What Are You Reading? Summer Reading List

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

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    Just finished Bleak House and two old Donald Westlakes. I'll probably open Go Tell It on the Mountain next, unless I can find something trashier. Meanwhile, I'm almost done with the four volume collection of George Orwell essays, letters, and reviews. And my wife is in the middle of a nonfiction called Founding Brothers that she think I'd like.

    Every July 4 we go to a big pay-whatever-you-want used book sale in nearby Belgrade Lakes. We like to get there for the starting gun. That'll solve my trashy novel jones fer sher.
     
  2. Charlie Bernstein

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    Don't know what you like, but here are some of my favorites, which you can Google:

    Fiction:

    A Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller)
    Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut)
    A Gentleman in Moscow (Towles)
    In Dubious Battle (Steinbeck)
    The Goldfinch (Tart)
    Native Son (Wright)
    White Noise (DeLillo)
    Any of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels
    Any of Elmore Leonard's crime capers

    Non-fiction:

    The Algiers Motel Incident (Hershey)
    American Nations (Woodard)
    Bound for Glory (Guthrie)
    Chronicles Volume 1 (Dylan)
    Down and Out in Paris and London (Orwell)
    The Family (Saunders)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Thompson)
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Eggers)
    Hells Angels (Thompson)
    Homage to Catalonia (Orwell)
    Really the Blues (Mezzrow)
    Rivethead (Hamper)
    These Truths (LaPore)
    Woody Guthrie (Klein)
    Zeitoun (Eggers)
     
  3. gimmeatele

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    I certainly am, and see it all in a different light with what has gone on recently. I am amazed at how much was being done before the war to bring about changes in slavery laws and the divide it was causing. As a Brit and only having a passing knowledge of it before, it is a real eye opener, and as you say an excellent piece of work.
     
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    On the fiction front, I am reading some of Yukio Mishima’s novels.

    For non-fiction, I finished Richard Thompson’s memoir and just picked this up…

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  5. jkingma

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    This is book 2 in a 3 book spy series that I'm really enjoying.

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    And I read this one a couple months ago, and it was one of the best books I've ever read.

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    I just finished "Night Boat to Tangier" by Kevin Barry, a great Irish writer. He also wrote a book called "Beatlebone", a kind of surreal novel about John Lennon visiting the West of Ireland to check out the island he and Yoko bought in the 60's. I'm also reading Richard Thompson's book, "Beeswing".
     
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    So far, and I'm almost finished, I've been reading the instructions on the golf range finder my son gave me for my birthday. (It's two pages, but they're small pages)
     
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    I've been reading Icelandic crime novels by two different authors. Arnaldur Indridason and Ragnar Jonasson. Neither are thriller type authors. The crimes are more pedestrian but the character development and eventual outcomes especially in the Indridason books is really clever if not wholly satisfying. I haven't finished the Jonasson series yet.
     
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    I will be vacationing in Iceland in September and just ordered a Jonasson book to get in the mood.
     
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    I want to go there now too!
     
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    Dang. I left my new book on the porch yesterday where I'd been reading it, and when I looked for it this morning. . .it wasn't rain we had last night exactly. . . .

    A big part of my reading habit has to do with the book itself. Even long after I have forgotten much about the story, I remember things like where I was and what was going on while I was reading it, and the physical characteristics of the book: its cover, its weight and size, sometimes its smell, sometimes some peculiar damage; my habit has always favored used paperbacks, although now that I've retired and left my huge collection of them behind at school (I wonder if anyone's reading them. I think the teachers I left them with just wanted the shelves and racks), I sometimes read hardcovers or new paperbacks.

    This one being my Fathers' Day present, and being so nice and new, and a high-quality print job, too, I was looking forward to re-reading my Desert Island Author in my sporty new book with its new-book feel and smell.

    Oh, well. It didn't get very wet, so now I guess when this read fades into memory of the book it will be "relic'd", and I'll remember it for that, with its freshly crackled cover and its curly pages.

    And there, I've used the "word", spelling be damned. They're especially hard to spell when they ain't words.
     
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    just finished 'hard to handle: the life & death of the black crowes" by steve gorman (original drummer). if you're a fan, it's fantastic. lots of great stories (especially about jimmy page!)
     
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    Thank you for the reply. I firmly believe if anyone wants to know what makes the United States tick, one has to understand its civil war.

    From Winston Churchill whom I'm related to:

    “Thus ended the great American Civil War, which must upon the whole be considered the noblest and least avoidable of all the great mass conflicts of which till then there was record.”
     
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    For England, the constant invasions from the 5th century onwards made it difficult to hold on to many of the improvements in the quality of everyday life introduced during the Roman occupation. The different forms of social organisations the new invaders introduced made any kind of centralised government and unified cultural identity virtually impossible. Similar things were happening right across Europe.
     
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    I'm currently revisiting Charles Bukowskis works.
     
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