What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:04 pm

My spouse, a professor of contemporary British literature, says the new Atwood book is fantastic. She also loved Rushdie’s new book.

Both novels are on my reading list.

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I am going to reread "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood before I read the sequel which has just come out. I understand it is a timely subject.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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bertilak wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:37 pm
bertilak wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:34 pm
bertilak wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:16 pm
I just finished The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) a novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, the 2015 British Library edition (Crime Classics series)
...
Just finished The Santa Klaus Murders (1936) by Mavis Doriel Hay, also from the British Library of Crime Classics series.
Another from the British Library of Crime Classics series: Thirteen Guests (1936) by J. Jefferson Farjeon. This continues the tradition of English country-house murder mysteries. I enjoyed it.
And yet another from the British Library of Crime Classics series: The Cornish Coast Murder (1935) by John Brude. This is another sub-genre of English Murder Mysteries: rustic as opposed to upper class. This was an enjoyable, atmospheric, read taking place on the stormy Atlantic coast of England.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Artful Dodger » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:53 pm

PhilosophyAndrew wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:04 pm
My spouse, a professor of contemporary British literature, says the new Atwood book is fantastic. She also loved Rushdie’s new book.

Both novels are on my reading list.

Andy.
mfswatz9 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:53 pm
I am going to reread "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood before I read the sequel which has just come out. I understand it is a timely subject.
Ask your aunt if she's read The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. My wife is reading for her book club, and said it won the Man Booker award.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Pilgprog wrote:
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I've just finished "Deep survival - who lives, who dies and why" by Laurence Gonzales.

It's not about "technical" survival skills but much more about the mindset which divides survivors from those who don't make it out alive.
Very interesting, fast read. And not only relatable to outdoor survival situations.
Interesting topic. Consider Ben Sherwood’s “The Survivors Club” - non-fiction study of this published10 or so years ago. Some found tge book excellent, some not so much. But thought provoking - could save your life.
Also, consider "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes" by Amanda Ripley. I read "Unthinkable" at the same time as I read "Deep Survival" and thought "Unthinkable" was a better book.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SGM » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:06 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:22 pm
SGM wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:07 pm
I received two books as a surprise gift from a friend who I recently reconnected with via a found unopened letter from 50 years ago. The books are:The Plant Paradox and Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution by Dr. Steven Gundry. I am reading them out of respect for the friendship, but there are a lot of claims that have not met peer review. The language is rather loose for my liking. The author goes against most health diets that are quite popular and they may very well be flawed. Also some of his later recommendations go against the earlier Diet Evolution book. His evidence is mostly anecdotal and not tested against control groups or double blind studies.

I am licensed physician in retirement and I keep up with medical research. This is not the proper forum to discuss health recommendations so I will leave it at that.
Somewhat OT, but I'm fascinated by the "unopened letter from 50 years ago". Is there a bit of a story about finding that, etc.?

:happy

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It is a long story, but this letter was sent in 1969 to me care of my cousin. She found it when she was cleaning her mother's house for sale. She didn't open the letter but was tempted. There was a lot of silly speculation about what was in the letter. Was he forwarding a letter from the draft board? Did it contain an expired winning lottery ticket? It was a nice Christmas card. He had just had dinner with my college room mate and his family before he drove up to the Catskill resorts for a temporary job. It was full of 1960s jargon and kind of a Woodstock attitude toward life and studies. He mentions an old girlfriend of mine and advises me to forget about getting my degree. He sends it all in a Christmas card. I think he sent it care of my cousin because he lost my address or maybe because she was a pretty co-ed. He knows her current address, but is not a stalker. I did get my degree and 3 other advanced degrees eventually.

My two buddies and I were a bit of a site on campus being from 3 visibly different ethnic groups. I learned a lot of folksy, ethnic and NYC wisdom from the two and they helped broaden my outlook on life. The letter became a way for all of us to get together over 50 years later. :D

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FireHorse » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:31 pm

Just finished reading The Collectors by David Baldacci.

