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Old 10-05-2012, 04:45 PM   #1441
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I just read Unbroken by Hillenbrand. It's very good. It's a story about a WWII hero and written by the woman who wrote Seabiscuit. I think anyone who likes a good story would like it. I don't want to give much away of the story.
I finally made my way down the 'need to read' list to "Unbroken". The best read I've had in quite a while. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Old 10-06-2012, 05:06 PM   #1442
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I just finished Look Again by Lisa Scottoline - really enjoyed it and really made you think! My two favorite books of the summer are:
1) The Art of Racing in the Rain -- Garth Stein
2) I am The Messenger - Markus Zusak
Well, a couple of years later I will put in another vote for The Art of Racing in the Rain. Someone in my yoga class recommended it recently and I picked it up from the library. A really good read - hard to put down.

I have another Donna Leon mystery to read that I picked up at the same time.

It seems that my book reading in retirement goes in spurts. I had expected to read a lot more but two years in I find that I don't have nearly as much time for it as I thought I would.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:49 PM   #1443
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Kinda on a Stephen King roll since reading 11/22/63 which I LOVED. Plus, hey, it's October so King just feels right. Particularly for someone like me who likes the spooky stuff.

Decided to finally read The Shining. Now I understand why King wasn't too thrilled with Kubrik's interpretation. The book is very different from the movie.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #1444
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There was a remake of The Shining. If I recall correctly, this time, King was more involved in the filming, and was said to be happier.

I liked Stanley Kubrick's first movie better, but that was probably because I never read the book.
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I just read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is jam-packed with nostalgia for someone who was growing up in the 1980's, but I also found the story engaging.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #1446
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I recommend "The Price of Inequality" by Nobel-prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz. It's about the polarization of wealth in the US, how it happened and what the political, social and economic effects are. Everyone has noticed the growing wealth gap, but Stiglitz thinks about the phenomenon in a careful and thorough manner. Very readable.
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I recommend "The Price of Inequality" by Nobel-prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz. It's about the polarization of wealth in the US, how it happened and what the political, social and economic effects are. Everyone has noticed the growing wealth gap, but Stiglitz thinks about the phenomenon in a careful and thorough manner. Very readable.
I forget if it was C-Span or PBS, but I saw Stiglitz interviewed about his book last week. Looks like one I have to add to my reading list, too.
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I'm just starting to read Andersonville by MacKinley Kantor. So far, it's very well written and promises to be a good read.
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Ballerina: sex, scandal and suffering behind the symbol of perfection. Deirdre Kelly, 2012.

I couldn't put this down. As the proverbial klutz, I never understood the attraction of ballet. Then I moved to Winnipeg and was privileged to attend over a decade of thrilling performances by the great Evelyn Hart, who was, in her time, considered one of the world's best Giselle interpreters. But she was, and is, anorexic, and following retirement at 50, she is almost destitute and "a shadow of her former self". So sad for a great artiste who dedicated her life to her art! The story of ballet has many dark chapters and is full of exploitation. If I had a daughter, I don't think I would want her involved. Luckily things are changing, and dancers are leading more normal lives. It's all here.
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Just finished reading "Quiet" by Susan Cain. Helps to explain, through studies and research that has taken place, why some of us introverts and others extroverts. From the title one would guess correctly that much of the discussion is about introverts. Very good read, especially for those who are introverted or if you have a child or significant other who is introverted.
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There was a remake of The Shining. If I recall correctly, this time, King was more involved in the filming, and was said to be happier.

I liked Stanley Kubrick's first movie better, but that was probably because I never read the book.
The remake was a TV mini series and was more true to the book. Not sure it was happier though

Continuing on my King jag, I picked up a copy of The Stand at the local library today. 1152 pages will keep me out of trouble for a while and keep me the the October/Halloween mood for sure.
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Being a huge Grisham fan I couldn't wait to read his newest book "The Racketeer " . It was a disappointment . It rambled and frankly it was hard to believe Grisham wrote it . It was not one of his better books .
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The remake was a TV mini series and was more true to the book. Not sure it was happier though
No, not the film. I meant King was happier with the remake than the first starring Nicholson.
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Just finished Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise. He is the guy who accurately predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. Good read if you like statistics and a nice intro to Bayesian analysis.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:46 AM   #1455
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I just finished The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky. Highly recommended. It was very funny and had me frequently laughing out loud.
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Just finished Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise. He is the guy who accurately predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. Good read if you like statistics and a nice intro to Bayesian analysis.
This book is exceedingly popular at our library. I'm number 85 on the list but there are more books on order in the system.
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I have just begun reading Bruce Bartlett's, "The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform, Why We Need it and What it will take" and so far it is a great read. Tax reform arises often in this forum so this new book should be of interest to many of us.
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This book is exceedingly popular at our library. I'm number 85 on the list but there are more books on order in the system.
I got mine from the library but I put the hold in months ago. I suspect the wait has gotten very long now that The election results have highlighted Silver as the golden boy of forecasts.
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I read Peter Singer's "The Life You Can Save" book on philanthropy, and posted a Thanksgiving review:
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It did a great job of laying out the problem, but not so much for "solving" it. It's more of an ethical basis for rationalizing emotional heuristics.
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I just finished The Passionate Photographer by Steve Simon. Now I get it - being good isn't being good with my Nikon D7000, which is built to last 100,000 shutter releases. I'll have to wear it out. Perhaps, maybe, by then I'll have a slim chance of being good.

Which kind of corresponds to what I told a new police officer when he got a take-home car, which they got after a year or so on the PD: "You're not gonna be really good until you wear that car out" which usually takes another three or four years.

And I just started Mastering the Ride by David L. Hough. It's basically about staying alive on a motorcycle.
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