We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.  A fairly painless read about a family of Polish Jews spanning the beginnings and aftermath of WW II.  Well written, and worth the read.  It's based on a real family and their stories from this era.

I mention that this book was fairly painless as I've read many much more brutal and depressing accounts of this time in our history.  The title tells it all.  They were truly lucky.

Recommended.

PH

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.  Very interesting read dealing with the issues that the new generation is dealing with and the problems in the way they have been brought up that reinforces psychologically poor thinking and is making them more fragile than previous generations.  Definitely recommended.

The Assault on American Excellence - Anthony Kronman (former dean of Yale law school).  He argues that universities are like an aristocracy where students are there to become more learned and progress into being more intellectual.  He is concerned about the push of egalitarianism on campuses and how that is inhibiting free speech and learning.  Interesting views from one who is liberal politically, a bit of a difficult read though.

thistlintom posted:

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.  Very interesting read dealing with the issues that the new generation is dealing with and the problems in the way they have been brought up that reinforces psychologically poor thinking and is making them more fragile than previous generations.  Definitely recommended.

I just read this also.  Very interesting indeed, but one wonders about some of it.

irwin posted:
thistlintom posted:

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.  Very interesting read dealing with the issues that the new generation is dealing with and the problems in the way they have been brought up that reinforces psychologically poor thinking and is making them more fragile than previous generations.  Definitely recommended.

I just read this also.  Very interesting indeed, but one wonders about some of it.

What things did you wonder about?

irwin posted:
thistlintom posted:

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.  Very interesting read dealing with the issues that the new generation is dealing with and the problems in the way they have been brought up that reinforces psychologically poor thinking and is making them more fragile than previous generations.  Definitely recommended.

I just read this also.  Very interesting indeed, but one wonders about some of it.

Doesn't every generation denigrate the ones that follow it? Makes one feel smug I guess.

steve8 posted:

Just finished Master and Commander; The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian

Next up is Milkman by Anna Burns

There's an understandable mix up here. The actual name of the book is The Far Side of the World. It is book ten in the captain Jack Aubrey series.  The first book in the series is Master and Commander.

Of course there is a movie called, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The movie was to become the first of a series with the name of the movie's sequels after the colon in the title.  However the film, as good as it was, did not do enough money at the box office so no further films were make leaving the title of the movie kind to kind of hang there.

Some editions of the book, that were released at the time of the movie, try to mush the two titles together to enhance sales.

The Old Man posted:
steve8 posted:

Just finished Master and Commander; The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian

Next up is Milkman by Anna Burns

There's an understandable mix up here. The actual name of the book is The Far Side of the World. It is book ten in the captain Jack Aubrey series.  The first book in the series is Master and Commander.

Of course there is a movie called, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The movie was to become the first of a series with the name of the movie's sequels after the colon in the title.  However the film, as good as it was, did not do enough money at the box office so no further films were make leaving the title of the movie kind to kind of hang there.

Some editions of the book, that were released at the time of the movie, try to mush the two titles together to enhance sales.

Yes, I'm aware of the series, which is why I wrote it as it's written on the used (mushed) paperback I read, although that was supposed to be a colon, not a semi. The book even has a picture of Russell Crowe on the cover. I realize I should have sought out a first edition copy of the book in order to have real cred with the literary elite, but it was $1.50.

PH, let me know when you book that flight. I'll meet you out there and hold him down. Then we'll open some good wine.

OK, I'm up for more ridicule. It doesn't matter what the movie-tie-in edition says. The name of the book is The Far Side of the World.  Master and Commander, as I said, is a totally different book.

It's kind of like when you see people write about "Santa Clause."

purplehaze posted:
steve8 posted:
PH, let me know when you book that flight. I'll meet you out there and hold him down. Then we'll open some good wine.

Done deal!  You'll need to hold him up, if you please.  Wedgies are best delivered to a vertical recipient.  

PH

Be careful. The numbnuts will Take this as a literal threat and seek protection.

Or maybe he’ll throw another tantrum and leave for a while before changing his nickname again.

Three quarters of the way through Educated,  by Tara Westover.  Pretty amazing story so far.  A young woman, raised in isolation in a family of LDS doomsday preppers goes on to college and beyond.  I'll post a final comment when I finish, but so far... recommended.

PH

billhike posted:
purplehaze posted:
steve8 posted:
PH, let me know when you book that flight. I'll meet you out there and hold him down. Then we'll open some good wine.

Done deal!  You'll need to hold him up, if you please.  Wedgies are best delivered to a vertical recipient.  

PH

Be careful. The numbnuts will Take this as a literal threat and seek protection.

Or maybe he’ll throw another tantrum and leave for a while before changing his nickname again.

Ah... jeez.  It'll just be a metaphorical wedgie.  I kinda like the cranky old bastard, even though he makes my pedantry look quite mild.  I'm quite sure he likely received several literal wedgies and perhaps a swirly or two in his youth.  

PH

purplehaze posted:
billhike posted:
purplehaze posted:
steve8 posted:
PH, let me know when you book that flight. I'll meet you out there and hold him down. Then we'll open some good wine.

Done deal!  You'll need to hold him up, if you please.  Wedgies are best delivered to a vertical recipient.  

PH

Be careful. The numbnuts will Take this as a literal threat and seek protection.

Or maybe he’ll throw another tantrum and leave for a while before changing his nickname again.

Ah... jeez.  It'll just be a metaphorical wedgie.  I kinda like the cranky old bastard, even though he makes my pedantry look quite mild.  I'm quite sure he likely received several literal wedgies and perhaps a swirly or two in his youth.  

PH

bh literally hates me.

Planning on reading every Philip Roth book in order. His talent, and controversy, is evident right in the first short story that follows the novella, Goodbye Columbus. The story The Conversion of the Jews is much deeper than it appears. A quick search reveals many articles written about it since it was first published in 1959. Interestingly it's available for reading online:

The Conversion of the Jews

purplehaze posted:

Three quarters of the way through Educated,  by Tara Westover.  Pretty amazing story so far.  A young woman, raised in isolation in a family of LDS doomsday preppers goes on to college and beyond.  I'll post a final comment when I finish, but so far... recommended.

PH

Finally finished this one up.  Crazy story.  If it was fiction, it'd never have sold.  Good read.

PH

purplehaze posted:
purplehaze posted:

Three quarters of the way through Educated,  by Tara Westover.  Pretty amazing story so far.  A young woman, raised in isolation in a family of LDS doomsday preppers goes on to college and beyond.  I'll post a final comment when I finish, but so far... recommended.

PH

Finally finished this one up.  Crazy story.  If it was fiction, it'd never have sold.  Good read.

PH

Thanks for mentioning this. My library has some E-copies and I placed a hold. It sounds fascinating.

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