordinarily Tolerant Athens, Georgia.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 3:03 PM
quote:
Originally posted by plb
That's an easy one, the Roodfood website.


G'NEE!!!!!!!!
Ort.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 5:49 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

G'NEE!!!!!!!!
Ort.


Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!


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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 8:41 PM
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.G'NEE!!!!!!!!Ort.


Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!



Tiki,
Not at all. G'nee is one of my favorite expressions: it's the phonetic version of the stifled laugh of my old friend Dennis, who hailed from Brooklyn, used to live in Athens, and now graces the shores of Hawaii (lucky dog!).
Does this mean that guinea pigs are no longer P. C.??? Don't tell that to anybody in Peru. Or in Krebs, Oklahoma.
Maynard-Gee-Whizzing, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
P. S. I haven't forgotten the Lenny Welch record. I turned up a copy of it in my duplicates, but it sounds fuzzy. I really want to do you better than that.
P. P. S. Dennis also said "HOONK!!!", which is untranslatable, so I can't use it. Great Scott, do I miss him....

tiki
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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 11:06 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.G'NEE!!!!!!!!Ort.


Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!



Tiki,
Not at all. G'nee is one of my favorite expressions: it's the phonetic version of the stifled laugh of my old friend Dennis, who hailed from Brooklyn, used to live in Athens, and now graces the shores of Hawaii (lucky dog!).
Does this mean that guinea pigs are no longer P. C.??? Don't tell that to anybody in Peru. Or in Krebs, Oklahoma.

Maynard-Gee-Whizzing, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
P. S. I haven't forgotten the Lenny Welch record. I turned up a copy of it in my duplicates, but it sounds fuzzy. I really want to do you better than that.
P. P. S. Dennis also said "HOONK!!!", which is untranslatable, so I can't use it. Great Scott, do I miss him....

Thanks for remembering!!!!!---amd about those Guinea Pigs---arnt they where you get Italoan Pork chops!!?? I gnu you wouldn't really insult my fellow g'nees!

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sun, 05/1/05 11:37 PM
Jimmy Buffets "A Salty Piece of Land" and a golf improvment book by Tiger Woods which I just found in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble for $6.99 (was about $25 when first published).

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 10:48 AM
T.R. Pearson's "Cry Me A River". Any Southern lit fans out there should read all of his stuff...

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 10:48 AM
I finished Richard Flanagan's book, "Gould's Book of Fish". I highly recommend this gripping tale.

Halfway through a book called "Nickel & Dimed" about working poor in America, and about to start a novel called Balzac & the Little Chinese princess", by Dai Sijie.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 10:57 AM
"The National Enquirer" ... in which Anna Nicole say of Cracker Barrel, "Food just doesn't get much better than that!"

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 11:21 AM
Just finishing up " A Perfect Heresy" about the medevial Cathars and why the church thought it was necessary to create the inquistion and start the Albigenesarian crusade to wipe them out.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 11:44 AM
"All I Did Was Ask" by Terry Gross.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 1:31 PM
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Originally posted by berndog

Jimmy Buffets "A Salty Piece of Land" and a golf improvment book by Tiger Woods which I just found in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble for $6.99 (was about $25 when first published).
aaaaaaahh bargin books!! I used to pick up paper backs at the salvation army 4-5 for a buck, now they charge half the cover price!!! Of course there's always the flea market... I reluctently agreed to accompany the wife to Target the other day.. as I walked in I spotted a clearance rack of books all 4 a dollar apiece .... 7 books on painting and a dozen hardbacks later I looked up to find....HER WAITING FOR ME!! what a switch!

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 1:54 PM
Today's Roadfood forums....the only thing besides the newspaper I have time to read this time of year. Great to finally have Spring!!!

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 2:22 PM
“Just One Look” - Harlan Coben. Just love his books. Every one a page-turner

“An Unfinished Life” - Mark Spragg. Wonderful story. Heard it has been made into a movie with Robert Redford

“Peachtree Road” - Anne River Siddons. Who doesn’t love stories about crazy Southeners?

“The Optimist’s Daughter” - Eudora Welty - revisiting a classic.

