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Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins.
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore.
Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz.

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Post by protagonist » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:17 am

Margaret Atwood. MaddAddam Trilogy.
I am also rereading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (I originally read it in the early 1990s).

Since requiring reading glasses, I have concluded that reading is vastly over-rated and watching television is vastly under-rated (considering comfort and volume of information transmitted per hour).

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Elsebet wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:56 pm
Almost done with Middlemarch, 900 packed pages. It was slow at first but Lydgate really drew me in and I am glad I kept at it.
Just started this one. Loving it so far. The characters are very vividly drawn, and I can’t wait to see what they get up to.

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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:05 pm

Wicked River, by Lee Sandlin.

This an interesting history of life on the Mississippi River, focused on the period before about 1840, before the era described by Mark Twain.
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Post by Dave55 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:29 pm

I just finished "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear, totally enjoyed it. Maisie is a private eye in London in the 1920's solving a case, and a good amount of the book is background as to how she became a P.I.

Also read "Burning Bright" by Nick Petrie. The main character in the book is Peter Ash, a "jack Reacher" in his own way. Lee Child gave the books in the series a good plug, they are enjoyable.

Now reading "M is for Malice" by Sue Grafton.

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Post by galectin » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:38 pm

MJW wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:01 am

Have you read Chernow's biography on Hamilton?
Not to whom the question was addressed, but I just finished it. Well worth reading. It was quite illuminating about conflicts between the Founding Fathers, especially with respect to the visions of the future of a more agrarian country with a small central government (Jefferson) vs a stronger federal state (Hamilton).

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Post by MJW » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:07 am

galectin wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:38 pm
MJW wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:01 am

Have you read Chernow's biography on Hamilton?
Not to whom the question was addressed, but I just finished it. Well worth reading. It was quite illuminating about conflicts between the Founding Fathers, especially with respect to the visions of the future of a more agrarian country with a small central government (Jefferson) vs a stronger federal state (Hamilton).
I enjoyed it thoroughly.

And man, those guys were awful to one another.

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Post by Crazylegs » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:10 am

1984 and Animal Farm

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Post by MP173 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:36 pm

New author for me - Hank Phillippi Ryan's "Trust Me". Not a huge fan of the book, but will read another of hers.

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Post by quantAndHold » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:29 am

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

The book starts with Wang Lung, a poor farmer, on his wedding day, sometime in the late 19th century somewhere in rural China, and follows him through his life. Well told, interesting story. Writing that feels like it was written by someone for whom English wasn’t her native language. Which, given her background growing up in a missionary family, it probably wasn’t. It took a couple of chapters to not be put off by the writing style. Eventually, it felt intentional, like it was being told in a native voice.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:53 pm

Twain's Feast, written by Andrew Beahrs and narrated by Nick Offerman

This is an Audible Original, and was a freebie from them. The book originally came out back in 2010, but this is more of an adaption by Nick Offerman, with lots of narrative content from Beahrs. It's a real hoot. Twain, while in Europe, writes back how awful the food is, and puts together a list of dishes he wants to eat as soon as he returns from the tour. The author and Offerman focus on eight dishes - Illinois prairie chickens, Raccoon, salmon, oysters, turtle soup, and more. While learning about the food, you also get a bit of history, sociology, and ecology related to the dishes, plus lots of funny stories.

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien / edited by Christopher Tolkien

Tolkien's son, Christopher, takes bits and pieces of Tolkien's writing over 30 years, and fleshes out the tale of the man Tuor, and the Elves of the hidden city of Gondolin during the long fight against Morgoth in first age of Middle Earth.

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Post by Finridge » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:45 am

protagonist wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:17 am

Since requiring reading glasses, I have concluded that reading is vastly over-rated and watching television is vastly under-rated (considering comfort and volume of information transmitted per hour).
Get an e-reader (I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite, latest version.) You will rediscover your love of reading. It is so much easier for aging eyes. Also, you can check out books from the library onto your Kindle, sitting at home. And you don't worry about having to return them on time--when the lending period is over they just stop working. Or, if you buy books, the Kindle version is usually cheaper than the paper version. But the real advantage is that it's a lot easier to read on a e-reader.

