What's everybody reading?

I know, I know, you all probably wanted the FIFTH diary on the Q-poll vis a vis Kennedy and I had it ready to go with this appropriate title:

New Yorkers answer Poll Question, and either like, dislike or don't give a rats pootie about Carolyn Kennedy for Senate....

But, SOMEHOW it came out as a diary about reading lists.

So, in between gorging yourselves and making it out to see all the holiday movies (heading out to see The Reader at the Harvard Exit at 4)
tis ALWAYS the season to read, whether or not you got books as gifts (I did) or, while shopping at your favorite local NON big box bookstore
(Big props for Bailey Coe up here on Capital Hill) you managed to pick yourself up a weighty tome as well as some gifts?

Are you pursuing something heavy, something new, some lighter fare or just catching up on 2007's best sellers?

Is your Kindle fully loaded, is your Audible fully downloaded to your I-pod, or are you like me, a total Luddite, who still needs the feel of the book in my hand,
even though each year I increase the power rating on my readers...

My list is below....

Tags: NOT a primary war diary....So feel free to enter! (all tags)



My vacation reading list....

Just finishing Deer Hunting with Jesus, by Joe Bageant

Then, two by Robert McElvaine, The Great Depression and Grand Theft Jesus

La Paella by Jeff Knoebler (a cookbook with a bit of history to it)

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

The Media Lab by Steward Brand (not new, but got it at a used store)

And, last, and maybe least, Bootleg, the secret history of the other recording
History (also used...) by Clinton Heylin

Well, we are snowed in a bit here in the PNW, so lots of time on my hands.

by WashStateBlue 2008-12-26 11:32AM | 0 recs
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Homo Politicus, by Dana Milbank;

Guitar Man by Will Hodgkinson

...and (for the millionth time)

David Sedaris' Holidays On Ice.  Pretty much an X-Mas tradition for me now.

by fogiv 2008-12-26 12:43PM | 0 recs
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Breakthrough:  From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

by Ted Norhaus and Michael Schellenberger.

Interesting, but it's hard to tell what exactly would make Norhaus and Schellenberger happy.

by the mollusk 2008-12-26 12:51PM | 0 recs
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Dante's Commedia (two Cantos a day)

The Solitudes, by John Crowley

Ask for a Convertible, by Danit Brown

...oh, and about 10 lbs. worth of late 16th century English Apocalyptic pamphlets, but that's for work.

by Strummerson 2008-12-26 02:15PM | 0 recs
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Reading for fun?  Oh my God!  I can't wait until I'm able to do that.  Maybe after my comps in 2010?

by psychodrew 2008-12-26 06:06PM | 0 recs
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I know how you feel. I finally graduated on December 13th and I get to read any damn thing I want!!

by Spiffarino 2008-12-27 12:39PM | 0 recs
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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

It isn't new, maybe a year old. I checked it out of the library but it describes what would happen in various scenarios if people disappeared from the earth. How things would go back to nature or the way they would have been without human intervention. Fascinating reading!

by veggiemuffin 2008-12-27 04:46AM | 0 recs
just picked up

boy in the striped pajamas. havent started though

by sepulvedaj3 2008-12-27 05:29AM | 0 recs
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"Ascension: John Coltrane And His Quest"

by Bush Bites 2008-12-27 08:26AM | 0 recs
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ooohhh.  That's on my list.  Thanks for the heads up.

by fogiv 2008-12-28 02:36PM | 0 recs
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"Buddha" by Deepak Chopra.

"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell.

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling (I know, but it's a childhood favorite).

by Spiffarino 2008-12-27 12:38PM | 0 recs
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Elizabeth George's "What Came Before He Shot Her." I love all of her books, but this one is in a class by itself. I can't recommend it enough. It will flat out break your heart.

by Not the only Dem in KS 2008-12-27 02:19PM | 0 recs
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"Cannonball Run Trans Am Dreams and Iconic Memories"  by Dwight Allen Geffen, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Co.

"Various Files of Notice Regarding the Disappearing Artic Seals" by Rachel Gardiner, first print published in paperback by Random House, 1972.

by West of the Fields 2008-12-27 05:08PM | 0 recs
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Just finished Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.  Awesome book, if gut wrenching.

My wife is currently reading John Hodgman's More Information Than You Require.  Judging by the frequency of her laughter, I will probably be reading it after her.

by Captain Bathrobe 2008-12-27 07:38PM | 0 recs
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"Gut-wrenching" is the perfect description. The Kite Runner is one of the few books I wanted to walk away from and yet couldn't put down. It may be a novel, but it's as realistic as a novel can get.
by Spiffarino 2008-12-29 09:45PM | 0 recs
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The Iliad, Fitzgerald translation.

Next is Brothers K, Pevear & Volokhonsky translation.

by James Earl 2008-12-27 11:50PM | 0 recs
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currently is the light reading. one night stands with american history

by selfevident 2008-12-28 12:41AM | 0 recs
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The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski (first novel and on the NYT best sellers list), and I'm attempting to read "Fiasco" (Thomas Ricks) again, about the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. I've made it about halfway through this time- the incredible incompetence and sheer stupidity of the Bush administration during this period is so maddening, I literally cannot read more than a chapter or two at a time before I have to put it down and let my blood pressure get back to normal.

by skohayes 2008-12-28 03:20AM | 0 recs
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Heh.  Fiasco had the same effect on me.

by fogiv 2008-12-28 02:37PM | 0 recs
Doris Lessing - Canopus in Argos series

a five volume sci fi series that explains (through parable) all you need to know about human relationships, politics, the relationship between men and women, economics, environmentalism, hierarchies, etc. - - she did not win the Nobel Prize for nothng!

by kosnomore 2008-12-28 06:59AM | 0 recs
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Just started reading "Syzygy" by Frederik Pohl.  So far so good.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-12-28 02:01PM | 0 recs
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Dance of Death by Preston & Child
I recently discovered their books and have really enjoyed them.
by gavoter 2008-12-29 08:45AM | 0 recs
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Matter, by Iain Banks. I'm an avid Culture fan, so I couldn't pass this up.

by Neef 2008-12-29 04:39PM | 0 recs


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