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  1. #801
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    The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse. Fun stuff.
    If you have never read Wodehouse you need to fix that.

  2. #802
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    So, finally finished Bad Blood. Chick is nuts. Obviously a sociopath from the get-go. I just cannot believe that people were buying it. And the employees that stayed there as long as they did.
    Agreed! I just finished the audiobook.
    I was also curious how she was able to find such an effusive (IMO way over the top) advocate in Channing Robertson. Stanford's Phyllis Gardner has some interesting things to say.

    Currently reading a paperback (glow-in-the-dark cover!) passed down to me, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I'm about halfway through. Thus far it strikes me as a middling example of fantasy (even YA) fiction; indeed, it seems to be reviewed as such on goodreads, with Ready Player One being cited as a better example - so I may read that next. For me nothing crypto/mystery/puzzling really lives up to Cryptonomicon, so maybe I should quit trying.

  3. #803
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    We'll see how much progress I make, but just picked up the Philip Roth bio by Blake Bailey and new books by Don Lemon on racism and Adm. McRaven on heroes.
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  4. #804
    Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind Author Yuval Noah Harari 2015 This international best seller is endorsed by Bill Gates on the front jacket and Barack Obama on the back. The NY Times says: "Beautifully written and so easy to understand." I have read this book twice in the past 14 months and I got as much out of it the second time as I did the first. The brief history consists of 4 parts. The first 3 parts: The Cognitive Revolution, The Agricultural Revolution, The Unification of Humankind, consists almost entirely of the ancient history and cultural anthropology of our species.(244 pages 13 chapters). While Part 4 The Scientific Revolution (175 pages 7 chapters) consists of chapters on the assumptions and underpinnings of the Scientific Revolution, Capitalism, the Industrial Revolution, the nation state and finally the history of Happiness and lastly the potential future of Homo Sapiens. His examples are quite illustrative. In 1610 an English/French nobleman would eat sugar only as a rare delicacy. In 1810 these noblemen would eat 18 pounds of sugar - Obviously due to the expansion of the slave trade in the Caribbean. You will want to keep a pen handy to bracket sentences/paragraphs as you read it. Two notions that I thought interesting. The author is enamored with the elite hunter gatherer Their diet was more varied and they didn't have to work as hard as the farmers who followed. And oh the ecstacy of bringing down a woolly mammoth. He seemingly thinks that other animals have the same types of emotions/feelings that we have. The paperback is large and somewhat heavy with many pictures and illustrations. On Amazon the paperback is only $12. I too along with Gates and Obama heartily recommend it.

  5. #805
    "Sapiens" is probably the best book I've ever read by an academic for a non-academic audience. So well written and thought-provoking. Inspired me to really add more brain evolution to my own classes. I tried to read "Homo Deus", but I think he loses something when he's purely speculating and can't tell a "story" like he could for Sapiens (Harari is a historian after all). "21 Questions..." had its moments, so that might be next on your list.

    If you like "big history", I'd also recommend "Origin Story" by David Christian. It's the entire history of the universe in one book, but he organizes it by major inflection points he calls threshold events, when major changes occur that shape future directions (these can be fundamental physical changes, like the universe cooling enough to allow atoms to form, all the way down to major events in the evolution of life and humans). It's a bit more technical than Sapiens, with some denser academic citations in it, but still very satisfying (and, again, mind expanding). It's sort become of a reference book for me when I want to remember how something happened in the universe. (I had read Bill Bryson's "A brief history of everything" (?) a long time ago, so not sure how Origin Story compares.)

  6. #806
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse. Fun stuff.
    If you have never read Wodehouse you need to fix that.
    I second this emotion

  7. #807
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    Quote Originally Posted by cspan37421 View Post
    Agreed! I just finished the audiobook.
    I was also curious how she was able to find such an effusive (IMO way over the top) advocate in Channing Robertson. Stanford's Phyllis Gardner has some interesting things to say.

    Currently reading a paperback (glow-in-the-dark cover!) passed down to me, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I'm about halfway through. Thus far it strikes me as a middling example of fantasy (even YA) fiction; indeed, it seems to be reviewed as such on goodreads, with Ready Player One being cited as a better example - so I may read that next. For me nothing crypto/mystery/puzzling really lives up to Cryptonomicon, so maybe I should quit trying.
    I think the Channing Robertson connection opened the flood gates for Holmes...with his seal of approval, the venture capitalists were crawling all over each other to hurl cash at her...after that, normal scrutiny went out the window.

  8. #808
    I just finished "Fortune Smiles," as short story collection by Adam Johnson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Orphan Master's Son," which I've also read. I think that if he can be more prolific he has a Nobel Prize level of talent. Besides writing so darn well, his range of imagination and vision is stunning. His famous novel and the title short story from his collection focus on North Korea, but the collection also have short stories about a young, working class man and a child in post-hurricane Louisiana, a struggling female writer losing a battle to cancer married to an acclaimed writer, a former East German political prison warden in reunified Germany, a man dealing with PTSD from being molested as a boy, and others.

    Before that, I read Dos Passos's "1919" and Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise." Beyond the fact that those are 2 incredible authors, I find it interesting that in their books and other contemporary giants, like Faulkner and Hemingway, you could so easily miss that the 1918 pandemic ever happened. There are a few mentions of cholera or otherwise getting sick, but not too much. Of course, a lot of other big stuff was going on, like WWI, the Russian Revolution, and social and economic issues in the US. Still, while it may be that the best novels written now won't focus on COVID-19, I would think the pandemic would at least be more apparent in any novel set in 2020 or 2021.

  9. #809
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke79UNLV77 View Post
    I just finished "Fortune Smiles," as short story collection by Adam Johnson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Orphan Master's Son," which I've also read. I think that if he can be more prolific he has a Nobel Prize level of talent. Besides writing so darn well, his range of imagination and vision is stunning. His famous novel and the title short story from his collection focus on North Korea, but the collection also have short stories about a young, working class man and a child in post-hurricane Louisiana, a struggling female writer losing a battle to cancer married to an acclaimed writer, a former East German political prison warden in reunified Germany, a man dealing with PTSD from being molested as a boy, and others.

    Before that, I read Dos Passos's "1919" and Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise." Beyond the fact that those are 2 incredible authors, I find it interesting that in their books and other contemporary giants, like Faulkner and Hemingway, you could so easily miss that the 1918 pandemic ever happened. There are a few mentions of cholera or otherwise getting sick, but not too much. Of course, a lot of other big stuff was going on, like WWI, the Russian Revolution, and social and economic issues in the US. Still, while it may be that the best novels written now won't focus on COVID-19, I would think the pandemic would at least be more apparent in any novel set in 2020 or 2021.
    Loved "The Orphan Master's Son". I think it was modern day Don Quixote in terms of absurd humor.

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