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Old 01-13-2008, 01:08 PM   #41
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I'm really enjoying the book.
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:16 PM   #42
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Mostly magazine articles, and internet stuff.

Recently read 'Freakonomics' (some eye-openers in that one), just finished 'Omnivore's Dilemma' (might start a thread on that later - four separate but related interesting points are made regarding our food supply). Reading 'The World is Flat' now (refers to the global economy - not a 'flat earth' fruitcake).

Last year, I skimmed 'On the Origin of Species' (really slow for me, but I did learn some interesting things - I was surprised how much of what Darwin learned was from observing the results of pigeon breeders in England, rather than from his voyages), and read most of 'The Voyage of the HMS Beagle' (fascinating and scary - wow has life changed since the 1850's!).

For some reason, I can rarely read anything just for 'enjoyment'. If I'm not learning something from it, I get bored. I guess I'm a bit ADD - magazine articles appeal more to me - bite size chunks.

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Finished Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan a couple of weeks ago. It's about global warming.

Just finished A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence by Ferenc Mate

Will be starting Hubbert's Peak next by Kenneth Deffeyes
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How To Retire Early and Live Well on Less Than a Million Dollars. I know........I'm probably the last one on this board to read it!
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Will be starting Hubbert's Peak next by Kenneth Deffeyes
This is the book that converted me completely to the peak oil thesis. I was aware of King Hubberts's ideas, already invested heavily in energy, but this book gave me much more confidence to ride out the downturns and remain heavily invested. I also read his sequel- I believe it is called Beyond Oil.

Additionally, Deffeyes is an attractive person with a folksy non-preachy writing style.

I just finished reading a book that Martha recommended- Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me. Excellent book about social psychology and the engines of self justification and delusion.

My current reading other than SEC filings is a spy novel set in Europe in the years leading up to WW2. Dark Star is its name and Alan Furst its author. I plan to read all his books over time.

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"Steve Goodman - Facing the Music". Biography of singer-songwriter Steve Goodman written by Clay Eals. Looong, almost 800 pages, but good.

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I'm reading "Mayflower." It sort of reads like a textbook, so it's a bit dry. One thing I've learned so far: it wasn't wise to disagree with those early Puritian settlers. The Quakers were pretty cool, however.
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"PC Annoyances".

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Just finished "The Winter of Frankie Machine", by Don Winslow. A pretty good pot-boiler sort-of-detective novel.

Several others in a stack by the bed. Real Soon Now.
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Thanks for all the great ideas ! I've already ordered several of the books and I've found some new authors .
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Recently read 'Freakonomics' (some eye-openers in that one), just finished 'Omnivore's Dilemma' (might start a thread on that later - four separate but related interesting points are made regarding our food supply).
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These were both incredibly influential books for me, I especially loved the names section of Freakonomics--go Brittany (or Britney or Brittney)! And the Omnivore's Dilemma literally changed the way I eat. Powerful stuff--and presented in such rich language and evocative descriptions, without the desk-banging political agenda of so many of the "fast food-bad, vegetarian eating-good" type of books.
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Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, by Jonathan Eig.

It's a fascinating account of Robinson's first season -- it covers the usual main characters but it's also a really inciteful version of how others (not necessarily those involved in the drama) reacted to that first season. And for former Brooklyn Dodger fans, you can never get tired of this story.
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It looks like there are quite a few of us who aren’t reading the bible.

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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I'm really enjoying the book.
My daughter gave it to me for Christmas. I just started cracked it yesterday and realized I read it 15 years ago. It is quite good but why has interest been raised now?

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It looks like there are quite a few of us who aren’t reading the bible.
I read a couple of Dawkins' books recently -- does that count?
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It looks like there are quite a few of us who aren’t reading the bible.

I already know the ending.
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I'm really enjoying the book.
Read that many years ago. For Christmas, I got "World Without End" and I am currently about half way through. It is quite entertaining, and can be enjoyed without having read "Pillars".
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My daughter gave it to me for Christmas. I just started cracked it yesterday and realized I read it 15 years ago. It is quite good but why has interest been raised now?
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Oprah picked PIllars of the Earth by Ken Follett for her Book Club recently, that has put it back on top of the paperback fiction charts. I too, read it 15 years ago but actually re-read it about a year ago and enjoyed it again!

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In general, I like mysteries, but I've read all of the Stephanie Plumb books by Janet Evanovich...only books that ever made me laugh out loud...can't wait for #14. I usually have more than one book going at a time. Up next:

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I first heard about Pillars via Oprah and wondered why I was able to buy the book for half the price that I normally have to pay for an Oprah cited book. Now I know...it's old. But, I really am enjoying it. It's one of those books that you don't want to end. I'm only 3/4 of the way thru it so I have a few more days left.
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