I haven't seen this on the board yet.

Tom Perotta: Joe College.

Excellent writer, and the book seems to be headed in a really good direction.
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Wine Snobbery, picked up a new copy on Amazon Marketplace for like 4 bucks. Amazing book, it should be re-released now that wine has taken off in the US.
I am re-reading Lone Wolf and Cub, an epic manga series by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. It is unbelievably good.

As for novels, I just finished "Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures" by Vincent Lam. He recently won the Giller Prize and I wanted to see what the hoopla was about. I must say, I enjoyed it.
Currently reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. How this book ever got by me before is beyond me. Guterson is a great writer.

Of course, I'll have to check out the movie now when I'm done with the book and see how bad it sucks in comparison.
I'm being a bit of a book slut and dividing my time between "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky and "College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds, Then and Now" by Lynn Peril.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Thanks to GA for the recommendation.


You actually made it through school without reading this? I'm surprised.

Just finished Brothers, by Da Chen. Moving on to The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer.

PH
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Thanks to GA for the recommendation.


What a GREAT book.

Like a wonderful work of art, I pick up something different everytime I read.

w+a
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. A very challenging, scholarly work. I think I need to read and reread some prerequisite books before really delving into it.
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Originally posted by RobM:
Currently reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. How this book ever got by me before is beyond me. Guterson is a great writer.

Of course, I'll have to check out the movie now when I'm done with the book and see how bad it sucks in comparison.

The book and the movie are naturally a lot different. Both are good, and is worth picking up if you see it in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart. Seeing as I am married to a Korean woman, there were some themes in the novel that hit close to home. Then again, being married to a Korean woman, there was a lot of character development that I felt apathetic towards.

No less, it is a great narrative of a very dark portion of our history.

I'm hooked on "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. I'll give him credit at least for being as ambitious to explain human development in its completeness. Great perspective on how we came to be who we are as a [global] society. A welcoming change from all the PC-Ivory Tower theories that abound.
Just read Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the first time. Not PC by today's standards, but man, I laughed out loud at least a dozen times.
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Originally posted by nopat:

I'm hooked on "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. I'll give him credit at least for being as ambitious to explain human development in its completeness. Great perspective on how we came to be who we are as a [global] society. A welcoming change from all the PC-Ivory Tower theories that abound.


Really enjoyed that a couple of years ago. Thought-provoking. Gave me a lot of insight as to how Europe achieved its dominance.
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Originally posted by cdr11:
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. A very challenging, scholarly work. I think I need to read and reread some prerequisite books before really delving into it.


Highly recommended.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by cdr11:
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. A very challenging, scholarly work. I think I need to read and reread some prerequisite books before really delving into it.


Highly recommended.

PH



Big Grin Big Grin

Frighteningly, it actually brings back a clear memory to me from my very-distant past.
A whole bunch of books lately.....

Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris
Roadshow - Neil Peart (drummer of Rush)
An Illustrated History of Guitars - Nick Freeth
Ultramarathon Man - Dean Karnazes
An Inconvenient Truth - Al Gore
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Originally posted by Hunter:

I'm reading John Adams by David McCullough


Excellent Book!!! Should be a must read for all people, especially those living in my neck of the woods)
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Originally posted by Baird:

Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris


Baird - how was this? I saw it the other day and was thinking about buying it.

I am currently reading Peter the Great by Massie. Anyone interested in Russian history should check out his books. They are great
zblang,

I'm tempted to read John Adams. For a historian, McCullough's books are very readable, and although his subject matter has already obviously occured, his books actually build a type of suspense. I loved 1776.

I'm going to take your recommendation.
"Secret Germany" - Baigent/Leigh. Stauffenberg's (failed) assassination attempt on Hitler's life and much more.

Will read "Conservative Mind" soon, it's on my list.
The Kite Runner was a great book.

Much better than the one I've got my nose in: Constitutional Law Of Canada, 8th Edition. I mean, talk about dry! The plot's going nowhere, this "jurisdiction" character is all over the map, and frankly, the whole "based on a true story" hook is not nearly enough to keep one interested.
I am about a half through it. It is kinda slow moving but not bad.

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Originally posted by zblang:
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Originally posted by Baird:

Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris


Baird - how was this? I saw it the other day and was thinking about buying it.

I am currently reading Peter the Great by Massie. Anyone interested in Russian history should check out his books. They are great
"The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverant Journey Through the Wine World" by Lawrence Osborne

and just got done reading

"Lunar Park" by Brett Easton Ellis
Just finishing up Where's My Space Age?: The rise and fall of futuristic design by Sean Topham
I originally thought this would be about all those great things that were promised to us back when, i.e. flying cars, jetpacks, self-cleaning houses, self-cooking kitchens, etc, that we were supposed to have by 1985. It's more about inflatable pod-houses and mod clothing styles and furniture of the 60's & early 70's. Still, an interesting read.
"Wine and War: The French, The Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure"

Great read about the struggles of the French winemaking families in WWII.
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Originally posted by John Doesecco:
"Wine and War: The French, The Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure"

Great read about the struggles of the French winemaking families in WWII.


