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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by VictoriaF » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:01 pm

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:23 pm

"The Secret Place" by Tana French, the 5th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series.


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Post by TimM » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:39 pm

The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia.
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Post by wilson08 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:31 am

Flight Patterns by Karen White

Fair-to-middling novel about intra-family dynamics, past
secrets, and beekeeping lore. Set in Apalachicola, Florida.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:42 am

The Management Myth by Matthew Stewart

A philosophy grad looking for work after college gets hired by a management consulting firm, and in a matter of weeks becomes an expert in all things related to business.

The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

Dense but rewarding reading.

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Post by Theseus » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:47 am

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli

It sounds ominous but it’s without deep physics or equations and explains such that a layman can understand it. Very interesting book.

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Post by ResearchMed » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:47 am

I'm just starting some of the spy type books by David Ignatius.
He's covered the Middle East and the CIA (among other topics) for the Washington Post, and I only recently found out about his books.

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Post by BalancedJCB19 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:48 am

The Institute by Stephen King

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Post by Mr. Rumples » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:56 am

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly.

It might seem strange that even after 400 years, the history of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in North America might still need to be told, but the research is still going on, both on the ground and in works like this. Kelly brings forth a complete new narrative of the history of Jamestown and the people who came and those Native Americans who were here. It throws much of the old narrative we were taught out the window and brings the people alive. Most were "marooned" in Virginia, having wanted to return to England, but denied the chance. He also follows in detail figures long forgotten, those of the "lower classes" who are often ignored.

The only downside is the illustrations. Old prints in black and white too small to really see.

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Post by ruralavalon » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:08 am

Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, by George Catlin.

The first 2/3 of this book is interesting, with this artist's description of persons, tribes and places visited on the Great Plains in the 1830s.

The rest of the book is disjointed ramblings and rants about other tribes and localities. His paragraph long run-on sentences are very irritating.
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Post by Blues » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:17 am

"Knots and Crosses" by Ian Rankin. The first of the Inspector Rebus series.
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Post by mfswatz9 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:38 pm

I just re-read "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood and am just beginning to read her new book, "The Testament".

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Post by Foredeck » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:12 pm

Just finished "The Big Short". That was a fairly dark book in my opinion..

Now reading "Sailing a Serious Ocean
Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea" by John Kretschmer.

I'd rather be sailing. 8-)

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Post by mak1277 » 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 bertilak » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:17 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.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes] (1925) by Anita Loos.

From Wikipedia: "A blonde flapper named Lorelei narrates the novel in the form of a diary complete with spelling and grammatical errors."

The book is uproariously funny. The story is about Lorelei's travels abroad to improve her "brains". Along the way she meets the Prince of Wales, Sigmund Freud and others who learn more from Lorelei (and her traveling companion Dorothy) than the other way around.

Lorelei Lee is a "dumb" blond who maintains her innocence throughout while, knowingly or not (?), playing everyone else like violins. Even though not classically educated she is much cleverer than anyone suspects.
  • So when I got through telling Dorothy what I thought up. Dorothy looked at me and looked at me and she really thought my brains were a miracle. I mean she said my brains reminded her of a radio because you listen to it for days and days and you get discouraged and just when you are getting ready to smash it, something comes out that is a masterpiece.
This book is one of those masterpieces. Apparently, the real Prince of Wales bought several copies to distribute to his friends and family.

It might be best to hunt down an older edition. Some newer editions have introductions (I've browsed a few) intended to make the book relevant to today, but that is really the wrong thing to do. It is best enjoyed as it is written, for a then-contemporary audience, without a tacked-on layer of forced "relevance." These introductions say more about the introducer, and perhaps contemporary audiences, than about the book! If you can't find an older edition, just read the book itself and skip any introduction until afterward. I think you will better enjoy the book. It will be of interest to look up how the book relates to Anita Loos' real life.

CORRECTION: In the above I originally had "Prince Charles" instead of "Prince of Wales." My mind was in a time warp. Today's Prince of Wales is named Charles. The 1920s Prince of Wales was Edward.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Hockey10 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:25 pm

I started reading The British Are Coming, by Rick Atkinson. Just as Atkinson wrote a WWII trilogy, this new book is the first in a three part series on the Revolutionary War. I have made it in the book to April 19, 1775. Paul Revere just completed his ride to Lexington.

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Post by mak1277 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:31 pm

bertilak wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:17 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.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes] (1925) by Anita Loos.

From Wikipedia: "A blonde flapper named Lorelei narrates the novel in the form of a diary complete with spelling and grammatical errors."

