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- - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-12 7:34 PM
Feels odd to post a new book in the August Books thread so I decided to start a new one without a month. We might be able to use this one for a few months or possibly even the rest of the year!  :grin:
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-12 7:52 PM
I just started Wreck of the Carl D., A True Story of Loss, Survival and Rescue at Sea by Michael Schumacher. It's about the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. on Lake Michigan. So far it is great.
Parent - - By Tommeke Date 2017-09-13 4:46 AM
I started reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" from Stieg Larsson. It's the first book in the Millenium trilogy.
Reading the Dutch translation (originally in Swedish).
Funny thing is that in Dutch the title is "men who hate women", which is also the Swedish title. Maybe the English publisher thought that would be too controversial.

It's a good thriller thus far (300 pages in of the 570).
Parent - - By old turtle Date 2017-09-14 10:11 AM
I really liked that book.
Parent - By Tommeke Date 2017-09-27 4:41 PM
I finished it :cool:

It was very enjoyable and had quite the crazy plot-twists, the technical stuff did seem a bit over-the-top though.
I'm happy it's a story on it's own so you don't need to start with the second book immediately for some closure :wink:

That's why I started with "The unbearable lightness of being" by Kundera.
Heard lots of good things of this book and it's certainly delivering in the first 100 pages.
I also like that it's really small fragments you read, so chapters are like 1 to 3 pages. This makes it very hard to put down since you always want to read the next 2-3 pages :happy:
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2017-09-13 10:57 PM
I am listening to A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  So far I dig it!
Parent - - By DottieO Date 2017-09-14 8:30 PM
Mostly textbooks. :laugh: My school (nursing program) is collectively reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and some of her family members are speaking at our school in October. It's quite interesting although it's doubtful I'll finish it anytime soon.
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-27 10:14 PM
I read that and found it interesting. It raised some challenging questions.
Parent - By jwd1113 Date 2017-10-16 11:30 AM
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O fun so far... not sure if the premise, the execution, and the humor will last 700 pages...
Parent - By Burlgirl [us] Date 2017-10-19 5:32 AM
The Sociopath next door.  Not sure I can make it through this one.  Bit too in-depth for what I was looking for.
- - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-12 7:38 PM
Last Friday I started reading Nightcrawlers by Bill Pronzini. It is a detective novel with three distinct stories taking place. Pretty good and I am almost done with it already, 242 pages of 301 read (didn't open it over the weekend). Rather certain that I will need a new book for my Thursday bus ride.
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-13 12:46 PM
Finished it this morning & this writer knew how to end a story.
Parent - - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-13 12:56 PM
Is this the first time you've read Pronzini? He is excellent. Start at the beginning of the "Nameless Detective" series and work your way through.

Also his wife, Marcia Muller, writes mysteries which are also in San Francisco, occasionally there's crossover in the books.
Parent - - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-14 8:20 AM
I believe it is. Thanks for the recommendation, I might see if I can find some of the others at the library. This one is in the series and he did refer back to an incident which I presume was in the previous book.
Parent - - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-14 1:34 PM
Here's a link to the entire list. Although he does refer to earlier books, they are standalone enough that you can read them out of order and not feel that you're missing important information.
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/nameless.html
Parent - By moonglow9 Date 2017-09-19 10:20 AM
Making note of this...
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-13 6:33 AM
I'm almost done with book 3 of the Dark Tower series, The Waste Lands. This one hasn't been as good as the 2nd and sometimes feels a little slow. I've been starting to struggle with a "why do I care" attitude about the series. We don't know why they need to get to the Tower so bad, there is no real rush to get there and I don't have a strong concern that any of the characters are actually going to die or have something really bad happen.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-13 7:22 AM
You suck and I hate your stupid face.
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-13 7:29 AM
:laugh:

I think book 4 is a flashback from what I've heard. I think I'm going to read something else first and then get back into the series.

I'm hoping Oy brings them all to his base where there are a bunch of other Billy Bumblers and the cute fury animals all shoot the Death Star... I mean the Dark Tower out of the sky : pbbt:
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-13 8:08 AM
Billy Bumbler Village. :cry:

I liked book 4 better the second time through. The first time I didn't know it was entirely a flashback and I kept waiting for it to return to the main story.

