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4/4/13 10:11 P

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Non-fiction - Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Parrado, which I found inspirational. I knew the story, but it was a fresh perspective of a truly grueling event and incredible endurance.

Fiction - Nexus, by Naam, sci-fi (setting not too distant future on Earth) - it's always nice finding good sci-fi!

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4/2/13 9:11 P

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Read Hitch-22 and Mortality by Hitchens. Both of them were informative in that I learned that he was true to his convictions. When he knew his life was to be shortened by cancer, he was asked many times if he changed his mind about God and of course he hadn't.. Mortality was published after his death; it was an important read for me as I was shocked to learn that he had no inkling of having cancer until the he collapsed. I had a breast lump for several months but since I wasn't sick, I didn't bother having it checked out until his account.informed me to do so. In the last year I had a bilateral mastectomy and lymph nodes removed. Now I am dealing with the after effects of radiation. I think of Hitchens quite often and take comfort from what I gleaned from his writing and TV appearances.

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4/2/13 12:58 P

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Just finished Christopher Hitchens' book on Mother Theresa, The Missionary Position. He did an eloquent job in a very short time showing how her actions never matched her words and reputation.

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4/2/13 11:04 A

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Been reading a lot of nonfiction about the history of the CIA, there's a lot of it out there, and some of it is a gold mine. Also reading a lecture series on crime scene investigation by the guy who was put in charge of identifying remains at the WTC.

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Recently finished these books:
Vanguard of Man by G.A. Marshall emoticon
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Pines by Blake Crouch

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3/12/13 4:45 P

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Just a couple days ago I finished reading Stealing Buddhas' Dinner. It is a coming of age memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen brought to the US from Vietnam by her father and grandmother as the Communists are taking over. One of the story lines is that of Bich Minh Nguyen's respect for her grandmother who often comes between her and her goal of becoming a "real American". She enjoys her grandmother's cooking of traditional Vietnamese food but constantly dreams of eating American food--especially "junk" foods; children in TV commercials always look so happy eating sugary treats. Then there is the matter of religion; her family is settled in Michigan with Vietnamese who are Catholic and to which she is expected to convert or at least pretend to take part in school prayer. She refuses to go along with these expectations but she is not a Buddhist either. She is an outsider.

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1/17/13 9:59 A

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I *meant* to go straight to non-fiction this year ... but:

After finishing off a few 2012 things, I've had two short novels so far in 2013, "Cold Days" (a worthy continuation of the series ... featuring both overwhelming moments of 'cool' along with a few more potentially 'tragic' developments) and, based on a friend's recommendation Sunday but also anchored in reviews I read last fall, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore."

The latter is a great book for bibliophiles, I really enjoyed it, and I'm tempted to pass it on to the SO because I think there are parts she'll like and a few early on that she'll identify with. That having been said, I also found it a bit disappointing because of all the potential unrealized ... it felt as if it was 'cheating'. Anyway. I'll get to the Byrne & Sacks soon enough.

"Habe nun, ach! Philosophie, Juristerei und Medizin, Und leider auch Theologie Durchaus studiert ..." (Goethe, "Faust")


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1/6/13 11:55 P

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I didn't know David Byrne had written a book - will definitely look for it.
I have just started the new JM Coetzee - Slow Man. I was a bit disappointed in some of his recent books despite (or maybe because of) the accolades they received. I did not think they were as fundamentally thought changing/provoking as his early Waiting for the Barbarians. Although I am only about a quarter of a way through Slow Man, I am mesmerised by the beauty of the sparse writing.


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[1] Going back several posts -- now I'm inspired to read 'The Swerve' ... I remember reading a review when it came out but then forgot about it.

[2] Finished Non-Fiction -- Jennifer 8. Lee's "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," recommended by the SO; it was a quick read, enjoyable, and informative. She also provided me with her copy of Marc Hartzman's "American Sideshow" when we (re)watched "Humbug" ('X-Files,' season 2) the other day. I may or may not finish it.

