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Post by Mikedunford » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:32 pm

Currently reading an interesting new book written by a lawyer from Southern California named "Orly."


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Post by TollandRCR » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:25 pm

I have turned for a while to the Father “Blackie” Ryan detective series by Father Andrew Greeley. This is the detective novel equivalent of rice pudding, comfort reading written by a wonderful man. O


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Post by gupwalla » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:32 pm
Currently reading an interesting new book written by a lawyer from Southern California named "Orly."
Don't toy with us like that, Mike - be a doll and give us a review!


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Post by Mikedunford » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:43 pm

gupwalla wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Mikedunford wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:32 pm
Currently reading an interesting new book written by a lawyer from Southern California named "Orly."
Don't toy with us like that, Mike - be a doll and give us a review!
:lol:


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Post by Shizzle Popped » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:08 pm

I just finished reading Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations

Gertrude Bell is probably one of the most fascinating historical figures that most people have never heard about.

From Amazon:
A marvelous tale of an adventurous life of great historical import

She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of Persian Pictures, The Desert and the Sown, and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes).

She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert, where she traveled with only her guns and her servants. Her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the Cairo Intelligence Office of the British government during World War I. She advised the Viceroy of India; then, as an army major, she traveled to the front lines in Mesopotamia. There, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state.

Gertrude Bell, vividly told and impeccably researched by Georgina Howell, is a richly compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and times, and in so doing, created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
There's also a recent film about her called Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman that flirts with historical accuracy. It's not great.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:28 pm

Pshaw. Another desert-loving English. :?
I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum. No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:16 pm

After swing the PBS documentary about James Baldwin I am obssessed about him. I finished a biography and am reading "Notes from a Native Son" which is the correspondence between Sol Stein and Baldwin.

I just read this article sent to me by my twin- James Baldwin features briefly in it. This is a lengthy and enlightening article about a woman unknown to me.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017 ... eload=true


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Post by Mikedunford » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm

gupwalla wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Mikedunford wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:32 pm
Currently reading an interesting new book written by a lawyer from Southern California named "Orly."
Don't toy with us like that, Mike - be a doll and give us a review!
You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side
Orly Lobel

Rating: 3/5 (generous)

The Very Short Review:
Disorganized and rambling, making this book harder to follow than the case itself - which is, granted, a noteworthy feat. Less than half the book covers the actual case. Much of the remainder covers background on the creator of Bratz and the history of Barbie, none of which is presented well, and all of which could have been much more compellingly presented within the discussion of the trial. Some material, such as a paragraph on the couple who used extensive plastic surgery to become real-life versions of Barbie and Ken, has the feeling of material added because someone told the author "you have to talk about X."

There is too little law in the book to capture the interest of lawyers. At the same time, some of the legal material covered, including a chapter that discusses parody, Star Wars fan porn, and Judge Kozinski, is irrelevant to the case allegedly featured in the book. This is likely to leave those without a legal background somewhat confused. It's as if, after laboring for months over the introductory material, the author said, "screw it" and threw together the rest of the book in a few weeks.

Overall, this book doesn't fall into the category of "hours of my life I will never recover," but only just. It's not likely to become something I cite, and there's a very good chance that my copy will ultimately wind up at Goodwill or the donation bin at the local public library.


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Post by gupwalla » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:34 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm
gupwalla wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Don't toy with us like that, Mike - be a doll and give us a review!
You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side
Orly Lobel

Rating: 3/5 (generous)
Ha! Thanks for the follow-through. I'll save it for my 'free' monthly audiobook in some future month when I have nothing better. It'll at least give me some background noise while coding at work.


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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:20 pm

Planning to read Luke Harding's book Collusion, I was sidetracked by a Politico article I read last month:
Politico: The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal

David Pepper’s 2016 novel is eerily similar to recent real-world political events. But wait until you read the sequel.
I am not depressed enough, I guess, because I've started reading these two novels, written by the Ohio Democratic Party chief. I wouldn't call the first in the series a great novel, but for a first novel, I'd say it is very good. Certainly interesting, with lots of election minutiae, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book, too. Then, I swear, I'll read Collusion, because real life can't be stranger than fiction. Or so I hear.


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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:39 pm

I have gone back to reread Futzgerald’s This Side of Paradise. It was the first novel he published. The writing is beautiful. The sadness is that even this early he was concerned about drinking.

Fun fact: his full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, a second cousin several times removed.


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Post by Northland10 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:26 pm

I don't read enough books so I am always behind, but my current reading is We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Hal Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.


