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Old 08-13-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Aravind Adiga's "White Tiger". A rather immaturely written book, intended to be amusing and sometimes is, and it does have a lot of interesting insights into life in India.
I have read Mani Dixit's "The Wake of the White Tiger" about the days of Rana rule in Nepal. Not at all amusing and quite sobering.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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Dark Victory, the Life of Bette Davis.

I take time off from more serious books by reading about Hollywood's "Golden Age" actors, actresses, movies, directors etc. Especially bios...1930's, 40's, even into the 50's. Like Dorothy Dandridge, a fascinating life and book.

Anyone have suggestions you have enjoyed?
I heartily recommend "My Wicked, Wicked Ways", the autobiography by Errol Flynn.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I bought this book while in West Yellowstone last year, and was so captivated that I devoured the first of the included books (it is a compilation of his books over the last twenty years): Basin and Range. Then we returned home from our two-year travels, and it's sat on my bookshelf, waiting patiently.

I picked it up last week, and it isn't quite as captivating, probably because it does require a level of thought and attention that is more difficult with all I have going on, right now. I'm setting it back on the shelf until I can give it the attention and respect it deserves.

That said, I still highly recommend it to anyone interested in geology, or even just interested in why our road cuts are so diverse. If you've ever wondered about plate tectonics, it's another reason to check it out.

Meanwhile, I am reverting to less ambitious reading picked up from my library's "Choice Reads" section: Sarah Blake's "The Postmistress." Since I haven't yet opened it, it's too soon to report on that one....

Have a nice day, and make time for reading. 8)
Thanks. I added it to my wish list for later in the year.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Finished With The Old Breed - At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge. Fantastic book, particularly if you enjoy war memoirs. Sledge served with the 1st Marine Division during the Pacific battles of Peleliu and Okinawa of World War II. It's acknowledged as one of the best WWII memoirs and was used for Ken Burns's documentary The War and the HBO miniseries The Pacific. So glad I finally read it.

Next up is Moneyball by Michael Lewis. I want to read it before the movie comes out next month.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Finished With The Old Breed - At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge. Fantastic book, particularly if you enjoy war memoirs. Sledge served with the 1st Marine Division during the Pacific battles of Peleliu and Okinawa of World War II. It's acknowledged as one of the best WWII memoirs and was used for Ken Burns's documentary The War and the HBO miniseries The Pacific. So glad I finally read it.

Next up is Moneyball by Michael Lewis. I want to read it before the movie comes out next month.

Midge, have you read Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides? It's about "The Great Raid" our military pulled off during WWII to rescue the survivors of the Bataan Death March. It is really a fine book.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Midge, have you read Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides? It's about "The Great Raid" our military pulled off during WWII to rescue the survivors of the Bataan Death March. It is really a fine book.
I actually have a copy of this book on the bookshelf at home but haven't read it yet. Picked it up from the used bookstore at the library because it looked interesting. Thanks for the recommendation, Ketabcha!
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Currently reading a non-fiction by Nancy M. Malone called "Walking a Literary Labyrinth: A Spirituality of Reading". The author is an Ursuline nun, and the book describes her relationship with reading and books. It's really quite interesting, especially for her personal stories.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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I just finished Heaven is for Real...it was a fantastic easy read that was well worth my summer reading list. Some may be skeptical, others may not. I found it sweet and believable.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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I just started "The Illuminati" by Larry Burkett. If it doesn't start to get interesting soon, I will set it aside and start another.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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I just got World Without End the sequel to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. 1000+ pages but I'm anticipating it will be as addictive as the first book.
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