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Post#261 » by dobrojim » Thu Oct 9, 2014 1:26 am

"Euphoria is addicting and self-sacrifice transcending; but equilibrium is life-sustaining and reciprocity is the heart of love" - a quote from the chapter called I Will Live With Moral Injury from a book I just finished called Soul Repair - Recovering from Moral Injury after War by Brock and Lettini. An amazing book. Highly recommended.
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Post#262 » by dobrojim » Mon Dec 1, 2014 7:25 pm

I recently began reading Covey's iconic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I must say
I was pretty skeptical, almost cynical, about the potential utility of any book out of
the so-called self-help genre. But I'm finding resonance here.
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Post#263 » by doclinkin » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:56 am

Bump for further digressions in the Oubre thread.
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Post#264 » by pineappleheadindc » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:56 am

Since doc is bumping up threads in this, the low season of discussion -- with no NBA/Wizards news to chew on for a few months.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. He's going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature sometime real soon.
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Post#265 » by long suffrin' boulez fan » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:30 pm

pineappleheadindc wrote:Since doc is bumping up threads in this, the low season of discussion -- with no NBA/Wizards news sto chew on for a few months.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. He's going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature sometime real soon.


Finally have gotten around to reading Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land, his third in the Frank Bascombe trilogy.

Very internally-focused and introspective, but brilliant. One of the more intriguing and insightful studies of 'maleness' that I've read.
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Post#266 » by doclinkin » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:40 pm

Bumping because I was trying to remember a title
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Post#267 » by penbeast0 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:31 pm

Starting "The History of the American People" because my brother in law raved about it. Recently enjoyed "The Wizard and the Prophet" about the debate between Mathusians/environmentalists who claim the planet is threatening to reach its carrying capacity for human life and the techonologists/geneticists who believe that technological fixes can be found for all this type of problems.

Historically, I have to say the Wizards have kicked the Prophets butts repeatedly for the last few hundred years. (Maybe the only time I get to say the Wizards have been historically successful on a basketball board).

Enjoy good Sci-Fi and even fantasy but it's been a while since I read anything that stuck with me.
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Post#268 » by Ruzious » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:47 pm

Someday I'm going to retire (not soon) and read every book in this thread, so keep em coming.
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Post#269 » by BigA » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:51 am

I'm listening to books on Audible on my commute. I liked this one:

Empire of the Summer Moon
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Post#270 » by payitforward » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:16 am

4 very strong recommendations from recent novel reading:

1. Munich Airport by Glen Baxter.
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
4.Killing Commendatore by Hiroko Murakami (I'm in the middle of this one. But, actually, anything at all by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, for example, is one of the half dozen best books I've read in the last ten years)
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Post#271 » by long suffrin' boulez fan » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:36 am

I picked up my first Ron Rash book early in the summer this year.

And couldn’t stop reading until I’d read every word he’s ever written. Brilliant, incredible portraits of different time periods in small town Appalachia. Haunting, page turning. He’s John Grisham if Grisham had a core of feeling.
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Post#272 » by NatP4 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:16 am

Brave new world
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Post#273 » by BigA » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:53 am

NatP4 wrote:Brave new world

Funny that out of all the dystopian fiction from the early-mid 20th century, this one may resonate best with stuff that's going on today or appears imminent.
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Post#274 » by Ruzious » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:00 pm

payitforward wrote:4 very strong recommendations from recent novel reading:

1. Munich Airport by Glen Baxter.
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
4.Killing Commendatore by Hiroko Murakami (I'm in the middle of this one. But, actually, anything at all by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, for example, is one of the half dozen best books I've read in the last ten years)

I loved Kafka on the Shore - even though it was bizarre at times
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Post#275 » by doclinkin » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:23 pm

Bump for PIFfle
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Post#276 » by payitforward » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:58 pm

At Doc's suggestion from the Rui H. thread:

payitforward wrote:...Doc, are you a reader of novels? If so, have you read Haruki Murakami? He's absolutely great. He's a big baseball fan. I don't know about basketball, however. Still... I've been wondering how to get in touch with him -- suggest he join this Board!! Would be fun.

(For anyone interested in following up on Murakami... start anywhere. All his books are good. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is among the half dozen best novels I've read in the last 20 years.)

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Post#277 » by payitforward » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:14 pm

Ruzious wrote:
payitforward wrote:4 very strong recommendations from recent novel reading:

1. Munich Airport by Glen Baxter.
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
4.Killing Commendatore by Hiroko Murakami (I'm in the middle of this one. But, actually, anything at all by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, for example, is one of the half dozen best books I've read in the last ten years)

I loved Kafka on the Shore - even though it was bizarre at times

I missed this post, Ruz -- sorry.

Kafka on the Shore is really good, but it's not even near the top for bizarreness among Murakami's books. I can't recommend The Wind-up Bird Chronicle highly enough. It's absolutely amazing.
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Post#278 » by Ruzious » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:28 pm

payitforward wrote:
Ruzious wrote:
payitforward wrote:4 very strong recommendations from recent novel reading:

1. Munich Airport by Glen Baxter.
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
4.Killing Commendatore by Hiroko Murakami (I'm in the middle of this one. But, actually, anything at all by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, for example, is one of the half dozen best books I've read in the last ten years)

I loved Kafka on the Shore - even though it was bizarre at times

I missed this post, Ruz -- sorry.

Kafka on the Shore is really good, but it's not even near the top for bizarreness among Murakami's books. I can't recommend The Wind-up Bird Chronicle highly enough. It's absolutely amazing.

Wow, sounds good to me - that's definitely next on my Amazon buying list. I've been very lazy reading the last couple of years - just reading old reliable story-tellers Stephen King and John Grisham - as well as King's (disturbed) son Joe Hill and Jon Safran Foer. I know - shame on me. Hopefully I'll do better. Thanks Pif.
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Post#279 » by payitforward » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:10 am

I can't wait to hear how you like The Windup Bird Chronicle, Ruz. It's a strange and wonderful book. Don't wait!
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Post#280 » by badinage » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:16 pm

Ruzious wrote:
payitforward wrote:
Ruzious wrote:I loved Kafka on the Shore - even though it was bizarre at times

I missed this post, Ruz -- sorry.

Kafka on the Shore is really good, but it's not even near the top for bizarreness among Murakami's books. I can't recommend The Wind-up Bird Chronicle highly enough. It's absolutely amazing.

Wow, sounds good to me - that's definitely next on my Amazon buying list. I've been very lazy reading the last couple of years - just reading old reliable story-tellers Stephen King and John Grisham - as well as King's (disturbed) son Joe Hill and Jon Safran Foer. I know - shame on me. Hopefully I'll do better. Thanks Pif.


May I suggest not having it on an Amazon buying list? And instead supporting an independent bookstore? Like Powell’s out of Portland, or Kramerbooks in DC, or Left Bank Books in St. Louis, or Books and Books in Miami.

They’re all hurting. They need the support. Amazon and the internet are killing them and so much else that matters in the culture.

Too many people seem to think that all they’re there to do is sell product. They’re gathering places, community centers, cultural centers, places to hear ideas and be challenged.

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