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Old 12-09-2008, 07:34 PM   #46
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A current 'top 25,' literary and nonfiction:

Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
I really like this one as well. You don't see it mentioned as much as the books by Wiesel and Frankl on the same event, but I have always found it the most hopeful of the three.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:30 AM   #47
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The Road -- Cormac McCarthy
I just read this last month. The best novel I've read in years. Great pick.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:53 AM   #48
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i like all the books of Charles Bukowski
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:01 AM   #49
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My favourites include

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
Diary of a Drug Fiend - Aleister Crowley
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:33 AM   #50
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I forgot to add:

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt - Anne Rice
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:35 PM   #51
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The Secret History, nice. Always forget about that one.

And, yes, if I leave books out I feel like I was playing favorites and now the other books are sad. Does that make me insane?







No, seriously, does it?
more than likely . . . but you're in pretty good company so why worry

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I hope I don't get slammed for not being intellectual enough with my book tastes, but here goes:

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Goldman
God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Good Earth - Pearl S Buck
Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant
The Princess Bride - ?
The Lovely Bones -
My Life as Emperor - Su Tong
Bono in Conversation - Michika Assayas
Mere Christianity - CS Lewis
What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey
The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman
Boom! - Tom Brokaw
The Greatest Generation - Tom Brokaw
Leap of Faith - Queen Noor
How The Irish Saved Civilization - Thomas Cahill

I am now reading Kushiel's Dart, a sci/fi, fantasy book. Hopefully I'll get plenty of books this Christmas, so I could add to my list.
I think thats why I hate making lists too - that whole judgement thing . . . v v intimidating . . . forgot 'The Lovely Bones' . . . great book
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:18 PM   #52
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If anyone's going to judge you based on the books you read, fuck 'em.

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:55 PM   #53
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I have to add a few more.
Non-Fiction
Boom!: Voices of the 60s-Tom Brokaw
All The President's Men-Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Against All Enemies:Inside America's War On Terror-Richard Clarke
The Assault on Reason-Al Gore
The Bush Tragedy-Jacob Weisberg
What Happened: Inside The Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception-Scott McClellan
Hubris: Inside The Spin, Scandal, and Selling of the Iraq War-Michael Isikoff
The Secret Message of Jesus-Brian McLaren
Into The Wild-Jon Krakauer
The Audacity of Hope-Barack Obama
Everyday Apocalypse-David Dark
Why The Christian Right Is Wrong-Robin Meyers
Jesus Wants To Save Christians-Rob Bell
Plastic Jesus: Exposing The Hollowness of Comfortable Christianity-Eric Sandras
Utter Incompetents: Ego and Ideology In The Age of Bush-Thomas Oliphant
Giving: How Each Of Us Can Change The World-Bill Clinton
U2 by U2
Bono: In Conversation: Mischka Assayas
One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters To Those Seeking God-Christian Scharen
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2-Steve Stockman
Madonna: Like An Icon-Lucy O'Brien

Fiction:
The Bell Jar-Sylvia Plath
Fear of Flying-Erica Jong
Little Children-Tom Perotta
The Abstinence Teacher-Tom Perotta
The Bean Trees-Barbara Kingsolver
Notes On A Scandal- Zoe Heller
The Stepford Wives-Ira Levin
White Oleander-Janet Fitch
I Am America And So Can You-Stephen Colbert
The Harry Potter Series-J.K. Rowling ( I wasn't allowed to read these books growing up like everyone else I knew, because my parents thought they were "satanic". I'm on the fifth one now, and I love them.)
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:40 PM   #54
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If anyone's going to judge you based on the books you read, fuck 'em.

One of the silliest statements I've ever heard on here.

If somebody declares that they only read the bible, I would justifiably judge them as narrow. If somebody put down Mein Kampf and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, then I would justifiably judge them.

I don't see how anybody can't judge another person by the books they claim to enjoy reading.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:50 PM   #55
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Well, my post was addressing Pearl, who didn't list Mein Kampf or How to Kill Fluffy Bunnies With a Single Blow as her favorites, just some books that might not be considered "big, serious literature."

Sometimes a glib statement is just that, you know. I didn't actually mean you should go fornicate with someone who declared they didn't like the books you read, in case you took that too seriously, too.

So okay, fine. I meant this: If anyone's going to judge you because you don't read what they deem to be "real literature," then fuck 'em.
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:38 PM   #57
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Were my stomach not upset, I'd be having a post-work drink, and I'd raise it to you.

In the absence of a relaxing wee drink, I shall just do this lame equivalent:

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I think I laughed really hard at least once per chapter. Who would have thought a book about Stoicism could be funny.
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omg! i this book as a child.
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