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Old 10-27-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Just ordered A Confederacy of Duncesby John Kennedy Toole

recommended by a friend..
My sister's favorite book. I never finished it. It's very funny, but after awhile I got bored with it.

Right now I'm reading Baltimore Noir - a collection of short stories by various writers. Recently read Close Encounters, another collection of short stories, but in this case all written by one writer - Jen Michalski - who happens to be a friend of mine.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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clan of the cave bear by jean m. auel


Good book. I have read all the sequels too.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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Everything's Eventual - Stephen King
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: 👶🏾CHI🛫CVG🛬AVL🛫CMH🛬CHI🛫?
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey. Its required for work lol
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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Good book. I have read all the sequels too.
lol, me too! clan of the cave bear is a paperback and has no covers and the pages are yellowed with age. i LOVE this series!
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Sounds like an interesting read.
Yeah, it's a "far out" book but very intersting.

The author speaks about how over the course of about 500,000 years the human brain grew from 19 ounces to roughly 2 to 2.4 pounds. Which according to a some authors could be the "fastest recorded advance for any complex organ in the history of life." Then the author goes on to try to find the missing link that caused such a rapid advancement in the human brain.

The author makes a case for the missing link. he states that the ingestation of mutation-causing, psychoactive chemical compounds in the early human diet directly influenced the rapid reorganization of the brain's information-processing capacities. He says that alkaloids in plants, specifically the halluceinogenic compounds such as psilocybin, DMT, and harmaline, could be the chemical factors in the proto human diet that catalyzed the emergence of human self-reflection.

And it goes on from there. A lot of his conclusions are far out there but it's interesting nonetheless and makes you ponder different possibilities.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Just started Time Traveler's Wife", (Audrey Niffenegger) on the recommendation of so many of you here. It has promise. "Catch 22" turned out as I had expected it would, and after about 150 pages, I took it back to the library. It's a great and refreshng 100-page book, but it continues on as if you were reading the first 100 pages over and over again.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Anything by Nelson Demille. I was first hooked with "Charm School" many years ago. Have read everyone since, but could not get through "Cathedral". His new one is coming out tomorrow..."Gate House"....the sequel to "Gold Coast". Can't wait to get started on it!
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Up to Chapter 6 in "Master and Margarita" - in the original Russian. No translation does this justice. There are good translations out there of course, but...it's just not the same.
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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My Life by Bill Clinton
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