Book 5 is my favorite.
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2017-09-18 11:34 AM
I'm in the last 50 pages of Book V right now.  It's hard to make myself put it down!
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-27 5:41 PM
...and many other functions.
- - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-13 1:07 PM
Per The Beard's suggestion, Michael Schumacher's "Mighty Fitz: The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald". I know the song but that's about all.

Just finished "Missing, Presumed" by Susie Steiner. First in a series of British detective thrillers.
Also "Local Girl Missing" by Claire Douglas. Another missing woman book that does have a few twists in it, but could have used more character development IMHO.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-13 1:07 PM
:cool:
- By sideshowbob Date 2017-09-14 2:28 PM
Prepping for our trip to NOLO, I just started Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole ( now THAT is a real IRISH moniker ) . So far , so good --very funny . Stay tuned.
- - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) Date 2017-09-18 11:35 AM
I'm reading The Longest Walk. About halfway through.
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-19 11:12 AM
That must mean you're getting ready for your first 100 miler!  :mischief:
Parent - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) Date 2017-09-25 12:35 PM
Was meh. Not terrible. Nothing fantastic.
- - By jennyO Date 2017-09-19 10:59 AM
Finished two books last night!  Wolves of the Calla (reading) and The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (listening).  Now cracking the spine on George Saunders' Tenth of December (story collection) and beginning the audiobook of the 6th (and most people's least favorite) Dark Tower volume, Song of Susannah/
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2017-09-26 10:43 AM
The George Saunders book was fantastic!  I have a new author to be excited about. :grin:  Going to look for his newest, Lincoln in the Bardo, as soon as it's in paperback.

Now reading Ian McEwan's Nutshell.
Parent - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2017-09-26 11:46 AM
Lincoln in the Bardo was great, though I think I like his short stories a wee bit more.
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-21 8:24 AM
Finished Ill Will by Dan Chaon. It wasn't that great. It has some odd layout elements to it throughout that drove me nuts. I wasn't a big fan of the ending either, even though that's the type of ending I usually enjoy.

Amazon had the Elon Musk biography on sale for $1.99 so I picked that up and am flying through it right now. So far it's been pretty interesting.
Parent - - By noel (Kilotons of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) Date 2017-09-21 8:26 AM
i was waiting to see what you thought. Everyone I know has had varied reactions to it. I listened to the audio, I think it made the story better rather than the text...I saw the book and how he did parts in those charts, weird. The ending was not a happy one and not a neat little package. But the audio left me creeped out. :cry:
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-21 8:29 AM
Yeah, the chart things drove me batty and since I was reading on a Kindle I think it made it worse. It was a page turner for sure but at the same time, was there a single likable character??
Parent - By noel (Kilotons of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) Date 2017-09-22 7:31 AM
Nope, not one character  :cry:
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-21 8:49 AM
I just read a description of that. It sounds like something I would like. I think that I will give
Parent - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-21 8:51 AM
:laugh:
I saw so many people complaining that they received a copy that wasn't finished
- - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-21 8:29 AM
I preordered The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood by Mark Z. Danielewski. it is released 10/31 so I should have it shortly after that. I'm pumped. This book ends the first "season".  Sadly, the November book tour doesn't come anywhere near Madison.

I also ordered Great Lakes: Shipwrecks & Survivals by William Ratigan. I'll read that when it arrives.

In the meantime I'm reading some HP Lovecraft stories on the kindle. I'm not a huge fan.
Parent - By Tim [us] Date 2017-09-21 8:39 AM
I've been sucked into the vortex of widow/widower literature. So far:
Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd
Boys, Booze, and Bathroom Floors by Michelle Miller

The first one is a funny and truthful account of all the ups and downs of one woman's life as a widow and parent of 3 kids - a lot of parallels to my own life.

The second one can best be described as "widow porn":laugh:.

I just ordered a couple more widow/widower books yesterday.

