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Old 05-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #16
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Right now I'm about to start The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

Her other books are probably a little too girly and young for this crowd (vampire-y) but apparently this is her attempt at sci-fi, so I'm pretty excited.

I also need to pick up the new book by Augusten Burroughs. I'm a big fan of his memoirs.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #17
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I'll recommend a good book that I read some time ago. I have 2 small kids so i don't get much ME time anymore. Freakonomics. Very good book that makes you think about the real reason for certain social issues and opinions. Good book.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:58 AM   #19
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i read the new pc magazine in the bathroom yesterday...lol
I got Sports Illustrated in the mail yesterday and I was reading it in the bathroom today, I was kinda suprised actually because my subscription to SI ended well over a year ago, so I wasn't expecting to see it in the mail. Before that I was reading Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. I love reading that book, I've finished it several times but it never gets old.
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The Warpath, it's a collection of opinions contributed by redskins fans from around the world. Some of the authors are a bit rough around the edges, but its a good read for the most part.
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The Warpath, it's a collection of opinions contributed by redskins fans from around the world. Some of the authors are a bit rough around the edges, but its a good read for the most part.

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But I am reading Where the Red Fern Grows by: Wilson Rawls read it like 5 or 6 times never gets old.
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I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy not too long ago and loved it. It took some effort for me to get into but by the end I thought it was one of the most moving books I've read in a long time.

It's about a father and son travelling south in a post-apocalyptic US where the majority of the other survivors have resorted to cannibalism. It's not the most original story and there isn't a whole lot of action but it didn't need to be.

One interesting thing: I always try to picture different actors as the characters in books so that I can visualize them better. For The Road I kept picturing Viggo Mortensen as the father for whatever reason, and then I just recently read that this book is going to be turned into a movie and, sure enough, Viggo is playing the lead. I should be a casting director.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:36 PM   #24
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A decently light, nerdy book that I read recently was A Brief History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. He covers the history and important events of just about every range of science category: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, etc.
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As of this minute I am reading A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America by Thomas M. Allen. I wouldn't recommend it for light reading, I'm struggling with it personally ... but since you asked ....

I also just finished Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas?, which is directed at a more popular audience. More descriptive than analytical and I found it particularly lacking in its historical analysis of the 'Backlash' ideology that he describes, but as a description of the de-coupling of economic class from politics and his characterization of contemporary Kansas as a case of 1890's Populism turned on it's head I found it compelling (though he perhaps takes an overly romantic view of Populism by avoiding - as he does throughout the book - any discussion of race).

If you are interested in making a foray into academic history and also wanted to read about football there is a professor at Oregon State, Michael Oriard, who has written a number of books on the subject. His latest is recently out from UNC Press entitled Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport, which I gather is a cultural history of consumerism and the evolution of the NFL image. He has some other work on early popular presentations of the sport in newspapers and newsreels. I think I have most of his books checked out from the library, but have not actually read any of them so I can't give a personal opinion but would be interested what others thought if they got a chance to read any of them ... would even be up for discussing any of them as it would give me an excuse to pick one up and read it.
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I'll recommend a good book that I read some time ago. I have 2 small kids so i don't get much ME time anymore. Freakonomics. Very good book that makes you think about the real reason for certain social issues and opinions. Good book.
I might have mentioned this book on here a while back. I whole heartedly agree. it is a fascinating book and one that can really change your veiw of the world.
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Who has a good historical non-fiction they would recommend? I have a Stephen King in the wings, but not quite ready for that yet.
I definitely recommend this one

Amazon.com: Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle: Lars Anderson: Books

Right now I'm reading Bob Woodward's State of Denial
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:58 PM   #29
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I've been toying with the idea of getting one of these. But I don't travel as much as I used to so it may not be as practical

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Wow this is an old thread...
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