What book are you reading?

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  • decides2dreamdecides2dream Posts: 14,928
    *just* finished minutes ago, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls."
    i LOVE david sedaris, read all his books. it was good, not his very best, but still sedaris worthy good.
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  • Leezestarr313Leezestarr313 Temple of the catPosts: 14,062
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    Wow, I never heard of this. Kevin Brownlow is fabulous and I love The Parade's Gone By. Let me know if it's worth a read.
    I would say you would probably find this one interesting too :) I do so far!
    "The silent movies most known by film-goers paint a charming picture of a relaxed, innocent bygone America. Yet documentary filmmaker Brownlow has unearthed hundreds of forgotten silents that realistically delved into social and political issues: police corruption, white slave rackets, racial tensions, slum conditions, strikes, divorce, venereal disease. Many of these silents took a progressive standpoint softened by melodramatic devices; there were also racist films, Red Scare films, prejudiced caricatures of immigrant groups. By the 1920s, conservatism set in, censorship was widespread, the "star system" was in full swing and the socially conscious silents vanished. Brownlow's spellbinding canvas is peopled with the likes of D. W. Griffith, Margaret Sanger, Henry Ford, Upton Sinclair, temperance firebrand Carry Nation."

    It seems it's a trilogy, the last one being "The War, The West, and the Wilderness".

    I think I have to track it down. Have you read Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger? It's great and I see you can get used copies of it on Amazon.

    I haven't! Thanks for the heads up :thumbup: :D When I started getting interested, I got a bio about Clara Bow, and then got books by and about Louise Brooks and also a bio about Rudolph Valentino. I was engulfed in silent movies and their stars, I loved it! I'm so glad I found more about the whole topic in this book store. I have to go back there. It was such a cool bookstore too. An old warehouse in Detroit, full of books of all kinds.... I could get lost in there for days!
  • ldent42ldent42 NYCPosts: 7,843
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    I read 'a heartbreaking work of staggering genius' by him. I think it might be one of my favorite book titles ever. (the story wasn't bad. but the title was better.)

    I'm currently reading nothing.
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 15,610
    duska3419 wrote:
    vant0037 wrote:
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    I read 'a heartbreaking work of staggering genius' by him. I think it might be one of my favorite book titles ever. (the story wasn't bad. but the title was better.)

    I'm currently reading nothing.

    You read the title and it was all downhill from there? :lol: :lol:
    That is a pretty funny book title....right up there with The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
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  • JBiiJBii Lake SpiveyPosts: 354
    Private Berlin
    That what you fear the most could meet you halfway
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 18,412
    Stalingrad by anthony beevor. Man both the Germans and Russians were sick fuckers in ww2.
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • ShimmyMommyShimmyMommy Posts: 7,505
    Daring Greatly by researcher Brene Brown

    As I started reading it...it was as if it was written as a companion piece to the song Inside Job...wow...just amazing!!
    Lots of love, light and hugs to you all!
  • EraserheadEraserhead Stoke-on-TrentPosts: 2,622
    Kafka's The Castle
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  • vant0037vant0037 Posts: 5,239
    *just* finished minutes ago, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls."
    i LOVE david sedaris, read all his books. it was good, not his very best, but still sedaris worthy good.

    Couldn't agree more. I like his ability to write an essay and weave in other stories tangentially, but this collection felt a little too tangential.

    It's very readable, but he's definitely done better. I suppose though, like a similar band we all love, it's harder and harder to maintain the same emotional intensity on topics that once plagued you, once you've exercised all those demons and become successful.
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  • moretonbayfigmoretonbayfig Australia Posts: 805
    'Lost in Translation' by Nicole Mones - beautifully written, subtle and engaging. Not at all like the movie (in a good way).
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    First one was great, this started off well.
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  • vant0037vant0037 Posts: 5,239
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  • Jnich2424Jnich2424 Posts: 608
    I want to start reading this one. It's on my Kindle and I am planning on starting it soon. Reviews have been amazing for it.


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    You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

    In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
  • Who PrincessWho Princess out here in the fieldsPosts: 7,195
    Just finished this one:

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    Now reading:

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  • ShimmyMommyShimmyMommy Posts: 7,505
    Another jammer just mentioned I should check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn...so that's what I am starting today :mrgreen:
    Lots of love, light and hugs to you all!
  • Another jammer just mentioned I should check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn...so that's what I am starting today :mrgreen:
    a very interesting read, for sure.
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  • ShimmyMommyShimmyMommy Posts: 7,505
    Another jammer just mentioned I should check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn...so that's what I am starting today :mrgreen:
    a very interesting read, for sure.

    I hope so...I love books with interesting things :mrgreen:
    Lots of love, light and hugs to you all!
  • peacefrompaulpeacefrompaul Posts: 25,293
    Excerpts from The Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
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  • smarcheesmarchee Windsor, OntarioPosts: 14,536
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  • jumbojetjumbojet Posts: 1,484
    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

    Just ordered Kafka on the shore of Murakami. Inspired by Stone. :geek:
    What's your part, who you are?

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  • jumbojetjumbojet Posts: 1,484
    Jnich2424 wrote:
    I want to start reading this one. It's on my Kindle and I am planning on starting it soon. Reviews have been amazing for it.

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    You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.

    Wow, thank you, I would definitely be into this one, have a close family member suffering from mild autism.
    What's your part, who you are?

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  • jumbojetjumbojet Posts: 1,484
    wasa1971 wrote:
    I started reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, but had to take a break. So I'm halfway through that.
    I tried to read this a couple of times, just didn't hold my attention. Now I'm reading Snakes in Suits, quite entertaining and relateable to people I have worked with over the years.

    I also cannot read any self-help books. :roll:
    What's your part, who you are?

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  • jumbojetjumbojet Posts: 1,484
    mcgruff10 wrote:
    Stalingrad by anthony beevor. Man both the Germans and Russians were sick fuckers in ww2.

    Hell yeah. :!: :!: :twisted:
    What's your part, who you are?

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  • jumbojetjumbojet Posts: 1,484
    Up next....one from our very own:

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    :)

    Still need to check "Bioluminescence" in the dictionary. :)
    What's your part, who you are?

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  • guypjfreakguypjfreak Posts: 2,132
    http://undpress.nd.edu/book/P00504 good read .

    just finished the air war over Malta which was great amazing that they had more bombs dropped on them than London and the island is smaller than London .must go there again lovely place ..
  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
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    Frank Edwards - 'Strange People - Strange, sub-human, Superhuman People who have baffled the World'

    The Monkey girl and the alligator boy
    The woman who came back from the dead
    People who could see without eyes
    The man who was hanged three times
    The man with the radar brain
    The boy who returned from the grave
    The man with the burning breath
    The man with four eyes
    The mentalist who solved murders
    The man who never slept
    The elephant boy and the dog-faced boy
    The man who could see through the Earth
    The man who would not die
    The girl who could read un-opened letters

    and much, much more!
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  • ShimmyMommyShimmyMommy Posts: 7,505
    Another jammer just mentioned I should check out Ishmael by Daniel Quinn...so that's what I am starting today :mrgreen:
    a very interesting read, for sure.

    I hope so...I love books with interesting things :mrgreen:

    I have finished it...wow...the depth of it was excellent...now off to find "My Ishmael" :mrgreen:
    Lots of love, light and hugs to you all!
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