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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:49 PM
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What book are you currently reading?
I am in the middle of "Diane Arbus-A Biography" by Patricia Bosworth

You? :hi:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:54 PM
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1. "State of Mind" by John Katzenbach. A strange
combo of the hunting of a serial killer in a futuristic world - different and entertaining.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:56 PM
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2. Deception Point - Dan Brown
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:57 PM
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3. the sot weed factor by john barth
i can identify because i also have a confabulator who keeps popping up in my life, i guess we all do

i'm at the part where our put-upon hero has finally composed his poem

i hope he gets an uzi and mows down all his tormentors at the end in a big bloody blow-out but as it's a historical novel probably not
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:57 PM
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4. I'm reading
Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison. I found it in a used book store Sunday and can't put it down. It's about a foster mom who can't say no and it's hilarious, though sad when you see the histories of some of her placements.
Used book stores.....Hmmmmm....heaven on Sundays :hi:
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motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 08:59 PM
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5. Wicked
the novel
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:00 PM
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6. Eats, Shoots& Leaves, by Lynne Truss
Very witty. Has anyone here read the parody of The DaVinci Code, entitled The Asti Spumonte Code?
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:08 AM
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63. I'm re-reading the Elements of Style
by Strunk and White, a decision that reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves inspired.

Is The Asti Spumonte Code any good? I can't bring myself to invest the time in DaVinci Code from what I've heard.
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:00 PM
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7. Sand Pebbles
rereading
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:00 PM
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8. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Just finished Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley. It was GREAT!!!
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:01 PM
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9. "Tools for Teaching" by Fred Jones.
Silly, considering:
A) I don't have a teaching job lined up for the fall, and
B) I might end up going back to copywriting
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:39 PM
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21. Is that a good book?
I don't think it's silly. I envy you. I never read teaching books in the summer.

Move to KC. I can get you a job here. :)
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:26 AM
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42. The book seems to be well-researched, and it's style is engaging.
I wonder, however, if it will do any good. I was fired at the end of this year, my first as a teacher, because of two fatal errors: first, I had no success in managing discipline and behavior; second, I let other people find out about my problems.

Moving to Kansas City--as much as I love the city--would not change the root of my issue, which is that I have no natural aptitude for working with adolescents.

As you can see, I may have picked the wrong second career.

I'm still giving it a shot, for some bizarre reason. I just finished a grad course on behavior management, and I'm reading everything I can find. This may or may not ameliorate my nonexistent instincts.

How bad are my instincts? Well, perhaps it would be informative for me to tell you that I am a recreational "submissive." Got it? Yeah.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 01:03 AM
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48. Why adolescents?
Not many teachers can manage adolescent behavior well. You are certainly not alone there. No way would I even want to try. My close friend was fired last year after one year teaching music in a middle school. It was a frickin nightmare. She finally just this month was hired to teach music in a charter school.

We need a computer teacher at my elementary school. You would be good at that. You should consider going down to elementary, IMO.

:hi:
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:01 PM
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10. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
:scared:
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caty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:02 PM
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11. I just started
"Blind to the Bones" by Stephen Booth. Before that I read "Brimstone" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Very good--I love Preston and Child books.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:03 PM
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12. Truman by David McCullough
good book but it is a long one
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:57 PM
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34. I bet that is awesome
I really need to get reading Mcullough.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:01 AM
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35. He's such a great author
his book on John Adams is fantastic and I just picked up his book on Theodore Roosevelt (the title escapes me right now) along with the Truman book for 3.99 at Borders. I can't wait for the paperback version of 1776 comes out
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:04 AM
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36. I plan on hitting a hardcore McCullough, Edmund Morris and Arthur.....
Schlesinger Jr, streak when I finish my current group of books I have now.
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:04 PM
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13. The Time Traveler's Wife
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:05 PM
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14. Spanking the Donkey by Matt Taibbi
so far ranging from boring to hysterically funny. Not decided yet on my critique.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:05 PM
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15. The Glorious Deception
its about the magician Wm Robinson at the turn of the century. Pretty good bedside reading so far
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shugh514 Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:17 PM
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16. American Pastoral - Philip Roth
and Across The Great Divide - The Band and America - Barney Hoskyns
I always juggle 2 books.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:32 PM
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17. Welcome to DU, shugh514! nt
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:36 PM
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18. 'undaunted courage' - about the lewis and clark expedition
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:05 AM
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37. Great Book.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:37 PM
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19. On the Rez
by Ian Frasier

Just finished it today. It is a wonderful book about Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:37 PM
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20. Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire.
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 09:39 PM
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22. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
:hi:
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:05 PM
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23. "The Shipping News," by E. Annie Proulx. nt
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:08 PM
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24. Um..."Blackbelt in Blackjack: Playing 21 As A Martial Art"
Edited on Tue Jul-26-05 10:09 PM by LoZoccolo
It's not an addiction so long as I'm ahead! :)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/158042143...
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:09 PM
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25. Oooh, I'm reading a great novel, "The Shadow of the Wind"
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:43 PM
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26. I Almost Bought "E Is For Evidence"... But Then I Saw The Price!!
Egads!! $8.00 for a 200 page paperback? (You can tell it's been a long while since I've bought a paperback.)
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:00 PM
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30. I think I still have that one... somewhere
If I find it, I'll let you know and I'll send it to you. :hi:
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:09 PM
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33. Wow!
Thank you! :hug:
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:44 PM
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27. Just finished The Coming of the Third Reich and Lone Voyager.
The Coming of the Third Reich was very interesting and educational. Exspecially in these times. Highly recommend.

