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Old 05-14-2005, 08:35 AM   #1
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So the Narnia thread inspired this. Are there any books that you would recommend to the FYM group? More than just the normal fiction stuff...perhaps more political/social related fiction and non-fiction.

As the first, I would recommend The Bone Woman by Clea Koff. Just finished it for my book club and it was quite interesting. Clea was an anthropologist for the UN and went to Rwanda and Kosovo to document mass grave sites as part of the genocidal investigations by the UN. Really interesting take on why they would choose certain sites, what they were looking for, etc. It's not really too gorey either -- she does explain some things about the dead bodies -- bodily fluid and levels of decomposition -- but she also talks about interacting with the UN and discussions with local citizens who are aware of what kind of work she does. Pretty interesting book.

So what do you recommend -- Lord of the Rings? Screwtape Letters? Robert Reich's new book or a biography of Benedict XVI?
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Been forever since I've read a book I've been blown away by.
Will check your suggestion out.
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wow, that book sounds fascinating, sharky. like i need another a book to add to my hefty reading list, but i will check that out.

i have a spate of books i'd love for people to read, but i'll stick with these for now:

out of poverty by john stackhouse--a canadian journalist travelled around the third world to report about grassroots community-based development. he unearthed some ingenious grassroots development schemes, and illustrated the power of building schools and hospitals in impoverished regions. amazing, inspiring read.

the story of jane doe--the most amazing book i've ever read. jane doe was raped by a serial rapist in toronto, and found out that the police had used her as bait to catch the guy--only they miscalculated and she was attacked. not to be defeated by this, she sued the police force and launched a brilliant campaign against the justice system's treatment of rape. she is one of my heroes.

eve ensler's necessary targets--a play about the devastating impact of the war in the former yugoslavia on women. also delves into the cultural divide between volunteers from the west who want to help, but end up being traumatized voyeurs; the great divide between academic knowledge and being a witness to unspeakable tragedy. this book broke my heart.
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I want a novel written by a smart-ass author. Something like Oscar Wilde but with a more modern language. Something like TuckerMax.com or Maddox.

Anyone know of a book like that?
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Now what would make Wizard's ears perk up by mentioning "Lord of the Rings"?

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I want a novel written by a smart-ass author. Something like Oscar Wilde but with a more modern language. Something like TuckerMax.com or Maddox.

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Something like Oscar Wilde? Why not just read Oscar Wilde? The Picture of Dorian Gray is amazing.

Try something by Stephen Fry - witty and intelligent. The Liar is a good one.
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Something like Oscar Wilde? Why not just read Oscar Wilde? The Picture of Dorian Gray is amazing.

Try something by Stephen Fry - witty and intelligent. The Liar is a good one.
Why not Oscar Wilde? Because I already read him. That's how I know I want something like that.

I will look up Stephen Fry shortly. Thank you.
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Why not Oscar Wilde? Because I already read him. That's how I know I want something like that.

I will look up Stephen Fry shortly. Thank you.
My bad ....
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If you just want popular fiction go with Christopher Reich. He writes what I would call "financial thrillers". The protagonist is usually a banker or financial planner who becomes involved in some crooked scheme of some kind. Two books of his I can recommend are The First Billion and Numbered Account.

Being a history grad student, I like to recommend a few history books. Anyone interested in Texas history should read Gone To Texas by one of my professors, Randolph Campbell. Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow is a great read, as is Biting at the Grave about the Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland.

If you want great 20th century poetry, read anything by TS Eliot-a little deep and murky, but his command of the English language is great-The Waste Land and the 4 Quartets are food examples. I also recommend 19th Century Russian literature-preferably Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.
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Nine Parts of Desire Geraldine Brooks

She was a foriegn correspondent for the Middle East. Well balanced and interesting on the lives of Muslim women.

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Story of an American missionary in the Congo. Excellent story and an eye opener about how Western values/ideas sometimes don't transfer so well into other cultures

Conversations with God Neale Donald Walshe

A very interesting read that really made me think. (Always bear in mind this is just one person's point of view though. You don't have to accept what he says!)

Wild Swans Jung Chang

True story of 3 generations of women in China throuout the Cultural Revolution. An absolute must read on the power of propaganda.

Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Aul

5 books about the dawn of civilization. Light, but incredibly well researched and created. A real joy to read.
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Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Aul

5 books about the dawn of civilization. Light, but incredibly well researched and created. A real joy to read.
I started reading those books when I was eleven, and was in the middle of the second one when my teacher picked it up off my desk, flipped through it, found one of the sex scenes, and then had all of the books immediately banned from our library, so I never finished them.
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Wild Swans Jung Chang

True story of 3 generations of women in China throuout the Cultural Revolution. An absolute must read on the power of propaganda.


amazing book.
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John Irving has a new book coming out, I love him so I'll try to read it. I was just reading about it online but I can't remember the title.

Does anyone know when Frank McCourt's novel is coming out? I saw him speak a couple of years ago and he said it was almost finished..
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Blue Like Jazz — Donald Miller. Great book.
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