Starting to read the Other Woman by Daniel Silva

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:51 pm

SGM wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:06 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:22 pm
SGM wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:07 pm
I received two books as a surprise gift from a friend who I recently reconnected with via a found unopened letter from 50 years ago. The books are:The Plant Paradox and Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution by Dr. Steven Gundry. I am reading them out of respect for the friendship, but there are a lot of claims that have not met peer review. The language is rather loose for my liking. The author goes against most health diets that are quite popular and they may very well be flawed. Also some of his later recommendations go against the earlier Diet Evolution book. His evidence is mostly anecdotal and not tested against control groups or double blind studies.

I am licensed physician in retirement and I keep up with medical research. This is not the proper forum to discuss health recommendations so I will leave it at that.
Somewhat OT, but I'm fascinated by the "unopened letter from 50 years ago". Is there a bit of a story about finding that, etc.?

:happy

RM
It is a long story, but this letter was sent in 1969 to me care of my cousin. She found it when she was cleaning her mother's house for sale. She didn't open the letter but was tempted. There was a lot of silly speculation about what was in the letter. Was he forwarding a letter from the draft board? Did it contain an expired winning lottery ticket? It was a nice Christmas card. He had just had dinner with my college room mate and his family before he drove up to the Catskill resorts for a temporary job. It was full of 1960s jargon and kind of a Woodstock attitude toward life and studies. He mentions an old girlfriend of mine and advises me to forget about getting my degree. He sends it all in a Christmas card. I think he sent it care of my cousin because he lost my address or maybe because she was a pretty co-ed. He knows her current address, but is not a stalker. I did get my degree and 3 other advanced degrees eventually.

My two buddies and I were a bit of a site on campus being from 3 visibly different ethnic groups. I learned a lot of folksy, ethnic and NYC wisdom from the two and they helped broaden my outlook on life. The letter became a way for all of us to get together over 50 years later. :D
Very nice, especially getting together.

Last fall, I re-connected (in person) with my "BFF" from childhood. We moved away from each other, from "same apartment building", when we were about 8 or 9, but still saw each other until my family moved cross-country when I was 14. We kept in touch a bit until we were early 20's.

That was about a century ago!

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:55 pm

I’m positive she has. Each year she reads the entire Bookee long list!

Andy.
Artful Dodger wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:53 pm
PhilosophyAndrew wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:04 pm
My spouse, a professor of contemporary British literature, says the new Atwood book is fantastic. She also loved Rushdie’s new book.

Both novels are on my reading list.

Andy.
mfswatz9 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:53 pm
I am going to reread "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood before I read the sequel which has just come out. I understand it is a timely subject.
Ask your aunt if she's read The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. My wife is reading for her book club, and said it won the Man Booker award.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:15 am

The Cotton Kingdom, by Fredrick Law Olmstead.

The author is chiefly famous as a landscape archetect but also had a career in journalism.

In the 1850s he worked as a reporter for the predecessor of the New York Times, and travelled extensively in the South reporting his detailed observations about slavery, it's effects, life in the South, and the Southern economy. His reports were collected and republished in three books including this one.
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Post by bearcub » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:44 am

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by mak1277 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:19 am

The Handmaid's Tale

Suppose I'm a little late to the party on this, but I saw the sequel is out this month so I thought I'd read the original. It's captivating through the first third so far.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by crystalbank » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:57 pm

novemberrain wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:04 am
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3. Never split the difference
I tried reading this book and it gotten rave reviews and is recommended by many people I know. But I could barely read it halfway and decided to shelve it after that. The writing style feels very high octane and the book just tries too hard IMHO. Maybe I'm just not cut out for those extreme no holds barred negotiations..

