What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Post by Mr. Rumples » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:02 pm

I am working my way slowly though the book Yoga Fitness for Men: Build Strength, Improve Performance, and Increase Flexibility by Dean Pohlman. I realize I need to work more on balance and flexibility as I get older. I like this book since unlike so many, it shows the beginning / baby steps to get to the more advanced poses - which I may never advance to. Some of the poses are ones my PT has me doing, but non of them are way out there.

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Post by HoosierJim » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:31 pm

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

The Big Lebowski finally makes sense.

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Post by moshe » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:21 pm

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

A telling of the life of of Elephant Wallah "Elephant Bill" during his years in Burma. Well written and fascinating history.

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Post by jginseattle » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:28 pm

Having just finished Richard Russo's Chances Are..., I'm now reading his Empire Falls. It's very enjoyable.

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Post by bertilak » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:52 pm

jginseattle wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Having just finished Richard Russo's Chances Are..., I'm now reading his Empire Falls. It's very enjoyable.
Be sure to read his earlier work, which I prefer. Best to start with Nobody's Fool. There was a movie of the same name made from this starring Paul Newman. This is also very good. I read the book before seeing the movie and liked both. Newman got the character down perfectly. Many movies differ greatly from the book (e.g. The Shining) but in this case the movie is true to the book and very well done.

Mohawk and RIsk Pool are even earlier and also very good.

Empire Falls, 2001 won him a Pulitzer.

I might be biased by the fact that the above-mentioned books take place in parts of upstate New York which I am somewhat familiar with.
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Post by FireHorse » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:48 pm

I am currently reading "My sister's keeper" by Jodi Picoult.
An emotional book to read, I often have to put down and walk away.
They made it to the movie but I rather read the book, may be someday in the future I will watch the movie.

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Post by Steelhead754 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:26 pm

1. Raising Men by Eric Davis. A really great book and take on parenting and leading your son (an daughter) to be exceptional.

2. David and Goliath. Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Post by birnhamwood » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:17 pm

Currently reading Elton John's ME. It's OK but I'm just half-way through and will repost if the story improves. Otherwise, bland "just the facts" account of a much more interestding life, IMO.

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Post by Nicolas » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:22 pm

I’m reading 1066 A New History of the Norman Conquest by Peter Rex.
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Post by jginseattle » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:39 pm

bertilak wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:52 pm
jginseattle wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Having just finished Richard Russo's Chances Are..., I'm now reading his Empire Falls. It's very enjoyable.
Be sure to read his earlier work, which I prefer. Best to start with Nobody's Fool. There was a movie of the same name made from this starring Paul Newman. This is also very good. I read the book before seeing the movie and liked both. Newman got the character down perfectly. Many movies differ greatly from the book (e.g. The Shining) but in this case the movie is true to the book and very well done.

Mohawk and RIsk Pool are even earlier and also very good.

Empire Falls, 2001 won him a Pulitzer.

I might be biased by the fact that the above-mentioned books take place in parts of upstate New York which I am somewhat familiar with.
Thanks for the recommendations.

I've seen the movie Nobody's Fool. I would like to see the 2005 two-part HBO version of Empire Falls. Pual Newman played Max in that.

Today I picked up Everybody's Fool (2016) at the library.

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Post by galectin » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:46 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:48 am
OK, looking for a book recommendation...I'm in search of a good, funny novel (definitely a novel, not just a funny non-fiction by a comedian). I love Wodehouse, but not looking for another one of those. My other favorites include Lucky Jim and Straight Man. I have read, but didn't love, Confederacy of Dunces.

Thanks in advance.
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Post by MP173 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:25 pm

Just finished "The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg" by Eleanor Randolph.

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Post by jebmke » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:43 pm

Finished The Night Fire, Michael Connelly.

Now on The Informant, Thomas Perry (third of the Butcher's Boy trilogy).
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Post by ruralavalon » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:05 am

General of the Army, by Ed Cray.

This is a biography of General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War Two, later Secretary of State, author of the Marshall Plan for the post-war relief and reconstruction of Europe, and Secretary of Defense. The patriotism and sacrifices of so many during that time are truly amazing.
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Post by Blues » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:13 am

"Strip Jack" by Ian Rankin. (Inspector Rebus series.)

"Alone at Dawn" by Dan Schilling and Lori Longfritz. "The true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms."
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Post by Andrew321 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:57 pm

I finished reading "America's Bank" by Roger Lowenstein. It includes a brief history of US money and national banks, then spends most of its pages giving a history of how the federal reserve came to be.

I learned about how scrip was used in financial panics, and that the idea of a government-issued note was controversial. I never realized private banks issued notes that could be used as money or the complicated operation that clearing a check used to require.

