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... [Aug. 21st, 2007|09:33 pm]
I would prefer not to


It would have been wouldprefernot2's 40th birthday today.

What are you reading?

(I just finished Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; haven't decided what I'm picking up next.)

[User Picture]From: lindeseig
2007-08-22 01:55 am (UTC)
Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra. Like Rushdie, but so much more magical.
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[User Picture]From: angel80
2007-08-22 02:08 am (UTC)
David Throsby, Economics and Culture. I'm having trouble finishing it, but the first half was really interesting.
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[User Picture]From: maeve66
2007-08-22 02:22 am (UTC)
Susie Orbach, The Impossibility of Sex about the therapeutic relationship. I really like her voice, and have since Fat is a Feminist Issue>/i>.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Bait and Switch, which I'm having a hard time getting through.

Said Hyder Akbar, Come Back to Afghanistan, by a 19 year old Afghan immigrant who went back with his father to work for Karzai. That is, the father became a governor of some province. It's interesting. I have a bunch of books on Afghanistan lined up.

Jyotika Virdi, The Cinematic ImagiNATION, about Indian film.

Hanne Blank, Big, Big Love, a size acceptance and sex book, kind of old school at this point. Ah, how teh interwebs age things.

Oh, and Charles Todd, A Long Shadow, which is the latest entry in a historical police procedural series set in England after the end of WWI, with an inspector who is suffering from shellshock and believes he has the ghost of a subordinate whose death he feels responsible for. They're quite good.

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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2007-08-22 02:36 am (UTC)
Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin.
Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life, Victoria Rosner.
Manet and Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting
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[User Picture]From: alsoname
2007-08-22 02:48 am (UTC)
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. Southern '30s lit about a variety of interesting characters, including a tomboy with whom I find myself relating.

"Voodoo Science" by Robert Park. Only just started it, but so far he's lambasted perpetual motion machines, cold fusion, homeopathy, and therapeutic magnets. I never had a good science education but always felt that I had a scientific mind, so I'm really enjoying books written by scientists for laypeople.
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From: oblomova
2007-08-22 04:20 am (UTC)
Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg, a "social autopsy" of the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed over 700 people.

And re-reading John Berger's Ways of Seeing for a class I'm going to teach this fall.
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[User Picture]From: constintina
2007-08-22 04:57 am (UTC)
I miss him.

I'm reading Lipstick Traces and Film and the Anarchist Imagination right now. Next is The Lore of the Unicorn by Odell Shepard.
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[User Picture]From: microbie
2007-08-22 01:49 pm (UTC)
I have three books for my trip to and from Alaska:
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude, Ann Vanderhoof
The Fig Eater, Jody Shields
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (lent to me by Bartleby's mom)
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[User Picture]From: alsoname
2007-08-22 07:10 pm (UTC)
My grandmother recommended The Kite Runner to me. Do you like it?
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[User Picture]From: microbie
2007-08-26 11:00 pm (UTC)
The writing is beautiful. I didn't like it, but for purely personal reasons (I would elaborate but I don't want to spoil any of the plot).

If I were a stronger person I would be able to relish the prose.
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2007-08-22 02:13 pm (UTC)
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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[User Picture]From: maeve66
2007-08-22 07:14 pm (UTC)
That's on my to-do list, since florence_craye's review. It sounds good, and also like I agree already, both in principle and from what will soon be ten years of teaching. God, that's strange.

I have Kiterunner on the list, too, along with something more hardcore called Bleeding Afghanistan.
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[User Picture]From: mhaithaca
2007-08-22 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
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[User Picture]From: microbie
2007-08-26 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for adding to this list.
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[User Picture]From: amnesiascope
2007-08-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
Just finished Kenneth Rexroth's An Autobiographical Novel. Still working on Critique of Dialectical Reason.
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[User Picture]From: samuraigrrrl
2007-08-22 05:05 pm (UTC)
in persuasion nation by george saunders

happy birthday, bartleby.
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[User Picture]From: goodliver
2007-08-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.
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[User Picture]From: taliabluecat
2007-08-22 07:30 pm (UTC)
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
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[User Picture]From: slit
2007-08-22 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oliver Twist
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[User Picture]From: jenlight
2007-08-29 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm late.
Anyway, Ubik by PKD.
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