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Old 06-01-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Outliers

Periodic Tales

No Higher Honor

E=mc2

The Education of a Bodybuilder

Drop Dead Healthy

The Tennis Partner
Liked Outliers, but I liked Blink the best of Malcolm Gladwell's books.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:18 AM
 
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That one was good. Thanks for reviving this thread.
My personal fave was "The Botany of Desire" (the history of humans' relationships with 4 plants:
the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato) by Pollan (2001).
I will definitely be adding that one; thank you.
And, given your suggestion, I would highly suggest
Dandelion Hunter foraging the urban wilderness

which is probably somewhat similar in focus . It'sa combination of very entertaining story but with lots of info on the plants and uses and history. Very hard to classify but worthwhile.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'd like to recommend The Presidents Club. You see the ex-Presidents at charity-related activities and presidential library openings but they get together and speak with each other and the sitting president with no photo ops a lot more than you think or the media knows. The book starts with Harry Truman as the sitting President and Herbert Hoover, Truman's ex-President and it goes through Barack Obama. They are the only ones with a unique shared experience and you would be surprised at how they are used by the sitting president, dust-ups between them (think of the big ego it takes to be president), staff indignation, friendships that are hard to understand with political enemies and how they found they can accomplish a lot together.

I recommended it to my book group and we are going to discuss it in September.
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