Anybody Reading Any Good Books Lately?

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    Haven't been able to find a chunk of time to read deep lately, but can be revitalized at any moment by Spoon River Anthology. One brilliant page at a time.
     
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    Stoner by John Williams. One of the strangest reading experiences I've ever had. It seemed to me the plot and the main character were something less than captivating, but I could not put the book down. There were times I would look up from the book and wonder why I was reading it, and then be compelled to dive right back in. It was odd, but in the end very satisfying. I highly recommend it.
     
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    Just started reading it. Am already smarter!

    EDIT: read some now. I really enjoy books like this, and it's nice to read a book that actually optimistic about the future of the human race.
     
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    Levon got pretty harsh about Robbie in "Wheels" but Robbie comes off as a pretty stand up guy in "Testimony." Of course, he wrote it, so that's to be expected. My biggest takeaway from Robbie's book is the timeline of his learning to write songs. It really seems like he picked up a lot from Dylan. I knew a fair amount of history about The Band but was surprised that Robbie hadn't really written anything much until the Band started jamming with Dylan in Woodstock -- the Basement Tapes era. Good book.

    EDIT: ...And what an unusual situation in The Band, where Robbie had 3 singers to chose from for particular songs (and Robbie didn't sing lead at all). Also, that that situation actually worked for as long as it did.
     
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    Anything by Jonathan Franzen. I loved Freedom, and liked The Corrections and Purity a lot. I’m also enjoying Stoner by John Williams, but it’s (in the words of a noted critic) very “austere”!
     
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    Dittos on "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates"--interesting take on a largely-forgotten, yet surprisingly relevant bit of American History/Diplomacy. For fun, I'm reading the "Expanse" eight volume series, and Bernard Cornwell's "The Last Kingdom" which fictionalizes pre-Norman England in a highly entertaining fashion. I'm a teacher, so I have a couple of months off to catch up on reading.:)
     
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    A Gentleman in Moscow is holding my interest currently
     
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    Actually, I am listening to Sam Harris read the book -- it's been uploaded to YouTube. He has this hypnotic monotone. You've been warned!
     
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    Yes i'm reading one of the greatest to me.

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    I'll second this book. Additionally I'll that his earlier book Butcher's Crossing isn't bad either.

    However, I would recommend 'Death in the Andes' as a book I read not to long ago as dang good.
     
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    I just finished a book, Cod, about how the world has been influenced by that fish.
     
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    I've been making my way through the "Expanse" novels by James S. A. Covey. I'd recommend them to anybody looking for good old-school hard science fiction. I also read a couple of really excellent music memoirs recently: "Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys" by Viv Albertine (the Slits) and "Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol" by Steve Jones.
     
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    A new novel A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua about a Chinese woman giving birth. A touching, emotional story, taking place in China and the US, with observations about contemporary Chinese and American society.

    1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann. Non-fiction about the effects of Europeans coming to the Americas and Asia - and the effect on Europe, the effects of the slavery, trade and the exchange of goods. Revelatory history.
     
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    I just finished my novel. I will make sure to send you a copy when it gets printed. Hopefully we can break you out of that funk!!
     
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    I look forward to that, might get me going again. Maybe it's like riding a bike, once you get to pedaling you just keep going.
     
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    i'm reading two:

    "The Secret Team" by L. Fletcher Prouty

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1616082844/?tag=tdpri-20

    the Secret Team, L. Fletcher Prouty’s expose´ of the CIA’s brutal methods of maintaining national security during the Cold War, was first published in the 1970s. However, virtually all copies of the book disappeared upon distribution, having been purchased en masse by shady “private buyers.” Certainly, Prouty’s allegations—such as how the U-2 Crisis of 1960 was fixed to sabotage Eisenhower–Khrushchev talk—cannot have pleased the CIA. The Secret Team appears once more with a new introduction by Jesse Ventura.

    and "Reinventing Pink Floyd"

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1538108275/?tag=tdpri-20

    Bill Kopp explores the ingenuity with which Pink Floyd rebranded itself following the 1968 departure of Syd Barrett. Not only did the band survive Barrett’s departure, but it went on to release landmark albums that continue to influence generations of musicians and fans.

    Reinventing Pink Floyd follows the path taken by the remaining band members to establish a musical identity, develop a songwriting style, and create a new template for the manner in which albums are made and even enjoyed by listeners. As veteran music journalist Bill Kopp illustrates, that path was filled with failed experiments, creative blind alleys, one-off musical excursions, abortive collaborations,

    recommend both books as good reads. Depends on your areas of interest though whether you find them to be your cup of tea.
     
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    does the author discuss the fact that many of the early stories in the old Testament, including the garden of eden and the flood are rewrites of stories first recorded in Mespotamia many thousands of years before the bible was written? Parts of Giglamesh are lifted whole and become the story of Noah.
     
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