[3] Am looking forward to: (a) Oliver Sacks' "Hallucinations," (b) David Byrne's "How Music Works," (both non-fiction) and (c) Mark Z. Danielewski's "The Fifty Year Sword" (I love(d) "House of Leaves" ... but do not expect this to be anything like it)

I figure ... a new year is almost here ... got to have some new reading goals!

"Habe nun, ach! Philosophie, Juristerei und Medizin, Und leider auch Theologie Durchaus studiert ..." (Goethe, "Faust")


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12/4/12 1:48 P

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About Hunger games, I think people are drawn with the fascination of having to fight to death with being forced to do it by a group of rich powerful while the rest are poor and starving.

To me it says a lot about our society, people are tired of the 2% getting so much. I haven't read the end of this trilogy but I think they escape and people are wanting and wishing to find a way to escape life of being swished down by the few.

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Looks like this thread hasn't been so active recently, but I'm super excited about a book I just finished and feel the need to share it everywhere. :P

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. A quick, easy read (I devoured it in three days of train commute) but an amazing noir road story/urban fantasy. It's dark, it's crude, and it absolutely sucked me in. If you can't handle foul language stay away, but if you like your urban fantasy super gritty, it's worth checking out.

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8/27/12 8:02 P

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Can anyone explain to me what the big deal is about Hunger Games? I tried the book and the audiobook and pooped out both times about a quarter of the way in. I have to read it for book group next month, but I think I will just see the movie to get the main gist of it, as I don't want to waste any more than 2 more hours on it. I see what adolescents like about it, but why are adults so nuts about it?

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ARGYLE-RUNNER: I've read both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead when I was a teenager. I enjoyed both with just a little more enjoyment going to Atlas Shrugged. I tried to re-read Atlas Shrugged recently and found I had trouble getting through it. So, I went to the library and got it on CD. I listen while I'm knitting and while I'm driving (we're an hour away from town). You might want to try that.

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KEMEK: I listened to GING, book on CD. Christopher Hitchens read it himself (and I fell in love with him a little, if only for his voice and his accent and his brain... ) I have to say, before that I was probably an atheist... pretty much... I never really thought about it kind of atheist. I certainly didn't WORSHIP anything... After that, Oh boy... maybe not as "thoughtful" about it as I should be (Ann is far more intellectual than I am in her non belief and ability to express herself in ways that blow me away) I'm more of a knee-jerk, argumentative, militantly anti-organized-religion sort of atheist and I KNOW that stemmed from that book.
I LOVE Christopher Hitchens. The world lost a great thinker and orator for LOGIC in the death of that man.
Hope your book club reading went well. Maybe that's something we should consider doing here? I'd really be interested...

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4/25/12 11:15 A

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Wow. I just read "The Swerve" (well, listened to the audiobook in my car) and was blown away. I learned so much about classical and early christian times that they never taught in Western Civ class. But what totally blew me away was how Lucretius had figured out so much of what we later found scientific evidence for--atoms, astronomy, physics, evolution. I highly recommend this book to the team. It's motivated me to have a go at "On the Nature of Things" to read Lucretius (translated) for myself.

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I'm the co-organizer of an Atheist group in Georgia, and I've just started a book club with them.

First up: Christopher Hitchens' _God is Not Great_ - wish us luck!

I've really never read "atheist" literature, so I think it'll definitely be very interesting.

However I AM a book worm (have a BA in English and love Victorian fiction), and my recent reads have been Kathleen Grissom's _The Kitchen House_ and Victoria Hislop's _The Island_ - neither of which are Victorian, but both were excellent.

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I just started to read "Sex, Mom and God" by Frank Schaeffer.