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:20 am

I just finished the 2nd book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, "The Likeness" by Tana French. I liked it more than the first book of the series, "In The Woods". It was a fabulous read, and a riveting page turner. I just began the 3rd in the series, "Faithful Place".

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Post by novemberrain » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:18 am

crystalbank wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:57 pm
I tried reading this book and it gotten rave reviews and is recommended by many people I know. But I could barely read it halfway and decided to shelve it after that. The writing style feels very high octane and the book just tries too hard IMHO. Maybe I'm just not cut out for those extreme no holds barred negotiations..
The second half of the book has some more practical scenarios actually . Like for example negotiating on a home price while buying / selling a home.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by crystalbank » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:42 am

novemberrain wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:18 am
crystalbank wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:57 pm
I tried reading this book and it gotten rave reviews and is recommended by many people I know. But I could barely read it halfway and decided to shelve it after that. The writing style feels very high octane and the book just tries too hard IMHO. Maybe I'm just not cut out for those extreme no holds barred negotiations..
The second half of the book has some more practical scenarios actually . Like for example negotiating on a home price while buying / selling a home.
Oh good to know! I might have to revisit it then. Glad the book eventually drifted away from hostage kidnapping negotiations to day to day practical scenarios.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by bertilak » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:06 pm

bertilak wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:18 pm
bertilak wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:37 pm
bertilak wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:34 pm
bertilak wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:16 pm
I just finished The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) a novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, the 2015 British Library edition (Crime Classics series)
...
Just finished The Santa Klaus Murders (1936) by Mavis Doriel Hay, also from the British Library of Crime Classics series.
Another from the British Library of Crime Classics series: Thirteen Guests (1936) by J. Jefferson Farjeon. This continues the tradition of English country-house murder mysteries. I enjoyed it.
And yet another from the British Library of Crime Classics series: The Cornish Coast Murder (1935) by John Brude. This is another sub-genre of English Murder Mysteries: rustic as opposed to upper class. This was an enjoyable, atmospheric, read taking place on the stormy Atlantic coast of England.
And now a locked room mystery in a Scottish Highlands castle inhabited by superstitious people with various personality defects: The Death of a Lady (1931) by Anthony Wynne, once again, a British Library of Crime Classics selection.

Our hero-sleuth is a doctor who has to sort things out when the official police inspectors (two of them, back to back) fail to solve the mystery which is compounded by further "impossible" murders. Although the ultimate explanation of the mystery involves clever interpretation of the clues, it is mostly solved by understanding the psychology and history of the people involved.

All of the above are swimming in period atmosphere, almost Gothic.

I am out of these for now but there are dozens in this series available at Amazon so perhaps I will restock my shelves with more. For now I think I need a break!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jebmke » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:43 pm

Dave55 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:20 am
I just finished the 2nd book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, "The Likeness" by Tana French. I liked it more than the first book of the series, "In The Woods". It was a fabulous read, and a riveting page turner. I just began the 3rd in the series, "Faithful Place".

Dave
I have read them all. IMO, Faithful Place was the best of the entire series. The others are very good but this one is the best.
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Post by jebmke » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:45 pm

Finished The Overstory. Also whipped through The Middleman (Steinhauer) in about a day. Now reading The Butcher's Boy (Perry).
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:18 pm

jebmke wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Dave55 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:20 am
I just finished the 2nd book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, "The Likeness" by Tana French. I liked it more than the first book of the series, "In The Woods". It was a fabulous read, and a riveting page turner. I just began the 3rd in the series, "Faithful Place".

Dave
I have read them all. IMO, Faithful Place was the best of the entire series. The others are very good but this one is the best.
Thanks!

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Post by Halicar » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:14 pm

The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes by Donald Hoffman.

