Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

What are you reading the week of January 17, 2010?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Books: Fiction Donate to DU
 
DUgosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 11:58 PM
Original message
What are you reading the week of January 17, 2010?
Bishop at the Lake by Andrew M. Greeley
Refresh | 0 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Ten Bears Donating Member (183 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 11:59 PM
Response to Original message
1. In The First Circle
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:00 AM by Ten Bears
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn edite because I can't spell his name
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Ten Bears Donating Member (183 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:01 AM
Response to Reply #1
3. or edited
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 11:59 PM
Response to Original message
2. Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters, by Louis Begley
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:10 AM
Response to Original message
4. Unseen Academicals, the new Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:14 AM
Response to Original message
5. A Seahorse Year, Stacey D'Erasmo's perfect-pitch novel about
a California family ambushed by schizophrenia.

Stacey D'Erasmo is a huge talent.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:57 AM
Response to Original message
6. Against A Crimson Sky by James Conroyd Martin
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:16 AM
Response to Original message
7. All the Shah's Men.
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 01:17 AM by Skink
Recomended.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:14 AM
Response to Reply #7
9. link>>.....
http://www.amazon.com/All-Shahs-Men-American-Middle/dp/...

Review
"...He does so with a keen journalistic eye, and with a novelist's pen...In what is a very gripping read." -- The New York Times, July 23, 2003

"...Kinzer's book offers a cautionary tale for our current leaders...not all such changes go according to plan..." -- The Scotsman, 16 August 2003

"...a new book about the coup All the Shah's men...recalls some unwelcome parallels(with the Gulf War)..." -- The Guardian, 20 August 2003

"...a topical subject with an explanation..." -- Greenock Telegraph, 29 October 2003

"...an astonishing achievement, a thriller backed by meticulous research, a political analysis in artful prose..." -- Irish Times, 25 December 2003

"...lively popular history...brisk, vivid account.... Kinzer...offers a helpful reminder of an oft-neglected piece of Middle Eastern history". -- The New York Time Book Review, August 10, 2003

"...provides an able and often vivid summary of our knowledge..." -- BBC History Magazine, December 2003

"a thrilling tale that pits two characters worthy of a movie against each other." -- Economist, August 16, 2003

"astonishing account...Kinzer, a New York Times correspondent...tells his captivating tale with style and verve". -- Library Journal, June 15, 2003

"entertaining and sometimes shocking...serves as a useful reminder that troublesome regimes do not come out of nowhere." -- Business Week, Aug. 18-25, 2003

meticulously documented throughoutessential reading (Medicine Conflict and Survival, Vol. 21(4) October 2005)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:10 AM
Response to Original message
8.  8 pages from finishing a book by Wafa Sultan, starting one tomorrow. 'Cruel and Unusual Punishment'
non fiction, by Nonie Darwish.. Dr Wafa Sultans Biography was Fascinating..
i peeked at Nonie's book, :popcorn:

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:30 AM
Response to Original message
10. "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:32 PM
Response to Reply #10
14. I read that back in 1960 or so, soon after I was married..
This is a book not soon, if ever, forgotten...
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 10:37 AM
Response to Reply #14
15. I Read It Back Then, Too
I am enjoying it as if I never read it. Back then I read it for a different reason. :blush: I now see why it is such a classic.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:56 AM
Response to Original message
11. Everything and More - David Foster Wallace
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 11:59 AM by Jim__
The subtitle is A Compact History of ∞.

I've just been reading this for about the past half hour or so, and so far, it's fascinating. Wallace was brilliant and actually had a fair background in mathematics although he claims to have struggled in almost all of his math classes. I think he struggled because he didn't accept pat answers.

On page 6 of the book, he starts talking about Zeno's Paradox - the one about all motion being impossible. To get from point A to point B, you first have to get half-way between them; and before you get to the halfway point, C, you have to get halfway from point A to C, etc. Wallace has had enough calculus to understand convergent series and he knows the "solution" offered in calculus class to this is from the formula a / (1 - r), in this case (1/2) / (1 - (1/2)) giving an answer of 1. But he calls this a solution from an impoverished view. I tend to agree with him. Giving a numerical answer to Zeno's Paradox does not really resolve the problem; I'm sure Zeno was aware that we could move from A to B within a finite amount of time.

Anyway, I'm on page 71 of the book now, and we're still discussing Zeno's Paradox. Along the way we discussed the nature of number, Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics, Plato's Idealism, etc.

The book doesn't require a math background; but it probably does require a certain curiousity about math.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
OrwellwasRight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:37 PM
Response to Original message
12. The Key to Rebecca and Google Bomb. nt.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:50 PM
Response to Original message
13. "Freedom From Fear" by David M. Kennedy
And also "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes

Both books are about The Great Depression.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 05:34 PM
Response to Original message
16. Two books: Agatha Christie's "A Murder Is Announced" and Chernow's "Titan", bio of JDRockefeller
It will take time to get through Titan, but I've always wanted to read it, as I am fascinated with Rockefeller, as a person.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:56 AM
Response to Original message
17. ANGEL OF DEATH by Jay Brandon
Good writer, but I hated the villain, too creepy. Speed-read to get it done but am looking forward to the 2nd book in the series about Chris Sinclair, DA, in San Antonio, TX.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
terryg11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:47 PM
Response to Original message
18. straw men by mike marshall
100 pages in so far pretty good
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-20-10 06:50 PM
Response to Original message
19. The Little Stranger-Sarah Waters
Fabulous gothic ghost story set in a crumbling English mansion (naturally) just after WWII, with a twist ending that has me wanting to go back to the beginning and re-read it.

The book is also a study of the post-war collapse of the English class system.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 02:40 AM
Response to Original message
20. "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown
My boss loaned it to me after I loaned him "Days of Infamy" by Harry Turtledove.




I also got 5 Turtledove books in the mail this week, so I'm all set for a while :D
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 10:14 PM
Response to Original message
21. 9 DRAGONS by Michael Connelly
I don't know if the book wasn't as good as Connelly's usually are, or was I too wrapped up in the Massachusetts election . . . Brown was a surprise and I watched TV a little more than ususal when I was reading the book.

At any rate, I speed-read the middle of the book and skipped to the end, but I liked the ending. Connelly kills off a character I think should have been offed long time ago.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 10:16 PM
Response to Reply #21
22. THEREBY HANGS A TAIL by Spencer Quinn
Delightful sequel to DOG GONE IT, a private detective story where PI Bernard Little's dog, Chet, tells the story. The dog writes well.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
OrwellwasRight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 10:36 PM
Response to Original message
23. Just finished The Key to Rececca
by Ken Follet. Decent, not mind-blowing though.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 08:41 AM
Response to Reply #23
24. Have you tried
Lie Down with Lions yet? That was one of my favorites of his back when I was going through his books like water. :hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Dec 16th 2017, 01:53 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Books: Fiction Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC