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« Reply #1540 on: September 26, 2013, 08:32:38 PM »

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark R. Levin I'm just a couple of chapters in and, so far, I am very much enjoying Levin's prose.
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« Reply #1541 on: September 28, 2013, 12:56:49 PM »

Recently finished Hank Snow's autobiography.  I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about the world of old country music. What a joy it is to have YouTube while reading a book about music these days. Read about an artist, and the next thing you know you're hearing them on YouTube. It's a great tool to have.  I remember Snow writing about his first recording session in 1936. A couple minutes later I was hearing those very pieces online. Pretty neat.

I'm currently reading The Wayfaring Stranger's Notebook by Burl Ives.  It's a book of odds and ends on history.  Good stuff. I've got his autobiography up next. 
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« Reply #1542 on: September 29, 2013, 12:58:33 PM »

La Sombra Del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.  I read it a couple of years ago in the English translation and the twists of plot confused me a bit then; maybe reading it in Spanish will bring clarity.  Odds are it will multiply the "wait, what?" experience, pero ya veremos.
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« Reply #1543 on: September 30, 2013, 03:03:26 PM »

"The Year The Lights Came On" by Terry Kay.  Mr. Kay is becoming one of my favorite authors.  I heard about him on this thread from someone way back in the pages.
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« Reply #1544 on: September 30, 2013, 09:19:43 PM »

What would is Terry Kay's genre?  I've never heard of him.
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« Reply #1545 on: October 07, 2013, 04:13:37 AM »

What would is Terry Kay's genre?  I've never heard of him.

I am not a literature expert, however his novels usually take place in the southeast and mid-south.  I've read 3 of his books:  "To Dance with the White Dog" (recommended earlier on in this thread), "The Valley of Light" and just finished "The Year The Lights Came On".  I found out about him from the recommendation in this thread probably over a year ago.  Very glad to learn of him.

His reading is easy, with well-developed upstanding protagonists.  To me, it's good reading to go to sleep to - if that description is worth anything to you.

I believe two of his books have been adapted to movies.

Let me put a plug in here for those of you that have not yet joined Goodreads - it's a social network site and app with the purpose of what this very long thread does as well.  A couple of posters in this thread have joined, that I am aware of.  If you have a smartphone, it even lets you scan the ISBN bar-code to add your current books to your reading list.
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« Reply #1546 on: October 07, 2013, 05:40:40 PM »

I'll second the suggestion to join Goodreads.  It's a lot of fun.  I don't update my page often but when I do I'll upload a few short book reviews, etc.  I wish more people would give reviews and not just post what they've read, etc.  The best book reviews are only a couple paragraphs long and don't take much time.

I finished Burl Ives' "Wayfaring Stranger's Notebook" and it was excellent.  A book of random historical happenings with some of this wit and outlook thrown in.  The section about John Andres and Benedict Arnold from the Revoutionary era was just excellent, excellent reading.  I knew a little about Andres but learned much more.  This is an old, obscure book that I checked out from my local library.

I'm now reading Ives' autobiography, which he wrote as a pretty young man.  I really enjoy glimpses into the early part of the 20ty century and this one provides just that.   His wit, humor, and wisdom all come through as he tells the story of his life.  I'm about half way through it now.  It's strange how I got into Ives.  All I really ever knew about him was his stuff from the Christmas movies I watched as a child. But one day I was listening to a fellow lecturing on film-making and he played a short clip of Ives singing "Lavender Blue" from a Disney film.  I don't even remember the context, but the song with its simple and beautiful melody really grabbed me.  I checked my library for his music and came up with nothing, so I bought a cheap box set from Amazon and found a whole history of music in his songs.   Plus he just seemed to be an interesting person.  
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« Reply #1547 on: December 04, 2013, 01:02:00 PM »

Been doing some annual Christmas reading:

Dickens' Christmas Carol
Henry Van Dyke's The Mansion and The Story of the Other Wise Man


