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Old 07-08-2009, 11:15 AM
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My two summer-light favorites:

Why We Suck by Denis Leary.

Even if you hate his show and stand-up routines, this book is a big dose of common sense in a weenie-fied world, expressed in a manner that had me spewing morning coffee more than once. Very funny stuff.

Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbark.

Having spent many years as the Mom of young children, and having spent most of that time wondering of everyone around me was losing their minds, I LOVE this book! More common sense (from a woman's point of view), more spewed fluids.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Here are some that I found to be interesting

1. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance - Laurie Garrett

2. Level 4, Virus Hunters of the CDC - Joseph McCormick, MD and Susan Fisher-Hoch

3. The Great Influenza - John M. Barry

4. The Brain that Changes Itself - Norman Doidge, MD

5. My Stroke of Insight - Jill Bolte Taylor

6. Kingdom Coming, The Rise of Christain Nationalism - Michelle Goldberg

7. The One Percent Doctrine - Ron Suskind

8. American Theocracy - Kevin Phillips

9. The End of Faith - Sam Harris

10. Dark Ages America - Morris Berman

11. John Adams - David McCullough

12. Redemption, The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Movement - Nathan Winograd
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:31 AM
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is a fascinating story of a young girl of Hmong descent living in California who develops a seizure disorder. Fadiman's non-judgemental approach leaves no "bad guys" in this tale of a clash between traditional and modern medicine.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:14 AM
Location: Dallas
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I read Mein Kampf for free online. If you want to understand how Hitler seduced Germany and what drove him, there is no better place to start.
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:34 PM
Location: Glendale Country Club
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Checking in....members have given quite a number and variety of good reads...thanks everybody!!! Those of us who follow these suggestions will be a well read bunch.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:53 PM
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I just finished reading "Renegade" by Michael Wolffe. It's an inside look at the Obama campaign by a reporter that covered the campaign from its beginning. Whether you like President Obama or not, it's a good read because it covers not only the political but the personal side of the Obamas as well.

If you like politics and history there is a book titled IIRC "An American Melodrama" by a couple of British writers. It's about the 1968 Presidential campaign. It's intriguing because it's an "outsider's" view of our political process covering the most significant election of a generation. About the time that the primaries started in '08 I brought this up with a friend who's about the same age, early 60s (both of us should have graduated in '70 but neither did until the mid-70s) and he had also read it in college. He said it was one of only 2 or 3 books from his college days that he had kept.


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Old 07-27-2009, 09:09 AM
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Into Thin Air: Love it so much read it a couple of times. I love reading about Everest, so anything about Everest is great to me.

High Crimes by Michael Kodas: About the commercialization of Everest and the crimes that have occurred on the mountain.

Mountain Madness by Robert Birkbey: Scott Fisher's biography...great book.

Age is Just a Number by Dara Torres: A very inspiring book, not just for swimmers, that woman is amazing.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Location: Colorado
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The Naked Island - Russell Braddon
The true and harrowing story of a young Australian POW in Singapore during WW2

The Dragon's Trail - Joana Pitman
History of the painting "St George & the Dragon" by Raphael - really fascinating study of the power of art since the Renaissance and what people are willing to do to obtain it

Tears in the Darkness - Michael Norman
Story of the Bataan Death March as seen thro a young US serviceman originally from Montana

Socialism is Great! - Lijia Zhang
The rather tongue-in-cheek title of an autobiography by a journalist who grew up in 1970s and 1980s China and became part of the Tiananmen Square student protests

The Gardner Heist - Ulrich Boser
The fascinating and mysterious story of the infamous art theft from the Isabelle Stewart Gardner museum in Boston
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:56 PM
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The Perfect Storm ,forgot author but it was a good read. Very educational about what fishmen in dangerous waters and the Coast Guard . A real page turner from the first page .

Liberalism Is A mental Disorder, Michael Savage . A book about how we are destroying a nation with foolish ideas .
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:28 PM
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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James Herriot

James Herriot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Herriot books are often described as "animal stories" (Wight himself was known to refer to them as his "little cat-and-dog stories"[4]), and given that they are about the life of a country veterinarian, animals certainly play a significant role in most of the stories. However, there are a few of the stories in which animals play little or no part (particularly those about his courtship of Helen), and the overall theme of the stories is actually Yorkshire country life as a whole, with the people and animals being two of the primary elements that give it its distinct character.

All Creatures Great and Small
All Things Bright and Beautiful

And more.
Also great T.V. series.

And the Art of Walt Disney

Disney buff..
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