So far, I am enjoying it. Schaeffer grew up with evangelist parents. His abusive father is pretty-much credited with starting the anti-abortion movement, while Frank's mother tried to combine sexuality with her conservative religious beliefs. She also wrote a best-selling book about parenting from a Christian point of view while ignoring her own parental duties. "Sex, Mom, and God" has many funny moments, yet it is a rather scary account of fundamentalism from the inside. Frank ended up taking over his father's role as preacher when the elder Schaeffer developed cancer and now, through this book, wants to atone for his part in polarizing America.

From the Washington Post, 7/10/11:
“[Schaeffer’s] memoirs have a way of winning a reader’s friendship…Schaeffer is a good memoirist, smart and often laugh-out-loud funny…Frank seems to have been born irreverent, but his memoirs have a serious purpose, and that is to expose the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics…Frank has been straightforward and entertaining in his campaign to right the political wrongs he regrets committing in the 1970s and ’80s…As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace.”

From the San Francisco Book Review, 7/20/11
“This memoir/diatribe on organized religion is so shockingly bold and intimately revealing that it will spin your head around whiplash-quick, and cause you to double check to make sure you read the words correctly…Schaeffer comes to a jarring conclusion for fundamentalists, Roman Catholics, Jews, and Muslims alike, that if we don’t set aside our dogma and start making a serious effort at getting along, we will end up destroying ourselves and everything we thought we believed in.”

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11/13/11 11:52 A

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I finished a great book last month -- The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. It's a non-fiction book about the chief medical examiner and the toxicologist in NYC in the 1920's and how they were instrumental in the development of the science of forensic medicine. Each chapter focuses on a different poison that they developed methods to detect.

Just last week I finished Roger Ebert's memoirs -- Life Itself. It was just OK. Some of the stories were very interesting but the best ones were ones I'd already read on his blog. I was hoping he'd get into some of the philosophical stuff he talks about on his blog (all his readers consider him a prominent atheist blogger, though he says in this book that he doesn't like the label "atheist"). However, he doesn't really talk about that much.

I'm currently reading Power, Sex and Suicide: The Origin of Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane. It's really well written and very thought provoking and interesting to anybody already interested in biology and evolution. I think non-biologists might get a little bored.

DLFIUMARA- Would you recommend the David Eagleman book in general? I actually am a colleague of his, but have never read anything he's written.

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9/10/11 6:49 P

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I like picking up cheap novels at Dollar General, mostly sf and mysterys. You never know when you'll find a new, good author but when they are not so well written (I hate plot holes) they are always distracting from daily life!

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8/27/11 8:28 A

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HenrySC,

So I'm slogging my way through George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" right now. I'm over halfway through and not entirely sure what all the fuss is about. My husband and several intelligent friends really love this series, so I guess I'm the odd girl out. Seems to me that it moves very slowly. While my husband says the great thing about this series is that "anything can happen," I'm not sure I really care that it does. I don't find myself attached to any of the characters, so I don't really care who gets killed off... Perhaps fantasy isn't really my thing. I loved "The Hobbit," but had a hard time getting through "Lord of the Rings." Also, while I recognize that the book was written in a more savage time, the sexual treatment of women (girls, more appropriately) in the book disturbs me a bit (and I hear this is the least offensive book in the series in this regard). Let me know what you end up thinking of the series!

Lately I've been in the mood to revisit some of my favorite plays, so I think I'll be rereading Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" later this weekend. That, or "The Importance of Being Ernest." Depends how serious I feel like being.

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I just finished "Incognito" by David Eagleman. It was interesting, but I'm not sure what he was trying to say. I have to admit I like trashy paranormal romances, so I'm looking forward to reading "Truly, Madly, Viking" on my Nook.

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I really love to read---I love it so much that I teach English literature. I love poetry and Victorian novels and quite a few 20th century books.

I do like James Joyce--I noticed a discussion about him earlier in this thread. I read and reread the "classics".

@Daiai Lama: tell us about your papers on Shakespeare and comedy and Medieval romance?!

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i think they might be better side-by-side. in any case, the fact that neither one ties up the loose ends is definitely annoying.

