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    Just finished this. It is not as good as the original ones, but it wasn't that far off. Enjoyable read.
    I read the original series a few years ago and enjoyed it. I might have to add this to my list. But I might have to re-read the series or find another quicker/easier way to recap the characters and storyline before reading this.

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    A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman


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    Serving Crazy with Curry - Amulya Malladi


    Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series Book 1) - P.B.Ryan
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    Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn

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    On the way to and back from Florida, we listened to:





    and part of this:



    It gets boring and predictable after a while, but kept everybody in line during the 34 hours of driving.
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    Audible is great for long drives! I've been trying to do that during my 50min each way commute every weekday. Cannot yet listen to fiction, but I'm really getting into non-fiction.

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    Just started reading this:
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J. D. Vance


    So far, I can say that it's really well written. Andy - thanks for the recommendation!

    It was also featured by the NY Times: 6 books to help understand Trump's win
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    Quote Originally Posted by smizar View Post
    Just started reading this:
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J. D. Vance

    So far, I can say that it's really well written. Andy - thanks for the recommendation![/URL]
    I just finished reading/listening to this a couple days ago, the author narrated it himself. I thought it was great and I should have read it back when Andy originally recommended it in this thread. I read it when I saw his recommendation on Facebook right after the election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian1971 View Post
    I thought it was great and I should have read it back when Andy originally recommended it in this thread. I read it when I saw his recommendation on Facebook right after the election.
    Same thoughts here Brian. I just finished it today and I'm glad I read this sooner rather than later.
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    And now for some lighter reading.
    Death on Beacon Hill (Nell Sweeney Historical Mystery Series) – P.B. Ryan

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    I'm glad you guys read that book. Being here in fly-over country (although in the much better off part of the state), working in the industrial sector, I thought he captured the feel pretty well. For me it bookends with Between the World and Me. I don't have to agree with these people nor their policy positions, I think it just helps to understand their priorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I'm glad you guys read that book. Being here in fly-over country (although in the much better off part of the state), working in the industrial sector, I thought he captured the feel pretty well. For me it bookends with Between the World and Me. I don't have to agree with these people nor their policy positions, I think it just helps to understand their priorities.
    I've been planning to read Between the World and Me for a while now. Might get to it soon-ish.

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    And on to the last of the series.

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    Between the World and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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    Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths

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    The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee


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    Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen, audiobook read by Bruce Springsteen


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    Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah


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    The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

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    Montessori at Home Guide: A Short Guide to a Practical Montessori Homeschool for Children Ages 2-6 - A.M. Sterling

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    A Study In Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) - Sherry Thomas

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    I have a few books downloaded to the kindle app on the iPad, but I have not even began reading yet. I bought a fire tablet on sale around Christmas, and I want to transfer the books to it rather than carrying the iPad around. Little 7" screen seems adequate for light reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbert View Post
    I have a few books downloaded to the kindle app on the iPad, but I have not even began reading yet. I bought a fire tablet on sale around Christmas, and I want to transfer the books to it rather than carrying the iPad around. Little 7" screen seems adequate for light reading.
    Cool. What made you get another tablet (Fire) Vs a Kindle? Just curious.
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    1776 - David McCullough

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    Quote Originally Posted by smizar View Post
    Cool. What made you get another tablet (Fire) Vs a Kindle? Just curious.

    It was $33

    Kids have nooks, but we don't have any Kindles in the family.

    The iPad I use is actually a work iPad, although I never use it for that purpose, since it sucks for that, and no longer even carrying it since it makes the backpack too heavy with the laptop and the other stuff in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbert View Post
    It was $33

    Kids have nooks, but we don't have any Kindles in the family.

    The iPad I use is actually a work iPad, although I never use it for that purpose, since it sucks for that, and no longer even carrying it since it makes the backpack too heavy with the laptop and the other stuff in there.
    Fair enough!

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    Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version - Philip Pullman
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    The Liars' Club - Mary Karr
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    The Vegetarian - Han Kang

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    Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence - Stefano Mancuso

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    The Last Policeman: A Novel (Last Policeman Trilogy Book 1)

    I've read the first two books this week. Not exactly challenging reading but they are enjoyable. Kind of enjoyable. You see, the book is about a cop investigating a murder made to look like a suicide just months before the Earth is going to be impacted by a 7 km. wide asteroid, killing most--not all--people. That possibility of living somehow makes those final days worse. If everyone is going to die, you just live out your time the best you can. If you may survive, life is driven by a bestial hording and constant violence. So it ends up being a story of a guy trying to do his job while the world unravels around him.

    Now, added to me reading this while I'm on a business trip--which I hate--and listening to podcasts about the start of WW1 and, well, my general outlook on life and humanity was slightly less than jolly.

    Anyway, a very nicely written series so far. The tone is, for lack of a better term, modern conversational-comedic like that used in The Martian, for example. It isn't laugh out loud funny but it is clever. Worth a few hours time that it takes to go through it.

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    Podcasts about the start of WWI? Do tell.