And I've done a shitload of my own writing lately about my own experiences living with someone with bipolar disorder and now as a widower and single parent. I may try to get it published once I've developed it further. If anyone is interested in reading an early draft (and ideally providing your feedback), message me.
- - By cowboyjunkie Date 2017-09-21 11:00 AM
I finished Bruce Springsteen's autobiography Born to Run last night. I had picked it up a while ago then put it down while I read some other things and then picked it up again a couple of weeks ago. I liked it a lot. Interesting reading about his life and his approach to his work and thinking back on his music during my life. I had read about his depression but had no idea of how bad some of the spells have been especially in recent years. It makes me worry we will see a Chris Cornell type headline some day but it does seem he has people around him who recognize when he is off. I :hug: him.

Going to start Run by Ann Patchett next. I've been making my way through her books and really enjoy her writing.
Parent - - By Tim [us] Date 2017-09-21 2:09 PM
I read some of it but couldn't get myself hooked on it. It felt long and slow-moving. But maybe that's because I have very little time to read...and nearly 2 years after losing my spouse I still have residual "widower brain" where I have trouble concentrating.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2017-09-21 2:27 PM
I found some parts moved better than others. It took a bit to get use to his writing style I thought.
- - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-21 1:39 PM
I just picked up a copy of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy. It's this year's "Go Big Read" selection for the campus wide reading program. I'll start it tonight.

Last year's selection was Matthew Desmond's Evicted which I felt was a worthy topic but the book was repetitive and preachy.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-09-22 7:25 AM
I've got HE on hold.  There's a long, long line.
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-22 3:08 PM
I had to wait a while for it also.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-25 5:48 AM
I finished Hillbilly Elegy last night. It was a very quick read, largely because it was so poorly written and repetitive. I ended up skimming quite a bit of the last 1/3. I'm really not sure what his point was. Most of the book was a reinforcement of negative stereotypes. The insight, using that term very loosely, about his success boiled down to, "I liked my grandparents". He didn't offer any practical advice for "hillbillies" as a whole. I have no idea why this book/author has gotten the attention that it has.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-09-25 8:36 AM
imho - it is given attention because many think it explains Trump's victory and his hard-core supporters
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-25 10:07 AM Edited 2017-09-25 10:15 AM
I've read that in a few places and I just don't see it. Vance mentions how "hillbillies" used to be hardcore Democrats but now tend to be Republicans. He doesn't give a solid, or really, any, reason for why that might be. Instead of attempting to answer any types of "why?" questions he throws out a few anecdotes that may as well have come straight from the Rush Limbaugh show - people buying cell phones and t-bone steaks with food stamps, "welfare queens" that are too lazy to work,  Payday loan types of businesses are actually helping poor people, etc. None of these stories have any data to back them up, they are just his opinions.

Maybe he's talked more about the election in tv interviews, but the book really doesn't cover it.  Certainly not in a meaningful way.

Reading the book I got the impression that Vance is one of those guys that talks loudly and confidently, giving the impression that he knows what he's talking about but in actuality doesn't really have strong opinions or the knowledge to back them up, just says things off the cuff. He wavered between "hillbillies have a lot of honor and are loyal" to "they're stupid and lazy", sometimes in the same paragraph. His solutions in the last couple chapters are vague and exemplify someone shooting their mouth off, the type of person who has a strong opinion (that can change 180* depending on the day) about everything.

While I'm on my soapbox I'll mention that as much as he paints the picture of himself being a true "hillbilly" there was an underlying theme that he always had something/one to fall back on. His grandmother was a constant safety net. He strikes me as being similar to the suburban kid in a McMansion that fancies himself a gangsta because he listens to rap. He wants the image but not the problems. He had a crappy upbringing, no argument there, but he had a fair number of advantages that other "hillbillies" did not, which made the whole, "if these people would just try harder, they could succeed too!" message ring hollow to me.

All in all I don't believe that Vance gives two sh*ts about the "culture in crisis", he seems much more interested in hearing himself talk.
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-25 11:55 AM
Also he qualified for the military which many of his contemporaries did not, and that seems to me to have been the tipping point. And far fewer young adults qualify for the military now since they're unlikely to be able to pass either a drug or physical fitness test.
Parent - - By runnertype [us] Date 2017-09-25 7:44 PM
I enjoyed the book for what it was (one data point) but concur with much of your criticism. I would also say that his deliberate choice not to talk about the HUGE impact of racial issues on the current political situation was distasteful, to say the least.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-26 4:17 AM
He ignores racial issues almost entirely unless he's saying that the reason people don't like Obama is because he's too well educated, definitely not because he's black.