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CALLMENAOMI - I did, but it was in 2004, and I didn't realize that this was a "sidequel" (a term I saw in a review online after I read the book) until I was about half way through - I picked up my copy of Oryx and Crake off the book shelf and started reading it again, I remember I like it quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to it

My husband and I were watching a documentary about Falling Water (the Frank Lloyd Wright house), and I had the impulse to pick up the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand again and try to read it - I haven't been successful in the past - does anyone have advice for getting through this book - is it worth the read?

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7/23/11 8:29 P

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250ku - did you read "oryx and crake" first? it fleshes out the other end of the story. i did find it sad and empty and so on... and it certainly wasn't my absolute favourite of hers. but put together with o&c, it was interesting enough.

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I've been finding lately that I don't have the patience for fiction that I once did - especially if it has overly religious or unrealistic themes (I used to love horror, sci-fi, vampires, etc, but now I can barely read it) - yet at the same time I don't care much for extreme fly-in-your face secular-humanist fiction either - does anyone have a suggestion for a good read?

CALLMENAOMI I just finished The Year Of The Flood and I was really disappointed - not only did it seem like it just ended, the whole book lacked something. I think I've read almost all of her books, and this is easily my least favorite. What did you think of it?



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Stopped by the book store and saw the new book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R R Martin...So I picked up all five books to read during this heat wave we are having. Has anyone read the series yet...the review makes it sound like a fairly good fanatisy series...?

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Naomi - I haven't read it but I did see on the book jacket that he wrote it. I found the Abraham Lincoln book on the NEW shelf at the library so I will have to put that one on my reading list. Thanks!

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guru, have you read "pride and prejudice and zombies"? the author of "abraham lincoln: vampire hunter" wrote it, and it was his foray into mashup of that sort. also, hilarious and strangely coherent!

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I would love to say I am currently reading something deep and meaningful but my current book is The Reformed Vampire Support Group and the other one I got from the library is Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. That one will satisfy my love of historical fiction and my vampire addiction at the same time.

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Wow, that sounds intense! I'm going to have to add that to my library list.

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Haven't read it yet (waiting for the paperback), but several other people have told me it's "unputdownable".

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Has anyone read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand? It is amazing. I had to force myself to put it down last night!

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I've been reading a book on eating disorders that my therapist recommended: Eating In the Light of the Moon. There's a bit much of the New Age bent to it for me, but I like the basic message and I am finding it helpful. The subtitle is: "How women can transform their relationship with food through myths, metaphors, and storytelling."

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that sounds super interesting!

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Something Missing by Matthew Dicks. It's a crime novel like none other I've ever encountered. The protagonist is a burglar who makes his living by stealing from a regular 'clientele', and taking only things they won't notice. One day his perfect methods of avoiding detection nearly fail him, and he starts trying to help his 'clients', while events spiral out of his tight control.

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i just finished reading three margaret atwood novels - "oryx and crake," "the year of the flood," and "the handmaid's tale". i could use something less dystopian, please!

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I saw a few posts up top about the Historian - I've had it for a while and just not picked it up yet. I may start!

As for me, I'm definitely more of a fiction reader, unless I'm looking for direct information. Right now, it's the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. The HBO series "A Game of Thrones" is based off it. Just finished A Game of Thrones and I'm on to A Clash of Kings. They're long reads but FANTASTIC. I do recommend them to anyone who likes the show, or medieval/fantasy type novels.

Soon I have to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for a class. I hear it's good - I'll tell everyone about it once I start next month :)

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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

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I am currently reading the "Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold. It is so far a great book, discussing the ideas of conservation as well as general nature observances. One idea he discusses is knowing that food doesn't come from the grocery store.

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Twila

Yep, Graham was the Washington Post editor though I'm not even close to that part yet. Her early life was fascinating too.

How neat that the Kindle has allowed you to indulge your reading passion again!

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Thanks Henry. I think I will order it, then. I was kind of putting it off until I finished 'Roots', but now that I did, no more excuses! Vacation is coming up.

