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  • Webster666

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    Feb 01, 2014 2:13 AM GMT
    Books I've recently read:
    ---the second volume of Mark Twain's autobiography
    It was very disappointing.
    ---"The Ocean at The End of The Lane," by Neil Gaiman
    I loved this book. I found it similar to the "Harry Potter" series of books. Even though it's a slim volume, it was well worth whatever I paid for it.
    ---"We Are Water," by Wally Lamb
    I think I have all the books he's written. What a great writer. It seems simplistic to say that this is a story about a fairly typical family. But, I loved it.
    ---"Cross My Heart," by James Patterson
    This is his latest in the Alex Cross detective series of books. I have the whole collection. They're a fast read, and very good.
    ---"Summer Crossing," by Truman Capote
    I thought I had everything he'd ever written. Then, this unfinished novel popped up, and I had to have it. The writing is typical Capote genius. It's a shame he didn't finish it.
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    Feb 01, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    Working my way through the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Silva_(novelist)

    Almost finished with the Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Leon

    I need to read more Elmer Kelton. Everything so far has been great. I never thought I'd like Westerns but in the hands of a good writer they are very enjoyable.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Kelton

    I've added Capote to my list; thanks for the suggestion.
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    Feb 01, 2014 3:22 AM GMT
    Currently reading the Cut and Run series. On book 5.
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    Feb 01, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    I'm currently reading NW by Zadie Smith.
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    Feb 01, 2014 5:25 AM GMT
    "The Circle" by Dave Eggers

    So, I've just got to the point where the congresswoman agrees to wear the Orwellian/googleian/microsoftian camera thing 24/7, to make congress totally transparent.

    Which brings me back to my previous theorem that anybody who wants to run for public office should do porn, because we're going to want to be entertained. And really, don't you think you should know what somebody's cum face looks like before you vote for them?

    Recently finished "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt and "This Books Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch it" by David Wong.

    Oh, and I have "The Lord Wouldn't Mind" by Gordon Merrick open on my nightstand. It keeps blowing my mind that it's essentially contemporary with "The Caine Mutiny." I keep imagining them in a three-way with Willie Keith.
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    Feb 01, 2014 6:40 AM GMT
    Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark
  • mybud

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    Feb 01, 2014 6:45 AM GMT
    Franny and Zooey...J.D. Salinger
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    Feb 01, 2014 6:48 AM GMT
    Bitches on hangout like a bestseller! icon_lol.gif
  • DarkWoods

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    Feb 01, 2014 6:49 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidEmpty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark


    That looked interesting. Is it a good one?


    I'm reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:49 AM GMT
    Handel and the English Chapel Royal

    Handel's music fascinates me and this book deals with the relationship between Handel's chapel repertory and the Hanoverian royal family as well as his specific artistic insights on particular pieces such as the Chandos Anthems and Utrecht Te Deum.
  • starboard5

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    Feb 01, 2014 7:54 AM GMT
    Recently finished Fellow Travelers, by Thomas Mallon, and Isherwood's A Single Man. Currently reading An Old Man's Love, by Anthony Trollope.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:57 AM GMT
    richkak saidHandel and the English Chapel Royal

    Handel's music fascinates me and this book deals with the relationship between Handel's chapel repertory and the Hanoverian royal family as well as his specific artistic insights on particular pieces such as the Chandos Anthems and Utrecht Te Deum.


    I wrote my HS senior thesis on Handel. I didn't really care about him much at the time. I just went to the library and noted that there were plenty of books about him on the shelf for source material icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:11 AM GMT
    Baudolino by Umberto Eco icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 01, 2014 9:12 AM GMT
    richkak saidHandel and the English Chapel Royal

    Handel's music fascinates me and this book deals with the relationship between Handel's chapel repertory and the Hanoverian royal family as well as his specific artistic insights on particular pieces such as the Chandos Anthems and Utrecht Te Deum.

    I'm particularly fond of the Dettinger Te Deum.
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    Feb 01, 2014 10:32 AM GMT
    White Noise by Don Delilo
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    Feb 01, 2014 10:35 AM GMT
    chicken entrails
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    Feb 01, 2014 10:40 AM GMT
    At the moment I'm reading a book for school...

    Deaf Like Me
  • Amelorn

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    Feb 01, 2014 11:24 AM GMT
    Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen Platt
  • swall1963

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    Feb 01, 2014 11:51 AM GMT
    Compared to the rest on here, I read some really boring things.

    I am currently reading Dethroning the King, The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch.

    Just finished Gods at War, a book about takeovers and the financial crisis.

    And, since I am currently working on two food books, I have been reading a lot of cookbooks and other food books.

    Foods Preparation and Serving, Pearl L. Bailey, 1925.

    And:

    TM 10-412 War Department technical Manual - Army Recipes 15 August 1944.

    I hadn't heard about Summer Crossing by Truman Capote, I too thought I had read everything he had written, so that is next on my list.

    I like this thread. I have gotten some great ideas on other books to read.
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    Feb 01, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
    I'm re-reading "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell. I had read it a year or so ago, and just recently I came across a dvd of the movie in the bargain bin at Walmart. So I decided to read the book again prior to watching the movie.
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    Feb 01, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ...... Very hard read, but my 22 year old, PhD political science student asked me to give it a try.
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    Feb 01, 2014 1:22 PM GMT
    For years now, I've only been interested in reading reference books.
    Right now I'm reading something about the do's and don't's when writing for an orchestra.
    (I love Handel too, from the sublime MESSIAH to the adorable ACIS AND GALATEA.)
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    Feb 01, 2014 1:29 PM GMT
    OUt and Instinct magazines.

    Unofficial Biography on Singer Adele.

    Bible sites, World's top religious sites!!
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    Feb 01, 2014 1:31 PM GMT
    Oh - I confess buying a book at the dollar store about the life of Bozo the Clown. Couldn't resist.
    http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Man_Behind_the_Nose.html?id=xLx9wXQiHEwC
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    Feb 01, 2014 2:14 PM GMT
    James the Brother of Jesus
    by Robert Eisenman

    Caesar's Messiah:
    The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
    (Flavian Signature Edition)
    by Joseph Atwill