He more than hints at the idea that white poor have it just as bad or worse than poor blacks.
Parent - By noel (Kilotons of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) Date 2017-09-26 10:17 AM
When I first read it, I found it interesting as far as there were several very unique characters in his life, that part was juicy in a way, the history of his family and the migration of the peoples of WVA over the century etc. Then as I got to the end I felt the same as you.
Parent - By squirrelgirl (Indian Buffet Queen) Date 2017-10-09 8:50 AM
Vance is from right near me so his situation is talked about a lot here in SW OH. I think he oversimplifies and agree that the writing is not so good.
- - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-21 8:26 PM
Today I started The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I'm a little more than a tenth of the way through and I'm very interested in it.
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-27 9:22 PM
This book is amazingly good. I will likely finish it tomorrow.
- - By george [us] Date 2017-09-25 6:41 AM
A coworker let me borrow The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. I've never read any of his works before. So far, I like it. It pulled me in almost immediately.
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-09-25 8:37 AM
I may need to check this out.  I like the title, and I need something that will get me reading something longer than a Facebook post again.
Parent - By squirrelgirl (Indian Buffet Queen) Date 2017-10-09 8:50 AM
Oh, I loved that one. :happy:
- By Mookiethedog Date 2017-09-25 10:08 AM
Yes....books
- By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-25 12:08 PM Edited 2017-09-25 12:11 PM
When the English Fall, David Williams. Postapocalyptic fiction with a little bit of a twist -- another of those "discovered diaries from the time of the event" books, but the scene-setting device is that the diary was written by an Amish farmer. Cause of this "event" was apparently a solar storm, which allows guns still to work and some, very few, vehicles and generators to run, presumably those that were protected from the storm, but no phones or power distribution systems. The Amish can still farm but most of their neighbors are in a world of hurt.

Not bad for the genre. A lot was made of the narrator's daughter having seizures (epilepsy maybe?) in the beginning of the book, but then the author seems to forget about that only to pick it up again in the last few pages. And I thought the ending was not convincing (trying not to spoil). Also I do not think it would take over a month for people to pour out of the cities in hopes of finding food in farming areas.

I like postapocalyptic fiction but this one is not going to topple some of the classics.
- By coleman Date 2017-09-25 10:37 PM
Pulled down the new Reacher book for my recent trip, haven't actually got into it yet though :roll:
- By sideshowbob Date 2017-09-26 11:01 AM
Still reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole . A very funny story about New Orleans and its residents, mostly of the lower depths. Great characters and dialogue.

Just finished Dying -a memoir by Cory Taylor. The author , an accomplished writer faces her terminal illness with dignity, humor and self-reflection.
She says  much that we hesitate to think or discuss , but we should. I really enjoyed this brief tome and will share it with some of my close friends
- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-09-27 9:39 AM
Climbing Free by Lynn Hill.  I read the Forward and last chapter.  I'm in awe, but have absolutely no desire to emulate this remarkable woman.  I'll begin Chapter 1 later today, most likely. 

even the pics scare me
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-09-27 11:28 PM
:cool:

I think I'm going to have to find this one.
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-09-28 9:12 AM
Finished Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future and now I want a Tesla and I want to go to Mars

Started Book 4 of the Dark Tower Series, Wizard and Glass. I'm confused, I thought this one was a flash back but it the first 50 pages have dealt with the riddles and Blaine.
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-28 9:22 AM
The flashback should be arriving shortly. IIRC it's about 75 pages of the riddles and Blaine, then monster flashback, then a short return to the story at the end.

I admit without shame to having skipped the entire flashback because I wanted to find out what happened to Roland and company.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-28 9:32 AM
I'd like a Tesla too but I'd prefer to go to Uranus.

