BOOKS

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    Aug 17, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    Tell me what you are reading now. Need some good book suggestions.
  • lostlogic

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    Aug 17, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    Not much lately but within the past six months I've enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Angels and Demons (before the awful film version came out) by Dan Brown, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel which was a clever piece but I thought it was kind of "eh.." at the end. I want to start reading Christopher Rice's books, his first one being A Destiny of Souls.
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    Aug 17, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
    not much reading in it, but Metamorphis of an American by karl lagerfeld is hot. all about Brad Krogin, his muse, but he has a new one now, some french dude, baptise gianconi or somthing like that.
    check it out!
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Zen In The Art Of Archery - Eugen Herrigel
    Got Till It's Gone - Larry Duplechan ( A fellow RJ ! )
    Food Inc. - Karl Weber
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    In another thread Danisnotstr8 mentioned Augusten Burroughs' "Dry" ... picked it up and absolutely devoured it. One of my new favorite authors...with a number of titles available. He is the author of "Running with Scissors" which was made into the movie with Annette Bening. As is always the case - the movie was no where as good as the book.

    Now am reading his "A Wolf at the Table: Memories of My Father" ... incredibly powerful.

    Two books that jump back into my hands every year and half or so (when I need to be reminded) are Richard Bach's "Illusions" and "Always". You have to read the books if you want to know what I mean by "being reminded".

    Kevin
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Love Augusten Burrows, and I read Zen in the Art of Archery years ago- must pick it up again!!
    Life of Pi- loved it!
    Eat, Pray, Love- fun book too.

    Will check Metamorphis of an America-- does it matter if I am Canadian. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 17, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    Christopher Rice is amazing and gets better with every book. I read his most recent one Blind Fall about 6 wks ago, and it's one of the best books I've read this year.

    tylerchadwick saidNot much lately but within the past six months I've enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Angels and Demons (before the awful film version came out) by Dan Brown, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel which was a clever piece but I thought it was kind of "eh.." at the end. I want to start reading Christopher Rice's books, his first one being A Destiny of Souls.
  • crls64

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    Aug 17, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    A book that I always recommend is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlo. Incredible read! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    Coehlo is an incredible author icon_biggrin.gif

    currently I'm reading "The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe, I finished "Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne and I'm gonna read "The Future of Freedom" by Fareed Zakira after Wolfe. What sucks is that I try to shove time in my life to read...so I end up with 2-4 months with the same book lol.
  • Zia1912

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    Aug 17, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    I recently read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. It's worth picking up.
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    Just finished "Zero at the Bone" by Jane Seville. It's a light read -- basically a gay male romance/adventure.

    The idea is that a surgeon sees a mob killing and is put into witness protection until his trial. The mob sends a hit man (with various emotional issues) after the surgeon, and... you guessed it: They surgeon and the hit man fall in love with each other.

    Most of the book is about them trying to develop their relationship and not get killed as other forces try to do them in.
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    World War Z and several books by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club was good, Lullaby was good, Choke is alright)
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was alright--needed more zombies.

    Right now I'm reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck, which chronicles an experiment two environmental campaigners here in Toronto did on exposing themselves deliberately to some of the manmade toxins that almost everyone is exposed to every day. It's equally fascinating and frightening.

    On my To Read list right now are Devil May Care, the new James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, and Snowball in Hell, the latest hilarious crime novel by one of my favourite writers, Christopher Brookmyre.
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    World War Z was brilliant!!

    neatoni saidWorld War Z and several books by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club was good, Lullaby was good, Choke is alright)
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    I'm reading Nightswimmer by Joseph Olshan. I just started it this morning, but it's good thus far.... Joseph Olshan also wrote Clara's Heart, which you may be familiar with.

    From the back of the book:

    "Nightswimmer tells the powerful story of two men who find their all-consuming affair threatened by the cynicism of mutual friends, the ever-present fear of AIDS, and most of all, their own haunting memories of lost love. Through this widely acclaimed lyrical narrative, Joseph Olshan crafts a vivid mosaic of the intense passion and complex pressure of gay life in New York City-- while illuminating the tides of loss, revelation, and resilience felt by all who love."
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    Aug 17, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    I finished Wicked a few weeks ago, I'm reading Sodomy and the pirate tradition and that's going to be followed by either Tender is the night or Dante's Divine Comedy.

    (N.B. Don't you just love the name Divine Comedy, the best book title compared to the subject matter ever. Any publisher would kill, to be that witty again)
  • lostlogic

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    Aug 17, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    The Alchemist was really a wonderful story.
  • HotCoach

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    Aug 17, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    Old School by Tobias Wolff.Quoting from the book on the most beautiful words ever written:
    "And his father saw him coming and ran to him." I totally agree.

    Also "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. so-so

    "The Black Swan" by Nassim Taleb more interesting than "Outliers" but not much.

    Starting "The American Future. A History" by Simon Schama.

    On my Kindle where I switch back and forth, Huckelberry Finn, A Room of One's Own (Virginia Wolfe), Plato's Rebublic, and Pride and Prejudice all download at no cost...FREE!!

    Not to mention The New York Review of Books.

    Looking into some Reinhold Niebuhr.

    Bob
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    Aug 17, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    Still reading The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan (thanks Global_Citizen), If you're not the religious type, the book is awesome. Sadly, even if Sagan tried to be as objective as possible, he [unavoidably] still criticizes some of the more mainstream faiths which would probably make this an unofficial nominee for the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

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    Aug 17, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    I just finished The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I loved it. Rent the movie after to catch Kate Winslet's amazing performance.

    Currently I'm reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and it's captivating. I'm only about 100 pages in but I highly recommend it already.
  • justinlee86

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    Aug 17, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    The End of Food

    really interesting book. It talks about the food industry and where it is today and where the Global food economy is headed.

  • bishop65

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    Aug 17, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    The Iliad by Homer. [Translated by Robert Fagles] Truly a fantastic story!
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    Aug 17, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    How to lose friends and alienate people- Toby Young
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    Aug 17, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    uhhuh saidTell me what you are reading now. Need some good book suggestions.


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  • thisguy023

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    Aug 17, 2009 9:18 PM GMT

    "Thud" by Richard Pratchet. Very funny book.