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Post by Judge Roy Bean » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:33 pm

Northland10 wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:26 pm
I don't read enough books so I am always behind, but my current reading is We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Hal Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.
I really liked the book despite the memories. :geezer:


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Post by TollandRCR » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:53 pm

I have set aside the semi-autobiographical This Side of Paradise. It is too self-absorbed for me right now, and I think it is unfortunate that I and everybody else know the real ending.

I turned to Rhys Bowen The Tuscan Child. Set during WW II and in the 1970’s, most of it occurs in a town set in the Tuscan hills or on an English country estate on which a young woman grew up. It has been lost to taxes.

Now she is searching for understanding of her noble father’s experience in the war and his relationship to a young woman of the town. It is richer in history and setting than other books by Bowen. I lap up her mysteries at about one a day when in the mood, Bowen is Welsh-English but now lives in California.


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Post by TollandRCR » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:39 pm

Finished The Tuscan Child with a great deal of pleasure. Nice that an English-Welsh author can write of Italian food and Tuscan ruined monasteries so rhapsodically. Now reading Andy Greeley’s The Senator and The Priest. They are brothers, and the priest (older brother) lectures. Rice pudding reading, except that I am finding that my social conscience has mostly been a Catholic social conscience. Or Jewish. Or Unitarian.


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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:16 pm

Andy does not touch me with his Bishop Blackie Ryan stories. They are funny and fun.

The Bishop and the Priest gits me.

That is partly because it is a story of Chicago Democratic politics. Good people trying to do good. Those are the Democratic politics I know, the politics of the poor and disadvantaged. So why did Hillary not run on them?

I miss Andy. I have missed him ever since his horrible taxi accident.


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Post by Kendra » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:38 pm

I'm reading Russian Roulette by Isikoff and Corn. This reads like a spy novel. Lots of little bits and pieces that don't make it into the news articles.



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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:21 am

Has anyone read this? Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country
by Steve Almond https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/366 ... ad-stories



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Post by TollandRCR » Tue May 15, 2018 3:31 am

I have been reading some of the novels of Andrew Greeley. I labor under no illusion that this is great literature. Neither did Andy. As he told the world as he told me, the novels are a major aspect of his teaching ministry. I have kept away from thr best sellers and have read Father Greeley's The Family Saga from beginning to end. Now I have read Lord of the Dance.

There is nothing in these books that is anti-Catholic, but Andy's displeasure with Catholic birth control teaching clearly comes through (as it would in conversations with many American priests). What befuddled me, however, is Andy's obsession with sex and female beauty.

I once asked him in a workshop at Father Flanagan's Boys Home whether he ever thought about sex. His answer: "constantly." That made me sad for him. He clearly was missing out on something that really mattered to him.

I cannot ask him about this. He died in 2013 of a brain injury received on his way home from an early Obama rally in 2008. But his books have answered my concern. He encouraged people to live their lives joyously as he did. He regretted nothing. He was satisfied as a priest (and as a sociologist). He was happy to know of enthusiastic sex for married couples. It is not clear to me that he censured all sex outside marriage. It was the vital human bond that mattered and the reinforcement that sex could provide. As for admiring female beauty, I do not think he deprived himself.

Lord of the Dance is the most intense Greeley novel that I have yet read. It is fascinating that the Catholic teacher in the novel is a teenage girl. He has her deliver in the celebration of the mass what he calls a homily. I will quote that and desist from inviting you to read the novels of a good man.

“Our final hymn is ‘Lord of the Dance.’” Michele Carmody and the other kids began to hum the familiar melody, which was the same as that of “Simple Gifts.” Noele plunged on, like a dolphin that has surfaced and then dives back into the water. “Our lives are a dance, and our friends and families are our dancing partners, and God is the head of the dance. He calls the tunes, and directs the music, and invites us all to dance. Sometimes He even interrupts our normal dances so that He can dance just with us. Let’s all sing it like we were dancing so that God will know that we are ready to dance with Him whenever He wants.”

Substitute "humanity" for "God." Andy would just be glad that you are getting the idea.



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Post by TollandRCR » Wed May 16, 2018 8:29 am

In another thread i recommended the novels of Donald Harington, professor of art history at the University of Arkansas. A native of Arkansas, he was educated in Fayetteville and at Boston University.
Entertainment Weekly called him "America's greatest unknown writer." The novelist and critic Fred Chappell said of him "Donald Harington isn't an unknown writer. He's an undiscovered continent." Novelist James Sallis, writing in the Boston Globe: "Harington's books are of a piece -- the quirkiest, most original body of work in contemporary U.S. letters."
I concur. Once you are tired of reading about Phillips Exeter, try reading about Stay More.

