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    Apr 27, 2010 2:14 PM GMT
    I just went through another 200 pages of Kitty Kelley's new biography on Oprah today (slow day at work). Well written and researched and I think, fair. It doesn't slander her and she gets praised when it's due.

    I always thought of Oprah's interview style odd and I'm glad they mentioned her "echo", it always annoyed me that she repeats everything at least 3 times like an affirmation. And I didn't know Harpo was Oprah backwards! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is anyone else reading anything at the moment?
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    Apr 27, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections

    A hilarious book that looks at the way a family can crumble in an age of quick fixes. Really good.

    Just finished:

    Joseph Heller - Catch 22

    It was a struggle to get through at times, but in the end I enjoyed it immensely.
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    Apr 28, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    Franzen was in the Oprah book, which I just finished (500 pages in 3 days!). It sounds really good, I'll have to find a copy, I only read other people's books and only buy second hand.
    I definitely recommend that Oprah book if anyone's curious about her.
    I'm still reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov which is hilarious. The main character is such a cheeky pervert.

    I searched Catch 22, damn that's deep, way over my head.
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    Apr 28, 2010 2:11 PM GMT
    I am presently reading
    An Arsonist's Guide To Writers Homes In New England, By Brock Clarke.

    Well written, wickedly funny, honest, insightful, and subversivly dark.
    Lovin it!
    And on the subject of Miss Operah, one of my favorite modern novels got tagged by her book club, and despite that, it turned out to be one of my favorite modern novels of all time!

    White Oleander by Janet Fitch... Freakin amazing & the authors first novel!!
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    Apr 28, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    I'm currently perusing the lovely novel "Calculus for Dummies."

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    Apr 28, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    I just finished reading "Neon Angel" by Cherie Currie. Good story!
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    Apr 28, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    "Destiny Interrupted" by Tamim Ansary. It is a world history from the perspective of the Islamic World. Fascinating.

    Caslon tipped me off to the book. It has not changed my perceptions of Islam as a religion but it explained the "social experiment" that Islam represented. It was as much a political as a religious movement (which at the time was inseparable) but if Islam could grow past its religious aspects and the sociopolitical aspect were the primary focus, it would have a LOT more adherants and be VERY palatable to the democratic mindset.

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    Apr 28, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    I'm reading "Roots" by Alex Haley

    http://www.rootsthebook.com/
  • hdurdinr

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    Apr 28, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    I'm reading 'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett - it is very good!
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    JayDT saidI'm reading "Roots" by Alex Haley

    http://www.rootsthebook.com/


    I read that in 8th grade!
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    "The Return of Little Big Man" funny as hell.icon_lol.gif

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    Apr 28, 2010 7:06 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    JayDT saidI'm reading "Roots" by Alex Haley

    http://www.rootsthebook.com/


    I read that in 8th grade!


    I wasn't in this country in the 8th grade, so Roots wasn't exactly on my radar. We were read "Du Cote de Chez Swan", "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Lorna Doone" in 8th grade.
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell.

    I haven't seen the movie yet.
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    Agatha Christie's Murder she said.icon_exclaim.gif
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    My autographed copy of Robin and Ruby.

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    Apr 29, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    Just finished " a short history of the Byzantine Empire. and picked up" The dead sea scrolls and the first christians."

    just a question.. did they stop making people read Catch 22 in High school.

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    Apr 29, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    Eh? could "Real Jock, Gay Forums" be considered as a valid answer? icon_neutral.gificon_confused.gificon_eek.gif
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    Apr 29, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    Food Rules, by Michael Pollan.
    Love all his stuff.

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    Apr 29, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    Read Catch-22 as well but back in high school. My last book was Sapphires' 'Push.' Right now I'm reading John Grisham's The Associate. Big fan of Grisham since forever.
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    Apr 29, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    I saw the movie version of Push, Precious, but I don't know if I want to read it, it seems too depressing. But it's interesting to read a book and watch the movie adaptation.

    Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Goldin) was good too and anything by Annie Proulx is amazing but That old ace in the hole was a bit too indulgent in descriptions, the Brokeback story in the short story novel she wrote is just right though.
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    Apr 29, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    jim_e saidI saw the movie version of Push, Precious, but I don't know if I want to read it, it seems too depressing. But it's interesting to read a book and watch the movie adaptation.

    Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Goldin) was good too and anything by Annie Proulx is amazing but That old ace in the hole was a bit too indulgent in descriptions, the Brokeback story in the short story novel she wrote is just right though.



    Dude the book Precious is a very hard read in my opinion. I don't know how i got through it, but it's very good. Just be ready to be depressed as shit and feel real sorry for her girls who are perhaps in her situation. But I'll tell you this it makes you appreciate life even more.
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    Apr 29, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    I don't get the chance to read much unless I'm travelling. Luckily, I've been on airplanes alot in the last month.

    Just started "Last Night in Twisted River". LOVE John Irving and this one is looking like it's going to be one of my faves of his.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 11, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    Finnegan's wake. I'm on page 13 and i need to be smacked in the face with a garden shovel.
  • Ironman4U

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    May 11, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    Born To Run - This is a jock site, right? ;)
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    May 11, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    The Pleasures of the Imagination - English Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Oye! Slow going!

    I Like You (on iBooks for iPad) - Amy Sedaris