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Old 03-13-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I just finished "The Meadow", James Galvin's wonderful recollections of life in remote Wyoming in the middle of the 20th century, which today seems like a million years ago.

Another essential read about life in America in the 20th Century is James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men", containing Walker Evan's amazing photographs of the Depression South.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: UK
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I've just finished "The Winter of Our Disconnect" by Susan Maushart and at every page I kept thinking that every parent of teenagers should read it.

It is the journal of an American single mother who lives in Australia with her 3 teenage children and her decision to remove all technological gadgets (computer, tv, ipods, wii, etc.) from their home for 6 months.

She alternates the everyday journal with statistics and results from different studies on the effects of too much technology on teenagers. The ending was a bit disappointing as she did not go into great details on what happened in the long term after the experiment but it was still a good and interesting read very compelling and informative.

Here is a link to one of the many reviews I found on the book.

The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale | KurzweilAI
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Canada
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The thread about how we choose books we read, reminded me of this little gem of some years ago: Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington. He explores the snake-handing culture in Appalachia. I can't say I was convinced to start handling snakes but the author actually handles a snake during a service.
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:59 AM
 
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I really thought I had posted this but a search does not indicate tht-- PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL by Dan Ariely was a very easy to read very interesting book about how we make decisions, marketing, perceptions etc.
Kind of like FREAKANOMICS which is also a good non -fiction read.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:05 AM
 
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The thread about how we choose books we read, reminded me of this little gem of some years ago: Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington. He explores the snake-handing culture in Appalachia. I can't say I was convinced to start handling snakes but the author actually handles a snake during a service.
It is a gem, but its about belief and faith as much as it is about those specific to the snake-handling christians.

While the image of the sound of rattlers coming from a box in the front of the church is chilling, it is no worse than the sound of lunacy and hate that comes out of many pulpits in churches that don't keep a box of snakes up front.

People will embrace all kinds of madness in the name of religious faith.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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I recommend Angelhead, by Greg Bottoms. Not sure what he's written since, but this, his debut book about his brother's descent into paranoid schizophrenia, is one of my favourite reads the last 10 years.
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Gore Vidal's Lincoln...although a historical-fiction, it is very informative, and good read nonetheless.

Contract on America (The Mafia murder of President John F. Kennedy) by David E. Scheim.

Fatal Shore (The epic of Australia's founding) by Robert Hughes.

For true crime:
Green River Killer by Carlton smith & Tomas Guillen

Chasing the Devil (When the Green River Killer was finally apprehended) by Sheriff David Reichert.

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Return From Tommorow by George G. Ritchie, M.D.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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The blackest bird by Joel Rose . absoloutly wonderful book and def murder mystery .I checked it out of the library many months ago and did finish it and it has to be a def on my list of faves .
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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The book by David H. Freedman titled: "Wrong: Why experts* keep failing us--and how to know when not to trust them." A must-read for everyone who wants to know the problems and biases in many of the studies we hear about on the internet and media.

Also PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL by Dan Ariely, which another poster recommended. Also very informative.
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