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Old 07-09-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Have you been over to the CD Book Forum? Lots and lots of non-senior-type people over there. And lots of recommendations. Some like fluff, some like classics only, and some like books that would make my brain hurt.

I d/l 1 to 2 freebies a day to my Kindle. About 30% have been worth what I paid for them, LOL

I'm currently re-reading Island in the Sea of Time by Stirling. The island of Nantucket is transported back to 1250 BC by a mysterious "Event".
Love Stirling, I read and reread everything he writes. The Peshawar Lancers is my favorite, which he'd write a sequel.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Originally I promised myself this would be the summer I made it through "On the Road", but since we'll be in Maine pretty soon I saw a book series by Paul Doiron that features a former game warden turned detective set in Maine . . . so I ordered the first 2 books in the series from my local library. The first is called " The Poacher's Son". I'm a fan of Archer Mayor's mysteries set in Vermont so I'm hoping the Doiron books will be as good.
I like Doiron's books very much. Have you read CJ Box, similar but in Wyoming, better I think.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats was recommended to me but I couldn't get into it. If I start yawning within the first chapter I bring the book back or give it away. I read "real" books, not e-books.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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I heard the broadcast of a presentation by Leveritt and Dubner from the Commonwealth Club of California today. I'm going to get this book and see what it's about:

http://www.amazon.com/Freakonomics-E...t+freakonomics

The duo also authored Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain (always an interesting subject to me).

Dubner has a whacky but somewhat fascinating podcast on "The Upside of Quitting," which may be of interest to those mulling over early retirement or retiring soon. Good late-night listening (click on the arrow to hear the audio):

Freakonomics The Upside of Quitting
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I read mostly non-fiction - fiction sometimes, but only occasionally. I am always part-way through some book or other, sometimes more than one at once.

Currently I am reading The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell (1977). It is about how World War I shaped modern thought and literature. It is not a military history, but contains a lot of information about the nature of the horrible fighting involved in the trench warfare of that conflict.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Just finished an amazing book, The Book Thief, recommended to me by resident at the nursing home where I volunteer. It's a book with a lot of heart about a 12-year-old girl in Nazi Germany during World War II and the relationships she forms. It was one of those books that I hated to see end because it was such a good read. Now reading a book called The Son by Phillip Meyer. It's a family saga spanning several generations in Texas. Also, can highly recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - it won the Pulitzer this year. It's just an amazing story of fascinating characters experiencing twists and turns you never expected. A great read at 700+ pages.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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Just finished an amazing book, The Book Thief, recommended to me by resident at the nursing home where I volunteer. It's a book with a lot of heart about a 12-year-old girl in Nazi Germany during World War II and the relationships she forms. It was one of those books that I hated to see end because it was such a good read. Now reading a book called The Son by Phillip Meyer. It's a family saga spanning several generations in Texas. Also, can highly recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - it won the Pulitzer this year. It's just an amazing story of fascinating characters experiencing twists and turns you never expected. A great read at 700+ pages.
We must have similar tastes in books - The Book Thief and The Goldfinch are on my list to read. If you like Phillip Meyer, read his first book "American Rust." Loved it.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Although I wouldn't presume to classify this as beach reading, I am ready to dig into Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century". I figure if I really want to read it (and I do) it's better to read it during the sunny days of summer than the dark and gloomy days of winter.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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Also, can highly recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - it won the Pulitzer this year. It's just an amazing story of fascinating characters experiencing twists and turns you never expected. A great read at 700+ pages.
Ha. And I can't understand all the hoopla over this book.
Extremely wordy. Repetitive description. Needed a slasher as an editor.

Thank goodness we all like different books
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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Ha. And I can't understand all the hoopla over this book.
Extremely wordy. Repetitive description. Needed a slasher as an editor.

Thank goodness we all like different books
Agree it could have used an editor. Still a fascinating read IMO.
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