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    Apollo 13 (formerly Lost Moon) by Jim Lovell was great. Very in-depth from the guy who was actually there.

    Scar Tissue By Anthony Kiedis - By all accounts he should have died at least 5 times. Lots of ups and downs. Plus them being my fave band doesn't hurt.
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    The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama

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    Planet of Slums by Mike Davis. Awesome read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb http://www.amazon.com/Black-Swan-Imp...9932565&sr=8-1

    and

    The Road, by Cormac McCarthy http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030...837480-8995102
    Now try No Country For Old Men by McCarthy(if you haven't). The Coen brothers just made a movie out of it and it looks like it is going to win Cannes. What I'm reading: A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers)
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    Author: Robert Bringhurst
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    ISBN: 9780803261792
    Format: Paperback
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    The Haida world is a misty archipelago a hundred stormy miles off the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. For more than a thousand years before the Europeans came, a great culture flourished on these islands. In 1900 and 1901 the linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last traditional Haida-speaking storytellers, poets, and historians. Robert Bringhurst worked for many years with these manuscripts, and here he brings them to life in the English language. A Story as Sharp as a Knife brings a lifetime of passion and a broad array of skills;humanistic, scientific, and poetic;to focus on a rich and powerful tradition that the world has long ignored.s
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    Oh, and Conan the Destroyer for the 10th time
    "I like my antiques new " - Steve Martin

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    I have read No Country For Old Men, and it ought to be a great movie. I'm thinking of working my way back through McCarthy's catalog, starting with The Border Trilogy.

    McCarthy is an interesting writer. While I'm reading his prose, I don't get the feeling that he is going into an extraordinary level of detail of description, but after I've read the book I have vivid memories of scenes described in the book. That's a pretty rare talent, just setting up the framework for a scene, and letting the reader fill in the rest.

    Quote Originally Posted by zappacy View Post
    Now try No Country For Old Men by McCarthy(if you haven't). The Coen brothers just made a movie out of it and it looks like it is going to win Cannes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestater View Post
    The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama

    I've been trying to read that for awhile, just too busy. No reading in my near future either.
    I have been busy with my genealogy addiction - my mother-in-law gave me the info from her mother's family Bible on Mother's Day. It included the name of her great-grandfather, which I didn't know previously. I plugged it into the tree I'm building on Ancestry.com and it came back with a Civil War Pension form. I got the paperwork from the National Archives yesterday to request his packet of info- I understand that he had to fill out an extensive questionaire to collect the pension.
    The info that I already have included the names of three Union Colored Heavy Artillery units that he fought in. I read that casualties were high - one in three African-American soldiers were killed. I know that he survived - his children were born after the war.
    I guess any reading that I do in the near future will be related to those units, but I need to do some more internet research first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestater View Post
    The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama
    What did you think of it, I was thinking about picking this up for my next read...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fanforlife View Post
    What did you think of it, I was thinking about picking this up for my next read...
    I thought it was a good book worth reading. I bet Bluestater hated it.
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