The book starts and ends with a bit of the main story but is predominantly a flashback.
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-09 8:24 AM
I'm about halfway done with the book and I'm really enjoying the flashback part. It's a good story, moving along well enough and is finally giving me something to be more attached to Roland when the main story starts up again.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-09 8:46 AM
:cool:
Parent - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-09 8:49 AM
I am missing Oy though. Maybe there will be a spin off series about his background
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-16 7:44 AM
I finished last night. I think that was my favorite one in the series yet. In the Afterword SK mentions there are 3 books left; 2 that take place in Mid-World and one that takes place in "our world". Which is the one that takes place in "our world"?
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-16 9:06 AM
I view it mostly as one long story so I'm a bit hazy on exactly where in the books the story bleeds directly into our world. It definitely does in Song of Susannah but it may start as early as the later part of Wolves of the Calla.

I think that one could make a sound argument that everything in the story impacts our world in at least some way, even if the events are occurring in Mid World.
- - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-09-28 9:31 AM
Returning a bunch to the library.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. Work in a crematory and learn a lot about American attitudes towards death. She has a new one out looking at funeral customs in different cultures. I learned a lot from this one, was so glad we resisted most of the funeral industry when my dad died and that we avoided the entire profitmongering process with DH since he donated his body to a med school.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I very much liked her format, alternating chapters about her field (research on trees) and her memoir of how she got from Minnesota to be where she is, running a lab at the University of Hawaii.

Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. Raised not by wolves but by hoarders. Somewhat difficult to believe in parts. At one point she's bewailing the fact that her dad drove a bus and her mom was disabled, then she talks about how her mom was a recluse and spent her days shopping on the Internet and receiving package after package for years. At some point the credit cards would have been denied. And somehow she managed to live in New York and become an actor while supporting herself on a restaurant hostess's salary. Hostesses who can only work lunches because their evenings are occupied with rehearsals and performances tend not to make enough to live on. But still, interesting.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-09-28 9:33 AM
My wife enjoyed Lab Girl
Parent - By squirrelgirl (Indian Buffet Queen) Date 2017-10-09 8:51 AM
I really liked smoke gets in your eyes. Need to get her new book.
- - By IB [us] Date 2017-10-09 8:36 AM
Middle of last week I found a book lying on the edge of the roadway so I threw it into my backpack. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich is a rather poorly written detective story. I look forward to finishing it so that I can move on to something better. I'm almost half way through it after a couple of days of reading on the bus.
Parent - - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-10-09 9:20 AM
:laugh: Must not be a very long bus journey. Janet Evanovich is quick reading. It's not her best (not enough Grandma Mazur) and the entire series is fluff, but she usually has some funny scenes.

I like the series but I've read all of them (fast reader here) so I know the background, I'm not sure how good one of those books would be out of context. And yes the writing's uneven, you're right.

Finish it and pass it on to someone, or leave it on the bus for someone else to find. Thank you for picking up a book rather than leaving it for the elements!
Parent - - By IB [us] Date 2017-10-09 8:41 PM
A little over an hour. Must admit I actually laughed out loud twice on the bus today.

I will probably place it into a nearby Little Free Library.
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-10-10 8:35 AM
:grin:
- By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-09 8:57 AM
I'm rereading a book of Star Wars short stories edited by Kevin J Anderson entitled Tales of the Bounty Hunters. I'm on the Dengar story.

There's also a Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales From Jabba's Palace. Typically Star Wars books are trash but this series is actually quite good.
- By squirrelgirl (Indian Buffet Queen) Date 2017-10-09 9:06 AM
Currently reading:
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. I really like it but am reading it slowly because it's very well done and packed full of great ways of framing history that are new to me. It's also rather long and I don't have a ton of time to read these days.

American Tweetheart by Tea Pain. I follow him on Twitter and he's funny. Anyone that can make me laugh these days, especially about Trump, is good.

Finished:
Hillary Clinton's What Happened. I admit to having a mini breakdown when I first started reading. All of this shit could have been avoided! :cry: We could have had status quo, but no. Anyway, I've read all of Clinton's books and I enjoyed this one, though she was a bit repetitive at times. I can barely talk about the election yet so I commend her on pulling herself together to do this.

Electric Arches by Eve Ewing is so so wonderful. It's poetry and I highly recommend it. Some of the best poetry I've read in a long time. She erases racism with magic. :happy:

Also read Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. This is a great book! Gogol's descriptions of Russians that the main character meets, and the character of the main character, are something special.