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Post by SagaciousTraveler » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:58 am

blackcat allie wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:51 pm
moshe wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:15 pm
Just finished "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee.

It is a novel about a multi-generational Korean family trying to survive in Japan during the 20th century. Although it read a bit like a soap opera at times I was drawn to the immigrant struggle in a society that was not always very welcoming to "foreigners". At about 500 pages it might seem a bit daunting at first but because of the well written prose i could not put it down.
Wonderful book! -- I read that, and afterward her first one, "Free Food for Millionaires."
That one is set in 90's New York, it has some finance and b-school backdrop as well.
I laughed a little bit.

So I'm part of a book of the month club with this tiny book store (Cottage Book Shop) in Glen Arbor, MI. They recommended this book maybe a year ago and I must say I enjoyed it. However, after I finished It I thought to myself, 'I'm not going to know anyone else who read this". So funny that two of you read it.
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Post by SagaciousTraveler » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:01 pm

Just finished Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic.

This is not about the city but about the WWII ship that was sunk in the pacific and the events that took place well over 55 years after. My grandmother gave me this because a childhood friend of hers was killed while serving on the ship. I like to say I'm pretty versed on WWII but this story I was not familiar with.

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Post by protagonist » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:06 pm

Finridge wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:45 am
protagonist wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:17 am

Since requiring reading glasses, I have concluded that reading is vastly over-rated and watching television is vastly under-rated (considering comfort and volume of information transmitted per hour).
Get an e-reader (I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite, latest version.) You will rediscover your love of reading. It is so much easier for aging eyes. Also, you can check out books from the library onto your Kindle, sitting at home. And you don't worry about having to return them on time--when the lending period is over they just stop working. Or, if you buy books, the Kindle version is usually cheaper than the paper version. But the real advantage is that it's a lot easier to read on a e-reader.
I have had one since 2011. It definitely helps. I upgraded it to Paperwhite a few months ago when the battery finally died. Thanks.

And I just started doing the library thing you mentioned with my Kindle. I hate giving all my money to Jeff Bezos. In fact, as I mentioned, I am reading the Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood- I'm about to embark on a 20 (+/-) hour drive and I also recently discovered that you can borrow audiobooks from the library as well- I borrowed the second book of the trilogy to listen to on my drive.

I didn't say I don't like reading. I do. I meant what I said literally. I also hoped to make some people laugh.

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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:13 pm

Thin Air by Richard Morgan. Noir SF set on Mars.

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Post by hdas » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:34 am

I listened to two China related books.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

and

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
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Post by steve roy » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:07 pm

"Appaloosa" by Robert B. Parker

Parker's initial foray into the Western genre.

Two gunslingers, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, become marshals of the town Appaloosa. Much gunplay transpires.

The book reads like a combination of High Noon, Dodge City, Rio Bravo, and a 1959 Western titled Warlock. The central figure is the stoic Virgil Cole (as observed and interpreted by his partner Everett Hitch). Virgil lives by a code: kill to keep order, but kill within the "law" or "personal code". As with most Parker novels, particularly the later ones, snappy back-and-forth dialogue propels much of the narrative.

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Post by ruralavalon » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:35 pm

The Swamp Fox, by John Oller.

This is a history of the military career Francis Marion during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. I was not aware how much fighting occurred after the 1781 surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. This is an interesting story of militia/partisan operations during the Revolution.
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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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MJW wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:07 am
galectin wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:38 pm
MJW wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:01 am

Have you read Chernow's biography on Hamilton?
Not to whom the question was addressed, but I just finished it. Well worth reading. It was quite illuminating about conflicts between the Founding Fathers, especially with respect to the visions of the future of a more agrarian country with a small central government (Jefferson) vs a stronger federal state (Hamilton).
I enjoyed it thoroughly.

And man, those guys were awful to one another.
Yes they were. For another interesting perspective, I recommend Benjamin Franklin, by Walter Isaacson. He does a very nice job on this biography. Franklin was really fascinating, though far from the angel that a lot of people view him as...

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:15 pm

The secret life of Lobsters, borrowed from the library and preparing a trip next year to New England. Reading all I can about this area and my favorite food. Lol

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Post by DanMahowny » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:32 am

I just finished The Obesity Code.

