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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #45 on: May 30, 2019, 10:51:34 AM »

1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

5. The Road to Unfreedom - Timothy Snyder

When historian/author Timothy Snyder visited our library for a talk a few years ago I was first in line. His books chronicling both the Holocaust and the tug of war between Germany and the USSR during WWII over the 'ownership' of Eastern Europe are well-researched, well-written and a psychological sucker punch. A professor of history at Yale, he can read/write and understand nearly a dozen languages, an asset that lends greater authenticity to his work.

I first learned of him via footnotes and cited references in the books of other historians of WWII. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Snyder was the guy digging through the newly opened Soviet archives and translating the works from Russian, Polish and Ukrainian into English and German, as well as cross-referencing and comparing documents and written accounts in the original German and Russian languages.

This new history book of his also makes great use of his linguistic flexibility, as he chronicles the rise of authoritarianism and explains exactly how and why Russia is currently engaged in a cyber war with the United States and the European Union. He first took note of Russia's widespread and effective use of disinformation during the pro-democracy uprisings in Ukraine, and watched with growing horror as the same happened during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the British vote to remain or leave the E.U.

For Snyder, Russia isn’t a distraction; it’s a potent threat to democracy. “Russia obviously interfered in U.S. elections,” he says. To think otherwise is to “deny truth.” The book is bleak, but it is absolutely on point. He's not some crackpot spouting conspiracy theories on the internet, he's the guy who understands exactly what is going on, and he's written this book to give readers the same sense of urgency. Things are bad, and they are only going to get worse if we in the West don't wake up and act while we still have a choice.

It's a terrifying book to read. I admit that I had to keep putting it down because it gave me panic attacks. It's taken me several weeks to calm myself down enough to write this review. Everyone who believes in the principles of freedom as detailed in the U.S. Constitution and our Declaration of Independence needs to read this book - and act accordingly. Only we can change the future. I just hope we are not already too late.
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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #46 on: May 30, 2019, 10:54:30 PM »

Thanks for that insightful review MK. Of course there are other books out there examining the same issues (as there are on Trump's ways to diminish the truth, and I'm being mild). I've read several of them. And it just makes you wonder when people are finally going to wake up to what is really going on. Except that 40% or so of the US population will never wake up or accept these facts, yes, facts. They simply reject it.

As citizens, there is only one way to act, and that is to vote, each and every one of us. Coming from Belgium (where voting is mandatory), I am simply blown away how many people are not using their one way to contribute in this wonderful country that is the US by voting. But like I always like to point out, people get the politicians they deserve. At this point in time it was Trump. And it is up to us the voters to make a change about that. Unless of course we don't get enough voters like that. Think about that!
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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #47 on: June 07, 2019, 01:13:04 PM »

1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
6. "Still Me" - Jojo Moyes
7. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" - Jenny Han
8. "P.S. I Still Love You" - Jenny Han
9. "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" - Jenny Han
10. "The Wedding Date" - Jasmine Guillory - I wanted something and light and found this recommendation from Roxane Gay. I flew through the book. Definitely light and LUSTY.
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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #48 on: June 16, 2019, 10:52:28 PM »

1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson
2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki
3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams
4- bhagavad gita- translated and commentary by ac bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada
5-lord of light- roger zelazny
6- uncle's dream- dostoyevsky

7- infinite jest- david foster wallace- what the fuck?  am i left, hanging?  coulda gone for about a hundred more pages.  words fail me
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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2019, 02:18:31 PM »

1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
6. "Still Me" - Jojo Moyes
7. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" - Jenny Han
8. "P.S. I Still Love You" - Jenny Han
9. "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" - Jenny Han
10. "The Wedding Date" - Jasmine Guillory - I wanted something and light and found this recommendation from Roxane Gay. I flew through the book. Definitely light and LUSTY.
11. "Rich People Problems" - Kevin Kwan
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Re: 50 books in 2019
« Reply #50 on: Yesterday at 11:12:26 AM »

Bad, good, medium?  Recommended? Hated?
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