What Are You Reading, June 2012 Thread
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In keeping with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I have just started A Night to Remember by Walter Lord.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty in print
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla on my Nook
The Red House by Mark Haddon in audio
I must say, of the three my favorite by far is The Chaperone. The Red House I'm really not caring for and, while I'm enjoying The Far Side of the Sky when I pick it up, nothing compels me to go back to it once I've put it down.
I'm reading Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley.
I'm about to finish Bonhoeffer and have About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang up next.
Spent yesterday reading Band of Brothers. Enjoyed it -- Ambrose's conversational tone & the focus on a single company make for a compelling read -- though it made me realize my prior reading on the European front probably focused more on the Axis than the Allied pov ... I'm curious to see what the HBO adaptation is like.
Currently reading Boyhood , J.M. Coetzz's memoir of growing up in South Africa, and Country of my Skull which is about the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in South Africa. It's pretty gruesome. I also started If you lived here I'd know your name which is a nice, easy, non-fiction read about life in small-town Alaska.
Yes, sorry, I accidentally posted in here instead of the 'What are you Reading' thread in BookTalk, they must have been next to one another at that point in time, didn't have any nonfiction going then. Saying 'fiction novels' is redundant, though, like saying 'nonfiction biography' would be. One label or the other will do.
Finished Destiny of the Republic which is an intriguing history. Although I've read quite a bit of history of this time, it provided much new information. I have a new appreciation for both Presidents Garfield and Arthur along with a renewed skepticism for doctors. This is a very readable enjoyable history.
I'm embarking on a whole stack of memoirs - not planned, just worked out that way. Right now I'm reading The Arrogant Years by Lucette Lagnado. I'm about half way through it and it's pretty interesting so far.
Oh my, it has been a while since I read a non fiction....apart from our recent (and totally off-genre) read of The Village and the World - which was about the life of a German Eco-Feminist. It wasnt bad, but Id prefer a fantastic non-fiction for my next one.
I'm reading Moby Duck, the True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them and just about to start Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
>17 This is a book which is a bit of a "how I was crazy enough to do this," a travelogue, and a book about ecology. I'm about a third finished, and I've learned a lot about how the ocean treats things dumped on it, where those things go, and some of their effect on the land, animals, humans, etc. I've also learned a bit about the author and his family and about the people he comes in contact with. All of this makes the book interesting, but not exactly a page turner. The author writes well and is engaging, but not Laura Hillenbrand or Stephen Ambrose or . . . .
Canoe trip: North to Athabasca. I'll read almost any book about canoeing but this one had a nice pithy sense of humor. Something almost old fashioned about the writing, like Thurber or E.B. White.
Started John Guy's new biography of Thomas Beckett. Very good so far.
I've been plugging away at She-Wolves: The Women who Ruled England Before Elizabeth for a while.
I learn so much from reading the weekly featured obituary in "The Economist" magazine. The author Paul Fussell died recently, prompting me to reread his Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between The Wars (still on my shelf after all these years), and to search for his other books.
The Rise and Fall of Communism: Archie Brown
We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency: Parmy Olson
Both books seem really excellent so far. I guess I am after these gonna overthrow the capitalist system with my nonexistant hacker skillz... ;-)
Have picked up two juicy summer reads from my local public library: 'THE SERIAL KILLER WHISPERER' (2012) and 'DEATH IN THE CITY OF LIGHT' (2011). These are further proof that truth is stranger than fiction. I also have my eye out for 'BAD RELIGION; How We became a Nation of Heretics' (2012). If I get any comments, perhaps I will review them here.
I enjoyed the book Band of Brothers also but I loved the HBO adaptation. The cast is terrific! It was really well done. I hope you give it a shot.
I'm a ways into The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin by Christopher McGowan.
The information is very interesting, but the writing itself is sometimes awkward or redundant.
I am reading Strapless about the painter John Singer Sargent and his muse, an American woman who was known as Madame "X".
The Bootlegger by John E Hallwas, Started it Yesterday. Am already on page 139, well-written and highly enjoyable.
Last night began Battle Cry of Freedom. I expect it to take me 6-8 weeks to finish, both because it's a history and because I read 3-4 books at a time. Still, I'm sure it will be worth it.
I enjoyed reading it (Strapless) and appreciated the book's well-researched history. I would say that this work is much more of a broad overview of Sargent and his patronage than a detailed story of "Madame X".
The book describes a time when portrait painters were so important and how Sargent slowly rises to be the most sought after artist as well as big socialite. I wanted to read this book for insight into the upper classes during this period of time and the book did reveal some interesting stories and sensibilities during this time.
Some of the characters in the book are well-known, others obviously enjoyed great notoriety during their time which was short-lived. Of particular interest, are the great patrons that Sargent had and his particular relationship with each of them. There is very little about Madame X herself and the individual characters themselves are explored only on a superficial basis. It is clear that the relationship with Sargent and "Madame X" is a particular one, which makes this an interesting way to approach Sargent's biography.
After reading this book, I want to visit to the Gardner museum in Boston and the Met in New York to experience first-hand Sargent's talents. If you have any interest in the history of art of this period, I would recommend this book.
Tried reading 'FREEDOM'S FORGE' (2012) and had to abandon it. Click on the book title to see my review.
thank you, quailjulia. I might read it...and I've been thinking of visiting Boston, in fact. After years of skirting it on my way somewhere else, I think it's time to stop.
9 - Thanks for mentioning Country of My Skulls Guilt, Sorrow and the Limits of Forgivenes in the New South Africa by Antjie Krog. Wow! What a fascinating read!
Currently reading "The Righteous Mind; Why good people are divided by politics and religion". A big help with trying to understand crazy North American politics!
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