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Old 04-21-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

The book follows the everyday lives (falling in love, family, work and ambitions) of six ordinary North Koreans over fifteen years that includes the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of Kim Jong-il and a famine that killed many in the North Korean population.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

The book follows the everyday lives (falling in love, family, work and ambitions) of six ordinary North Koreans over fifteen years that includes the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of Kim Jong-il and a famine that killed many in the North Korean population.
Oh I read that! It was an amazing book and incredibly eye-opening about the lives the ordinary North Korean has to lead as well as the difficulties they face after fleeing to the South.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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Amazon.com: Still Woman Enough: A Memoir (9780786889877): Loretta Lynn: Books
Still woman enough-Loretta Lynn~I am greatly inspired by this woman and her life!
Amazon.com: The Jesus I Never Knew (0025986219239): Philip Yancey: Books
The Jesus I never knew-Yancey
Very insightful!
Amazon.com: Could It Be Forever?: My Story (9780755315802): David Cassidy: Books
Could it be forever? My Story~David Cassidy
I couldn't put it down! fascinating life
Amazon.com: Adeline Yen Mah: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle Falling Leaves-A Memoir of an unwanted Chinese Daughter~Adeline-Yen-Mah
Currenlty re-reading The gift of Fear-Gavin DeBecker -Should be required reading for everyone!!
There are many more but I can't recall them. Will have to go through my stash.

Last edited by CTR36; 04-21-2010 at 01:17 PM.. Reason: Added one more book
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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BTW, Excellent thread! Reps to you OP.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:30 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Oh, but you must make the time, and find the money, to visit Savannah. I think it is even more interesting than New Orleans. The layout of the city, and its many beautiful squares, just add to its Southern, moss-draped, charm.

I didn't get to see it, myself, until my daughter chose to attend the Savannah College of Arts & Design. Because Savannah is also touted as one of the US's 'most haunted' cities, and I enjoy Halloween, I must go one year just for the occasion, and to tour some of the most haunted places.

Having read Midnight made me enjoy the city all-the-more. It was fun visiting the house and the square, and seeing the Bonaventure Cemetery. I kept looking for what's-her-name(s) -- both the mystical old woman who gave herself credit for weaving spells and ciphering 'signs' and the transvestite, the Lady Chablis (who I did get to see at a club in Atlanta several years back -- she is so tiny, sort of like a miniature Dianna Ross).

Lots of good restaurants, interesting SCAD-related things to do, like visiting the shop carrying, and selling, a lot of the students' work, and the river front is a nice place to stroll, and shop, stopping for a bite to eat or having a drink. Savannah makes for great 'people-watching,' too.
Thank you. The conversation came up the other day about my daughter and I taking a trip somewhere we've never been but that's not too far and within budget. I live on the Jersey shore. Savannah's just down the coast a bit.

Since she's a college student also, she might enjoy your suggestions.

I think "Minerva" was the voodoo lady.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. Wonderful history of 14th-century Europe.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Utah
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The Hot Zone was a great book...not only did I feel like I learned a lot, but I had to keep checking because it felt like fiction.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: The Great White North
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Oh boy, where to start...?

In no particular order:

Travel
Blue Highways- William Least-Heat Moon
Prairyerth- WLHM
River Horse- WLHM
Travels With Charley- John Steinbeck

Historic
The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons- John Wesley Powell
The Journals of Lewis and Clark- Quite a few versions of this, but the National Geographic one isn't bad

Nature
Desert Solitaire- Edward Abbey
A Sand County Almanac- Aldo Leopold
The Mountains of California- John Muir
The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek- Annie Dillard
Land of Little Rain- Mary Austin
Wilderness and the American Mind- Roderick Nash

I'll add more as I remember them...
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"Logbook for Grace" by Robert Cushman Murphy. A collection of letters sent home to his newlywed wife by a young zoologist who signed aboard a whaling schooner in 1912 to the South Atlantic, to study the natural history of the islands.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. For a writer it's invaluable, but I also think that it has great ideas and reminders for anyone.

And pretty much anything by Bill Bryson. I reread The Mother Tongue at least once a year and A Walk in the Woods is hilarious.
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