Fantastic book. Highly recommended.

Great thread here. I use it to build my reading list. Well done everyone.
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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:24 am

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Combination of the history of the Los Angeles Public Library, the story of the fire that burned down the LA central library in 1986, and an ode to libraries in general. Given the subject matter, it seems absurd to say that it’s a page turner, but I’ve been up past midnight reading it the last 3 nights.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:38 pm

After finishing Twain's Feast, I'm listening to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, also narrated by Nick Offerman. I read this I think as a teenager, and am enjoying the revisit.

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Post by Calli114 » Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:10 am

DanMahowny wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:32 am
I just finished The Obesity Code.

Fantastic book. Highly recommended.

Great thread here. I use it to build my reading list. Well done everyone.
I also recently finished The Obesity Code. Makes a lot of sense. Too bad at the moment my fridge is the fullest it gets, so fasting will have to wait for 2019 I guess. There have been some days I'll eat in a 6-8 hour window.

Just started reading Why We Sleep, which seems to be highly regarded.

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Post by FreeAtLast » Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:48 pm

"On Desperate Ground", by Hampton Sides (Doubleday 2018).

This is the second book I have read this year concerning the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Mr. Sides has really done his homework, travelling to over twenty States to interview 51 surviving KW veterans. Two of them were Congressional Medal of Honor (CMOH) recipients who have since passed away. Nothing will educate you better about military history than listening to the words of the warriors who actually experienced the action. Some of the notables who were highlighted in the book are:

Marine Private Hector Cafferata Jr. (CMOH) - Before I read this book, I was already well aware of Cafferata's extraordinary combat exploits. Now, educated by more information directly from his lips, I am willing to substitute the adjective "Herculean" for "extraordinary". Cafferata is revealed to be a humble hero who deeply regrets the necessity of killing enemy soldiers even while he is in the process of doing so. He also mentions a unsettling secret about his Fox Company that I had never seen anywhere in my previous studies of this particular battle.

Navy Aviator Thomas Hudner (CMOH) - When one of his fellow pilots was forced to crash land in mountainous enemy territory, Hudner did not hesitate for a second to crash land his plane close by in a valiant attempt to rescue his buddy who had been severely injured. One thinks immediately of John 15:13 in the King James Version of the Bible. There's a famous and touching subplot to their relationship that I will let you discover for yourself.

Lieutenant Chew-Enn Lee - You would be forgiven for thinking that Lee was a soldier in the Communist Chinese Forces. Actually, he was the lead scout for his First Battalion (7th Marine Regiment) in a heroic attempt to rescue the surrounded Fox Company. He did it in minus 20 degree weather with an arm that was still broken from a previous action. During the rescue trek, he was shot again in the same arm. He did not seek medical aid until the mission was successfully completed.

The book is full of stories about amazing individuals like the three listed above. Sides also lays out a concise historical background so that if you previously knew nothing about this conflict and why it started, that deficiency will be fully rectified. We should never forget that this "police action" was a horrific physical and psychological trauma for the Korean people; civilian deaths because of the fighting are estimated to be around 2.5 million. After 65 years of belligerent separation between North and South Korea, we can only hope that the fragile, nascent signs of reconciliation that have been recently evidenced will continue to propagate.
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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:16 am

Started The Labyrinth Index by Charles Stross. This is the latest in the series that mixes Lovecraft-style horror, spy thrillers, and Dilbert-like bureaucracy humor. While the focus character for the first several books was "Bob Howard", a computer specialist, many of the later ones have different leads.

In this one, following the events of the previous book the ancient power Nyarlathotep, AKA The Mandate is now the Prime Minister of the UK. And everyone is doing what he says, or else. Meanwhile, things are decidedly odd over in the US. The President seems to be missing. Not only physically, but seemingly from the memories of everyone there.

The PM assemblies a team to head over there to find out what is happening, and if possible find and rescue the President. Mhari Murphy, Bob's former girlfriend and now a PHANG (vampire) is given the dubious honor of heading up this extremely risky operation.

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Post by MP173 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:17 pm

Just finished a new author for me - Harry Dolan.

THe book is "The Man in the Crooked Hat" and his style reminds me of Lawrence Block.

