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Old 02-08-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
I was very impressed by this one. Looks like I'll be reading more Steinbeck now, too.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Canada
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In between spring cleaning - yep, that's right - I read Switchbacks by Sid Marty who was a park warden in Alberta. I would give this book a B. It seems to be mainly a series of anecdotes, and the chatty style is not my favourite. I think I was hoping for something rivalling The Tiger by John Vaillant but this book is simply not great. But it is interesting to the point where I might pick up his other books about his time as a warden, and in places Marty elevates the prose to poetry (he is also a poet), but it simply doesn't have the greatness of language that elevates a story into mythology.

He is quite funny when he describes himself as the only socialist in conservative Alberta.

Then I was feeling a bit at loose ends the way you do when you've finished one book but before you start another, and finally picked up The Good Soldiers by David Finkel. I bought it a long time ago but it has been sitting on my book shelf waiting for me to be in the right mood. And wow! Finkel grabs you into this story of the surge in Iraq with the very first lines:

"His soldiers were not yet calling him Lost Kaus behind his back, not when it began. The soldiers of his who would be injured were still perfectly healthy, and the soldiers of his who would die were still perfectly alive. A soldier who was a favorite of his, and who was often described as a younger version of him, hadn't yet written of the war in a letter to a friend, 'I've had enough of this bull****'..."

I have not yet finished it but I think it might turn out to be a great book. So far, there's been nothing but superb writing.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I finished Arthur & George by Julian Barnes. What a delicious book. It's based on a true story -- George's incarceration and Arthur's quest to clear George's name is the core of tale, even though that only happens more than half way through the book -- but the character development leading up to the start of that story is magnificent.

I'm now going to read a biography on the Duchess of Windsor, that nasty skank Wallis Simpson.

I've always been a bit curious about her but then, after seeing the movie The King's Speech, I wanted to know more. I'm not going to hate her for falling in love with the king, but I know that she had many social interactions with Hitler, and that's bound to tick me off.
I can't stand her or Edward - they were traitors.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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a nonfiction book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I can't stand her or Edward - they were traitors.
Don't spoil the ending!
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished Arthur & George by Julian Barnes. What a delicious book. It's based on a true story -- George's incarceration and Arthur's quest to clear George's name is the core of tale, even though that only happens more than half way through the book -- but the character development leading up to the start of that story is magnificent.

I'm now going to read a biography on the Duchess of Windsor, that nasty skank Wallis Simpson.

I've always been a bit curious about her but then, after seeing the movie The King's Speech, I wanted to know more. I'm not going to hate her for falling in love with the king, but I know that she had many social interactions with Hitler, and that's bound to tick me off.
Another good one to read is The Woman He Loved. I read that years ago. Nonfiction. Very good.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I can't stand her or Edward - they were traitors.
I totally agree with you. The one thing, though, that I keep in mind is that if David (Edward) had not abdicated then George would not have become king and Elizabeth (I call her Betty Windsor and like her a lot) would not have become queen.

King Edward was a total wuss. There is no telling which way the monarchy would have gone with him at the helm.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Another good one to read is The Woman He Loved. I read that years ago. Nonfiction. Very good.
I should've gotten that one. This one's writing is quite poor. I doubt that I'll read every word in it -- I'll skim sections until I get to the good stuff!
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I've finally gotten around to reading the book by Donald Regan, who was Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff for 6 years.

I had no idea that Nancy Reagan was so heavily involved with Astrology. Every appointment, every trip they took, in those 8 years, was appointed by Nancy's Friend, as she caled her, Joanne Quigley of San Francisco.

How many times did Donald suggest an itinerary and Nancy would say: Nope! My Friend says this is not a good time or this or that or this or that!

Apparently, she had been consulting with Astrologers all during those years of Ronald Reagan being governor of California!

Makes you wonder if she even asked her friend when was the best times to go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, or have sex with her husband!
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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I am currently reading "When the wind blows" by James Patterson. Really good read. I am almost done with it. I started it 2 days ago.

Still painfully struggling through "Reflections" by Nora Roberts. Hate romances. Why did I get stuck with 10 or so of her books?????
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