What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:50 pm

jegallup wrote:
Fallible wrote:A longtime Steinberg fan here and am on a library wait list for the bio. What did you think of the book itself? As for Steinberg, I never saw a work more instantly recognizable or original than his (except for maybe Charles Addams). And he is always the subject of the great debate between cartoonists and artists or cartoonists/artists or artists/cartoonists on whether cartoons are art (in my book, they are, just not fine art).


The book is a serious, scholarly (100 pp of footnotes!) biography and the writing doesn't sparkle. But his life is so fascinating, with so many famous people turning up at every juncture, that it has really been very enjoyable. Steinberg was often compared to the Swiss artist Paul Klee, and could be bristly about not being taken seriously. But he did very well, as his wartime experience shows. His personal life was admirable in many ways—he never failed to help his poorer relatives when they asked for money—and less admirable in others, as you'll find out. The biographer chronicles the good and the bad without judging.

Seeing his art on a computer screen doesn't convey the full effect. This museum exhibit catalog book...

http://www.amazon.com/Saul-Steinberg-Il ... 0300115865

...has many wonderful reproductions in beautiful color on large sheets, a very thoughtful introductory essay, and some excellent descriptions of individual works. This book....

http://www.amazon.com/Steinberg-New-Yor ... new+yorker
...is also very enjoyable.


Thanks for the bio review. I've seen most of his other books. It's funny, I just realized that if you saw a Steinberg drawing alone, as in the book collection, you might not (although I'd get arguments here) think of it as a cartoon. But put it in a magazine like The New Yorker, and it is a cartoon, even expanding that definition. I like that his work could stand on its own because, I think, of its originality.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Default User BR » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:58 pm

Deep into The Hydrogen Sonata, the latest "Culture" novel by Iain M. Banks. So far, I like it much more than the previous two (Matter and Surface Detail).


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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby linenfort » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:28 pm

I'm reading Borrow, by Louis Hyman

These days, publishers insist on a subtitle: THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEBT
There's also a sub-subtitle: How Personal Credit Created the American Middle Class and Amost Bankrupted the Nation

It's a very readable history of debt in the U.S.
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Also, 'What Technology Wants' by Kevin Kelly of 'Wired' magazine.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:48 pm

"Guardian of Lies" by Steve Martini.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:50 pm

"The Conspiracy Club" by Jonathan Kellerman.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby travellight » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:20 pm

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby htdrag11 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:23 pm

Younger Next Year by Crowley and Lodge
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:45 pm

Stettin Station by David Downing. Downing is a British writer married to a American woman and lives in England. Stettin Station is the third in the series that features British journalist John Russell of Anglo-American parentage living in, and reporting from, Berlin during the thirties and forties
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby reggiesimpson » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:00 pm

The War by Ken Burns.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:29 pm

I just finished The Risk Pool by Richard Russo.

Now reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ddj » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:25 pm

Just finished In Sunlight and in Shadow by the ever-mellifluous Mark Helprin.

In the midst of The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Bustoff » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:09 pm

Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:35 pm

"Grace Notes" by Sara Paretsky.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:13 pm

The Half-Life of Facts, by Samuel Arbesman.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby linenfort » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:26 pm

Savages by Don Winslow
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Dan999 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:38 pm

Younger next year.
So far so good, easy to read.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby bengal22 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:02 pm

randomwalk wrote:I just finished The Risk Pool by Richard Russo.

Now reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.


Big Thumbs Up to anything by Russo
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:12 pm

bengal22 wrote:Big Thumbs Up to anything by Russo


I agree. Empire Falls is my favorite, but The Risk Pool and Nobody's Fool are right up there, and Straight Man was good as well.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby johng » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:43 pm

One Minute to Midnight. Michael Dobbs' downright scary account of the Cuban missile crisis. By turns hair-raising and jaw-dropping.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby LadyGeek » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:45 pm

I just finished Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It's mentioned quite a bit in this forum, and I agree with the reviews. A comprehensive review by cinghiale: Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" Is Out!.

Taking a break from investing, I'm back into sci-fi. My current book continues The Sword of Truth series with The Omen Machine, by Terry Goodkind.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:55 pm

"Caught" by Harlan Coben.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby hudson » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:22 pm

A friend who visited Ft. Benning on business brought me back a handful of Infantry Magazines, which I read through. The magazine put "The Killing Zone, My Life in the Vietnam War" on a recommended reading list....so I got it and read it.