The book is uproariously funny. The story is about Lorelei's travels abroad to improve her "brains". Along the way she meets Prince Charles, Sigmund Freud and others who learn more from Lorelei (and her traveling companion Dorothy) than the other way around.

Lorelei Lee is a "dumb" blond who maintains her innocence throughout while, knowingly or not (?), playing everyone else like violins. Even though not classically educated she is much cleverer than anyone suspects.
  • So when I got through telling Dorothy what I thought up. Dorothy looked at me and looked at me and she really thought my brains were a miracle. I mean she said my brains reminded her of a radio because you listen to it for days and days and you get discouraged and just when you are getting ready to smash it, something comes out that is a masterpiece.
This book is one of those masterpieces. Apparently, the real Prince Charles bought several copies to distribute to his friends and family.

It might be best to hunt down an older edition. Some newer editions have introductions (I've browsed a few) intended to make the book relevant to today, but that is really the wrong thing to do. It is best enjoyed as it is written, for a then-contemporary audience, without a tacked-on layer of forced "relevance." These introductions say more about the introducer, and perhaps contemporary audiences, than about the book! If you can't find an older edition, just read the book itself and skip any introduction until afterward. I think you will better enjoy the book. It will be of interest to look up how the book relates to Anita Loos' real life.
Excellent, thanks.

Also, the next time I read a book's Introduction will be the first.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:18 am

Boone, by Robert Morgan.

A nice biography of Daniel Boone, with more emphasis on his wife and family (a good feature in my opinion) than most other biographies of him.
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Post by Dave55 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:27 am

"The Trespasser" by Tana French. This is the 6th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series and my favorite so far. I have been binge reading the series, finding that each book is better than the last one, with the exception of the 5th book which was my least favorite story. Tana's writing throughout the series is fabulous.

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Post by Mr. Rumples » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:45 pm

Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier: The Narrative of Joseph Plumb Martin by Joseph Plumb Martin (1760-1850). This book has been in print on and off since the 1800's. It is a journal and narrative of a private's life in the Continental Army; it is one of the few primary sources of information from an enlisted man during the Revolution. Martin enlisted when he was 15 just after the battles at Lexington and Concord and remained a private for most of the war. It is amazing that he survived having seen constant combat for the entire war from the early battles in NY to Yorktown (1781); he left the Army in 1783. He died at the age of 89. I prefer to read primary sources and this one doesn't disappoint. The Joseph Plumb Martin Trail at Valley Forge is named in his honor.

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Post by jebmke » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:50 pm

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Chickadees can stash thousands of seeds around the neighborhood and remember where they are for up to six months. I stash drug store reading glasses all over the house and can't remember where. Crows can use tools better than I can.
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Post by Elena » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:12 pm

Stasiland, by A. Funder. If you have been to the Stasi museum in Berlin, you will recognize the atmosphere. It is a recount of testimonies from common people and low-range citizens in politics (former agents and collaborators, a tv personality, young opposers) through the author's voice. Light prose, with very interesting parts: I did not know the East "sold" cumbersome activists to the West.

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Post by Finridge » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:56 am

VictoriaF wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:01 pm
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

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Victoria,

Is this a book you would recommend?

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Post by Small Law Survivor » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:02 am

Really enjoying Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:14 am

"Knots and Crosses" by Ian Rankin, the first book of 22 in the (Police Detective) John Rebus series. All take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"The Night Fire" by Michael Connelly is out tomorrow. This is a Harry Bosch/Renee Ballard mystery.
I love the Bosch series and anything by Michael Connelly.

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Post by Blues » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:21 am

Dave55 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:14 am
"Knots and Crosses" by Ian Rankin, the first book of 22 in the (Police Detective) John Rebus series. All take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"The Night Fire" by Michael Connelly is out tomorrow. This is a Harry Bosch/Renee Ballard mystery.
I love the Bosch series and anything by Michael Connelly.

Dave
I'm up to date on the Bosch series and just began the Rebus series a week or so ago. Currently on book 3 in the series, "Tooth and Nail", which is the only one that takes place outside Edinburgh, in London.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by MP173 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:44 pm

David Housewright - "The Last Kind Word".

MacKenzie Rushmore goes undercover to help find the source of illegal guns.

Excellent as always.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by VictoriaF » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:49 pm

Finridge wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:56 am
VictoriaF wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:01 pm
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

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Victoria,

Is this a book you would recommend?

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It's a good book, but after I started reading it, I put it aside, because I have more urgent reading. The book is large and has high information density. There is no slack; it requires slow deliberate reading. I am going to get back to it, possibly taking it on a long trip.

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