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« Reply #1125 on: November 10, 2014, 10:51:55 am »

The Russians are great.

My two most recent reads were The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and Sweet Thursday by Steinbeck.

TULOB is undeniably a great novel, well written and lots of very insightful things in it about people (I was going to say the human condition but then I vomited in my mouth at that cliche).

At the same time he comes off as unbearable douche, so there is that. Tongue And the sexism in it was at times a bit too much for me. I don't mind sexism much in older books but this is modern enough that he should know better and there is a sophisticated evil to it that goes beyond mere ignorance.

Sweet Thursday is typical Steinbeck, very sweet and heartwarming.
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« Reply #1126 on: November 10, 2014, 04:12:43 pm »

I've cracked open The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology.
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« Reply #1127 on: November 18, 2014, 01:33:40 pm »

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« Reply #1128 on: November 18, 2014, 01:36:44 pm »

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Margaret MacMillan is meticulously detailed and a pleasure to read, as always. Paris 1919 was one of my favorite history books ever, and this one is...not quite up to that standard, but is damned solid.
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« Reply #1129 on: November 22, 2014, 01:54:09 pm »

Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton.
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« Reply #1130 on: November 22, 2014, 02:18:46 pm »
« Edited: November 22, 2014, 02:41:37 pm by Storebought »

I've been diverted from literature by a bunch of technical books -- I mean you, Landau and Lifsh(i)tz Vol 8 -- but I've been reading Pride and Prejudice just to see what all the fuss is about.

EDIT: What a damn absurdity. The forum formatting actually impedes communication.
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« Reply #1131 on: November 22, 2014, 02:37:48 pm »

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« Reply #1132 on: November 22, 2014, 04:49:25 pm »

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« Reply #1133 on: November 26, 2014, 02:57:02 pm »

Recently I've been looking (don't ask me why; it's a long story, although probably not one that would really surprise anybody here) for Christian-themed lesbian literature, that is, literature featuring lesbian characters who either are believing Christians throughout the narrative or become believing Christians in the course of the narrative and stay that way. As you might imagine, this is an exceptionally niche set of specifications, especially since I consider accidentally running across 'ex-gay' tripe a worse result than finding nothing. So far I've found and read a few recently-published young adult novels that technically fit what I'm looking for but they've tended to be of relatively low artistic quality and don't do much to rectify the generally poor reputation of both lesbian YA and contemporary Christian fiction as a whole. By rights there should probably be some sort of untapped market here.
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« Reply #1134 on: November 26, 2014, 03:38:57 pm »

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« Reply #1136 on: December 03, 2014, 01:30:11 pm »

God Bless America: The Surprising History Of An Iconic Song by Sheryl Kaskowitz has proven to be a lovely little work that explores Irving Berlin's patriotic tune. Little did I know that it was written in 1918, was changed to an isolationist hymn and Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is My Land" as a protest of the song. Incredible the history that lies behind things. 
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« Reply #1137 on: December 03, 2014, 02:15:14 pm »

I just finished Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping which has been on my 'to read' list since forever. It may well be the greatest thing ever set in Idaho.
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« Reply #1138 on: December 03, 2014, 02:36:41 pm »
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Maurice Druon, La Voluptť díÍtre

Just finished: Ludwik Stomma, Krolůw Francji wzloty i upadki (AFAIK never translated to English, so the title would be something like "French Kings' Ups and Downs")
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« Reply #1139 on: December 03, 2014, 03:34:42 pm »

I just finished Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping which has been on my 'to read' list since forever. It may well be the greatest thing ever set in Idaho.

I was born in Fingerbone (Sandpoint).
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« Reply #1140 on: December 03, 2014, 04:35:43 pm »

Inquiry into Human Understanding by David Hume
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« Reply #1141 on: December 03, 2014, 05:13:17 pm »

"Managerial Accounting, Second Edition" by James Jiambalvo (2004).


Accounting textbooks aren't the sexiest reading materials, but I'm trying to determine if I want to become a Certified Managerial Accountant down the line before I commit to it. My boss gave it to me before school started. I might as well learn something myself since Purdue Cal wants to waste my time with pointless freshman courses. It looks okay so far; I'm about 1/3 of the way through.
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« Reply #1142 on: December 03, 2014, 10:36:30 pm »

I got through most of Hard Choices on audiobook during my drive home/back for Thanksgiving.
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« Reply #1143 on: December 07, 2014, 08:10:11 pm »

I received several books for Christmas, but won't be able to get a hold of them until then Sad.

-On His Own Terms (Richard Norton Smith): The Nelson Rockefeller biography.
-The Nixon Tapes (John Dean): Transcripts of Nixon's tapes.
-The Greatest Comeback (Pat Buchanan): Buchanan's years with Tricky Dick.
-Another Side Of Bob Dylan (Victor Memedes): A biography of the Bobster.
-The Invisible Bridge (Rick Pearlstein): The latest bio of his 1965-1981 history trilogy.

Which one should I read first? I'm leaning towards The Invisible Bridge.
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« Reply #1144 on: December 07, 2014, 09:36:24 pm »

Just started reading Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott).
Let me know how that goes.
I finished it at the end of August; I loved every minute of it.  I don't care if it's a "girls' book"; it's a classic for a reason.
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« Reply #1145 on: December 08, 2014, 07:31:46 pm »

Here's my big fat current reading list - busy till at least the end of January I suspect

Currently Reading: Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold: Europe's Conquest of Indigenous People - Mark Cocker
The Mammoth Book of Native Americans - various (pretty much finished this except for a long captivity narrative which I'd rather read when I have a lot of time free)

On the list:
Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks
Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East - Mary Laven
Europe and the People Without History - Eric Wolf
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche - Ethan Watters
The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science - Marek Kohn
Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What It Means to be Human - Scott Atran
The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 - Robert Bickers

I'm going to have to move onto Debt soon as it is a library book, but after that I'm not sure what order I should read them in. Any suggestions/recommendations?
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« Reply #1146 on: December 09, 2014, 07:02:45 am »

I'm working through about a dozen books stowed in various shelves and crannies at my apartment. Here are a few of them:

Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin, George Kennan
Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, Susan Neiman (I made it about halfway through this one a few years ago... picked it up again over a recent lazy weekend)
Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization, Robert Wade (surprisingly readable for economic writing)
Truman, David McCullough (too hagiographic to be interesting, but I got it last Christmas and feel obligated to finish by the end of the year)
Inside Terrorism, Bruce Hoffman
The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein (I started on this one a few months ago, but I might put it down to read the entire series in order)
Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United, Zephyr Teachout (I haven't read any reviews, so I have no idea what to expect from this one)

Also re-reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72... not a good book to work through during finals week, but whatever.
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« Reply #1147 on: December 09, 2014, 07:40:56 am »

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. After that I'll be working through a big stack of books that I accumulated as birthday presents recently.
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« Reply #1148 on: December 10, 2014, 08:56:19 pm »

The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On by John Stauffer. A wonderful treatment of a great American song.
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« Reply #1149 on: December 10, 2014, 09:58:49 pm »

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