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I'm plowing through a Hugh Johnson book now, too (A Life Uncorked). I enjoy his writing a lot.

Also half-way through:
---A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine by Jay Mcinerney

---Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam by Mark Bowden

---Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
Currently I am reading Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. But to continue on this spiritual quest I have embarked on this summer, I want to start reading this book called Nine Ways to Cross a River, by Akiko Busch. It was featured in More magazine last month, and it looks so interesting. I guess the author, having crossed various rivers, meditates on the many ways tough crossings strengthen us. Deep. I love it.
Bush Country - John Podhoretz. Finished

Robert Novak "Price of Darkness". 1/2 way through. For a political junkie like myself, a fabulous read. Great inside dope covering over 40 years.

Funniest part of the book is actually a picture caption. Dan Quayle signing a photo to Novak writing "To Bob Novack" - misspelling his name. Novak writes under the photo: "....validating that he was not first in his class in spelling". Smile Couldn't he just ask someone how to spell the #1 syndicated columnist in the country how he spells his name before giving him a personalized photo?...while VP. How lazy.
Big Grin

I supported Quayle and agree with most of his values, but I have to admit 20 years later maybe the media wasn't so hard on him Razz
Just finished Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. Attraversiamo. I already speak Spanish (poorly), and had been planning to next study French. But, I think Ms. Gilbert has swayed me toward Italian… Cool Smile

Can’t decide which of these three to begin next:

  • Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo. Empire Falls is on my top ten fav list, so I hesitate b/c my expectations may be too high… Eek Smile
  • One Drop, Bliss Broyard
  • The Bad Girl, Mario Vargas Llosa
The Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition by Ed Regis. It was about future technology/science/medicine in regards to cryogenics, nanotechnology, etc. It was a very interesting read and opened up some interesting thinking and discussions (chapter on downloading a persons entire memories into a computer data bank)
If you like to read a lot and get bored with the regular day to day type of reads I would suggest, otherwise its a little heavy at times with jargon and required some deep thought and re-reads due to the technical nature.
Originally posted by irwin:
Just finished The Pillars of the the Earth, which Oprah announced was her newest Book Club book. 900+pages in paperback.
Exciting story about a 12th century stonemason in rural England, his desire to construct a cathedral, and the monks around him.

Irwin, thumbs up or down?

Also, I do not see the Oprah sheep having the attention span for a 900 page book. Wink

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