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   Since this is a diverse group of people with a common background, I thought it might be interesting to find out what books people are reading or have read and would recommend. Right now I'm reading "The Shack" by Wm.Paul Young . It deals with one man's relationship with God. A bit simplistic but entertaining. If I had to pick my favorite book it would  be "A Stranger in a Strange Land", go figure.
   I'm also adding this thread to try and promote that which we have in common as opposed to that which divides us.
   



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I'm reading Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin. The statists would hate it. But I'm sure Kerins and Byrne would love it.




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I'm reading Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin. The statists would hate it. But I'm sure Kerins and Byrne would love it.



I got my copy yesterday!




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I'm reading What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro - an ex-FBI agent's guide to speed reading people. 

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I'm about half way through Gonzo: The life of Hunter S. Thompson.
Pat A... you inspired me to get back on this board.
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The last NEW book I read was an auto-bio of Bret "Hitman" Hart
when I was in the Hospital last November.
Very interesting if you're into the world of professional wrestling.
I wouldn't advise it for casual reading.
Alot of his fellow workers (Brothers-in-law) were injured badly
because of the lifestyles they led.

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an ex-FBI agent's guide to speed reading people.


The NYPD "speed reading people" is easy. THEY'RE ALL GUILTY.

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  Pat, that sounds very interesting, I'll put it on my list. TY

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   I'd get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny, but  I'll save my money. I figure I'll be reading enough passages of it from Mister Kerins and Mister Tuffy. LOL

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I've been on a Tudor/Reformation kick for the last 2 yrs of subway reading(almost 2hrs/day).  Several bios of Henry, Mary and Eliz - Stuarts too - James 1  & Charles 1.  Reformation and Cranmer  by Diarmuid Macdonough, Stripping the Altars and Pilgrimage of Grace  covered the religious controversies quite thoroughly.  Presently  reading(about 1/2 way)  Elizabeth by Carolly Erikson.  Her Great Harry and  Bloody Mary were great reads.  The best of the trio to get a feel for this family is Bloody Mary - a sweep of the period and its effects on her brief reign.  I think this was Erikson's  first one of  the series.  (I wish I had read these or similar materials at the beginning of my career teaching World History).  Most of her books were published in the 70's and 80's .  The Eliz was only $4.95@STRAND - in itself a rare find; the others run $7-10.  Strand Bookstore is  on-line as well.  Generally 1/2 price paperbacks in mint condition.

Awaiting are paperbacks  by Antonia Fraser and Alison Weir -Cromwell, The Gunpowder Plot, more of the above, theology and scripture,etc.  History and Religion shelves get checked at least 2x/wk when I'm in Union Square neighborhood.


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I enjoy hearing about what everyone else is reading.  My tastes definitely lean toward fiction. 

Right now I'm reading HOME by Marilynne Robinson.  I love it.  The book jacket describes it as "...a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of generations, about love and death and faith.  It is Robinson's greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions. 

Robinson has also written GILEAD (Pulitzer Prize Winner 2004) and HOUSEKEEPING.  HOME is based on some of the same characters in GILEAD but is told from a different point of view.  Excellent books.  Beautifully written. 

My husband just finished THE ADVOCATE by John Grisham.  He found it a thoroughly enjoyable read with lots of twists and turns to keep your attention. 




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     Andrea, I'd like to recommend "The Shack" to you. I mentioned the author in the first post. It deals with many of the themes; death, families and God, that you referred to in your post.

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thanks, will, i'll look for it during my next trip to the library. 




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  I just returned from a trip to Houston Texas, during which I finished "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin.  This is a book for the layman on how the brain processes music - how we remember pitch, tempo, timbre, etc.  Written by an ex-Rock N'Roll record producer who got a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.  Entertaining, informative, and not dense, although I would have preferred some heavier science.

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"Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson" by Alan
Pell Crawford.  An engrossing look at the isolation that even a famous
person suffered in the early 19th century after his public service came
to an end.  Although he spent this time founding the University of Virginia,
Jefferson spends much time trying to ensure that his family stays near him, in an age when a ten mile trip on dirt roads could take half a day.
There is also much discussion concerning his attitudes towards slavery,
which is different in his later years, as compared to his Declaration of
Independence clause which was removed by the 2nd Continental Congress.
He saw it as a system which could only be eliminated by mass decision;
individuals freeing slaves did little good, if society as a whole didn't
end the practice.  Perhaps this is why he never freed his slaves, although
he declared that he would do so.

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