A passage from The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks featuring the founder of the village called Stay More and his Native American friend:
Early winter found the two friends hunting together, Jacob with his flintlock, Fanshaw with his bow. Again, it would be difficult to decide which of the two was the better marksman; they were both deadly accurate. Jacob’s weapon seemed more effective in killing a bear rather than merely wounding it, but on at least one occasion Jacob’s life was saved when, charged by a wounded bear or panther who still had enough life to bite and scratch, he fell and would have been mangled save for the speedy and accurate arrows of Fanshaw.

Fanshaw's bow was a large one, made of well-seasoned wood from the boss d’arc, coincidentally the same tree that his house was made of. A small but illuminating digression on language is necessary at this point, to help us get all our arks together.

Bois d’arc is of course French and may be translated as Bow Wood, which is one of its names, the others being ironwood, yellowwood, hedge, mock orange, and Osage-orange, the last two referring to the fruit, which is a large yellow ball vaguely resembling an orange but which, as any schoolboy who has ever bitten into one has discovered, is quite bitter. “Osage-orange” is so called because the Osages used it to make their bows with, also their houses.

Arc, and also ark, comes from an Indo-European word root, arkw, which means bow or arrow (it is uncertain which; perhaps both together as a unit, since one is no good without the other). The Old Norse arw supplies our word for arrow. In almost all Indo-European languages, arkw is the root of such words as arc, arcade, arch, architecture, archer (shooter of arrow), arciform, arcuate, etc. Arc is also an obsolete form of ark, which meant originally a chest, box, coffer and hence a place of refuge, as in the Biblical Noah’s vessel and as in all over this present book. Both Chaucer and Milton were wont to spell an arc as curve or arch as ark. The name of our state, Arkansas, is thought to mean in Indian the smoky, bow-shaped river, since Kansas means smoky river and ark means bow (although we should all know that Arkansas does not rhyme with Kansas and is accented on the first syllable). The name of our region, the Ozarks, is said by one early authority (Schoolcraft, who should know) to be compounded from “Osage” (our Indian again) and “Arkansas,” which makes just as much sense as the usual idea that it comes from the French, Aux Arc. Therefore, when we speak of “the bois d’arc in the arciform architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks,” every unit in this sentence can be traced to the same root.
Now, do you know another novelist who works so hard to ensure that you know the place of the story?


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Post by Kendra » Sun May 20, 2018 7:36 pm

Trump/Russia: A Definitive History
by Seth Hettena


Interesting so far. The author takes Trump's history with Russia and Russia and Russian mafia way back to the early days.



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Post by Patagoniagirl » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:47 am

I just finished " "Go Set a Watchman". Lee's first book has always been my favorite for many reasons so I was a little apprehensive to dive into this one. What I got from Watchman was not so much about racism, or the issues of the south struggling with those issues as it was about Scout coming to terms with Atticus not being the idol she once believed. Finding her father human and fallible. And even in that fallibility, he is proud of her and there is acceptance by both.

A particularly appropriate lesson for me.

Going to re-read "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter".



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Post by Kendra » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:41 am

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Familyby Emily Jane Fox, thanks to my most excellent library I have a digital edition.

Really interesting so far, lots of bits of inside stuff that we never heard, or have forgot about by now about the early days.

About bringing in Chris Christie:
The complicating factor was that Jared, assigned to lead the charge here, despised the guy. Christie had put Jared’s father behind bars a little more than a decade earlier, after all, and kept him there for twenty-eight days longer than the Kushner family expected.



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Post by Northland10 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:05 am

The Best and The Brightest, David Halberstam


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:08 am

I was sitting out on the upper porch yesterday evening when I wanted to look up one of the actors in the Millenium Trilogy TV miniseries. As I browsed I came upon a list of the books only to see this title-
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series (Millennium Series Book 5)
:o :shock: :o :shock: :o :shock:

The 5th book is out? Why didn't Amazon tell me? Amazon is constantly telling me about books in which I am not I am not interested. :madguy:

It was published September 17 of last year. OK, I was at that time distracted by the need to deal with the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey flooding and Mrs. V. was in Scotland but still. :?

I bought the Kindle edition and read a bit before going to bed. I will report later but now Mrs. V. is in Connecticut and there is a cat that very much wants her breakfast. ;)


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