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« Reply #1060 on: September 07, 2011, 04:59:38 PM »

Just finished Marilynne Robinson's "Home" over the weekend. A beautiful book...which is much different than the kind of book I usually read.

I really enjoyed it and got to like the characters a lot so this morning I went to my local independent bookstore and bought Robinson's earlier companion book..."Gilead". Looking forward to getting involved in Gilead.
I enjoyed Gilead.  Her phrasing and style make me want to read something else by her.  

Currently reading:
The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis (reread)
On The Banks of Plum Creek - Laure Ingalls Wilder  

Dabbling in:
Mountain Men - George Laycock
The Americans: The Colonial Experiment - Daniel Boorstin
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« Reply #1061 on: September 07, 2011, 05:56:04 PM »

I enjoyed Gilead.  Her phrasing and style make me want to read something else by her. 

Did you read Home? I guess its a companion book to Gilead...not quite a sequel...but set in Gilead...same time frame and characters but from Robert Boughton's family's point of view...

I'm looking forward to digging into Gilead.
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« Reply #1062 on: September 07, 2011, 08:37:51 PM »

Haven't read Home. 
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« Reply #1063 on: September 07, 2011, 08:46:34 PM »

I already mentioned Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.  Now that I've finished it, I just HAVE to give a brief book report; it was that good.

Moving, utterly moving.  It, as a novel, read like a very accurate depiction of the atrocity that is war, and specifically the Vietnam experience.  Characters I grew to love.  Heroics and "un-heroics" (if you will) which helped me to understand and appreciate what these soldiers went through.  I can't praise it highly enough.  If you can withstand reading about violence, then it is a powerful read.
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« Reply #1064 on: September 08, 2011, 01:58:12 AM »

   Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley.
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Too many guitars... But I keep thinking one more may just do it.
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« Reply #1065 on: September 09, 2011, 11:58:25 AM »

The Pleasures of Pipe Smoking - Carl Weber
I've wanted this book for a long time and finally bought a used copy this week.  I was giddy as I started it last night. 
 
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« Reply #1066 on: September 10, 2011, 12:31:13 AM »

On the Road, Jack Kerouac.  I got the audio version of it for the car.  Seems like everyone from my generation has read it, so I thought I'd belatedly join the club. 

In print I'm reading Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles.  And Effortless Mastery came in to the library today, so I picked that up.  I usually like having a fiction and a non-fiction going at the same time. Enough people here and on AGF have recommended Effortless Mastery to make me give it a try. 
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« Reply #1067 on: September 10, 2011, 02:12:00 PM »

On the Road, Jack Kerouac. 
I want to read that at some point.  Last year my family and I took a long vacation (in and RV!) up through New England.  I like to read travel stuff as I travel, so I was going through William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways along the way.  It was fun but I never finished the book. 

By the way, I've found audio books to be most helpful.  It took me a long time, but now I can get just as lost in them as I can paper.  With a bit of training (necessity being the mother here) I've learned to multi-task and enjoy a book.  I think anyone can learn to do this if they try.
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« Reply #1068 on: September 10, 2011, 02:27:31 PM »

Loved Home!  Read Bob Taylor's Guitar Lessons.  Are there any good books with either a guitar theme or mention in them?
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« Reply #1069 on: September 10, 2011, 02:42:54 PM »

Loved Home!  Read Bob Taylor's Guitar Lessons.  Are there any good books with either a guitar theme or mention in them?

Check out Clapton's Guitar by Allen St. John.  It's a good read. 
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« Reply #1070 on: September 11, 2011, 01:16:54 AM »

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« Reply #1071 on: September 12, 2011, 11:10:17 AM »

I was going through William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways along the way. 

This is a good one. I read it while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2003 and have re-read it a couple of times.
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« Reply #1072 on: September 12, 2011, 03:17:22 PM »

On the Road, Jack Kerouac.  I got the audio version of it for the car.  Seems like everyone from my generation has read it, so I thought I'd belatedly join the club. 

In print I'm reading Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles.  And Effortless Mastery came in to the library today, so I picked that up.  I usually like having a fiction and a non-fiction going at the same time. Enough people here and on AGF have recommended Effortless Mastery to make me give it a try. 

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If you're going to do Kerouac you might as well do 'em all.    Start with On The Road and move on to Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Big Sur, The Subterraneans.  All written in the same frenetic, amphetemine-induced steam of consciousness style.  I've hung out at many of the places he mentions in his books;   Vesuvio's and City Lights Bookstore in S.F. etc.   It added to the experience for me.

I'm currentely reading 'Freedom'  by Jonathan Franzen
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« Reply #1073 on: September 12, 2011, 08:34:45 PM »

The Day Boy and the Night Girl - George MacDonald
Irish Folk and Fairy Tales - ed. W.B. Yeats
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« Reply #1074 on: September 13, 2011, 01:56:33 AM »

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If you're going to do Kerouac you might as well do 'em all.    Start with On The Road and move on to Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Big Sur, The Subterraneans.  All written in the same frenetic, amphetemine-induced steam of consciousness style.  I've hung out at many of the places he mentions in his books;   Vesuvio's and City Lights Bookstore in S.F. etc.   It added to the experience for me.

I'm currentely reading 'Freedom'  by Jonathan Franzen

I bet it did add to the experience.  Did you pop a few amphetimines to share a mind with ol' Jack?   Of all his subsequent books, which did you like the best?  I got half way through Freedom and set it aside for some reason.  It's still up there waiting to be finished.  I'll keep an eye out for your review to see if I should.
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« Reply #1075 on: September 13, 2011, 07:09:20 PM »

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No, my days of popping amphetmines are way behind me, thankfully.   Many of the places outside of the S.F, bay area were very familiar to me as well;  some of the places he hopped freight cars and the labor camp where he had a brief affiair with a Mexican farm worker girl were literally in my back yard.     If you like On the Road then I'd suggest Dharma Bums as a good 2nd read.

I'm only about 1/3 of the way through Freedom and I fully expect to finish it soon.     I put down 100 years of Solitude about half way through so I could read Freedom.    I suppose I'll get back to it when I'm done.   But, truthfully, it's a real chore to get through "solitude'
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« Reply #1076 on: September 14, 2011, 12:04:42 AM »

I found that to be true about Solitude, too, and never returned to it.  I do plan to return to Patty Berglund at some point.  I got derailed in the section set in Washington.  Thanks for the recommendation on Kerouac's stuff.
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« Reply #1077 on: September 15, 2011, 05:22:10 PM »

  "Flags of Our Fathers"    This is an excellent work.
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« Reply #1078 on: September 15, 2011, 06:18:57 PM »

"Young Man Luther" by Erik Erikson - and influencial book about the great Reformer from a psych-historical perspective

"the Social Animal" by David Brooks An examination of social mores, education, character and work in determining happiness
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« Reply #1079 on: September 15, 2011, 08:33:48 PM »

Robert Falconer by George MacDonald
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