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Old 02-21-2005, 02:57 PM   #31
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'Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi--wonderful graphic novel about growing up female in Iran during the Revolution (autobiographical)

'Greedy Bastard Diary' by Eric Idle--funny and lightweight (for Monty Python fans)

'God & Politics' by Jim Wallis--supposedly the leading voice of the American 'spiritual left,' which is supposedly the next big thing in Democrat politics...


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I'm in the middle of Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy. The first part was The Commitments, which had me laughing out loud. Now it's The Snapper, which is very good.
Have you read Flann O'Brien? IMO, if you really like Doyle, you'd probably like him too. O'Brien is loonier and more of a satirist.
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I'm STILL reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

My sympathies. He can be so very full of shit at times.
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I'm STILL reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It's almost 700 pages of a whole different kind of history--the history of revolutions, labor strikes, and rebellions, told with an emphasis on the actions and experiences of slaves, Native Americans, women, labor unions, radicals, communists, anarchists, hippies, draft dodgers, immigrants... It's a fascinating read, but I've been on it since just after New Year's and I'm kind of ready to move on. I'm into the Clinton presidency now (Zinn is REALLY critical of Clinton, incidentally), so I'm almost finished.
I read this book a while ago, and I found that the slowest part for me was all the civil war stuff. I'm not American, so I didn't really have much of a background in this regard and I found it to drag on and on endlessly. I still to this day remember reading his discussion about why is it people celebrate Columbus Day at all. I hadn't even thought about it before that.

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Martha - LOL! At least with Zinn, I don't get the feeling he loves the sound of his own voice like some of his contemporaries. Hello, Mr. MIT Professor....
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"Code Names" by William M. Arkin


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At the moment im reading Albert Camus´s short
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Fantastic book, makes me laugh and cry
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My sympathies. He can be so very full of shit at times.
Compared to the politicians and historians that are responsible for the propaganda you find in classroom textbooks, I'd say his bullshit ratio is pretty low.

Or you could compare him to the current U.S. administration, which is so full of shit it's seeping out every orifice.


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I am currently enjoying Wicked: The Life & Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West by Gregory Maguire,
Oooh I got this book as a gift and had to get rid of it Maguire constantly changed tenses and it drove me bananas to read - I didn't make it past page 20 or so. The story idea sounded awesome, too, but the incorrect usage was exhausting. (I remember a sentance like "she will ran to the field") ahh!!

I'm reading right now several books -
two for my short story class
"Daisy Miller" by Henry James
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

for fun:
"Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" by Barack Obama
"Good in Bed" by Jennifer Weiner

plus I have about 5 others on the bedstand, waiting for me.
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I am reading Xenophon's Anabasis and Crime and Punishment ~ oldies but goodies if you will
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The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides

good stuff.

also reading some theatre books on the avant-garde (specifically the work of Jerzy Grotowski and the Poor Theatre) for school.
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I've noticed that, too, Carrie, but I've looked past it and am focusing on the story, lol.

I'm somehow in the mood for rereading Gone With The Wind, but it's something that always hits me about twice a year, and I never manage to do it.
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I just reread "The Brothers K" by David James Duncan

BEST NOVEL EVER!

Someone just gave me "The Amazing Adventures of Cavelier and Clay" by Michael Chabon that I am enjoying very much.

Next I will start to read the Series of Unfortunate Events series. Has anyone else read these?
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I'm smelling another trip to the bookstore...
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'Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi--wonderful graphic novel about growing up female in Iran during the Revolution (autobiographical)
Wonderrrrful book!! Everyone should read it. That reminds me I need to get Part 2.
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I've noticed that, too, Carrie, but I've looked past it and am focusing on the story, lol.

I'm somehow in the mood for rereading Gone With The Wind, but it's something that always hits me about twice a year, and I never manage to do it.
lol! I couldn't do it.

OOh Gone With the Wind! I read that ages ago, and the follow-up book. Gems! Now that I'm taking this short story class I'm being exposed to a lot of fantastic literature that I never studied before- and since I want to read them, they are even more enjoyable.

I also remebered I finished last month "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" by Lynne Truss
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