This book is a cat and mouse mystery based on a Detroit Detective who's wife was murdered and he quits his job to find the killer.

Very good book...looking forward to reading others by Dolan.

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quantAndHold wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:29 am
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

The book starts with Wang Lung, a poor farmer, on his wedding day, sometime in the late 19th century somewhere in rural China, and follows him through his life. Well told, interesting story. Writing that feels like it was written by someone for whom English wasn’t her native language. Which, given her background growing up in a missionary family, it probably wasn’t. It took a couple of chapters to not be put off by the writing style. Eventually, it felt intentional, like it was being told in a native voice.
Agree about the book, which I read many years ago. There also is an excellent 1937 film of the same title you would probably like. Acting by Paul Muni and Luise Rainer is outstanding (Academy Award to Rainer).
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Post by jdb » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:13 pm

Just finished David Copperfield. Read so many years ago did not remember story. Enjoyed very much, far more now that have learned to read these classic novels slowly at leisure. Loved the Dickens characters. And only reason read it was bought at book fair a hard bound Franklin Library edition published 40 years ago with larger font and illustrations. Recommend, especially if can find an old edition from when books were published with quality bindings. Happy New Year.

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Post by champion_ham » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:49 pm

DW and I recently got into the HBO Game of Thrones series and finished binging the final episode last night. Since I enjoyed the tv series so much, I ordered the first novel tonight on Amazon. Looking forward to reading. Hoping it’s at least as good as the HBO series.

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Post by bengal22 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:52 pm

Finishing Lee Child's Past Tense. Quick read but he really just repeats the same formula in a different small town in the middle of nowhere.
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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:55 pm

A Company of Heroes, by Dale Van Every.

This is a history of warfare and settlement on the frontier during the Revolutionary War, 1775 - 1783. This is a nice very readable history including the the overall war and politics, about both the settlers and Indians, but with some focus on Virginian George Rogers Clark and Mohawk Joseph Brandt.
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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:27 pm

New space opera, Noumenon, by Marina J. Lostetter.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:38 pm

My husband is reading the latest book about Churchill. It was recommended by WSJ.
It’s a 1000 page ore more book. It’s so good, he learned lots of things that we never knew, so deep and rich. He couldn’t put his book down. This is to prepare for our upcoming trip to Europe.

It’s Churchill, Walking with destiny, by Andrew Roberts.

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Post by Dave55 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:51 pm

"212" by Alafair Burke (James Lee Burke's daughter). New York City detective Ellie Hatcher solving homicides and all that comes along with it. This book is 3rd in the Ellie Hatcher series. Hard to put these books down.

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Post by Dave55 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:52 pm

steve roy wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:07 pm
"Appaloosa" by Robert B. Parker

Parker's initial foray into the Western genre.

Two gunslingers, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, become marshals of the town Appaloosa. Much gunplay transpires.

The book reads like a combination of High Noon, Dodge City, Rio Bravo, and a 1959 Western titled Warlock. The central figure is the stoic Virgil Cole (as observed and interpreted by his partner Everett Hitch). Virgil lives by a code: kill to keep order, but kill within the "law" or "personal code". As with most Parker novels, particularly the later ones, snappy back-and-forth dialogue propels much of the narrative.
Excellent and enjoyable series!

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Post by jdb » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:57 pm

Just finished Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. It was named by New York Times one of the ten best books of 2018. In my opinion it is the best book published in 2018. I was very impressed with this memoir of woman who was raised by survivalist parents in Idaho and never attended school until she was 17 yet ended up graduating from BYU and then getting a PhD from Cambridge University. A little like a real life David Copperfield story, horrendous family abuse yet through intelligence and hard work and fortunately meeting some compassionate adults was able not only to surmount adversity but succeed in a wonderful manner. Highly recommend.

