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By Megofou (Megofou) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 09:34 pm: Edit

Have you read any especially good books lately? If so...suggest.

By Megofou (Megofou) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 09:41 pm: Edit

Bah! I butchered the spelling of recommendations. But you get the point.

By Thinkingoutloud (Thinkingoutloud) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 09:49 pm: Edit

"Unfit for Command" by John E. O'Neill and Jerome Corsi. Several years from now, political observers will note how this book was the turning point in the failed Kerry campaign. Liberal detractors have been unable to refute the charges made in the book because Sen. Kerry has indeed overstated his military heroism. Once you have read it, you will know what I mean. It is a very powerful book.

By Vancat (Vancat) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:10 pm: Edit

A good read is "Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man."

By Vancat (Vancat) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:11 pm: Edit

Haha, way to insert your political views *subtlely* into what was a book thread. I'm expecting another flame war that will accomplish one thing and one thing only. Beating the dead horse to a bloody pulp.

By Averagemathgeek (Averagemathgeek) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:38 pm: Edit

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

By Thinkingoutloud (Thinkingoutloud) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:57 pm: Edit

"Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man" by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke. I read that one too. It reveals much about how Moore creates his propaganda.

By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 11:08 pm: Edit

Don't read political books unless it's by the actual candidate ... ever. People are very smart and very convincing.

By Megofou (Megofou) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 11:14 pm: Edit

Oi. I'm MAJORING in Political Science. PoliSci books will be swarming me.

I'm talking...happy, light, non-political read.

By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 11:15 pm: Edit

I meant stuff by Franken, Moore, O'Reilly, and all the others out there. You definitely won't run across those in Poli Sci.

By Smartblond (Smartblond) on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 11:19 pm: Edit

I personally LOVE Nicholas Sparks' books... just good all around (that is... unless you're a guy).

By Megofou (Megofou) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 12:07 am: Edit

Oh, not in class. But I've read Franken and have ordered Moore. O'Reilly not so much. I just mean things more along the lines of entertainment.

Rereading Pride and Prejudice or The Lion's Game only goes so far. Need some new quality fun books.

By Marite (Marite) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 12:19 am: Edit


Last year, there were a few threads of the parents forum about books. You might do a search.

But off the top of my head, here are some titles:

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Ian McEwan, The Atonement.
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code.
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto.
Daniel Goldin, Memoirs of a Geisha.

These may keep you reading until classes start!

By Browninfall (Browninfall) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 12:26 am: Edit

I read on another thread that Simba is recommending the Hardy boys...just a thought.

By Thinkingoutloud (Thinkingoutloud) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 12:32 am: Edit

Hardy boys ... Too funny. Wish I had written that.

By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 12:39 am: Edit

Why the lack of civility?

By Megofou (Megofou) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 01:24 am: Edit

Heh. Classes start in about ten days. Something tells me they'll keep me reading longer than that.


(Annnd the Da Vinci Code was rather good. Read it last month.)

By Pookdogg (Pookdogg) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 05:14 am: Edit

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Read and be astounded.

By Thinkingoutloud (Thinkingoutloud) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 09:34 am: Edit

Craigk10, Now you ask about the lack of civility? Where have you been? I don't recall you saying anything as Kerry supporters made one person attack after another about other "citizens of CC." Maybe I missed your comments.

I recommend: "Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct" by P. M. Forni

Topics include:

* Give Constructive Criticism
* Refrain from Idle Complaints
* Respect Others' Opinions
* Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame
* Accept and Give Praise

By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 01:33 pm: Edit

Well, that was my next post on those threads before they were shut down. Anyway, that wasn't directed at just you two ... but everyone involved in those couple of threads. I think you all lost perspective and I was curious as to why.

Anyway, you didn't really answer the question. Last time I checked, other people's behavior doesn't excuse your own.

