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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 01:42:39 PM »

that seems pretty accurate.  the best part is, is that he'd own up to it
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 12:49:27 PM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk

The year of the colon, apparently.

This is a collection of short non-fiction pieces, most written for magazines, it seems. Not all of them held my interest, but there was a wonderful piece on minimalist writing. I now have a new author to explore: Amy Hempel. There were some delicious quotes, and I can't wait to read what was going on around them. I'm off to the library after work to check out everything of hers they have.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2018, 02:13:38 PM »

as a result of looking up who amy hempel is, i came across who gordon lish is.  thank you internet, and you too... oh silent one
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2018, 02:25:43 PM »

as a result of looking up who amy hempel is, i came across who gordon lish is.  thank you internet, and you too... oh silent one
Yes, Gordon is another name I need to learn more about.  8)
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 11:58:03 AM »


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins

4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler- an adventure soaked in scotch.  i had a bit of difficulty getting a handle on all the characters but the author refreshes your memory from time to time until the time comes for them to have their expose.  what a wonderful tale from the arctic and beyond.  less breezy than saul bellow's augie march, but in the same spirit.  looking forward to duddy kravitz 
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2018, 05:06:36 PM »


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler

5- music for chameleons- truman capote-  i'm sure he's heard this plenty, he's got some pretty giant balls.  he'll sass with the best of them.  supposed serial killers, the manson family, marilyn monroe...  quite a character.  my favorite story involved an acquaintance of his who found a bottle with a letter in it while soaking up the cold atlantic waters.  the letter was from a twelve year old girl.  the aftermath is breathtaking.  also enjoyed his strolls thru the big easy and tagging along with his cleaning lady all grassed up   
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2018, 10:52:16 PM »

1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated

Simplified personal finances in 9 easy steps!
It's all very simple and conservative. It's also pretty much perfect for me. Some of it was obvious (pay off your credit card every month!) and some of it less obvious (ETFs and types of insurance). Recommended if you aren't confident in what you're doing.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2018, 07:59:43 AM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer

I didn't enjoy this as much as Now Is The Hour, but still a great read. His characters, even minor ones, are so vivid, so real.
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« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2018, 03:40:44 PM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk

Not his best, but still entertaining.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2018, 09:43:51 AM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel

I have a new favorite author. Not that I could always relate to the characters or situations, but what got me was her writing. Oh, her writing! So much packed into each sentence. Each short story -- some were only a couple pages -- contained a novel. Some I read multiple times. Amazing.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2018, 12:49:15 PM »


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote

6- storming heaven- denise giardina- my wife likes those throwaway dime store novels so i chatted her up about this intriguing love triangle i involved myself in.  it was fairly obvious that the rugged rondal won ms. carrie's heart.  that poor preacher albion never really had a fighting chance.  she was less interested when i started talking about who died and whom killed whom.   but i digress.  after reading the jungle i completely sympathized with the union and socialism for that period of time.  this book is about the railmen buying up the west virginny mountaintops and leasing it to the coal men in the early 1900's.  the miners took up arms against the state and eventually the us army.  the aimed to get their land back or die on it.  great read.  there's even a well scripted baseball game in there

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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2018, 02:02:20 PM »

is amy hempel the equivalent of the alcoholic faith mission? 
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2018, 02:43:29 PM »

I have a new favorite author. Not that I could always relate to the characters or situations, but what got me was her writing. Oh, her writing! So much packed into each sentence. Each short story -- some were only a couple pages -- contained a novel. Some I read multiple times. Amazing.

Yeah, I like Hempel. 

Have you read Lucia Berlin?  Here are two of her one page short stories:

http://publishersweekly.tumblr.com/post/125367216056/my-jockey-by-lucia-berlin

http://extracts.panmacmillan.com/extract?isbn=9781447294900&utm_source=panmacmillan.com%20A%20Manual%20for%20Cleaning%20Women%20Book%20Page

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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2018, 03:25:20 PM »

1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2018, 05:43:44 PM »

is amy hempel the equivalent of the alcoholic faith mission?
Ha! You have a long memory, Kru- I mean, dd.

As it happens, they're recording a new album as you read this.
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