“The Geographer’s Library” - John Fasman. Have not started it yet

I usually have two or three going at the same time. I have four others from the library, but I cannot recall what they are sitting here at work.

I love all kinds of books.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 9:46 PM

Originally posted by Adjudicator

I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)

Your use of Bf instead of Me shows you've done your homework sir.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 9:53 PM
A thread on roadood...


But as in actuall reading material, less the tech manuals and gardening / landscape catalogs at work.. Have a copy of Gureilla Gardening comming my way... Yet to read it... But being the pain in the arse it was to find it (still a few copies available at Barnes & Nobles), I hope it's worth it! (PS, forget trying to order it off Amazon)...


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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 10:25 PM
Recently finished "Blink," and am reading "The Blessings of a Skinned Knee," a parenting book (hey, I've got little kids, what can I say?) Next on the docket is "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century," by Thomas Friedman.

I read much more non-fiction than fiction, but have been making an effort to integrate more fiction into my reading (although, between newspapers/magzines, work-related reading and family stuff, I'm lucky to read 20-30 minutes of book-reading a night before bed.) My last fiction book was "The Plot Against America," by Philip Roth.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 10:43 PM
Bouchon, by Thomas Keller, May/June Saveur, and Ready, Steady, Go! The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London, by Shawn Levy. Did you ever wonder why Twiggy and all of those Shrimpton like girls were so very skinny? Well, maybe you didn't wonder, but Shawn Levy explains it all in this very entertaining book about music and fashion in '60s London. The models were skinny because of the post WW II protein shortage.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 05/2/05 11:04 PM
Right now:

The Old Roadfood book
The New Roadfood Book, and

Ya-Yas In Bloom by Rebecca Wells

I mostly read mysteries, but I decided to do light reading for awhile. I find I get enough of mysteries & police action at work!

The Lady


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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 12:53 AM
Spudnut: How was Blink? I love Malcolm Gladwell's pieces in the New Yorker, but I've never read any of his books.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 10:52 AM
quote:
Originally posted by jinjo76

nausea, sartre
juliette, sade
the timeships, stephen baxter
diaspora, greg egan
great short works, dostoevsky
ulysses, joyce
schild's ladder, greg egan
the furthest horizon, edited by gardner dozois


Aw, gwan. I just know you work a couple of Romance/Gothic novels in there between Dostoyesvsky and Joyce.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 1:09 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Spudnut: How was Blink? I love Malcolm Gladwell's pieces in the New Yorker, but I've never read any of his books.




I loved Blink: enjoyed it even more than his first book, The Tipping Point. It probably could have been condensed to a very long article, but the repetitive examples were so enjoyable to me that I didn't care.

I see that ChicagoStyleDog is also reading Blink. Maybe he/she will weigh in.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 1:50 PM
Legallady - How is the new Ya-Ya book?

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 2:41 PM
I just finished the latest Spemser novel by Robert B. Parker and I have now started The Corrections by Franzen.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 3:13 PM
I just finished (finally) Lost Over Laos by Dick Pyle and Horst Faas.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 4:52 PM
Cod, Mark Kurlansky, about how a fish changed the world.

Cheers, John

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 5:21 PM
I'm reading the libretto of Marriage of Figaro (trying to learn a little Italian along the way), the usual bunch of magazines and catalogues, and (when I have lots of attention) The Elegant Universe.

I loved Cod by Kurlansky; I also really liked John McPhee's The Founding Fish.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Tue, 05/3/05 5:24 PM
I want to read Cod -- Kurlansky also did a book on salt that sounds really interesting. His book The Basque History of the World is fantastic!

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Thu, 12/8/05 10:55 PM
I just finished a couple of books that are well worth reading. One, Bob Dylan's "Chronicles". Easy read. Interesting. Not so much for what he has to say about himself or his music, but what he has to say about other musicians.
"Honeymoon With My Brother" by Franz Wisner is a fascinating book, another easy read, but involves world travel and a rather novel story line. It's too good so I won't divulge any more than that for now.
For Civil War, or medically inclined people, a book called "Bleeding Blue & Gray" a historical book, written by a doctor, about the status of medicine at the time of the Civil War was also well done. Amazing to think how far we've advanced in the field since those days, and also how far we still have to go.


