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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:57 pm
by ruralavalon
Pain Killer, by Barry Meier.

This is the story of how OxyContin, produced by Purdue Pharma, became a widely abused opioid responsible for widespread addiction and death, and how and why the opioid epidemic began. This is as very interesting book.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:14 pm
by victw
Eligible - by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Interesting riff on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:26 pm
by wilson08
The Maine Woods
by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau made three excursions to the Maine wilderness
between 1846 and 1857. He does have his philosophical
observations as in Walden but more prevalent are his
descriptive observations of his of his surroundings, arduous
travelling, and continual flora/fauna studies. Thoreau was
a forerunner of environmental consciousness in an era when
exploitation of animal and timber resources had very little
regulation. His vision and perceptions are surprisingly modern.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:48 pm
by azurekep
Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin
Book 4 of Brad Miller & Dana Cutler series (No Brad Miller in this book)

A clever criminal defense lawyer murders a millionaire's wife, frames the husband for the murder, then gets himself hired on as defense counsel. In the meantime, private investigator Dana Cutler is following the trail of a gold sceptor dating back to the Ottoman Empire.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:26 pm
by RadAudit
Stanley's "Stop Acting Rich ..."

OK. I'm a little slow in getting around to reading it. A little dry at the start, so far, because he spends a lot of time writing about vodka, cars, and watches. But he wraps up the points he wants to make very well. And unless you are either a balance sheet millionaire or a deca-millionaire, you might begin to feel a little self-conscious about your taste in cars and booze after this book.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:52 pm
by nisiprius
Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It, by Nicholas Dunbar. I think it was ValueThinker's recommendation. It's pretty good.

The book I've enjoyed most in the last month or so has been re-reading The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk (and then watching the movie again). In my opinion, this is unquestionably Wouk's best book.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:36 pm
by MJW
I just started "Lost Light" by Michael Connelly, a Harry Bosch novel. I've read a handful of Bosch novels but this is my first reading of one in which the character is portrayed in the first person. Not sure if there are others.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:11 pm
by Sandtrap
Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:22 pm
by bighatnohorse
"The Art of Power" bio of Thomas Jefferson. Excellent!

BTW; The Harry Bosch novels are best read in the sequence published. The author, Michael Connally was a LA Times crime reporter for many years and has an extensive inside pool of resources from which he draws. I've read them all and will read anything else he publishes.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" movie was a Michael Connally story - deals with the half brother of Harry Bosch in it's own story.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:34 pm
by azurekep
Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson

Engrossing coming-of-age story in a small Midwest town in the 60's involving two high school athletes, Tony and Sam, who are best friends and rivals. Things turn dark when Tony's girlfriend is brutally murdered in a park, shortly after the couple's first-ever sexual encounter. Tony is the main suspect and is shunned by the town, though he is never charged. He escapes to Harvard and becomes a successful criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco. Twenty-eight years later, best-freind Sam, who is now an assistant vice principal, is accused of killing a girl on the track team he coaches. Tony returns to his hometown to defend his friend in court. Fully fleshed out characters, lots of emotional drama, and the prejudices of a small town fully on display.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:42 am
by bloom2708
I recently finished "Death's End" by Cixin Liu (as recommended in this thread). This is book #3 of the "Three Body Problem" series by the Chinese science fiction writer.

Book #3 was really quite enjoyable. The concepts and ideas (even if science fiction) were quite amazingly thought up. The amount of time covered. Hibernation. Light speed travel. Fascinating areas. If you like space science fiction, this 3 book series is a good one.

Now I am back to reading the Michael Connolly "Harry Bosch" series from the beginning. Currently on book #4.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:03 pm
by latesaver
Misbehaving, by Richard Thaler.

An interesting walk through the fascinating history of behavioral economics.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:33 pm
by CoAndy
"The Strange Death of Europe" by Douglas Murray.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:42 pm
by CoAndy
azurekep wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:15 pm
Recently finished:

1. Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin
Brad Miller and Dana Cutler series, Book 2

Brad is clerking for a Justice on the Supreme Court who is the victim of an assassination attempt. The hit appeared related to a death row case in Oregon and a "ghost ship" tied to TLA (three-letter acronym) intrigue. The good-guy characters are likeable and the plot is suspenseful.

2. Capital Murder by Phillip Margolin
Brad Miller and Dana Cutler series, Book 3

Brad is now a legislative assistant to a Senator on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. This is the weakest of the series so far. Not enough Brad Miller/Dana Cutler and not enough focus on the Senate. Instead, we have a jihadist terrorist plot in DC (other authors have done better), and a lame subplot involving a female defense lawyer in Oregon who falls in love with her serial-killer client.
I read everything Phillip Margolin writes. He is fantastic.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:12 am
by DDubya
A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott.
In the Scottish Highlands of 1956 a child is murdered. The staff of the local newspaper, the Highland Gazette, investigates the case. Am about halfway through and enjoying, but sometimes the Scottish dialogue needs to be re-read to understand what is being said (who knew Scottish was such a foreign language). First book in a series of six. Likely to read each based on this one.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm
by blmarsha123
The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine. I think apropos of apologists for certain current events.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:51 pm
by ruralavalon
Commerce of the Prairies, by Josiah Gregg.

This book is a first person account of the author's trading activities in the 1830s in New Mexico and Northern Mexico. He describes travel on the Santa Fe trail and to Chihuahua, the geography and weather of the regions, agriculture and stock raising, customs of Indian tribes, buffalo hunting, other animals and plants.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:15 pm
by ruralavalon
Stop Acting Rich, by Thomas J. Stanley.

In many ways this merely reports on a 2005-06 survey updating the 1995-96 survey reported in his earlier book The Millionaire Next Door. There are no big surprises here, just a nice reaffirmation of prior insights.

It's comforting to learn again of right choices made like -- buying a nice home in a modest older neighborhood was a wise choice, buying used cars enabled funding college education of four children graduating without debt, no fancy watches, boats, vacation homes, or other attempts to imitate the wealthy in consumption.

The conclusion is that not acting rich is what can enable the actual accumulation wealth, and that acting rich when not rich likely prevents the actual accumulation of wealth. Another conclusion is that living within your means, charitable giving, spending on enjoyed activities not things, not spending on high-end consumption, is what leads so to happiness. And finally the conclusion that it's OK to spend on luxury items after becoming wealthy, because that is still living within your means.

This is definitely a feel good book for anyone with a modest lifestyle compared to their income and investable assets.