It was a "just the facts" account of his shortened Vietnam tour. The writer was an OCS lieutenant assigned as a replacement in the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku in late 67 and early 68. The author reported that his platoon was in almost constant contact with VietCong and NVA units. There was no rest from constant patrolling, ambushes, and defensive perimeters. He described daily activities and noted the following about c rations:

"Sounds of disappointment and joy about the meals depended on each man’s taste. Ham and lima beans were universally hated by everyone except for the one man in each platoon who was a culinary masochist. We all bartered back and forth with all the expertise of gem dealers, trading meals until our packs were full of the next three days’ treasure."

Downs Jr., Frederick (2007-02-17). The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War (pp. 119-120). Norton. Kindle Edition.

I'm glad that I read the book...I did not serve in Vietnam....but I always loved ham and limers.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gatorman » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:41 am

Wheat Belly. Here is a link:
http://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Belly-Lose- ... 1609611543
A great book if you are interested in dropping some weight. I've lost 12 pounds in 14 days and the only change I've made is eliminating wheat and wheat products from my diet.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gatorman » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:20 am

Tall Trees, Tough Men by Robert E. Pike, is a history of logging in New England. One of my clients gave this to me and I thought it was going to be a very dry read, but Mr. Pike could write, and it is a suprisingly interesting book. Pike had quite a life, here is a link to his obituary:
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:54 pm

I just finished The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Scorpions by Noah Feldman.

Now reading Benediction by Kent Haruf.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:21 pm

Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:12 am

I just finished Benediction by Kent Haruf.

Now reading Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:24 pm

"Suspect" by Robert Crais.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Valuethinker » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:10 pm

hudson wrote:A friend who visited Ft. Benning on business brought me back a handful of Infantry Magazines, which I read through. The magazine put "The Killing Zone, My Life in the Vietnam War" on a recommended reading list....so I got it and read it.

It was a "just the facts" account of his shortened Vietnam tour. The writer was an OCS lieutenant assigned as a replacement in the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku in late 67 and early 68. The author reported that his platoon was in almost constant contact with VietCong and NVA units. There was no rest from constant patrolling, ambushes, and defensive perimeters. He described daily activities and noted the following about c rations:

"Sounds of disappointment and joy about the meals depended on each man’s taste. Ham and lima beans were universally hated by everyone except for the one man in each platoon who was a culinary masochist. We all bartered back and forth with all the expertise of gem dealers, trading meals until our packs were full of the next three days’ treasure."

Downs Jr., Frederick (2007-02-17). The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War (pp. 119-120). Norton. Kindle Edition.

I'm glad that I read the book...I did not serve in Vietnam....but I always loved ham and limers.



Thank you. It looks very interesting. The Vietnam War was a productive one in terms of literature.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Valuethinker » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:19 pm

johng wrote:One Minute to Midnight. Michael Dobbs' downright scary account of the Cuban missile crisis. By turns hair-raising and jaw-dropping.


I read this, bobbing around in a boat with 15 other tourists in the Galapagos. It wasn't the best of groups-- lot of tension, so it really kept my mind off it. Yes, very good.

We came so close, and mostly due to miscommunication and misunderstanding and misappreciation. Both sides at times acted liked crazy men. Nobody comes out of it really well. Macnamara's discovery in 1992 in Moscow that the Russians had armed their missiles, and US intelligence was convinced they had not, and the Russians assumed that the Americans knew that they had....

I met a guy once who was preparing to be part of the spearhead of the US invasion of Cuba-- they had the Marines and the paratroops all ready. Given that history has shown that the Cubans tend to shoot back (Grenada, and they did well against the South Africans in Angola) it would have been no cakewalk-- even excepting the fact that the Russian officers in command of the nuclear missiles had orders to 'use, not lose' if they came under attack.

What it teaches you is that you can sleepwalk into disaster by defining your 'vital interests' too widely, or convincing yourself you cannot afford to lose prestige or 'face' by backing down. Also that you can (Kruschev) best someone once, and assume you can just bully them again-- underestimating the violence of their reaction.