Lone Voyager is about the life of Howard Blackburn, born in Nova Scotia and sailed out of Gloucester Ma. Another great read if you are into inspirational books about overcoming very bad odds.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:50 PM
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28. Harry Potter, Contemplative Prayer (Merton), Hitler's Pope, Rama Revealed
Edited on Tue Jul-26-05 10:51 PM by Rabrrrrrr
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joneschick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:59 PM
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29. Hen's Teeth by Manda Scott
She's a new author for me. Set in Scotland, murder mystery, genetic engineering, a little gay scene and forensic pathology. It's all good!
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:06 PM
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31. 'Ireland in the 20th Century' by Tim Pat Coogan
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:07 PM
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32. "Senator Mansfield:The Extraordinary Life Of A Great American Statesman...
And Diplomat" By Don Oberdorfer. I haven't actually started it yet, but I am tonight.
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:06 AM
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38. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic
I also just got a book about Ansel Adams in the mail. Can't wait to get into that one!
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:23 AM
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39. Freakonomics.
It's nothing earth shattering, but the authors offer a lot of interesting anecdotes so it's a good read.
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:24 AM
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40. Oh gawd. You busted me...or I'm busting myself.
I'm taking a break from all the grad school intellectualism and I'm reading Stephen King's "Desperation." Sorry, no matter how many degrees I get, I'll always love SK.
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lizzieforkerry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:25 AM
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41. What's the Matter with Kansas?
I was so tired of hearing every one reference it I finally went and got it at the library last week. It really is very good and informative!
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:26 AM
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43. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
By Christopher Moore.

It's hilarious!

:hi:
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:29 AM
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44. The Road Home by Jim Harrison
The narrator's engaging but not all that likable. The tale seems to be sucking me in though, so that's a good sign.
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:32 AM
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45. A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
How could that little boy write something so powerful it made me cry? I hate him and admire him in equal measure.

Khash.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:32 AM
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46. The Last Pagan by Adrian Murdoch.
Edited on Wed Jul-27-05 12:33 AM by Robeson
...among others. I usually keep several going at a time.
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aaronbees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 12:40 AM
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47. The Best American Nonrequired Reading
In the same vein as the annual Best American Short Stories and Best Essays series. Edgier fiction, non-fiction, and comics. Some good readin' so far.

... before that ... it was ... Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno, which I loved! Coming of age tale with punk kids in Chi-town.

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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 05:59 AM
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49. Herodotus, The Histories; von Clausewitz, On War, and a book about the
Serbs - can't remember the title (surprisingly it starts with "The Serbs") or author.

I got them for a little light reading to take on holiday with me.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 06:01 AM
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50. Love the Bosworth Arbus bio.
Me, I'm finishing up "Running with Scissors," that first crazy Augusten Burroughs memoir.
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Clintmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 06:29 AM
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51. "The Stand" by Stephen King (the unabridged version)
For the umpteenth time! But I also like the "Mission Earth" series by L. Ron hubbard. It's a 10 book series and one of the funniest I've ever read! I must have read those books a thousand times!
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 06:50 AM
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52. "The Lottery and other stories" by Shirley Jackson
Rather, re-reading them. Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite writers.
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FourStarDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:26 AM
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64. Yes, I found 'The Lottery' pretty shocking & frightening back in college.
I haven't had a chance to read anything else by Jackson since then, but she is a very good writer.

Currently I'm in the middle of 'The Namesake' by Jhumpha Lahari.
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auburngrad82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 06:52 AM
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53. Fundamentals of Extremism
It's about fundamental Christianity in America and how they are trying to change our culture into a Christian nation.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 06:56 AM
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54. Velocity by Dean Koontz
Typical Koontz weirdness. This is a really creepy book.
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Left_Winger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:01 AM
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55. I'm reading (once again), "The Age of Revolution" by Eric Hobsbawm
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:13 AM
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56. Nothing yet.
I'm in the middle of my summer semester, and I try not to get into any non-school related books. In two more weeks I will have three weeks to read something before I go back in the fall.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:14 AM
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57. "Like a lampshade in a Whorehouse", Phyllis Diller autobiography
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:44 AM
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58. "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian and
"Robbing the Bees" by Holly Bishop

and a couple other books about bees.
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:53 AM
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59. The New White Nationalism in America, Sexing the Cherry, and Hitchhikers
Guide to the Galaxy. Also looking over volumes I & II of the Encyclopedia of Genocide. I finished Harry Potter the other day.
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:01 AM
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60. Dante's "Paradiso" and "Evil: Shadow Side of Reality," Sanford
because i'm very boring. just finished "Ender's Game" a few days ago. only took around 6-7 hours to finish, so it's popcorn reading. dunno if it's worth all the hype i heard about it. but then i find sci-fi to be a rather shitty genre on the whole. maybe i should read more sagan and asimov, but i don't look forward to it.
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catbert836 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:03 AM
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61. I just finished "Hour Game" by David Baldacci.
Edited on Wed Jul-27-05 08:03 AM by catbert836
A serial murder mystery is just what I needed to take my mind off of my own problems.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:07 AM
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62. OUR LADY OF THE FOREST - by David Guterson
unlike SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS with which i fell immediately in love with, i am not sure how i feel about OUR LADY OF THE FOREST.
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