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Old 10-22-2005, 10:28 PM   #46
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Originally posted by bonosgirl84

hmm, i suppose the only thing i would ever ask someone to look out for would be copies of nabokov's lolita. i am always interested in copies of it with different covers, different publication dates.

You must be my bibliosoulmate So far, I have just three different covers, inc the annotated one.


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I read "Bait and Switch" by Barbara Ehrenreich. It's a follow up to her wonderful book, "Nickel and Dimed." Ms. Ehrenreich goes undercover as a middle management job seeker trying to find something in her field through "career coaching," "networking events" and other soul-crushing exercises. She was just here in Milwaukee for a discussion and I got her autograph and shook her hand. She's one of my heroes.

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Old 10-24-2005, 05:01 PM   #48
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This is a great thread, I wish I had time to read all these books.

Right now I'm reading The Right and the Power by Leon's a good intro to Watergate for ignorant people like me; I'm really enjoying reading it. There are so many names to remember though; I wish he'd included an index for people like me.
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:49 AM   #49
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"Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town" by Paul Thereux.

Thereux is a travel writer, he's written some wonderful stuff and a really interesting book about China as well (called "Riding the Iron Rooster").

Definately a good book. Have you read the Mosquito Coast? It's one of my favorites.
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:50 AM   #50
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So that was suppose to be a reply w/quote, but I saw that button a little to late :P
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Trainspotting -- Irvine Welsh (posits the end of post-colonialism)

All the King's Men -- Robert Penn Warren (how power corrupts and destroys)

Atonement -- Ian McEwen (how only art can atone for the past)

The Corrections -- Jonathan Franzen (the power family holds on the individual)

Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov (a european discovering america, in a psychosexual sort of way ... actually gets to a lot of the source of trans-Atlantic tensions)

Gravity's Rainbow -- Thomas Pynchon (a text as every bit touched by the hand of God as the Bible)

I Married A Communist/American Pastoral/The Human Stain -- Phillip Roth (a loose trilogy about what might now be considered essential notions of American-ness, and when taken together, they add up to something astouding, hearbreaking ... why, pray tell, wasn't this man given the Nobel this year?!?!?!)

The Remains of the Day -- Kazuo Ishiguro (the sun setting on the British Empire, the rise of the United States)

What's the Matter With Kansas -- Thomas Frank (why people don't vote in their economic best interests)

Love Undetectable -- Andrew Sullivan (gorgeous, often self-indulgent, memoirs of coming out and falling in love in the age of AIDS)

The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (here it is, the Great American Novel ... the last paragraph is unsurpassed in all of American literature, and its notions about The American Dream are as relevant today as ever)

goodness ... so many more ...
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:17 AM   #52
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I just finished Catch-22. Hmm. It was interesting, but I really felt like Kurt Vonnegut does the whole ironic depressive hilarious thing much much better. Still, it's supposed to be a classic....
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The Marriages between Zones 3, 4 and 5 Doris Lessing (it's sci-fi fantasy, but so much insight into men and women) and the first book in the same series Shikasta which is hard to read but again so reflective of the world today.
Into the Wild Jon Krakaur Broke my heart
Earthsea Trilogy Ursula LeGuin
Mornings on Horseback (History of Teddy Roosevelt) I think the author is McCullough? He is amazing.
Just above my head James Baldwin
The Moviegoer Walker Percy (sp?)
Vanity Fair Thackery
Memories of a Geisha

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Old 10-27-2005, 07:19 AM   #54
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Originally posted by Angela Harlem
One of my all-time favourite books.

'Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret' by Judy Blume. As Margaret adjusts to adolesence, she converses with God. It's brilliantly touching, humourous, and heartwarming. I'm tempted to send this around to people. We should set up an interf book swap where books can be sent around to folk and passed on once they're read.
I read that one when I was a kid, it's brilliant !
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:36 AM   #55
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The Stranger - Albert Camus
Life is Elsewhere - Milan Kundera
Farewell Waltz - Milan Kundera
The Pursuit Of Happiness - Douglas Kennedy
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
The Red and the Black - Stendhal
Dubliners - James Joyce

... are some of my favourite books.
BTW, who's read Douglas Kennedy ? He's very famous here but he's said to be unpopular in the US I really like his writing and the themes he developes in his novels.
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An End To Evil by Frum and Pearle

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