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Old 07-12-2015, 10:56 AM   #2121
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DW and I have a young son, a college senior next year, and am building a list of beginning investing financial books for him. I'm collecting ideas and have a little time get this together... but why not start this project now.

"Millionaire Teacher" is a great beginning investor book. I loved it. It's on the list.

What other ideas would you have for a new investor like our son?

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I like "The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing".
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Just finished Sarum: Sarum: The Novel of England: Edward Rutherfurd: 9780449000724: Amazon.com: Books
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This sprawling novel follows the fortunes and losses of five families from the Stone Age through the present time. Each of the families can be identified through genetic characteristics handed down through the agesnot simply physical characteristics, but attitudes and morals, too. There is plenty of action to keep readers motivated to finish the book. Rutherford has a style and energy all his own that should appeal to young readers of historical fiction.
Basically a history of England told in a Michener style of interconnected short stories that move through the centuries. We are going to be in Bath, England this summer hence my motivation to read this book.
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:19 PM   #2123
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Interesting about Ratey and his new book. Will have to check that out. I know him mostly from his excellent work in ADHD research, so this direction makes sense.

Marita, I, too was not bowled over by the first chapter, but the reviews that were released of the whole book seem to have a universally scandalized tone! Interesting to see how it plays out when the full book is released.
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Interesting about Ratey and his new book. Will have to check that out. I know him mostly from his excellent work in ADHD research, so this direction makes sense.
If you're referring to his book Spark it's not all that new, released in 2008 I believe.
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Ah, then, new to me!
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What have you read recently?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00IHC...ds=John+Scalzi

Lock-in by John Scalzi.

Good sci/fi novel. Reminds me a little bit of the Asimov robot novels.


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Lock-in by John Scalzi.

Good sci/fi novel. Reminds me a little bit of the Asimov robot novels.

Thanks. Reserved the ebook at the library.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:16 AM   #2128
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Drawing the Line : How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America: Edwin Danson: 9780471385028: Amazon.com: Books

I need to finish this book before I begin exploring the Mason Dixon line
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:57 PM   #2130
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I just finished

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
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Really interesting! I'd been reading too much fiction lately so decided to read a few non-fiction books.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a superb novel and deserving of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction which it won this year.

So, Anyway is a memoir by John Cleese. It covers his childhood up to the beginning of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I found the book very enjoyable, but potential readers should be aware that 98% of the book is about his years prior to Monty Python. Fawlty Towers came later and is not part of this book, though we learn about his marriage to Connie Booth.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:31 PM   #2132
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Somewhat - exploring the M-D line will fall behind exploring Gettsyburg and the Appalachian Trail.


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"Midnight in Siberia" by David Greene. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend.
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Could not put it down! I'm hoping it will be made into a movie.
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I'm finishing up "The Millionaire Next Store" right now. It's turned out not to be what I expected, but it's a quick read that's worth the few hours.
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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, by Malcolm Mackay is a sort of Scottish noire novel set in Glasgow. The first in a trilogy, it follows the actions of a hit man who wants to remain independent but is being dragged into alignment with an ascendant gang. Good read.
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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. A quick read from McCullough, whose biographies of John Adams and Truman were more on the monumental side. This work focuses on the Wrights as they embarked upon their mission to achieve powered flight and then strove to show their achievement to a skeptical world. It's interesting to discover how the Wrights' achievements paired their inventive skills on building their flyer with developing their individual talents as pilots. They were flying dozens of miles under total control while others were struggling to get off the ground.
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Reread Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell after watching the excellent recent BBC adapation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonath...%26_Mr_Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the 2004 debut novel of British writer Susanna Clarke. An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange.
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I did a book report on this one for the boss, and it is just excellent. A great gift for the folks raising your grandkids, or for friends with kids, or even yourself.

Ron Leiber The Opposite of Spoiled: raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money

Ron Leiber is a personal finance columnist who has worked for the NY Times and the WSJ. I like that he addresses the big elephant in the room for more affluent parents, the dreaded "are we rich?" question, and how to frame the discussion about money and values.

Lieber has practical advice for lots of teachable moments but his most interesting commentary is on the awkward but important questions children have about wealth, within the family and compared to their peers and others. From his chapter subtitled “Instilling gratitude, grace, and perspective in our sons and daughters” comes this:

“Many of us have enough to give our kids everything they need and much of what they want. And even if we have less than many people we know in our communities, we have more than most in our country and in our world. We know this, but our kids probably don’t quite yet. So how do we make them aware of just how good they have it, without preaching to them or making them pity others who have less?”

I quite liked it, from start to finish and would recommend it.
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"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins. I read mostly technical books but I do love a good murder mystery. Friend recommended this book. It's too "Hitchcock" for me. Didn't like the writing style, too much going back and forth in time.
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