gkaplan wrote:I'm about sixty-five pages into Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. I have read two other biographies by Chernow, so I know this one will be excellent, as were the other two.
Not sure how original is "original," but it seems to me that there were vast numbers of copies in a publisher's series... what was it called... edited by May Lamberton Becker, and that they included the Wyeth illustrations..,
I'm thinking that even though you mentioned Wilmington, DE, you were referring to the Brandywine River Museum on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA.
cinghiale wrote:I need some input here. I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now, more out of curiosity and compulsion than out of the quality of the literature, I am about one-third into The Girl Who Played With Fire.
My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers?
And, I can't believe that the prose is simply scintillating in Swedish but somehow loses all its verve and flow in translation.
Are the fans out there? Care to enlighten someone who just doesn't get it?
cinghiale wrote:My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers?
randomwalk wrote:I just finished Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw.
Now reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.
randomwalk wrote:chaz wrote:I hope Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw has a happy ending.
I don't want to give it away but it involves a Walther PPK.
Bungo wrote:I'm reading a detective/mystery novel by Elizabeth George, "Playing for the Ashes." I'm not usually much of a mystery reader, but this is pretty nice - much better written than the usual hack job in this genre. The authoress is an American who writes English novels, which for me is a red flag, but she carries it off pretty well without coming across as too much of an Anglophile fangirl. Good, in-depth characterization of most of the principals, except oddly the main detectives, who could do with some fleshing out. Good overall.
Elizabeth George is the only writer we buy in hardbound, because she is the only writer for whom we feel we can't wait.chaz wrote:Elizabeth George is a terrific author. Her Inspector Lynley stories became a series on Masterpiece Mysteries on PBS.
Fallible wrote:After reading Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational," it was encouraging to read his follow-up, "The Upside of Irrationality" and learn that all is not lost by being irrational. As Ariely says, our irrational ways let us "adapt to new environments, trust other people, enjoy expending effort, and love our kids." And he demonstrates all that very nicely.
I've seen some of his TED talks, I like him alot. It's been posted before, but he has a coursera course coming up. In case you missed that post: ...