By Craigk10 (Craigk10) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 01:35 pm: Edit

Just wanted to highlight one of the topics ...
"* Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame"

By Iplayoboe (Iplayoboe) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 08:13 pm: Edit

"Lies and the Lying liers who tell them" - Al Franken - its funny AND serious - a more light hearted and rather cynical look at our government. Yes, it leans left, but it is nothing to go psycho about. His stuff is So well fact checked, its crazy.

1984- George Orwell
Brave New World - A. Huxley

both amazing socital commentaries, the former focusing more on the government and socialist power and the latter on "mass" society.

and for the ladies... "The secret life of bees" - i forget who wrote it but a friend's mom gave it to me down the shore and i was totally absorbed. its a beautiful book.

And I am reading Bill Clinton's "My Life" - so far its pretty good, but as I am on page 40, I couldn't tell you that much about it. lol

By Lisasimpson (Lisasimpson) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 08:44 pm: Edit

i highly recommend "stupid white men and other sorry excuses for the state of the nation" by michael moore. i don't know if you've ever heard of him, but he's a pretty influential, oscar-winning, anti-bush anti-war author and moviemaker. he recently made a really good movie, fahrenheit 9/11, which i would also recommend.

By Benzo415 (Benzo415) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 08:58 pm: Edit

I recommend Ball Four by Jim Bouton, which is a great read even if you are not a baseball fan. It's written by an MLB player in 1969, playing on an expansion team, pretty much an insider's view on what happens in baseball clubhouses. I guess it was pretty controversial at the time but it seems pretty tame by today's standards. Still very funny though.

By Justperfect (Justperfect) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 09:06 pm: Edit

a very good book to read before going back to school is "Gifted Hands" by Ben Carson,very uplifting and makes you want to achieve more and get better grades,well atleast for me

By Marite (Marite) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 09:07 pm: Edit

Since the movie is coming out, how about Thackeray's Vanity Fair?

By Myway (Myway) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 09:43 pm: Edit

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I know it seems like a monster, but if you're actually able to get through it, you'll just absolutely love it! I heard it's the 2nd most influential book ever written (first is the Bible).

By Aparent4 (Aparent4) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

I just finished Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories that is one of the most satisfying books I've read in a long time. Am now in the middle of The Namesake, by the same author. She writes very tenderly out of the Indian-American experience.

One other book I really love is The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman, a wonderful and gripping work of nonfiction especially appealing to anyone interested in multicultural awareness and the health-care system; sorry, my description makes it sound really boring, but it's a fascinating and touching story about the encounter between a sick Hmong child and the U.S. medical establishment.

One can always reread Pride and Prejudice lol. Never fails for me!

By Appliedmath (Appliedmath) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 11:16 pm: Edit

I have read the DaVinci Code, and in my mind the book is far overrated. It is however brillantly plotted, but the action just doesn't grab you frequently enough to make you want to read it till morning. Does anyone understand the epiloge? I don't.

By Ejpowers87 (Ejpowers87) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 11:22 pm: Edit

I think the reason that Da Vinci Code was so popular was because or the history of the Catholic Church. The action was very regular I think.

By Marite (Marite) on Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 11:39 pm: Edit

I second Aparent's recommendations.

Yann Martel, Life of Pi.
Adam Nicolson, God's Secretaries (about the writing of the King James version of the Bible).
Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio.
David Lodge, Nice Work.
Jill Ker Conway, The Road to Coorain. (She was president of Smith College; this is part one of her autobiography).

By Calston (Calston) on Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 09:10 pm: Edit


-September 21st, Stephen King's seventh and final book in the Dark Tower series comes's a great series, if you've never tried it.

-Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing Las Vegas

-Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife

-Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

-Scott Adams, the Dilbert Principle (seriously, it's funny)

By Katiya (Katiya) on Monday, August 30, 2004 - 02:45 am: Edit

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. the book was not overly excellent, what was excellent was the main character and his neurology.

By Everyprincess (Everyprincess) on Monday, August 30, 2004 - 01:32 pm: Edit

Some of Ernest Hemigway is actually pretty good....

like i read:

"The Snows of Kilamanjara and other Short
"The Sun also Rises"

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