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#41 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:14 AM

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#42 kidsmoke

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 09:12 PM

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Has anybody read this? I'm about a third of the way in, and loving this story!

 



#43 kidsmoke

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 03:05 AM

"Sharks in the Time of Saviors was a beautiful and riveting story, if anyone is interested.
I do love good fiction. This is very, very good. I already want to reread it.

#44 The Inside of Outside

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 11:53 AM

^^^^Thanks for the advice on this one. I am adding it to my reading list.



#45 theashtraysays

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 11:20 AM

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Very interesting.  Where do I sign up?



#46 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 11:53 AM

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#47 Boss_Tweedy

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 02:37 PM

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 07:43 AM

What books have any of you found that have helped you approach this pandemic, or these times?
Doesn't necessarily mean a specifically political book. What's helping you weather this social storm?

#49 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:01 AM

I tend to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, as well as between books that make me focus on today's social storm and those that are a break from it.

That said, here's what I am currently reading:

 

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 01:44 PM

Very well-researched. I have become so pessimistic regarding race the last 3-5 years. This book doesn't give me much hope except that scholarship like this can work its way further into our K-12 history curriculum. I am a history major and middle school social studies teacher for the last 27 years and there is still so much for me to learn. 

 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 08:26 AM

Very well-researched. I have become so pessimistic regarding race the last 3-5 years. This book doesn't give me much hope except that scholarship like this can work its way further into our K-12 history curriculum. I am a history major and middle school social studies teacher for the last 27 years and there is still so much for me to learn. 

 

https://www.goodread...m-the-beginning

 

Thanks for the rec, looks like an interesting read ---- just put it on hold at my library -- though having a hard copy on the shelf may be more apt. 

 

 

It would be great if the US could get behind a requirement for every kid to take a Black History and a Black Literature class in high school (or at the very least, colleges)  -- though I don't see that happening in the foreseeable future. 

 

I was history major with a minor in English ---- the Black history/literature courses I took were great and very eye-opening. Other than actually befriending members of a different race/culture -- the only way to come to an understanding of things, is to read about it and study it. 



#52 Analogman

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 08:37 AM

I tend to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, as well as between books that make me focus on today's social storm and those that are a break from it.

That said, here's what I am currently reading:

 

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I read that a while back. I'll tell you what I thought about it after you are finished.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

I bought a bunch of books recently. It may be a while before I get to them.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of the Moody Blues 1965-1979
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
Deep Purple: Wait for the Ricochet: The Story of Deep Purple In Rock
The Road of Golden Dust (Deep Purple)
Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story
Woodstock: The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition (Excelsior Editions)
Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir

 

My Nook (2nd one) is starting to go. I bought an Amazon Fire Tablet the other day. I have yet to do e-books in it yet though.

 



#53 kidsmoke

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 10:00 PM

I'll bet the Erik Larson is a wonderfully distracting read! He's so good.
And Stamped From the Beginning has been added to my list, too.

#54 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 07:26 AM

I read that a while back. I'll tell you what I thought about it after you are finished.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

I bought a bunch of books recently. It may be a while before I get to them.

 

 

I'm about halfway through the Larson book so I'll check back.

I'd love to hear what you think.  My dad is a big Churchill guy and thought it was well done.  



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 05:37 PM

I tend to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, as well as between books that make me focus on today's social storm and those that are a break from it.

That said, here's what I am currently reading:

 

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I frequently alternate between fiction and non-fiction as well. I read this one back in April. I love his writing.

 

If there has been a silver lining to having COVID-19, it is the number of books that I have had the time to read. I have read north of 25 books since I came down with symptoms on March 21st. I recommend the new Anne Tyler book (Redhead by the Side of the Road) for those who like her writing style.

 

As you all have likely read, some people who are symptomatic (5%, 10%?) have symptoms that wax and wane for months. I have been on a roller coaster of symptoms since 3/21. Upward trajectory for sure, and at this rate I figure I will be symptom free in a month or so. Then I'll be back to my regular reading habits of a book every two weeks or so.

 

Wear a mask, give yourself space from others, wash your hands, avoid long periods inside with others who are not in your bubble. Do your very best to not get this dastardly virus.



#56 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 09:12 AM

I read that a while back. I'll tell you what I thought about it after you are finished.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

Analogman - love your take on The Splendid and the Vile.

I'll say, I liked it quite a bit.  I appreciate that it was focused one a single year and that it focused on the details and the people rather than just the big picture.  



#57 Analogman

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 04:25 PM

Aha - I didn't need to know about the underwear. LOL. Anyhow - I guess I had high expectations - I was thinking Devil in The White City. But the Churchill book was not that. I think you are right though. It's a look behind the curtain. And you find out who was sleeping with who along the way.



#58 Oil Can Boyd

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:13 AM

Aha - I didn't need to know about the underwear. LOL. Anyhow - I guess I had high expectations - I was thinking Devil in The White City. But the Churchill book was not that. I think you are right though. It's a look behind the curtain. And you find out who was sleeping with who along the way.

Agree with you that there was sometimes too much inside information. 

And it's a tough task - there is so much written about Churchill/WWII/the Blitz that it is hard to come up with something fresh.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:17 AM

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And now I'm on to this.  Mainly about two guys in their 60s talking and drinking and talking and drinking.  



#60 Analogman

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:50 AM

Agree with you that there was sometimes too much inside information. 

And it's a tough task - there is so much written about Churchill/WWII/the Blitz that it is hard to come up with something fresh.

I've never read anything about Churchill before. I'm sticking to rock stars books now. Since I bought a bunch of them a  while back. I have been trying to figure out a way to move the Barnes and Noble e-books I bought years ago to my Fire Tablet. But I don't think there is a way. It used to be you actually downloaded the file. And then it at some point it became just syncing your device with the what you had in your e-book account. I am still thinking about the unlimited Amazon e-book deal. I don't know if I will be reading enough e-books a month to justify spending that money.






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