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Post by friar1610 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:54 pm

Just finished "The Chain" by Adrian McKinty. It's a fast-paced thriller/mystery. McKinty is a Northern Irishman who has written a number of detective stories set in his home country. This one is set in and around Newburyport, MA. I highly recommend it for those who like this genre.
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Post by Dave55 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:10 pm

"Tooth and Nail" by Ian Rankin, the 3rd in the Detective Rebus series.


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Post by Mr. Rumples » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:23 pm

Many years ago I read a biography of Chaucer by Donald Howard. It was excellent, though strange in that he was writing a biography of a person about whom there really was very little information.

So too with the book The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington by Martha Saxton. It is the first biography of George Washington's mother that has been written. It paints her in a light very different than his biographers paint her. There is not a lot of information about her so instead a lot of the book is drawn from life and about life in colonial Virginia. There is no diary, few letters, but in a society which was as litigious as ours, there are lots of records of wills and bills of sale.

Washington's biographers paint her as someone who was never satisfied with her son, even after he was President (she died in 1789.) But its more complex than that. She had reasons for being the person she was and it was difficult for her in a society which was rapidly changing even before Revolution was on the horizon. In some ways a mother's fears about children haven't changed, such as her's for her son's career and not fitting in socially (though today we don't have to worry about their wigs not fitting properly and falling off).

For those interested in colonial American society before the Revolution, about women's role in colonial American society, the lives of slaves, as well as those interested in Washington, this book can serve as an introduction.

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Post by Freefun » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:45 am

The ride of a lifetime by Bob Iger. Great read especially if you like business and/or Disney.

Also Shoe Dog which was posted numerous times.
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Post by TerryDMillerMBA » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:22 am

"Murder in E Minor"--Robert Goldsborough (audiobook)

Writer doing Rex Stout imitation of Nero Wolfe story. He is very accurate in the tone.

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Post by Paddygirl » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:27 am

I am reading Bad Blood. Here is the jist from Amazon:

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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Post by mancich » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:26 pm

"Super Pumped" The Battle for Uber". Just downloaded this from my library, and really like it so far.

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Post by mancich » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:28 pm

Paddygirl wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:27 am
I am reading Bad Blood. Here is the jist from Amazon:

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
+1 This was a very interesting read, and shocking to see how many people were bamboozled by Ms. Holmes

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Post by sandburg » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:21 pm

Truman by David McCullough. So far it's excellent.

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Post by Eowyn » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:49 pm

"The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 70% finished.
It is a first person fictionalized narrative told by Hiram Walker, born into slavery in Virginia and separated from his mother at a young age, gifted with remarkable memory (except for some notable holes) and the magic-working power of "Conduction," who becomes involved with the Underground Railroad.
It's a very good book. The writing is quite lyrical, so I will also listen to the audiobook, which is narrated by the melodious actor Joe Morton.

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Post by bertilak » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:13 pm

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Ian Fleming's Diamonds are Forever (1956), a James Bond book.

James Bond books are one of my weaknesses. I have several copies of most of them, going back to paperbacks I bought in the very early '60s. Every few years I start going through them....
I love reading these books.
Here it is a year later and I just finished another: Live and Let Die (1954), also a good read. Definitely Un-PC, if that kind of thing bothers you, but also definitely true to the mid-50s time period.

Unlike Diamonds it did not cover locations I am familiar with, but did cover a location Fleming was familiar with: Jamaica, where he lived for a while. He has a LOT to say about Jamaica -- all interesting. Today there is a Jamaican airport named for him: Ian Fleming International Airport.

Again, Bond lives in luxury: Fancy trains (New York to Florida), the best whiskey (American), fancy coffee (Jamaican Blue Mountain).

The movie gets silly. It is the first Roger Moore film and begins, I think, the downward spiral of the bond films. It has a lot of stuff not in the book, e.g. stereotypical southern redneck sheriff and other things included just for their goofiness factor. None of that is in the book.
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Post by abuss368 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:55 pm

"Stay the Course" Jack Bogle's last book. Really enjoying it!
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Post by mak1277 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:57 am

bertilak wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:13 pm
bertilak wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:47 pm
Ian Fleming's Diamonds are Forever (1956), a James Bond book.

James Bond books are one of my weaknesses. I have several copies of most of them, going back to paperbacks I bought in the very early '60s. Every few years I start going through them....
I love reading these books.
Here it is a year later and I just finished another: Live and Let Die (1954), also a good read. Definitely Un-PC, if that kind of thing bothers you, but also definitely true to the mid-50s time period.

Unlike Diamonds it did not cover locations I am familiar with, but did cover a location Fleming was familiar with: Jamaica, where he lived for a while. He has a LOT to say about Jamaica -- all interesting. Today there is a Jamaican airport named for him: Ian Fleming International Airport.

Again, Bond lives in luxury: Fancy trains (New York to Florida), the best whiskey (American), fancy coffee (Jamaican Blue Mountain).

