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1Jacksonian
Editado: Maio 3, 2016, 10:44am

Just finished Reading the OED by Ammon Shea. Learned lots of new interesting words I may not be able to work into a conversation.

2AnnaClaire
Editado: Maio 2, 2016, 11:14pm

Linkity-link: Reading the OED by Ammon Shea. (It's an interesting book: I read it a year or three back.)

3Jestak
Maio 3, 2016, 12:38am

I've just finished The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution by Sam Willis and The Price of Thirst by Karen Piper and am currently reading The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown and The Obama Victory by Kate Kenski, Bruce Hardy and Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

5Jacksonian
Maio 4, 2016, 6:23pm

6Jacksonian
Maio 5, 2016, 8:06pm

7Jacksonian
Maio 7, 2016, 4:36pm

9LynnB
Maio 9, 2016, 7:34am

I'm reading The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union by Peter Savodnik.

jillbone, sounds like some gruesome reading!

10paradoxosalpha
Maio 9, 2016, 12:05pm

I wrapped up Natural Right and History and posted my review.

I've now started Architecture and Nihilism along with Isaac Newton's Freemasonry.

11LynnB
Maio 10, 2016, 11:38am

12TooBusyReading
Maio 10, 2016, 1:54pm

A couple of days ago, I finished Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and I loved it. Now I'm listening to The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts, and while the story is heartbreaking, the telling of it is not especially engaging.

13vpfluke
Editado: Maio 10, 2016, 7:26pm

Our local library book group in North Bellmore is reading David Maraniss's book Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story. I also have read "The Library: a world history" by James W P Campbell

14snash
Maio 10, 2016, 5:34pm

Finished my LTER. Rogue Justice: the Making of the Security State is a blow by blow, person by person, case by case accounting of the on going conflict between security and constitutional rights after 9/11. What particularly impressed me was how readable it was despite its detail and thoroughness. It is a disturbing story and an extremely important one for American citizens to be aware of, hopefully to prevent the erosion of American and international rights.

15Polite_Society
Maio 10, 2016, 6:02pm

BONKERS: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders

16Jacksonian
Maio 11, 2016, 7:22pm

Just finished Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

17Jacksonian
Maio 14, 2016, 11:53pm

Finished The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick

18TooBusyReading
Maio 15, 2016, 2:28pm

I finished The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts a couple of days ago. While the story was interesting, although so, so tragic, the writing seemed just a bit meh to me.

19framboise
Editado: Maio 15, 2016, 4:13pm

20Thrin
Maio 16, 2016, 8:20am

I Met Lucky People by Yaron Matras is The Story of the Romani Gypsies. Enthralling.

21Jacksonian
Editado: Maio 17, 2016, 1:50am

Just finished NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. An excellent read for anyone whose life is touched by the autism spectrum

22wester
Maio 18, 2016, 3:38am

I finished Gulp which was a disappointment as it was quite one-dimensional. I also finished The Checklist Manifesto which was a pleasant surprise as it was less one-dimensional than I expected.

Now reading Us and Them. A study of "human kinds", the categories we use for people. Very good.

23TooBusyReading
Maio 18, 2016, 11:43am

I started The Boys in the Bunkhouse, and I think it is going to break my heart.

24Jacksonian
Editado: Maio 18, 2016, 5:05pm

>22 wester: Sorry to hear Gulp was lackluster. It's on my TBR pile as well as Checklist Manifesto

Finished The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

25LyzzyBee
Maio 19, 2016, 4:07am

I've give up on Roy Jenkins now - his lifestyle with multiple affairs, dinners with posh people and a country house didn't sit well with my ideas of how a Left politician or a decent man in a position of responsibility should act and I just found it all tedious. Now reading an excellent and lively biography of Edith Sitwell.

26Jacksonian
Maio 19, 2016, 9:15am

27lesmel
Maio 19, 2016, 9:18am

>26 Jacksonian: She was interviewed for a tiny segment on NPR the other day.

28Jacksonian
Maio 19, 2016, 9:33am

>27 lesmel: Was she? I gotta be honest. I found her more than a little creepy at times.