Wolverton Station by Joe Hill is a decent short story. Interesting premise.

Also read some bummer books - They're Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy by Francince Russo(very highly recommended) and Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One's Terminal Illness by Joseph Nowinski. I'm a nerd so I read all I can about things I'm going through or want to better understand.
- By sideshowbob Date 2017-10-09 9:44 AM
I'm a bit of the way  thru Barkskins by Annie Proulx ; this historical novel is 700 + pages long  so I will be here for a while.Right now, I'm in New France (Canada ) in the late 1600s.

Great writing and flows well. I think I've read all of her books and enjoyed each.This reminds me of The Shipping News
- By jennyO Date 2017-10-10 3:19 PM
Cool, Gray City of Love, non-fiction about San Francisco by Gary Kumaya.  And because I need to have a novel going, The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler.
- By Mookiethedog Date 2017-10-16 9:39 AM
Just bought a Hemingway collection with 9 stories......I will likely just read them all as I don't know if they are good or bad.  I read "The Old Man and the Sea" a long time ago in school and just read it again this weekend.  I'm trying to read more classics the last couple of years....lots of Orwell, Tolstoy....and maybe not a classic but Jack London.  Anyway, I'll start another one today.

Weird you can buy these collections on e-readers so cheap once some kind of copyright thingee expires......seems a bit of an insult to the authors.  I think the Hemingway stories were around $3.

:hug:
- - By Tim [us] Date 2017-10-16 10:01 AM
I’m re-reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Interesting to read it at a much different juncture in life than when I first read it about 4 years ago.

And I’m writing one:shocker!: about love, mental illness, running, and recovery from a craptastic life event. Not sure if it will ever get published but I’m enjoying the process of writing it.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-10-17 3:28 PM
:hug: That sounds like a painful book but one I would read, for sure.
- - By N70SAK Date 2017-10-16 10:26 AM
Jeppesen's commercially published Airframe Technician textbook.  I managed to get through General with just the FAA texts but want the :cool:extra resources when I move up next week. I will be starting Airframe with the welding section.:cool:
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2017-10-17 5:23 AM
Sounds like a page turner . :wink:
- By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2017-10-16 11:38 AM
Joseph Kanon's Defectors.  All of his books are good.  All revolve around some aspect of global conflict and spycraft.  I've only been reading it when sitting on an airplane, so haven't made a lot of progress yet.  So far, pretty good.
- - By IB [us] Date 2017-10-16 6:06 PM
Our Man In Charleston - Britain's Secret Agent In The Civil War South by Christopher Dickey. I started it last week and I'm just about finished. A very fascinating story and fairly well written.
Parent - - By IB [us] Date 2017-10-18 6:23 PM
Realized last night that I'm about to get on a few airplanes over the course of the next week and I'm almost done with this book. I don't have anything else lined up.  :shocker!::cry:
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-19 5:10 AM
And Skymall isn’t around anymore. :cry:
- - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-17 5:57 AM
There was a copy of Chris Ware’s Building Stories in a “Free Stuff” pile
On someone’s yard yesterday. Quite the find, a $50 book that I’ve been wanting for quite a while.

I started reading it last night. It’s great.
Parent - - By sideshowbob Date 2017-10-17 6:55 AM
Isn't  that a take one , leave one deal ?
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-17 7:55 AM
:laugh:

No. This was a bunch of things set out on a table with a sign that said "Free Stuff". The book was propped up on a chair and it caught my attention as I rode by. I was so excited I didn't even look to see what else was there.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-19 7:45 AM Edited 2017-10-19 7:47 AM
I've been reading pieces of this the last few days. Wow. It is absolutely fantastic.  Certainly not a feel good story but it all is so well written and real. I really can't say enough about it.

For those that are unfamiliar with it,  here's a picture of everything that comes with the "book". The story revolves around the inhabitants of a three flat brownstone, the old woman on the first floor who owns the building, the arguing couple on the second floor, and an artist who lives on the third floor. The stories follow a linear timeline but there's no prescribed order for reading the pieces so the stories come at you in bits and pieces. I arbitrarily chose to read the two bound books first and then everything else by length (longer pieces first) with the exception of the two little strips that I read this morning.