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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 12:15 AM
Just finished "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith
Now reading "White Teeth" by same author
and "In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio"
and "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed" by Alan Alda
Recent recommended reads
"Goodnight Nobody" by Jennifer Weiner - funny mystery
"Evensong" by Gail GOdwin - drama novel
"The Bitch In the House" essays by women
"Jemima Jones" funny novel
"Couldn't Keep it to Myself" writings by women in prison
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safron Foer (loved this book)
"The Human Stain" by Philip Roth
"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold - I know I will read this again and again

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 7:28 AM
Right now, 'Roughing It' by Mark Twain. Pretty cool account of travel through the west before the railroads were in.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 8:43 AM
Hello All,
Just finished, "Vie de France" by James Haller.
Just started, "The Humility of God: by Ilia Delio.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 1:05 PM
Just finished "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire and "Pompeii" by Robert Harris. Currently reading "Millenium" by Jack Anderson. When I take a break between these books I've been reading "Barbecue Bible" by Steven Raichlin---it's fun to read a chapter at a time in it and the go back to a "regular" book.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 2:19 PM
Joy oh Joy... THe cabbage soup diet... and drool wandering thru the food posts here...

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 2:39 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

I just finished (finally) Lost Over Laos by Dick Pyle and Horst Faas.


I think I've seen some of Dick Pyle's movies

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/9/05 3:03 PM
I try not to read books it makes my brain hurt.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Fri, 12/16/05 3:33 PM
Mary Higgins Clard mystery "Remember Me". I love mysteries and historical novels.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Sat, 12/17/05 4:39 PM
Re-reading the Chronicles Of Narnia. As C.S. Lewis said when he wrote them, in his dedication to "Lucy", she was too old to read fairy tales anymore, but someday she would be old enough to start reading them again, and that was what he was waiting for.

I figure, at 46, I am old enough to read fairy tales again.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 12/19/05 11:22 AM
Sue Grafton's "S is for Silence" and Sara Paretsky"s "Fire Sale".

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 12/19/05 11:52 AM
My sister recently sent me a box of her used paperbacks. Many of them are of the sort I probably wouldn't have purchased on my own. She said that it's about time I got in touch with my "feminine side". Well, so far, I've read "Blood Memory" by Greg Iles (written by a man (?) but the story is told in the first-person by a woman) and "Islands" by Anne Rivers Siddons. I liked them both quite a lot, but I believe I'm starting to get a yeast infection. pb

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Mon, 12/19/05 5:57 PM
Right now I'm reading S.M. Stirling novels, Dies the Fire and The Protector's War. Other things I've read and enjoyed recently are The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson and Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran, Confessions of a French Baker by Peter Mayle and The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Wed, 03/1/06 1:55 PM
I stayed up very late last night reading. I read Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris, one of the funniest men to ever write an essay. The Dealings Of Daniel Kesserich by Fritz Leiber, a short, spooky novel about strange happenings in a small desert town, and I got halfway through Mary Roach's Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife. It looks at how medical science attempts to answer questions involving the paranormal and the afterlife. I really liked her first book Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Cadavers and this one is just as good.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Wed, 03/1/06 3:17 PM
Where's Waldo by Martin Handford. Chow Jim

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Wed, 03/1/06 3:23 PM
I'm reading a compilation of Dave Barry articles titled: Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down.
I'm near the end. Not sure what I want to read next.
I like non-fiction like Tuesday's with Maury and The Color of Water. So, I'll be on the hunt for a new true tale or group of essays by the weekend.


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RE: What are you reading right now? - Wed, 03/1/06 5:43 PM
Working on McCollough's "1776," and "The World is Flat," by Thomas Friedman.
Also, while waiting at the dentist and such, "The Shroud of the Thwacker," by Chris Elliott.

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RE: What are you reading right now? - Wed, 03/1/06 9:27 PM
Diamonds Are Forever

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