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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature - ER book, 50 pages in and I find it better than I expected so far.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
I've got The Making of the British Landscape but I've also got Jury Service so I'm taking a Thomas Hardy novel to that ...
1493 by Charles Mann, and Chasing Chiles by Gary Paul Nabhan; one at home, one on my commute.
theaelizabet, In the Heart of the Sea is the only book that I've actually had someone comment on (favorably, I hasten to add!) when I was reading it on the subway! Good book, but I'm one of those rare few who actually liked Moby Dick, so I may be slightly atypical.
>11, 12 Lorax and LynnB, I loved Moby Dick. And I'm finding it hard to put In the Heart of the Sea down!
I'm reading Exporting Democracy: The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea by Bob Rae
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. Very interesting to watch the rare book community track down a man who ripped them off for so many valuable first editions.
I have started From Adam to Noah, the numbers game : why the genealogy puzzles of Genesis 5 and 11 are in the Bible, a member giveaway item. After 2 chapters, I'm not sure about it but will reserve judgment until I finish. Yesterday finished Delavier's stretching anatomy, my Nov. ER. Just haven't written the review yet.
'THE NET DELUSION; The Dark Side of Internet Freedom' (2011) is about the little known ways that the "Bad Guys" are using the Web as an instrument to maintain and increase their power, domination and repression of human rights and freedoms.
>mstrust, let me know how you liked it, I read it this past Summer.
Currently reading Happy Days Are Here Again, re the 1932 Democratic convention which nominated FDR
The Way Of Herodotus: Travels With The Man Who Invented History by Justin Marozzi.
> 18 bks1953 I enjoyed it, but then I like books on books and mysteries, and this had both. It was a good match for me, though I've heard back from others who weren't as impressed.
My first non-fiction of the year is Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints by Sam Brower, it's very interesting so far!
I'm well into Rome 1960 by David Maraniss: a narrative history of the capture-a-moment-in-time type, focusing on the 1960 Summer Olympics. The individual vignettes from various events are good, and the character sketches even better (to read the book is to fall in love, at least a little bit, with U. S. sprinter Wilma Rudolph). That said, Maraniss doesn't have a larger point to make, and so the whole doesn't really add up to anything more than the sum of its finely-wrought parts.
Contested Will by James Shapiro. Seems to be a good look at the controversy surrounding whether Wm Shakespeare wrote the works credited to him and why we should (or shouldn't) care.
Stand and Deliver (no accurate touchstone for this one). 80s folks, its Adam Ant's autobiography.
Have had it for awhile, but decided to read it because I'm seeing him in concert in February. I'm 30 pages in, and my, he's a bit vain. LOL. But interesting to get more details on what I had always heard, which was his lifetime teetotaling, becaue of growing up with an extreme alcoholic father.
On China by Henry Kissinger, on ibook, the only flaw, the one map, it doesn't zoom as expected and doesn't fill the fullscreen's space when shown as half-of-whole on two facing pages.
I'm reading On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock by Dave Bidini
Just started A Southern Girl in '61: the War-Time Memories of a Confederate Senator's Daughter by Louise Wigfall Wright
Started Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust last night after finishing my previous two non-fiction book (Superheroes of the Round Table and The Clockwork Universe).
The way I am jumping between times and topics, I wonder what I will continue with after that...
The Cambridge Ancient History Volume 2, Part 1 -- oh how I love these books and wish they weren't so expensive, even used!
I've started Dreaming in Hindi, memoir of author's time in India studying the language, as well as a nonfiction element regarding language acquisition, culture, etc.
I am listening to Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie, Mark Deakins (Narrator)
It's really great it's non-fiction but reads like fiction!
Finish the LTER book, Signing Their Rights Away today. It consists of 39 thumbnail portraits of the men who signed the Constitution. By reading the whole book one gets a sense of the gathering, that they weren't more perfect than a gathering of leaders would be now, making their accomplishment all the more amazing.
I'm in the middle of American Dreamers, a history of left-wing movements in America. It's a fairly cursory look at them but I find it satisfying so far. Interesting that it compares the US to Europe in terms of socialism, starting in the 19th century, and explains why it failed to have a major political influence here.
On an impulse, I had gotten the 600 page Tokyo: From Edo to Showa by Edward Seidensticker off my library's New Books shelf; coincidentally, Seidensticker was the translator of the novel The Makioka Sisters, which I'd just finished, and loved. Wasn't sure if the Tokyo book might prove daunting, but it moves along at a great clip, anything but dry.
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