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Old 03-30-2019, 05:51 AM
 
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Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

He's currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and now a candidate for President.
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:51 AM
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I'm kind of on a bio and autobio kick. I recently read Sally Field's autobiography. Then I read a bio on Jackie O and her sister Lee R, and now I'm reading Linda Ronstadt's autobiography. I really enjoyed the first two and am really enjoying the last one as well.

What surprises me about both Sally Field and Linda Ronstadt is that they both describe themselves as introverts, and I can see that to some extent though I think neither of them is as introverted as they think they are!

One thing that really strikes me also about Linda Ronstadt's AB is her deep and intense love for so many different types of music. I mean, of course she loves music, and she has always had a great range when it comes to style, but reading her AB, it's apparent that music is what runs through her veins - apparently not blood. LOL!
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

He's currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and now a candidate for President.
Have you finished the book? What's your take on it?

I've watched a number of talks he gave and have been quite impressed by his position on important topics and approach to bipartisanship. He really is a dark horse in this race.

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On my part, I'd like to recommend Charles Pellegrino’s To Hell and Back.

It's a story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with a large focus on the account of survivors. I can't think of a single book that I've read that had such a strong effect on me. And it's the only book where I noted every single word, every article, and punctuation mark. It felt sacrilegious to skip things, almost a physical need to absorb every stress and pause out of respect to the people who lived through this hell. It is a devastatingly powerful read.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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After about 4 people told me I had to read it, I just bought a copy of "Educated" by Tara Westover.

It's a memoir about her childhood in a family of survivalists. She never went to a school until she enrolled herself in high school, and when she did, she didn't know how to read or write. Eventually, she won a scholarship at Oxford.

Westover is still in her late 20s, so her life story is all quite recent. Everyone who's read it says its a really good book, and I seldom get so many recommendations as this one got to read it.
Actually, she never even went to high school. The family had a few books around the house and her mother had sort of taught he to read. She somehow managed to pass the ACT (on her second try) and get into BYU. I just finished her book (like 5 minutes ago!), and was positively blown away by it. I have been waiting for seveal years to be able to find another 5-star book (there are only about 6-8 such books on my own personal list of favorites) and this was it!
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Have you finished the book? What's your take on it?

I've watched a number of talks he gave and have been quite impressed by his position on important topics and approach to bipartisanship. He really is a dark horse in this race.

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On my part, I'd like to recommend Charles Pellegrino’s To Hell and Back.

It's a story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with a large focus on the account of survivors. I can't think of a single book that I've read that had such a strong effect on me. And it's the only book where I noted every single word, every article, and punctuation mark. It felt sacrilegious to skip things, almost a physical need to absorb every stress and pause out of respect to the people who lived through this hell. It is a devastatingly powerful read.
Noted, thanks.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I just finished Never Enough, by Judith Grisel. The book explains addiction through what is known about the brain. She was/is an addict herself, having been clean for thirty years, as well as a neuroscientist.

I do not understand the science well. But I understand much more about how addiction works.

I recommend it.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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I'm kind of on a bio and autobio kick. I recently read Sally Field's autobiography. Then I read a bio on Jackie O and her sister Lee R, and now I'm reading Linda Ronstadt's autobiography. I really enjoyed the first two and am really enjoying the last one as well.

What surprises me about both Sally Field and Linda Ronstadt is that they both describe themselves as introverts, and I can see that to some extent though I think neither of them is as introverted as they think they are!

One thing that really strikes me also about Linda Ronstadt's AB is her deep and intense love for so many different types of music. I mean, of course she loves music, and she has always had a great range when it comes to style, but reading her AB, it's apparent that music is what runs through her veins - apparently not blood. LOL!
Will have to search out the book on Linda Ronstadt. I loved her back in the day- what a voice !!!
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I just finished Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century written by Jessica Bruder.

She tells the stories of many older folks who, by need or by choice are living in RV's and campers. Many of them now work seasonally at various massive Amazon warehouses for several months leading up to Christmas. Ten hour work days on your feet and walking miles and miles each day as they sort merchandise.

Others work as campground hosts and other low paying seasonal work that is generally physically demanding. Despite the hardships many of them are far more cheerful than I would be under such circumstances.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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David McCullough:

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, 2019
Brave Companions: Portraits in History, 1992
The Wright Brothers, 2015
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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David McCullough:

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, 2019
Brave Companions: Portraits in History, 1992
The Wright Brothers, 2015
Out of the three that I've read so far The Wright Brothers would be the one I'd single out. Brave Companions next.

Also highly recommend Stephen E. Ambrose ( Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery, Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69 ), and Gary Taubes ( Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It ) and Nina Teicholz ( The Big Fat Surprise ).
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