Decent read, but struggles they were not.
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Originally posted by steve8:
Just finished Straight Man by Richard Russo


Richard Russo is awesome -- I read this as soon as I finished Empire Falls.

My wife gives me a hard time about my reading habits, because I am usually reading about five books at once. Right now I'm reading

1) "Crisis" by Robin Cook (good story, but this guy can't write dialogue worth a damn)
2) "The Island of the Day Before" by Umberto Eco (I've started this book three times over the years and never finished it).
3) "Memoirs of Fighting Captain" (about Admiral Lord Cochrane - the real man upon whom Patrick O'Brian based Jack Aubrey)
4) "Rumpole" by John Mortimer (the Folio Society's Edition)
5) "Bee Season" by Myla Goldberg (I keep this in my car for lunchtime reading)
6) "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke (fascinating reading -- a must for anyone who has read C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, etc.)
7) "1776" by David McCullough (another "car" book in case I want nonfiction during lunch).

So that's the list -- I honestly have these seven books bookmarked and resting in various rooms in the house. Of course because of my reading habits, it usually takes me about three months to finish a book.
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam" by Robert Spencer, "Epicenter" by Joel Rosenberg, and "Wildcards Book 1" edited by George R.R. Martin.

On the way: "World Atlast of Wine, 5th ed."
toetag -

"Mayella" and "chiffarobe". I'm sorry, but I couldn't let it go....

Will be starting Romeo and Juliet and 1984 next week.

Ross Bernstein's "The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL." was delivered yesterday. Will start it tonight....
Golf&Pinot, what do you think of Bee Season? I read it a couple of years ago, and while it seemed promising, I didn't enjoy the side plot about the brother and I just really didn't come away loving the story.

Altaholic, I liked Running with Scissors and actually didn't hate the movie version. I prefer Dry by Burroughs and would recommend it.
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Originally posted by Een:
I prefer Dry by Burroughs and would recommend it.

Een,
I’ll need to check Dry out from the library when I’m done with Running with Scissors. Thanks for the recommendation. As for the movie, I might rent it but I tend to watch the movies of books that I probably will not read because I’m usually disappointed with the movie if I’ve read the book. BTW, if you enjoy Augusten Burroughs you may want to read some books by David Sedaris, a writer that is also playfully dark at times.
Death in the Afternoon -- Ernest Hemingway.


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Originally posted by Seaquam:
quote:
Originally posted by nopat:

I'm hooked on "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. I'll give him credit at least for being as ambitious to explain human development in its completeness. Great perspective on how we came to be who we are as a [global] society. A welcoming change from all the PC-Ivory Tower theories that abound.


Really enjoyed that a couple of years ago. Thought-provoking. Gave me a lot of insight as to how Europe achieved its dominance.


There's been a lot of academic criticism of J. Diamond for what critics argue is a simplistic view of the world. The gist of it is that to deny cultural differences in the rise of Europe such as the rule of law, capitalism and the concept of democracy and republicanisms is to mislead in explaining its dominance.

In that sense, nopat, the critics are attacking GG&S as being too PC in that Diamond implies that Europe was lucky in achieving its dominance. The critics argue that it wasn't luck at all, but culture.

Interesting debate...
From Here to Eternity - James Jones

For those that are reading Adams or like McCullough, I can't recommend Truman strongly enough. A tremendous read.
Just finished The Book of Lights by Chaim Potok.
Half way thru The Amazing Adventures of Kavilier & Clay by Michael Chabon.

Cliff
Will work for wine
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Originally posted by cliffd_7:
Half way thru The Amazing Adventures of Kavilier & Clay by Michael Chabon.


If you like that, and like baseball (although is isn't a necessity) try Chabon's Summerland....
Kind of indifferent to baseball until October, but I do like Chabon's writing style. May give it a try. Thanks.

Cliff
Will work for wine
Just about to finish A Bend In The River by V.S. Naipaul.

Next up might be Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford. Not sure.

I'm reading through the Modern Library Top 100 English Language Novels of the 20th Century list... YES - Another top 100 list people can argue about endlessly. Sixty-three down so far. Good stuff.
Bookwise: I finished "Champagne" by the Klastrups over New Years as I was in transit. The same authors also wrote "Wine and War". Both books are good reads for wine geeks.

