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Old 08-23-2014, 05:19 PM   #1861
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For any knitters out there, Gil McNeil has written 3 very pleasant novels* about a young widow who takes over her grandmother's knitting shop in an English seaside town.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
Needles and Pearls
Knit One Pearl One

There isn't anything in them that requires you to be a knitter to enjoy them, it just adds a bit of fun if you are.

* I assume all 3 are pleasant - I've read the last then the first and am on the wait list at the library for the 2nd. You don't need to read them in order for them to make sense.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:16 AM   #1862
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Finally got hold of Steve Jobs biography Written by Walter Isaacson from the public library 3 years after he died. Took me 6 weeks to finish it. Excellent reading and written so well. It's a biography which not only writes about the man but also the products, how destructive cancer is and death. Recommended reading. I do love biographies esp when they r written so frankly.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:24 AM   #1863
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After my retirement, I've found I really like "post apocalypse world" (PAW) fiction. There's a LOT of it out there on the web, some of it really good.
Oddly, me too.

One that struck a chord with me was The Old Man and the Wasteland
by Nick Cole. It's best to read (or reread) Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea before reading this book.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:51 PM   #1864
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Just read "Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China." (Kindle Version $3.67) It was a 5 star read.

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I have this on my kindle to read but right now I am reading Ken FoLLett's "Fall of the Giants " . I liked it so much that I bought "Winter of the World " The sequel . Great books I really could not put them down .
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:44 AM   #1865
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Finished Red to Black by Alex Dryden....excellent:

Red to Black by Alex Dryden - Alex Dryden


Now into Trigger Point by Matthew Glass...also good thus far:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-r...trigger-point/
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:53 AM   #1866
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Just finished Coming Apart by Charles Murray. A very good read on what's led to the decline of our (US) culture. Lots of data, though more on what happened and less on how or why. Finishes with two potential futures, leaves the reader to speculate which way we'll go...
I just read this book and I did not like it. Murray seemed to blame a lot of the decline in the last 50 years on people becoming less religious and not getting married and not having children. [mod edit] This relic has to get out of his 1950s lifestyle choices.
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Wasn't sure where to put this post. I'm currently reading "Early Retirement Extreme" and it is not what I was expecting! I thought it would along the lines of "Retire Early, Retire Free" but it is more a philosophical argument on the wage slave society that has developed than it is a how to manual on early retirement.

I'm enjoying it because it was written by a former physicist-type, so it is well-reasoned and I have a natural propensity to take an outsider's view on most things--like many independently-minded introverts so it resonates with me.

The gist of the book as it relates to early retirement (mind you I haven't finished it) is that extreme early retirement, meaning for people with as little as 5 years of full-time career work, is not about taking a permanent vacation like many traditional retirements where the retirees are 65+ and have lured years of health remaining. It is about developing multiple streams of income and being self-sufficient unordered to break away from the "tight coupling" of paycheck and lifestyle. By having a "loose coupling" between income streams and lifestyle, one gains the freedom to define one's own path in life instead of following the pre-canned scripts that society has dictated as acceptable.

Here are some lifestyle ideas that might come out of this paradigm shift: Living full-time on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean; Being an organic farmer; Being a professional blogger on a subject of personal interest; Pursuing an art, craft, or music in earnest; Pursuing charitable or other social or religious work; Traveling the country or world full-time; Etc.

Again, I think the idea is not "I did my 30 years at mega-corp, now I'm done with work" but more, "I avoided spending 30 years at mega-corp and instead enjoy a lifestyle where I do several part time activities that might generate some income, while using my skills to live frugally and self-sufficiently."
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I think the idea behind ERE is more, "spend a few years working, decide to retire and blog about it, then get a job with a fat salary as a quant and go to work for the corporations again."

Jacob is the man though. I admire his determination.
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You left out "while my wife still works and pays 'her share' of the bills..."
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Mod note: a few of the books mentioned include issues that are emotionally charged for some. Short descriptions of the content are fine but this thread should be about the author and book, not whether we agree or what our personal views are on the same subject.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:40 PM   #1872
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I think the idea behind ERE is more, "spend a few years working, decide to retire and blog about it, then get a job with a fat salary as a quant and go to work for the corporations again."

Jacob is the man though. I admire his determination.
I don't follow the author's blog. Not surprised someone that young would go back into a corporate job, though.
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I recently read "Navajo Autumn: A Navajo Nation Mystery" by R. Allen Chappell. It was a good quick read. Although it was fiction it had a lot of the Navajo culture written into it which was interesting. It is the first in a series. I have the next one cue'd up from Amazon.


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Old 08-27-2014, 09:56 AM   #1874
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I have One Kick by Chelsea Cain on my bedside table. A new series by the author of the Portland-based detective Archie Sheridan series (hmm, now that I have actually been to Portland, I might have to reread those).

Returning Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes, a new Richard Jury book, to the library today. I just coudn't get it open to read before it was due, but I used to love her books. Will check it out again later.
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Just finished "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks. This is a collection of essays about neurological cases centering around music and the brain. I didn't think it was as good as "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" but there was one case study that solved the mystery of the hearing problem that I developed 3 or 4 years ago.
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Just finished "Inferno" by Dan Brown (of Da Vinci Code fame). Interesting read set in Florence, Venice and Istanbul about a geneticist set on reducing the world population through a viral plague. Having been to these cities it was fun learning more about their history.
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I have just started "The Only Three Questions That Still Count" by Ken Fisher.

It asks the reader to learn, that is question assumptions that we all know are true. It has me questioning "Wheeee".
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That reminds me of a book I just read Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain / Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.

The earlier Freakonomics books told stories about problems/situations where, when one examined the data closely, sometimes had surprising attributes and the authors came up with surprising conclusions.

This book will probably not really teach you the magic that these guys have for finding and dissecting interesting problems/situations and coming up with novel solutions, but it's a fun read.
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That reminds me of a book I just read Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain / Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.

The earlier Freakonomics books told stories about problems/situations where, when one examined the data closely, sometimes had surprising attributes and the authors came up with surprising conclusions.

This book will probably not really teach you the magic that these guys have for finding and dissecting interesting problems/situations and coming up with novel solutions, but it's a fun read.
I'll have to track this one down. The other Freakonomics books were pretty good reads.
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I'm about 250 pages into the 1008 page, The Better Angels of Our Nature, which argues that human beings are much less violent now than in the past. It is a well written, data packed book and quite interesting. We shall see if it holds up for the next 750 pages.
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