What We're Reading in December, 2016

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What We're Reading in December, 2016

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dec 4, 2016, 9:56 pm

I just finished Australian writer Helen Garner's essay collection Everywhere I Look - highly recommended!

Started Pagans, which seems highly promising.

dec 4, 2016, 11:23 pm

I am reading The Tunnels about people who escaped under the Berlin Wall shortly after it was built.

dec 5, 2016, 5:28 pm

I've just started an Early Reviewer pick: Coppola's Monster Film: The Making of Apocalypse Now by Steven Travers. The writing is slip-shod at unpredictable points but the content is interesting so far.

Next up I plan on re-reading one of my all-time non-fiction favorites: Alive by Piers Paul Read.

dec 6, 2016, 1:24 pm

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Hello, everyone! I hope you don't mind but I wanted to suggest my book to anyone who is interested. I realize how self-serving that is but truly, I think it's worth a read (4.8 stars & 65 reviews on Amazon). The book is "The Can't-dates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name," and it perhaps the only hopeful, relatable look at our recent election. I spent three weeks driving 10,000 miles to meet some of the "real people" who file to run for president. Like everyone, I assumed they'd be tin foil hat-wearing loonies and good for some laughs. What I found instead was a group of people who renewed my faith in American citizens and inspired me to make some changes in my own life.

If anyone is interested, please contact me at ctomashoff@gmail.com and I can give you more information. I also have a a couple of paperbacks to send out, as well as a PDF to send along. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you.

Craig Tomashoff

dec 8, 2016, 2:38 am

I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant. All in all, the book is very well done. It was published in 1986, though. I don't know if there's been further research on the topic since then.

dec 13, 2016, 2:29 pm

I am reading The Curse of Beauty about the first "supermodel" who posed for a number of famous statues that are now all around the country. I am also listening to the audio book version of The Johnstown Flood. The narration is excellent, if you are interested in a good audio book.

tristero1959, I am curious about the book you mentioned - I might take a look at that one!

dec 13, 2016, 2:44 pm

Having finished The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant, I'm now reading the excellent Madame Curie by Eve Curie.

dec 15, 2016, 10:56 am

I just started a new book called Our Man in Charleston, and I am enjoying it so far.

dec 15, 2016, 5:53 pm

On a whim I started listening to an audiobook of Martin Ford's Rise of the Robots, which is about automation displacing some of the workforce in the future. So far, it's excellent. And this is a topic I've been interested in lately. Does anyone have any other recommendations along these lines?

Redigerat: dec 16, 2016, 5:07 pm

dec 17, 2016, 10:14 am

I just finished Pearl Harbor Final Judgement by Henry C. Clause and Bruce Lee. Great read.

dec 19, 2016, 2:14 pm

Having finished the excellent Madame Curie by Eve Curie, I'm now reading Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.

dec 22, 2016, 11:10 am

dec 23, 2016, 5:23 pm

I finished Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, which I highly recommend. I'm now reading Winston Churchill: the Valiant Years by Jack Le Vien and John Lord. Le Vien was an American documentary maker who produced a 36-hour documentary series for the BBC about Churchill and World War Two. This book was published soon after as a follow up. The book is basically a survey of the events of the war through British, and specifically Churchill's, point of view.

dec 30, 2016, 12:26 pm

Finished reading House of Rain by Craig Childs last night. Very good, and recommended without reservations. A very different take on the so-called "mystery" of the vanished Anasazi people of the American Southwest. I was familiar with this author only through magazine articles, and this longer work certainly confirmed the good impression I already held of his writing.

dec 30, 2016, 10:31 pm

The Lady And Her Monsters: Real-Life Frankensteins and How Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece Came to Life
by Roseanne Montillo
4/5 stars
This was a very interesting book and it covers a multitude of topics surrounding Mary Shelley's life and her famous book Frankenstein including grave stealing, re-animation of tissue, medicine, literature and the social mores during the time period. The author even covers the strange story of what happened to the BBC's Alastair Cooke's remains.