Currently reading the Oxford Composer Guide to J.S. Bach. The great thing about it is that it's compiled like an encyclopedia. If you're tired, you can just read one short entry and go to sleep.
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quote:
Originally posted by Hunter:

I'm reading John Adams by David McCullough


Excellent Book!!! Should be a must read for all people, especially those living in my neck of the woods)


Yeah, especially now. Your state and mine. Roll Eyes

I'm actually in my 5th year of "trying" to read 2-3 presidential memoirs or biographies of US Presidents per year. With my work, I can't do much more. Nixon's Memoirs was finished in October. 1200 pages! Eek Good stuff though. Agree or not with him. The guy went through absolute hell in the last 2 years and the media just ate him alive. No fox news back then to cut him some slack Wink

Not sure what I'm reading next. Thinking about Teddy Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson.
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Originally posted by mike p:
Two at the moment;

I am legend, by Richard Matheson

and

The Road Back, by Erich Maria Remarque


I am Legend, I really enjoyed this book!
I'm about to start Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. After that I'm moving on to Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan.
With the passing of Arnold Newman last year, Sally Mann might be my favorite living photographer.

I started her book " Deep South" today and have been blown away.

With 123 battles of the 384 principal battles of the Cival War taking place in Virgina, she spent much time focused in Virgina.

I look forward to working my way through her book again.

w+a
The Cobra Event. Its about biological weapons getting loose and infecting the public. Kind of a Steven King - The Stand-type plot.
Destructive Generation, Second Thoughts about the 60s by David Horowitz and Peter Collier.

The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Tom Sowell (about the elitist worldview and the real people who are casualties of such).
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Working my way through Einstein by Walter Isaacson. Fascinating portrait of the man and his science. I can barely get my mind around some of the concepts, but the story of the man's life is freaking fascinating.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Working my way through Einstein by Walter Isaacson. Fascinating portrait of the man and his science. I can barely get my mind around some of the concepts, but the story of the man's life is freaking fascinating.

PH


After this book, read E=mc2. I think you might enjoy it a great deal.

I need to return the book to KS. Red Face

w+a
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Just re-read Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch. What a GREAT read.

PH


I agree, a great read.

I went cover to cover on our flight to Paris.

w+a
I'm flipping between "Jesus Land: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres, "XML: Problem, Design and Solution" and Dickens "Great Expectations" (a re-read).
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Originally posted by Een:
I'm flipping between "Jesus Land: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres, "XML: Problem, Design and Solution"


Nice and light reading. Wink
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Originally posted by Adrian:
Reading "A History of the World in Six Glasses" by Tom Standage. Pretty good so far.


I enjoyed it also.

w+a
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Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Working my way through Einstein by Walter Isaacson. Fascinating portrait of the man and his science. I can barely get my mind around some of the concepts, but the story of the man's life is freaking fascinating.

PH


After this book, read E=mc2. I think you might enjoy it a great deal.

I need to return the book to KS. Red Face

w+a


Uh...... Pasadena, good friend. I've had just about enough theoretical physics for the year, thanks!! Eek Wink

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Working my way through Einstein by Walter Isaacson. Fascinating portrait of the man and his science. I can barely get my mind around some of the concepts, but the story of the man's life is freaking fascinating.

PH


After this book, read E=mc2. I think you might enjoy it a great deal.

I need to return the book to KS. Red Face

w+a


Uh...... Pasadena, good friend. I've had just about enough theoretical physics for the year, thanks!! Eek Wink

PH


Ah... the vissitudes of Para-Hydrogen. Okay, a 2008 must read! Razz Cool
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Ah... the vissitudes of Para-Hydrogen. Okay, a 2008 must read! Razz Cool


Done. Cool

And double bonus points for anyone who got the Pasedena double entendre.... Razz

PH
I have a lot of physics books if you get bored, PH.

I started Sons and Lovers by D.H. b/c I forgot to bring The Rainbow with me to San Antonio. Both on the Top 100 list.
quote:
Originally posted by mpls wine guy:
The Tender Bar by J.R Moehringer, being a bartender......................................!


Good book. Cool

PH
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Just tore up To Kill a Mockingbird for the third or fourth time. I like this book better each time I read it. Cool

PH


What's the story, PH... How do you find time to re-read so many books?!?! I can't find time to read all the ones I wanna read once.

Oh I forgot... you've had a LOT more time to get to them than me. *cringe, awaiting smack*
Besides the Sports Page which shows the Red Sox 14.5 games ahead of the Yankees, I just finished Angels and Demons. Much better IMO than The DaVinci Code, although both books are slightly lame and incredibly similar.
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Just tore up To Kill a Mockingbird for the third or fourth time. I like this book better each time I read it. Cool

PH
Perhaps my favorite book of all time. It's either that or A Brave New World. Tonight I'm reading posts from an enraged resident of the Green Mountain State. Cool
At the moment, I am taking a breather from all the heavy philosophical books I've been reading and so I picked up a few magazines. At the moment I am reading More magazine. It has some great travel articles in this month's issue. It makes me really excited about my trip Europe in July.
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Originally posted by Hunter:
I only read non-fiction


You're missing out.