A professor of cognitive science examines the classic philosophical chestnut of how the universe as perceived by our senses does not resemble the universe "as it really is." He argues that this is because our sensory apparatus evolved for survival, not truth. He uses the metaphor of a computer monitor, which allows us to effectively interact with the hard drive, even though the icons on the screen bear no resemblance to the tiny specks of voltage and magnetism that actually exist in the computer circuitry.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by stoptothink » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:25 pm

SGM wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:07 pm
I received two books as a surprise gift from a friend who I recently reconnected with via a found unopened letter from 50 years ago. The books are:The Plant Paradox and Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution by Dr. Steven Gundry. I am reading them out of respect for the friendship, but there are a lot of claims that have not met peer review. The language is rather loose for my liking. The author goes against most health diets that are quite popular and they may very well be flawed. Also some of his later recommendations go against the earlier Diet Evolution book. His evidence is mostly anecdotal and not tested against control groups or double blind studies.

I am licensed physician in retirement and I keep up with medical research. This is not the proper forum to discuss health recommendations so I will leave it at that.
I'm a research scientist in the health/nutrition field. Read the "The Plant Paradox" about a year ago; what a joke.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by mak1277 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:36 am

jebmke wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:45 pm
Finished The Overstory. Also whipped through The Middleman (Steinhauer) in about a day. Now reading The Butcher's Boy (Perry).
How was The Overstory? I've hesitated (for no good reason) to read it.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jebmke » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:34 am

mak1277 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:36 am
jebmke wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:45 pm
Finished The Overstory. Also whipped through The Middleman (Steinhauer) in about a day. Now reading The Butcher's Boy (Perry).
How was The Overstory? I've hesitated (for no good reason) to read it.
I thought it was very good. The reviews were gushing and I think it won a Pulitzer but I found the prose a little over-wrought in places. It had an interesting weave of story and science. The format also takes a bit of concentration. At first you think you are reading a collection of short stories. But I do think it is worth the time to read.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SGM » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am

stoptothink wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:25 pm
SGM wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:07 pm
I received two books as a surprise gift from a friend who I recently reconnected with via a found unopened letter from 50 years ago. The books are:The Plant Paradox and Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution by Dr. Steven Gundry. I am reading them out of respect for the friendship, but there are a lot of claims that have not met peer review. The language is rather loose for my liking. The author goes against most health diets that are quite popular and they may very well be flawed. Also some of his later recommendations go against the earlier Diet Evolution book. His evidence is mostly anecdotal and not tested against control groups or double blind studies.

I am licensed physician in retirement and I keep up with medical research. This is not the proper forum to discuss health recommendations so I will leave it at that.
I'm a research scientist in the health/nutrition field. Read the "The Plant Paradox" about a year ago; what a joke.
I agree with you although I am not an expert in nutrition. This old friend of mine is into a lot of mystical sort of things. He has been sending me any interesting readings he has found. I try to gently redirect him to medical and psychological science without upsetting him.

In keeping up with my CME to maintain my license, I have read a lot of peer reviewed research that has argued against certain foods. I would love to see research that argues for or against specific recommendations in the book. I no longer practice, but keep my license up to date. I enjoy going to Grand Rounds at the local hospital twice monthly. I go to listen to experts and to keep up relationships with former colleagues.
Thanks for your input.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by startwithtruth » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:55 pm

Dave55 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:18 pm
jebmke wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Dave55 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:20 am
I just finished the 2nd book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, "The Likeness" by Tana French. I liked it more than the first book of the series, "In The Woods". It was a fabulous read, and a riveting page turner. I just began the 3rd in the series, "Faithful Place".

Dave
I have read them all. IMO, Faithful Place was the best of the entire series. The others are very good but this one is the best.
I'm loving the Dublin Murder Squad Series - I like how each book has a different detective as the narrator. I'm halfway through The Secret Place (#5) which brings back characters from Faithful Place. Tana French is a heck of a plotter.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Blues » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:02 pm

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jane Leovy.

"NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Elsebet » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:42 pm

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Volume I by Diana Wynne Jones

It's just ok so far but I'm not sure I'll continue after this volume.
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