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Old 12-31-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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Ok, I just realized that 1Q84 is almost 1000 pages.... and is known for a somewhat meandering style. Which is a mix almost guaranteed for me to lose interest. But I'm 8% of the way in and enjoying it so far. Not sure if I'll be able to finish it before the library loan expires though, unless I turn off my WIFI.

My new Kindle is supposed to come in today!!!
LOL! I NEVER turn my wifi on, on my Kindle. I take as long as I need to read a story and that's that. It isn't like we can share them or anything.

I used to love the meandering stories that I could get lost in, but now -- not so much.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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The Glass Castle, a memoir about a daughter's life growing up with "deeply dysfunctional" parents.

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Just started it yesterday but hooked, so far. It's extremely well-written and readable.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:57 AM
 
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The Glass Castle, a memoir about a daughter's life growing up with "deeply dysfunctional" parents.

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Just started it yesterday but hooked, so far. It's extremely well-written and readable.
Then you will love Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Finished “Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body” by Jennifer Ackerman (2007).
It was okay, but I've read much of the same material in other books.

Began "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt (2012):
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“I want to show you that an obsession with rightness (leading inevitably to self-righteousness) is the normal human condition.
It is a feature of our evolutionary design, not a bug or error that crept into minds that would otherwise be objective and rational.”
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Charles Portis' "True Grit". Short and blunt. A nice Arkansas story told in vernacular. Source of the John Wayne "Rooster Cogburn" movie.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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Then you will love Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls.
Oooh, I second Half Broke Horses. I got it for my birthday last year and loved it .
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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I started reading "Call Of The Wild" by Jack London last night, and it's every bit as good as I remember it being when I read it as a kid.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I third the jeanette walls books . I just picked up two books from the library . one is especially interesting since I was a history major in college and that is "A tale of madness , medicine and the murder of a president by candice millard . I sure hope it is a good one . The 2nd one is "Whistling past the graveyard " by susan crandall . I hope these two are good . Oh well kudos peeps will let you know how I like these . take care .
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I finished Death Dealer, Hoess' memoirs. Apparently this particular book contains some things that were edited out of other editions of his memoirs. I read it for the history but there is always only so much of this particular history I can take. Summation: "whaa, whaa, whaa, it's not my fault."

From his farewell letter to his wife: "...Most of the terrible and horrible things that took place there I learned only during this investigation and during the trial itself. I cannot describe how I was decieved, how my directives were twisted, and all the things they had carried out supposedly under my orders. I certainly hope the guilty will not escape justice."



Anyway, reading it reminded me of something I had read years ago about "foo fighters" during the world wars - mysterious flying objects, sometimes perceived as 'swords' or 'coffins' and in my memory of what I read before, not always flying unidentified objects, and then I searched Amazon for anything about foo fighters and came up with one book - Strange Company by Keith Chester. It is not a typical UFO book. Much better written and researched.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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Sad to report - The Interestings is not very interesting...
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