What Are You Reading

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  1. Cricket

    Cricket Practically Family

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    I am currently reading The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd by Jeffery S. King. I am very interested in this piece so far. I am only in the third chapter but the opening selection goes into great detail of Floyd's funeral. I didn't realize how much the general public responded to his services.

    His funeral "was a circus with the mob eating peanuts, drinking corn liquor, spreading picnic lunches, carrying pistols, upsetting gravestones, trampling graves, and ripping down fences as they tried to hear the sermon and catch a glimpse of the notorious outlaw."

    Not sure how the book will continue, but hooked at this point.
     
  2. HadleyH

    HadleyH I'll Lock Up

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    Still with "Foujita" ... God, I am relishing every single page! Better than I could ever imagine!:eusa_clap
     
  3. vintageTink

    vintageTink One Too Many

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    Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier 1936-1945 by Siegfried Knappe and Ted Brusaw.
     
  4. doberdadinmd

    doberdadinmd Familiar Face

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    Just picked up "Black Pulp" based on a recommendation I read. Definitely pulp fiction! Looked over to the table next to me and I see I still have "The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces" off the bookshelf.
     
  5. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    A Century of Proust-Interactive Feature, New York Times
     
  6. GoetzManor

    GoetzManor Familiar Face

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    Currently reading Bradbury's Farenheit 451. Also, since Monday is my birthday, My father got me an H.P. Lovecraft book that I already owned so I took it back and traded it for Kerouac's Big Sur. I'm really stoked to start it.
     
  7. vintageTink

    vintageTink One Too Many

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    Three books by James Lileks: "The Gallery of Regrettable Food", "Gastroanomolies", and "Interior Desecrations".
     
  8. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That's a great book. Knappe was one of the last people to see Hitler alive and not croak. He lead in interesting life to say the least. He was working for Weilding, the last Commander of Berlin (or somewhere around there.)

    Later
     
  9. vintageTink

    vintageTink One Too Many

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    It is good so far.
     
  10. Alice Blue

    Alice Blue One of the Regulars

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    I recently finished Purge, by Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen. It portrays the predicament of an Estonian family from the time of the Estonian republic through WWII and the subsequent Soviet occupation, to the modern day. Told with a level of artistry that shines through even in translation. See the review at Three Percent.
     
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  11. John Boyer

    John Boyer A-List Customer

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    Matthew Arnold by Lionel Trilling; and

    The Moral Obligation to be Intelligient: Selected Essays by Lionel Trilling
     
  12. DNO

    DNO One Too Many

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    John Sandford's Dead Watch,

    Forrester's Lieutenant Hornblower (decided to re-read the series...it's been a while),

    and William Manchester's A World Lit Only By Fire.
     
  13. cw3pa

    cw3pa A-List Customer

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    Norse Stories. Retold by Hamilton Wright Mabie. Originally published in 1901 by Dodd, Mead and Company.
     
  14. Hercule

    Hercule Practically Family

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    Four currently in the process of being consumed:

    Manipulating the Ether: the power of broadcast radio in thirties America / by Robert J. Brown
    The Lisbon Route: entry and escape in Nazi Europe / Ronald Weber
    Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert / Catherine Tackley
    Berlin Embassy, by William Russell
     
  15. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Just finished a great biography of Peter Lorre by Peter Youngkin. I'll likely re-read The African Queen by C.S. Forester until I find something new.
     
  16. cw3pa

    cw3pa A-List Customer

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    Finished "Sharpe's Christmas" two short stories by Bernard Cornwall.
     
  17. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

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    Finished Robertson Davies's The Deptford Trilogy. Whoa. Wow. And all the rest. Had to read a Lee Child as a palette cleanser. Now onto Laughter in the Dark.
     
  18. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    That sounds a fascinating read, will have to track that one down.

    Me, I just finished "The Legend Of Beau Baxter" a very amusing romp based around the 1924/1925 "The Invincibles" All Black rugby team's tour of Britain, Ireland, France and Canada - a team which holds almost mythic status in NZ. I've heard this described as "Flashman in rugger shorts" and that's not too far from the mark, a good "Boy's Own" caper that brings a smile.

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    And now just started, Steven Pressfield's "Killing Rommel" about the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa during WWII. Only read 50 pages thus far but looks to be very promising.

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  19. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    I have just finished 'The Train' by Georges Simenon:
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  20. Touchofevil

    Touchofevil

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    Yes! It is always good to find another fan of Simenon.
    :D
     

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