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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by black_doug, Jun 20, 2021.
Summer is officially here!
I’m looking for ideas. What books are you reading, or plan to read?
I am still working on War and Peace, and also Citizen Soldier (by Stephen Ambrose).
One flew over the cuckoos nest right now. Next on the list is Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory.
I’m waiting for this to come out!
Elvis has not left the building. This is better than I thought it would be. Fiction but well written.
I have a copy of 'Notes of a Native Son' in my car. It's a collection of ten essays, which lends itself very well, to being dipped into, occasionally. Baldwin writes beautifully and his ideas are still relevant.
What I have on my table to read, vs. what will actually get read, are two different things. This is the current pile: "The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Post Colonial Predicament" by Orlando Patterson, "High On the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America" by Jessica B. Harris, "Born A Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah, "World Travel: An Irreverent Guide", by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever, "Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism: Global Perspectives" by Colin Samson and Carlos Gigoux. The last one is work related. There are others, but I'm going to try to pick these off one at a time.
I just finished this, on the recommendation of a friend. It was kind of fun. Sure it's no Raymond Chandler novel, as some guy points out in his review, but what is? It reminded me a little bit of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/484105.Gladiator_at_Law for some reason, which I also thought was fun.
A bit mix and match but that is the way I like it
just finished The Power Of The Dog and The Cartel by Don Winslow. Probably gonna start the border next.
Listening to Cosmological Koans by Anthony Aguirre.
Reading Salem’s Lot by you know who.
Very light reading.
I also ordered Hey Dad which was written 30 years ago.
I have a very old and well worn, hard copy of this, by my easy chair. I read parts of it, every year.
....and I just finished this.
I’m just finishing Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. A bio of photographer/ethnologist/anthropologist Edward Curtis. A great story of an interesting man, well told (although I’ll admit the editor could have restrained the author just a tiny bit more). My stylistic quibbles aside, it is fascinating.
I’m reading Dune for the first time.
I'm looking for new books too. man I must have 100 books here I've read.
Some real good ones:
Tony Horwitz: Spying on the South.
Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms
Justin Cronin: The Passage
McIntyre: The Spy and the Traitor (true story of espionage)
Colson Whitehead: The Nickel Boys (true)
Gregory Roberts: Shantaram
If anyone wants books, I can list a bunch of titles. 3 for $8 shipped.
I started reading Harold Bloom's The Western Canon, which led me back to Shakespeare. I've read Hamlet and Macbeth so far, and I still want to read The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream before moving on to someone else. Bloom also speaks very highly of Dante, so I've already purchased a copy of The Divine Comedy. It'll be a summer of the classics for me.