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    First book on the Fire tablet..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkane View Post
    Podcasts about the start of WWI? Do tell.
    Dan Carlin's Blueprint for Armageddon. The first one gives you the setup and then the other episodes go further into the quagmire. I'm on the third episode--they're three hours or so long each--and he hasn't really dealt with the Eastern front or pretty much anything about the first month in Serbia. Central Europe and the Balkans are some of the most consistently depressing areas in world history.

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    Started a local murder mystery series.

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    Farmed and Dangerous (A Local Foods Mystery #3) - Edith Maxwell


    Round Robin (Elm Creek Quilts, #2) - Jennifer Chiaverini


    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
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    Just finished:



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    Murder Most Fowl (A Local Foods Mystery #4) - Edith Maxwell


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    The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #3) - Jennifer Chiaverini


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    "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra


    "Thirteen Ways of Looking" by Colum McCann

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbert View Post

    Finished this. It turned out to be a good read towards the end. Since it was set in Philly area, I was familiar with locations, so maybe that increased enjoyment of the book. Not sure. Some of the twists towards the end were not that predictable, either, which also helped.

    Next up:
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    An Unnecessary Woman - Rabih Alameddine


    The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #4) - Jennifer Chiaverini


    Independent People - Halldór Laxness
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    The Second Life of Nick Mason (Nick Mason #1) by Steve Hamilton

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    And



    Alright, I know I'm behind the curve on these books but I was just blown away by both of them. He accomplishes so very much in his writing. Many writers can write characters. Others write plots. Still others can put a sentence together that makes you want to read it a dozen times it's so good. He does all of these things. I honestly can't think of the last time I read something that made me think that of a single writer, if ever.

    Yiddish Policeman is built upon the structure of a noir detective novel. I've read a million of these and he hits all of the main beats. Breaking the mold however, there is a slight twist with world history that places a couple million Jews in a Jewish state in Alaska. The feel of place is captivating--someplace that has never existed but by the end you just want to see it as it is so real. The characters are real and rough and interesting. And the plot is twisty and turny enough to give you a dozen points where you are genuinely surprised at what just happened.

    Kavalier and Clay is a coming to America story mashed up with the creation of Superman comics. Kind of. I really don't know how to explain it other than it is full of action out of settings that you really wouldn't expect to generate much action. The characters are so good that you just know them by the end of the book. I guess you'd say cinematic in a way as by the end of the book I was picturing all of the scenes in my head. But that doesn't quite capture it. Movies have tics and conventions and when you read a book that is just a screenplay--hello Mr. King--you put those characters in that medium. This just seems more... real? human? I don't know.

    I read a book about writing fiction when I was in grade school and it had this standard shorthand about putting people you know in the stories.* 'What would mom say if Johnny next door broke the window with the baseball?' Things like that. This story really felt like you knew the people that were being moved about the story. Almost like a cousin telling you a story about before you were born. It's good.

    Now, here is the thing. These are considered "literature" by some and, honestly, that put me off. Whenever I venture into reading modern literature it often ends up to be a character study and everyone in the book is horrible. I get about 2/3 of the way through and realize that I would be completely happy if the book resolved immediately with the death of all involved. I am a simple person. I read fiction to be entertained and, yes, as an escape. I don't need overwrought nihilism in that sphere of my life as I can get that enough from the news.

    So I put off reading these things even after the long insistence of my wife. And then I read a really good article written by Chabon about his son and his penchant for fashion**. It was just so well written on a subject I have absolutely no knowledge or interest in that I wanted to know more. I put the books back up on the queue and eventually their time came. I'm really glad I got to them.

    If you haven't read them, I cannot recommend doing so enough. Just damn good. Now to try some other books I've been hiding from.

    *I was listening to a podcast and James Patterson came up. One of the guys on the podcast was a writing partner with someone who worked for James Patterson. Patterson, it seems, was the CEO of some really large insurance firm when he decided to start writing books. So he would pass these things around for people to read and the thing is he used real people's names in the drafts! Bob in accounting was killed by Sue in purchasing. They said they knew what the boss thought about you by how you were treated in the book.

    **What I love about this article and, thinking about it a bit, about his writing in general, is that he presents characters without spin. What I mean is he tells you what a person is doing and his manner and lets you decide what to think about him. These people can be evil or saintly but he's not going to hand that conclusion to you on a platter.

    His son's head doesn't work like my head yet by the way he presented it I had some feeling for his world. That's what the best writing does. It's damn magic when you get it right and you should be shot into the sun when you get it wrong.

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    Thank you for that write up on these books Andy! I will add them to the list. I've always been curious about Chabon's writing. Now is a good time as any to add them to the soon-to-read list. Based on your review - I don't think I'll be disappointed
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    The Quilter's Legacy (Elm Creek Quilts #5) - Jennifer Chiaverini


    At Home: A Short History of Private Life - Bill Bryson


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    I have no idea why I haven't read all of Bill Bryson's books. I always enjoy them and talk about them endlessly for a long time after. I just don't think about them I guess.

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