The movie gets silly. It is the first Roger Moore film and begins, I think, the downward spiral of the bond films. It has a lot of stuff not in the book, e.g. stereotypical southern redneck sheriff and other things included just for their goofiness factor. None of that is in the book.
I read Casino Royale and Live and Let Die back to back earlier this year. Much preferred the former.

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Post by Fallible » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:23 pm

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life. Andrew Blauner, editor.

A new anthology on Charles Schulz's classic comic strip. I've read most of the 30-plus essays (some as comics and poems) and one I found especially interesting is by Peter D. Kramer, a psychology professor at Brown University who compares the “psychiatry” dispensed by the neurotic Lucy to the real profession (unsurprisingly, they’re not too far apart). Almost all strongly identify with the loser side of Charlie Brown (who also had a winning side, but as Schulz knew, losing is funnier than winning), while one compares the strip to Chekhov, Brecht, Beckett, Shakespeare, and Chaplin (Good grief!), and all love the endlessly imaginative Snoopy.

It always surprises me how personally and seriously the “Peanuts” characters are taken, but that’s testament to Schulz’s creative gift and deep love of cartooning. I’ve always loved the strip mostly for its humor, the kind that grows from a well-defined character and setting. The first time I read it, in an airport lounge around 1960, I laughed so hard people stared at me. I can still laugh at punch lines first read long ago and many times since, such as Lucy delivering the ultimate film spoiler to Linus as he begins to watch Citizen Kane for the first time: “Rosebud was his sled.”

Even cruelty is funny, in Schulz’s capable hands.
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Post by birnhamwood » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:54 pm

"I Heard You Paint Houses" by
Charles Brandt

Back story of THE IRISHMAN.

In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa -- a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.

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Post by goldendad » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:05 pm

Persuasion by Jane Austin

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Post by ruralavalon » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:05 am

Life on the Mississippi, by Mark Twain.

This wonderful book recounts the author's experiences as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River in the 1850s, and his visit to the river as a tourist in the 1880s. It was worth re-reading.
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Post by bertilak » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:08 am

ruralavalon wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:05 am
Life on the Mississippi, by Mark Twain.
It was worth re-reading.
I might just do that. It's been a very long time.
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Post by Finridge » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:50 pm

I recently finished reading The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing Success by Daniel Crosby. There was some good information, much of which overlaps with precepts in books that are often recommended here on this forum or in this site's wiki.

However, the author recommends active management and buying 20-30 individual stocks rather than mutual funds. He recognizes and speaks at length about the behavioral pitfalls associated with investing mistakes and which also results in actively managed portfolios lagging the performance of portfolios invested in low-cost index funds. However he thinks that it is possible to escape these pitfalls and beat the performance of index funds by using a rule-based system to invest in value stocks.

I do not recommend this book.

I also read The Think Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan. In my opinion,the title's promise to provide "money secrets" over-promises. There is very little actionable information in this book. It is more like a light anthropological look into the very wealthy written in the style of a travelogue.

Some of the authors encounters are interesting but there are no earth-shattering secrets unveiled. One of the author's themes is that there is a difference between being "rich" (by which he means living high on the hog) and "wealthy" (by which he means "having enough") -- and while some people have enough money for both, for many living "rich" comes at the risk of not being "wealthy."

Other insights are that some of the very wealthy overestimate the power of money to help their children live happier lives while simultaneously underestimating the potentially harmful effects of being a "trustafarian."

I can give this book only a lukewarm recommendation, and only for people who have an anthropological interest in the very wealthy, or who are very wealthy themselves, or expect to become so.

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Post by RevFran » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:54 pm

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Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost By Caitlin Zaloom

How the financial pressures of paying for college affect the lives and well-being of middle-class families

The struggle to pay for college is one of the defining features of middle-class life in America today. At kitchen tables all across the country, parents agonize over whether to burden their children with loans or to sacrifice their own financial security by taking out a second mortgage or draining their retirement savings. Indebted takes readers into the homes of middle-class families throughout the nation to reveal the hidden consequences of student debt and the ways that financing college has transformed family life.
I just read, and loved, this book, even though I don’t have kids or college debt so am not directly affected. It had a great analysis of what it means to be middle class, and of how monetary decisions shape families, families’ sense of obligations to family members ....

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Post by Mr. Rumples » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:29 pm

The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay by Mike Vouri

Perhaps the strangest war in US history with long lasting repercussions. While only a pig died in "combat" in 1859 (Royal Marines died while it was being adjudicated), it pitted the US against Great Britain and only cooler heads in Washington and London prevented a cascade to war over the boundary with Canada. The standoff lasted until 1872 after the dispute was adjudicated by Kaiser Wilhelm I; marking the first international dispute decided by an independent third party. Today, the site (English Camp, San Juan Islands, Washington) is the only British military cemetery on US soil over which the British flag flies.

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Post by Mactheriverrat » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:52 am

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