Maybe by coincidence I've been mostly following the artist upstairs with the old woman being the second most prevalent character and the couple being more bit players. I don't know who the other pieces will focus on yet.

Highly, highly recommended.
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-19 7:50 AM
I bet the person who gave that away for free kept the most interesting bits of it to themselves but you'll never know
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-19 8:06 AM
I was a bit worried that parts would be missing but based on pictures I looked at, everything is there.:cool:
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-19 8:15 AM
What are your thoughts on the book that just won the Man Booker Prize that Jenny talks about below?
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-19 8:28 AM
I don't have any.
Parent - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-19 11:52 AM
bumhug
- - By jennyO Date 2017-10-17 3:31 PM
Not reading it until it's in paperback, but just thought I'd share my excitement here that George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo won the Booker Prize!  I only recently started reading him, and his short story collection Tenth of December really rang my bell.  I'm glad he gets the appreciation he deserves!

(And another favorite of mine, Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel last week?!  It's like finally people of my disposition are choosing who wins these things!)
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-10-17 6:55 PM
I've checked a collection of short stories by Kazuo Ishiguro out of the library, but haven't started reading them yet.
Many of my Murakami friends were hoping he would win the Nobel.
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2017-10-19 11:27 AM
I don't doubt Murakami will have his day.

I haven't read any Ishiguro short stories, actually.  Remains of the Day is one of the best books I've ever read, though, and a terrific demonstration of what he's best at (an unreliable, though sympathetic, narrator).  And I really, really loved Never Let Me Go, though if you've seen the movie, or even a description of the movie, that will totally spoil the fun.  The Unconsoled is probably the weirdest book I have ever read.  Can't believe I finished it, actually, it was so incredibly frustrating and yet engrossing.  I wasn't bowled over by his recent one (The Buried Giant - too much allegorical hoody-hoo for me.

I've read a few other Ishiguro books, but those are the ones that stand out right now.  He's really worth checking out, especially if you like Murakami (though I think he's closer to Nabokov than HM).
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-10-20 9:45 AM
Fortunately, I've not seen the movie.  I'll put Remains of the Day on hold. 

As for Murakami: As addicted as I've become to his works, I don't know that he's Nobel Prize material.  Having said that, I need to add that I have no idea what the committee members look for when they make these decisions.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-20 10:14 AM
I've only read four or five of his books. I've enjoyed all of them (with the exception of the whole second half of 1Q84) but I've noticed that they are all quite similar. He's a very good writer, but not a great writer in my opinion.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-10-20 11:34 AM
I'll be interested to hear what you think of ROTD.  I got SNF to read it years ago, and he now counts it as one of his favorites, too.
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2017-10-20 11:49 AM
I was so happy Ishiguro won.  It is so well deserved.  Count me in the Remains of the Day fan club.   He captures subtlety and pathos so well.  Ishiguro is to writing what Ang Lee is to films.   

I don't see any comparison to Murakami.  I don't think he is a great writer.
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-10-18 8:26 AM
I'm not sure what to think of that Saunders book. So it's historical fiction that takes place in purgatory? For some reason my first reaction is to be turned off by the description.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-10-19 11:22 AM
His stuff is definitely on the experimental fiction side, so if you're turned off by that it won't be your cup of tea.  My impression is he's not one to be governed by conventions of a genre.
- - By SRoo Date 2017-10-18 9:04 AM
The Beard: I bought a copy of Tales from Mos Eisely Cantina for my kid.  He likes it even if it is not part of the canon. :roll:  Thanks for mentioning it.
Parent - - By skigirl Date 2017-10-18 9:55 AM
Hey there!  :hug:
Parent - - By SRoo Date 2017-10-18 10:31 AM
:shocker!:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-10-18 10:37 AM
I've been thinking about you - hope all is going well.  :hug:
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-10-18 12:10 PM
:cool:

Glad that he likes it.
- By Mickey [us] Date 2017-10-23 6:31 PM
I've been reading Escape from Camp 14 about a man born inside a North Korean political prison camp, and lived most of his life there.  In ~2004, he escaped after hearing stories of the outside world from another prisoner. 

The reports from North Korea have been awful, but I hadn't realized it was quite so extreme. :meh:
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