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Yes you can get your spark points by reading it on the kindle

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@ Remember - Graham was the owner of the Washington Post, wasn't she? I'm sure that book is fascinating. I'll look into getting it on my Kindle.

I was thinking about getting the Spark book on my Kindle, but do you get the Spark Points that way? I'm kind of obsessed with points now, though I'm not really sure why...

I hadn't read much in recent years, as there aren't many books in English sold where I live in Mexico, and books in general (Spanish) are expensive and poorly made. The Kindle has enabled me to jump back into other worlds. I'm thrilled!

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Just down loaded the spark book on to my kindle...I guess I need to read it now.

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Right now I'm reading Personal History by Katherine Graham. It's a very good (though VERY long) read.

Twila,

I loved Mortensons books too. Have you seen the controversy with those lately? I also read Roots (about 10 years ago) and was completely and totally absorbed by it. I think I read it in like 5 days. It looks like we have very similar tastes. Of your list I've also read La Lacuna (thought it was OK, I liked Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver much better) and Half The Sky which I really liked.



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I just finished reading Alex Haley's 'Roots'. I really enjoyed it, despite the controversy surrounding it. Now I'm reading 'Bob Dylan in America' by Sean Wilentz. Recent reads include 'What is the What?', 'La Lacuna', 'Half the Sky', and a couple of Alison Wier books - 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' and 'The Woman in the Tower'. I also thoroughly enjoyed Greg Mortenson's books.

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I've been on a historical fiction binge lately. I just finished The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carroly Erickson and Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex. Both are very good if you are into that kind of thing.

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Best thing I've read in a long time is The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. And I've talked both my book groups into reading it. There's so much to discuss--the culture crash of the author's process of connecting with Lacks' family, issues of research and profit from human cells, the appalling lack of understanding engendered by lack of education (science education in particular), and much, much more.

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A more accedemic read but fairly good is a book that came out in the late 70's called "Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture ". I enjoyed it. The book give reasonable explaination for why there are scared cows witch hunts, dietery restrictions etc.



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I listened to an audio book called Deception. I got it by mistake, I had a similar title recommended. It was OK.

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I just finished Dante's The Divine Comedy. I hadn't read it (them) since I was in high school. Really enjoyed!


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I'll give Pollan, Harris and Cohen a shot (have already read the Hunger Games). Here are my suggestions:

-- Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
My favourite, mainly due to Golden's style.

-- Tina Fey: Bossypants
Should get the audiobook, read by the author. I'm not a fan of Fey's TV work, but yeah, she's witty, clever, funny, smart, quirky and all that.
"The stylist likes to figure out a few looks before hair and makeup begins. So you’ll try on 20 or 30 things. Somebody will put up a makeshift wall by holding up a full-length mirror next to an open loft window, and you will strip down naked. You must not look in that mirror at your doughy legs and your flat feet, for today is about dreams and illusions, and unfiltered natural daylight is the enemy of dreams.
When you inevitably can’t fit into a garment, the stylist’s assistant will be sent in to help you. The stylist’s assistant will be a chic, 20-year-old Asian girl named Esther or Agnes or Lot’s Wife. In a few years, she’ll be running the editorial staff, but at this point in time her job is to stuff a middle-aged woman’s bare ass-crack into a Prada dress and zip it up. In my case, Esther and I are always mutually frustrated zipping up the tiny dress. Esther is disgusted by my dimply flesh and her low status. I’m annoyed that her tiny hands lack the strength to get Pandora’s Plague back into the box."

-- Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking
She did a great job with the audiobook; took it from good to awesome, I think. Besides, stories like hers need to be told in a raspy, charred voice that you know belongs to a middle-aged, obscenity-spewing former drug-addict.

-- Halpern & Schumacker: Sh*t My Dad Says
The TV show is terrible, but the audiobook is hilarious. I've never followed Halpern's Twitter feed, so I hadn't come across any spoilers and his material was all new to me. Really, you've got to get the audio version of this, the narrator (Sean Schemmel) is just spot on.

