Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini. The guy is a good storyteller.


This time he writes about women in Afghanistan... right?
While on vacation I finally finished up "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene. I agree with others. Brian has a great way of taking a difficult subject and explaining it in layman's terms through visuals. Recommended.
Zinfandel, A History of a Grape and its Wine by Charles L. Sullivan.

I opened exactly 2 bottles of Zin in the last 12 months and found this to be a lot of fun. If you're a Zin lover, this book is a must read.

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.
Recently completed:

Paul Shirley - Can I Keep My Jersey - Life of a Vagobond Basketball . . .

Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury - as part of my masochistic Faulkner retrospective.

Next up Light in August
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 Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov.

Amazing story of a well buried incident that was critical in the ascent of radical Islam and Wahabbism in Sauda Arabia and a precursor to many of the woes we face in that region right now. Amazing stuff.

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.
The Seceret Life of Bees, almost finished.
And Le livre du voyage by Bernard Weber. Love it! He is one of my favorite authors with Amelie Nothomb.
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.
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
Still with LOTR, a few pages every few days. About halfway through Two Towers. Good stuff, just too busy to read much, except on airplanes.
The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver this book I think was an attempt at a computer based sci-fi thriller of sorts. When i started reading I thought I was going to be let down but it took a very good turn, I wound up enjoying it and was pleasantly caught off guard.
Just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. An Oprah bookclub book that my sister-in-law lent to me.

Now starting "Rewriting History" by Dick Morris. The first chapter provided information for not wanting to vote for Hillary in '08.
Become a Better You - Joel Osteen

Tough read considering I'm near perfect as is Razz

But it is an enjoyable and very positive book. Not for atheists though.

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