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Old February 23rd, 2017, 03:02 PM   #21
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I finished a collection of Joseph Conrad stories, and the Great Influenza, Wake Up a life of the Buddha by Jack Kerouac (who I usually love but this was a little slow), and now I'm in a collection of Thoreau.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #22
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Here are the books I read in 2017

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency by Bill O'Reilly

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathon Evison

Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden

Born With Teeth: a Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall

Public Parts [How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live] by Jeff Jarvis

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir by Penny Marshall

Sugar, Salt Fat [how the Food Giants Hooked Us] by Michael Moss

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at A Time by Keith Ferrazzi

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L. A. Meyer

Too Far From Home [a Story of Life and Death in Space] by Chris Jones

Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff

Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood Year During World War II by Charles Osgood

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-loving New York by Richard Zachs
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Old December 17th, 2017, 01:30 AM   #23
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Moby Dick IS a classic. So rich in symbolism. I was directed to read it by Arthur C. Clarke. He makes reference to Captain Ahab and the white whale in "2001: A Space Odyssey." I had to find out what he was talking about when he said "He will rise and beckon," after HAL cut Frank's air line and left him floating dead in space.

I confess, I am into real people and events:
The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
Europe in the Middle Ages, by Hoyt & Chodorow
Rasputin, by Douglas Smith
Louis XIV, by Wolf
Tudor England, by John Guy
Henry Clay & The Life of Andrew Jackson, by Remini
With Malice Toward None, the classic bio of Lincoln, by Stephan Oates
The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy
Lives of the Popes, (all of them) by McBrien
The Bad Popes, (the 8 worst) by Chamberlin
The Ice Balloon, a failed attempt to reach the North Pole by hot air balloon (NO, a true story) by Alec Wilkerson
After Fidel, by Brian Latell a Washington correspondent who spent years in Cuba
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown
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Touches the Sky, a fictional account of the Wounded Knee Massacre, by Schaap
Dr. Zhivago, by Pasternak
Song of Roland, translated by Robert Harrison
Divine Comedy, by Dante (of course, everybody's read that, right?
The Passage & The Twelve, by Justin Cronin
The Rings Trilogy (of course)
Time Line & Jurassic Park, by Michael Chrichton
Most of Ludlum's work, and all of the Bourne series
Nearly everything by Asimov (duh!)
and everything ever written by Edgar Allan Poe (my cousin)

I'm considering Roots, by Alex Haley, haven't decided whether I want to tackle that yet.
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