Like saying, "I only drink non-alcoholic beverages." Some false sense of higher principle going on.
quote:
Originally posted by Hunter:

I only read non-fiction


Good God why?

Anyhoo, I'm currently reading "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin. It's fascinating.

- Jeff
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quote:
Originally posted by Hunter:

I only read non-fiction


Good God why?


Just more interesting to me. I did the Stephen King/Grisham/whoever thing for years. But in the end, I'm a history and political buff, and there is so much I have not read yet. May be a phase, but it's a 5 year phase and counting.

Hollywood gives me enough fiction to watch at the movies anyway.
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Originally posted by Hunter:
I did the Stephen King/Grisham/whoever thing for years.


Ah, I see.

That'll do it, alright. If my main exposure was the Franzias and Charles Shaws of fiction, I'd give it up too. Smile

- Jeff
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston may be non-fiction but what a story! You'll think about redwoods -- trees -- in a whole different way
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The Wild Trees by Richard Preston may be non-fiction but what a story! You'll think about redwoods -- trees -- in a whole different way


I think I'll wait for the movie.
quote:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini. The guy is a good storyteller.

PH


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.

PH
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.

PH
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.
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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.
Lentini, lovin' it so far, it's a very short book, in one sitting I'm half-way through. If I a person had the time they could easily finish it in one sitting, so you might as well pick it up and read it, there's a low probability of it being a waste of time. Big Grin
Board-O,

Two great Sardinian restaurants in Dallas with wonderful food and wine from Sardinia.

Our favorite restaurant in Dallas for 20 years is owned by friends from Sardinia.
I'd be interested in any tasting notes on Sardinian wines. We'll be in Sardinia this summer and may have the chance to visit a winery or two. Any recommendations of favorites will be appreciated.
Just finished Port Mungo by Patrick McGrath. Next up, something a little lighter Wink

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I'd be interested in any tasting notes on Sardinian wines. We'll be in Sardinia this summer and may have the chance to visit a winery or two. Any recommendations of favorites will be appreciated.


Will do. The two better wines I had this summer were...

2001 Argiolas Turriga & 2005 Argiolas Vermentino Costamolino.
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Originally posted by Lentini:
Let us know how you like it, Lizard... I've had that on my short list to read for a while.


great book, great writing, easily recommended.
I read at work all day and I have two young children at home, so I cannot concentrate on reading if I wanted to (which I don't, because I read all day). But I do listen to about a dozen or more audio books per year in my car.

Right now is a western, "Rio Hondo" by Matt Braun and Read by George Guidall. I would listen to the obituaries from an unknown location if they were read by that man. He also read many of the Dark Tower novels by Stephen King, my all time favorite collection of stories.
I just finished The Golden Compass.
I'll be splitting time in the labor and delivery room between A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Fatherhood Almanac.
Mine was 2 yrs on Oct 30th, so he's a bit behind. He's gotten a bug from daycare about 4 times since his birthday, so we're kind of going easy on him. He's upstairs in bed (per his request) right now at dinner time. He's feeling pretty rotten. As soon as he's healthy, we're cracking the whip... Getting rid of those binkies, too.
I've got one week left of break so it's all fun reading for me:

-In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
-Hollow Earth - David Standish
Yeah day care is a breeding ground for "bugs" thats for sure. The binky will be our challenge as well, he still uses it at night. My wife is reading Tracy Hoggs, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers and states it is really good, also has some helpful hints on pottty training. She read the one for babies and it gave us some good advice on a few things. Hope your little guy feels better, its certainly a drag on everyone.
Fun reading for me too, I've been on a Hemingway kick for a little while, just finished "The Old Man and The Sea" and "The Sun Also Rises" again, now onto "Garden of Eden".
Steinbeck will certainly have more American settings (and is certainly excellent as well)... but, like with my wines, I prefer the European and overseas inspiration of Hemingway.

Plus you can read about six Hemingway novels before you get through Grapes of Wrath. Not that long novels are a bad thing. Hemingway stories always end prematurely in my mind.


I think I just won the "least cerebral comparison of Steinbeck and Hemingway ever" award.
I much prefer Steinbeck's style to Hemingway's. I did not like Old Man and the Sea and, at one point, was able to spontaneously spoof the short story Hills Like White Elephants. I'm just not a fan, I guess.
Not too sure whom I prefer. Before starting to read Hemingway again, I finished several Steinbeck novels as well, I am both a Hemingway and Steinbeck fan. Each novel has its own merits, I certainly do enjoy The Sun Also Rises for many reasons, not just the writing style and unlike others I really like The Old Man and The Sea, but to each their own.
Currently reading Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg.

I don't think one could go wrong with Hemingway or Steinbeck, but if I had to choose one, I'd choose Hemingway. I doubt we'll see another like him.