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Post by Wilderness Librarian » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 pm

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Just finished Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. It was named by New York Times one of the ten best books of 2018. In my opinion it is the best book published in 2018. I was very impressed with this memoir of woman who was raised by survivalist parents in Idaho and never attended school until she was 17 yet ended up graduating from BYU and then getting a PhD from Cambridge University. A little like a real life David Copperfield story, horrendous family abuse yet through intelligence and hard work and fortunately meeting some compassionate adults was able not only to surmount adversity but succeed in a wonderful manner. Highly recommend.
Read this one about a month ago. When it came out I was determined not to read it as I tend to dislike personal memoirs and felt it probably played in too much to negative stereotypes of Idaho. Then it made NYT 10 best list and I decided it was a must read. Glad I did -it is a really moving autobiography. But for me it was the provocative emotive phrasing and writing style more than breaking away from abuse and the survivalist mentality that made the book memorable.

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Wilderness Librarian wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 pm
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:57 pm
Just finished Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. It was named by New York Times one of the ten best books of 2018. In my opinion it is the best book published in 2018. I was very impressed with this memoir of woman who was raised by survivalist parents in Idaho and never attended school until she was 17 yet ended up graduating from BYU and then getting a PhD from Cambridge University. A little like a real life David Copperfield story, horrendous family abuse yet through intelligence and hard work and fortunately meeting some compassionate adults was able not only to surmount adversity but succeed in a wonderful manner. Highly recommend.
Read this one about a month ago. When it came out I was determined not to read it as I tend to dislike personal memoirs and felt it probably played in too much to negative stereotypes of Idaho. Then it made NYT 10 best list and I decided it was a must read. Glad I did -it is a really moving autobiography. But for me it was the provocative emotive phrasing and writing style more than breaking away from abuse and the survivalist mentality that made the book memorable.
I read this last month, and I agree it's a "must read." Parts of the book were infuriating to read though.

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Post by Carol88888 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:49 am

"Love and other infectious diseases" by Molly Haskell. Wonderful. Gripping memoir of her season in hell when her husband was hospitalized for months on end with an undiagnosed condition. She's a highly astute recorder and interpreter of her own psychological processes.

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Post by DanMahowny » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:49 pm

Agreed. I read Educated last summer. It stands as the best book I read in 2018.

Incredible story.
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Post by hdas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:24 pm

High Returns from Low Risk. Pim Van Vilet.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by zeal » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:38 pm

By recommendation of If You Can, I'm reading Thomas Stanley and William Danko's The Millionaire Next Door. About 30 pages in, can't put it down. If you haven't read If You Can, then do so--it's only a few pages.

After starting this book, I plan to follow all of the If You Can book recommendations...

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Retired1809 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:09 pm

Two of the books I'm currently reading:

"The Hacking of the American Mind" by Dr. Robert H. Lustig
Nonfiction account of the "science behind the corporate takeover of our bodies and our brains." In plain English, this books talks about how consumers' brains are manipulated in matters ranging from the selling of sugar to the selling of political ideologies, taking advantage of the science of dopamine vs. serotonin. Very timely and interesting.

"The Complete Stories of Truman Capote"
This book includes several of the best short stories written including my two favorites: "A Christmas Memory" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor."

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by munemaker » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:15 pm

"The Upside of Inequality" by Edward Conrad (2016)

fascinating!

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Artful Dodger » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:39 pm

Finridge wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:47 am
Wilderness Librarian wrote:
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Just finished Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. It was named by New York Times one of the ten best books of 2018. In my opinion it is the best book published in 2018. I was very impressed with this memoir of woman who was raised by survivalist parents in Idaho and never attended school until she was 17 yet ended up graduating from BYU and then getting a PhD from Cambridge University. A little like a real life David Copperfield story, horrendous family abuse yet through intelligence and hard work and fortunately meeting some compassionate adults was able not only to surmount adversity but succeed in a wonderful manner. Highly recommend.
Read this one about a month ago. When it came out I was determined not to read it as I tend to dislike personal memoirs and felt it probably played in too much to negative stereotypes of Idaho. Then it made NYT 10 best list and I decided it was a must read. Glad I did -it is a really moving autobiography. But for me it was the provocative emotive phrasing and writing style more than breaking away from abuse and the survivalist mentality that made the book memorable.
I read this last month, and I agree it's a "must read." Parts of the book were infuriating to read though.
My wife asked I download this from Audible a couple of months ago, and said she couldn’t stop listening to it. I’m going to start it when I finish my current book.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:37 pm

The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason.

This is a murder mystery set in Iceland, arising from old Cold War spying.
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