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Old 02-25-2020, 11:26 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I just started reading The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I've almost completed chapter one. Very interesting and educative.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:17 AM
 
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Just finished "Imagine Me Gone" by Adam Haslett https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...magine-me-gone

I wasn't really that taken by it, I'm giving it 2 stars.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:01 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I'm just starting Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright.

Right off he lets you know it's not so much about supernatural aspects such as reincarnation but more about things like meditation and ways of looking at the world which fall within modern psychology and philosophy.

Not far enough in to know what I think but he ends his intro with a quote from the Dalai Lama that makes perfect sense to me.

Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a better Buddhist, use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:41 AM
 
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I'm currently reading "White Working Class." The author is Joan C. Williams.


Her premise is that analysts and the media have conflated 'working class' with 'poor.' She writes that white working class motivations are simply written off as racism or xenophobia.


Ms. Williams further explains that the term 'working class' has been misapplied. And, that this term actually applies to the disappearing middle class.

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Old 02-27-2020, 06:22 PM
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All Creatures Great and Small (All Creatures Great and Small #1-2), James Herriot (1972).
Awww, what a sweet hearted book. Herriot is like the Mr. Rogers of the veterinarian world. I read the series in middle school and can still remember a lot of the stories.
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:00 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I recently finished Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. One of the most unusual books I've ever read, but it was certainly interesting. Wilson has apparently written other books about oddball families.

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/02/77519...ng-to-see-here
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:51 PM
 
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I recently finished Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. One of the most unusual books I've ever read, but it was certainly interesting. Wilson has apparently written other books about oddball families.

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/02/77519...ng-to-see-here
Oh yes he has! Perfect Little World was an interesting take on a sociological experiment in raising children. The characters were interesting and the premise was pretty unique. And his short story collection, Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine, is chock full of nutty, sad, quirky, enchanting families.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Delay, Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle, Gin Stephens 2016.
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Old 02-28-2020, 05:54 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Had to take a short break from Rachel Maddow's book to read a book called Normal People for my neighborhood book club. I don't know what I thought. It was weird. It jumps on this new trend of not having any quotation marks/normal dialogue, which I find irritating, but it seems to be a trend. The characters were all super messed up and not particularly likable or relatable. It was a fast read, though, and I suppose entertaining enough.
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Old 02-28-2020, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I just started "Dutch House" by Patchett, for my Monday book club. I didn't like Commonwealth, so I hope this one is more to my liking.
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