And then there was the Soviet number 2 on a sub, who when the US was dropping practice depth charges to force it to surface, stopped his command from firing a nuclear torpedo at the US destroyer, an act which surely would have caused a US counterstrike....

one of 2 men, the other Colonel Petrovsky (?) (who during the Reagan era, when the Soviet radars showed an incoming attack by 6-8 missiles, did not inform the Kremlin but calmly concluded it was a technical error, which it was), who pretty definitely saved the world from destruction.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby plantlady63 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:25 pm

grok87 wrote:
mamief45 wrote:Just finished "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Just started "Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene

i like Greene but I never read Brighton Rock. I hear its pretty depressing.
My favorite Greene novels are Travels with my aunt and Monsignor Quixote.
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May I ask what you thought of of Team of Rivals? I enjoy history of that period! :happy

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby bengal22 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:29 pm

plantlady63 wrote:
grok87 wrote:
mamief45 wrote:Just finished "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Just started "Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene

i like Greene but I never read Brighton Rock. I hear its pretty depressing.
My favorite Greene novels are Travels with my aunt and Monsignor Quixote.
cheers,


May I ask what you thought of of Team of Rivals? I enjoy history of that period! :happy

Thanks


Team of Rivals was absolutely great. I always enjoyed that period as well - American Civil War and Lincoln. Fantastic book. The movie Lincoln was based on small portion of Team of Rivals.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:36 pm

bengal22 wrote:
plantlady63 wrote:
grok87 wrote:
mamief45 wrote:Just finished "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Just started "Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene

i like Greene but I never read Brighton Rock. I hear its pretty depressing.
My favorite Greene novels are Travels with my aunt and Monsignor Quixote.
cheers,


May I ask what you thought of of Team of Rivals? I enjoy history of that period! :happy

Thanks


Team of Rivals was absolutely great. I always enjoyed that period as well - American Civil War and Lincoln. Fantastic book. The movie Lincoln was based on small portion of Team of Rivals.

The movie was terrific.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:22 pm

"The Innocent" by Harlan Coben.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Blues » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:23 pm

"Broken Harbor" by Tana French.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:38 pm

Wilderness Empire, by Allan W. Eckert. An interesting narrative of border warfare in North America, 1715 - 1759.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Blues » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:44 pm

I read that series by Eckert some years ago. Good stuff.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:57 pm

Arnold Bennett, Riceyman Steps.

And here, for you oldtimers, is a puzzler. A central character, a bookseller, is typing away in a shabby office:

"A little bell rang; the machine dated from the age when typewriters had this contrivance for informing the operator that the end of a line would be reached in two or three more taps."

OK, folks. When did typewriters ever not have such a "contrivance?" Certainly spiffy new Royals had them in the 1960s, and so did IBM Selectrics.

The book was published in 1923. I'm not quite sure what era it is set in. Typewriters started to become ubiquitous and more circa 1890 or so. We know that "21 years ago" the character in question was bored by his uncle's stories of the building of the Underground from Clerkenwell to Euston Square, and Wikipedia says the Euston Square tube station was built in 1863, so, I think the story must be set around 1890-1910 or so.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby atfish » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:01 am

"My Personal Best" by John Wooden
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:22 pm

atfish wrote:"My Personal Best" by John Wooden

John Wooden was the best coach!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:41 pm

"The Drop" by Michael Connelly.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby jebmke » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:43 pm

Canada - Richard Ford
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:05 pm

chaz wrote:"The Drop" by Michael Connelly.


Excellent book
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:06 pm

Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby hudson » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:58 pm

A long time friend has "Tracer 1" on his license plate....I know it was related to his 4th Infantry Division service in Vietnam. When he mentioned that he was reading "The Shake 'n Bake Sergeant" I decided to read it. The author told about going to NCO school at Ft Benning in the late 60's...the slang name for the school was "Shake and Bake". When the author read someone slam "Shake and Bake soldiers in Jesse Ventura's book, "The Teams", he was prompted to write the book. The author describes his growth as a sergeant from a novice to a competent leader. The TRACERS or small long range reconnaissance teams have a part in his story. My Tracer 1 friend has since compared notes with the author and they served at the same time but didn't know each other. If you like "just the facts" Vietnam accounts, you might like this.
The last part of the book gave the author's account of his platoon and company locked into a several day battle with a larger North Vietnamese unit.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ddj » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:42 pm

A Complicated Kindness
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:29 am

"Trunk Music" by Michael Connelly.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby BBL » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:00 am

The grapes of wrath.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby SurfCityBill » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:06 pm

The Persian Boy - Mary Renault (JFK's favorite author)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Blues » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:19 pm

'The Man Who Went Up In Smoke' by Sjowall and Wahloo
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