29lesmel
Editado: Maio 19, 2016, 9:43am

>28 Jacksonian: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/13/world/americans-are-not-so-great-talking-a... -- She can be a little creepy; but she has some valid points about how Americans have scrubbed death out of the daily consciousness.

30TooBusyReading
Maio 19, 2016, 11:16am

>26 Jacksonian: >27 lesmel: I really enjoyed reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and I liked the author's attitude towards death and bodies. But yes, I can see that she can seem a bit creepy. Before I read her book, I read Nine Years Under, about a young woman who worked in a funeral home, and I didn't care for it. Her attitude was superior and snarky, but not in a good way, and disrespectful.

32paradoxosalpha
Maio 20, 2016, 7:17am

I've just started to read Running with the Devil, a scholarly study of heavy metal music.

34paradoxosalpha
Maio 25, 2016, 9:15pm

I found Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music to be a sufficiently fascinating read that I blazed through it in a few days and have already posted my review.

35Bookmarque
Editado: Maio 25, 2016, 9:19pm

Am about 1/3 through Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick. Fascinating and so much I didn't know.

36Seajack
Maio 25, 2016, 11:27pm

I've just finished Head Case, about a young woman with a huge hole in her brain, which was fine at first, but didn't really hold my interest consistently.

I've been absent for a bit, but since my last appearance here are some I can recommend as worth looking into:

Under Another Sky

The Emperor's River

This Victorian Life

37LyzzyBee
Maio 26, 2016, 3:20am

I'm on An astronaut's guide to life on earth by Chris Hadfield which is funny and engaging at the moment, but I'm not sure when and how the life lessons bit will come in.

38snash
Maio 28, 2016, 5:07pm

I finished a LTER, Pilgrim Spokes which is a description of a bicycle trip from Kansas to Maryland, not focusing on the details of the trip but rather on the author's musings prompted by the experience. While I enjoyed it through the first half, by the second half I could just about predict what his thoughts would be and his insistence on positivity especially in terms of other people began to grate. Pleasant enough but perhaps longer than necessary and better for a less cynical reader than I

39Jacksonian
Maio 29, 2016, 5:57pm

40framboise
Editado: Maio 30, 2016, 6:09pm

>39 Jacksonian: I read Galileo's Middle Finger when it was first published last year. I've since seen the author Alice Dreger speak a few times, most recently in NY 2 wks ago. She is absolutely brilliant. What did you think of the book?

I just started Guns, Germs, and Steel.

41Seajack
Maio 30, 2016, 7:13pm

Currently working on The Trip to Echo Spring, a hybrid biography/travel narrative, with a bit of the author's own story thrown in as well. Top notch writing!

42Jacksonian
Maio 30, 2016, 8:12pm

>40 framboise: I gotta be honest, I found her a little too self-righteous for my taste.

43Jacksonian
Maio 30, 2016, 8:23pm

44wester
Maio 31, 2016, 3:55am

>24 Jacksonian: (a bit late to react, sorry)
Lackluster is not quite the word, there were plenty of juicy bits there. It's just that in the end it was no more than a pile of interestingly disgusting factoids. I actually didn't know until I read this book that some kind of message underneath the facts matters that much to me.

45wester
Maio 31, 2016, 3:59am

Oh, and I finished Us and Them, about all the ways we categorize other people, which was really brilliant. The kind of book where you keep on noticing things that the book applies to and that you understand a bit better now you've read the book.

46JulieLill
Jun 19, 2016, 10:45pm

>7 Jacksonian: American Experience produced a TV program on the Poisoner's Handbook. I found it on DVD through my library and it was a pretty fascinating show.

47Daneece
Jun 23, 2016, 2:56pm

One of the best books I have ever read and I read a lot!!!!

48framboise
Jun 23, 2016, 8:23pm

Exactly halfway through Do No Harm by British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. Very interesting anecdotes and written well for the lay person.

49Seajack
Jun 28, 2016, 11:38am

For those interested in Japan, I can recommend Walking the Kiso Road.