Recently finished:

Death by Living by ND Wilson
Father Hunger by Douglas Wilson (ND Wilson's dad)


I'm also reading a bio of DL Moody by Faith Bailey

Good times.  
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« Reply #1548 on: December 04, 2013, 02:09:18 PM »

Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott
My youngest daughter got if for me last year for Christmas. One of my favorite books. She picked up a 1906 (if I remember correctly) version from a thrift shop. She's a college student and dipping into precious pizza money to buy dad a gift means a lot to me.  bigrin
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« Reply #1549 on: December 04, 2013, 03:13:37 PM »

Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott
My youngest daughter got if for me last year for Christmas. One of my favorite books. She picked up a 1906 (if I remember correctly) version from a thrift shop. She's a college student and dipping into precious pizza money to buy dad a gift means a lot to me.  bigrin
Wow, great find.  I've never read it but it's on the list.  Perhaps in 2014...
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« Reply #1550 on: December 04, 2013, 03:29:59 PM »

Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon -- our book group selection for December
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« Reply #1551 on: December 04, 2013, 05:45:41 PM »

Just got the new Beatles biography, Tune In but have to finish Anne Applebaum's, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 - 1956. A must read for anyone who still has any fond thoughts about communism. 
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« Reply #1552 on: December 05, 2013, 03:20:40 AM »

I just read self-help books, but I never seem to finish them or learn the lessons they try to impart.
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« Reply #1553 on: December 06, 2013, 12:00:42 AM »

I'm reading a book right now that is SO BAD that I can't bring myself to share the name or the author! I've threatened to stop reading it several times but now I just have to find out how the author ties all the nonsense together. My wife got it in a cheap bag of books at a second hand store. There's too many rabbits coming out of far too many hats...can't believe this thing made it into print. Pretty much just speeding through it for 20 minutes before falling asleep at night.  yak
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« Reply #1554 on: December 06, 2013, 12:03:21 AM »

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« Reply #1555 on: December 06, 2013, 12:19:39 AM »

Just got the new Beatles biography, Tune In but have to finish Anne Applebaum's, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 - 1956. A must read for anyone who still has any fond thoughts about communism. 


Didn't/don't the beatles' music and rhetoric promote a world view contrary to your own? Seems to me "imagine" is right out of the marxist playbook. I'm speaking to Duck, sorry for any offense. You can answer under the radar if you wish Tom.
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« Reply #1556 on: December 06, 2013, 04:33:15 AM »


Didn't/don't the beatles' music and rhetoric promote a world view contrary to your own? Seems to me "imagine" is right out of the marxist playbook. I'm speaking to Duck, sorry for any offense. You can answer under the radar if you wish Tom.

In a word, No. "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow." Besides Imagine wasn't a Beatle song. You gotta love The Beatles. Or, you know, not. 
 
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« Reply #1557 on: December 06, 2013, 04:45:08 AM »

Just got the new Beatles biography, Tune
Would be interested on how you find this. Is there anything left to say about these guys that already hasn't? Big fan of the Fab IV but can't imagine reading another book on them. Is this one any different?
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« Reply #1558 on: December 06, 2013, 05:18:56 AM »

I'm reading a book right now that is SO BAD that I can't bring myself to share the name or the author! I've threatened to stop reading it several times but now I just have to find out how the author ties all the nonsense together. My wife got it in a cheap bag of books at a second hand store. There's too many rabbits coming out of far too many hats...can't believe this thing made it into print. Pretty much just speeding through it for 20 minutes before falling asleep at night.  yak

Too many good books and too little time to waste on bad books, in my opinion.
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« Reply #1559 on: December 06, 2013, 06:22:17 AM »

Is this one any different?

So they say.

http://www.amazon.ca/Tune-Beatles-All-These-Years/dp/1400083052/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386310887&sr=1-1&keywords=Beatles+in+tune
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