On Accidentally Eating Dog Treats
“Snausages? I’ve been eating dog treats?! Why the f*ck would you put them on the counter where the rest of the food is? F*ck it, they’re delicious. I will not be shamed by this.”

-- Judith Moore: Fat Girl
Melancholy abounds. Crude, flat and clumsy, but it'll do if you're NOT looking for brilliant writing and ARE in the mood for sad stories with a touch of the horrific that will make you weep for the narrator/author.
"Because I am overweight and no longer young, I feel that I must be careful not to frighten men, or, for that matter, younger women, who might think I take a Sapphic interest in them. I must not hug until I am hugged, or kiss until I am kissed."


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Took a plunge back into proving myself literate with "Hunger Games" Loved it. My son has started on the 2nd book "Catching Fire" I think it is so as soon as he's done, I'll pick it up.

Looking for any suggestions on good reading.... any category.

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Yeah - it wasn't Stroud mis-quoting it was ME.
Thank you for the suggestions.
I'll take a look at both of those.
What are you currently reading?
Jo

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Maybe you would like "the grass that changed the world .... a history of sugar". Cannot remember all the details but a good read.

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Does Stroud mean "The Third Chimpanzee" by Jared Diamond. I looked for a book called the third ape and could not find one.

The third chimp is a good read for phy. anthr. types (LOL) I found some of the ideas worth thinking about.

My brother-n-law a professor in enivroment studies and a Phd in anthro. and I had a godd debate about the validity of some of the points but we both agree it was at least interesting.

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Has anyone read "The Third Ape"?
It's been referenced 3 times by Mike Stroud; in "Survival of the Fittest"

It might be the next book I read as I do have an interest in Antropology - especially physical Antro.

Apparently it posits that HOMO - shouldn't be a seperated from the Pan genus (my binomial nomiclature is fuzzy; so hopefully I've go this the correct way around).

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I don't recall much about Lawrence, so I don't have an opinion of her as Katniss. I have read some reviews on the 'net that she did a very good job as her character in Winter's Bone - as a tough young woman trying to survive and find her father. But I haven't seen it myself.

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So, they've cast Katniss in the Hunger Games movie. It will NOT be Saoirse Ronan, like I had hoped it would be. It will be Jennifer Lawrence. Looking at a picture of her, obviously no in costume or makeup, I am unimpressed.
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Just started "To fetch a thief" by Spencer Quin. It is narated by Chet
the dog whose master is Bernie is a private investigstor.

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Just started Land of Painted Caves...it's not off to an exciting start, but I'm hoping it turns out to be a satisfactory ending to the series.

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Lala "Darcy's Desire" worst use of semicolons I have ever seen; Is an overstatement; you've read my posts emoticon

My daughter and I are racing through the Dune series. Satarting with the Bulterian Jihad going throught Chapterhouse. (Both father and son's books)

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LaLa- I know what you mean. I find it hard to give up a book no matter how awful. I somehow feel I need to finish it even if I'm not thrilled with it.

I just finished Dracula In Love by Karen Essex. It is a retelling of the Dracula story from Mina's point of view. It is pretty sensual. She is trying to make a point against some comments of Bram Stoker's about men's blood being good for a woman and how fragile women are. Mina is not the victim in this story. She also wrote other historical fiction and her best seller is Leonardo's Swans. Has anyone read it?

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I'm back to say that I finally had a chance to start the Pride & Prejudice knockoff, "Darcy's Desire" which is P&P from Darcy's point of view. Sounded like a good idea, but it's a terrible little book. Do not recommend. I'm going to donate it somewhere very soon.

The writing is just ridiculous. She wants to make her sentences sound formal, like the source material, but she just sounds weak and awkward. Also, worst use of semicolons I have ever seen.

I don't often give up on a book, even if it isn't great. I do like to give writers a chance to pull it off. This one is just too distracting! LOL

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