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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (who wrote The Martian). Just started, but looks to be a GREAT book.
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I actually read real books just to use that part of my brain.

But I'm easily 10-20x faster with the audiobooks that I plow through while I drive, do chores, work on projects, etc.

Just finished The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, a prohibition-era historical novel. Brilliantly indelible characters and a great plot.

Superbly narrated and so well written that I've looked up others (there are several) by the same author, James McBride.
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Revolutionary Road, a 1960-ish novel by Richard Yates. Very funny, and very depressing. And perhaps the first instance of an author capturing the arbitrary, dead-end office job of the Office Space sort, well before Don DeLillo and others did it.

A war between funny and depressing. Iíve read Yates before, so Iím pretty sure depressing will win in the end.


Hereís a pic of Yates in the 60ís at the Breadloaf writerís conference. The white haired guy, youíll recognize as Frost. Next to Frost is my dad. Behind him is Yates.

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After watching an Oliver Stone documentary about who killed JFK Iím rereading Killing Kennedy by Bill OíReilly. Iíve read all the Killing seriesÖthis one is good a second time through.
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After watching an Oliver Stone documentary about who killed JFK Iím rereading Killing Kennedy by Bill OíReilly. Iíve read all the Killing seriesÖthis one is good a second time through.

Have you read Crossfire by Jim Marrs? Thatís what the JFK movie used as its primary source. Marrs updated the book in 2013. Great stuff.
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Have you read Crossfire by Jim Marrs? Thatís what the JFK movie used as its primary source. Marrs updated the book in 2013. Great stuff.
No, but i will. Iím suddenly obsessed with JFK.
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Obviously I can't type the name in. As I read it I beginto think it is a re-read.

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My wife is reading Sea of Gray aloud to me. We have been reading books aloud like this for years. We both read other books ourselves

The book is about the last Confederate raider. The captain kept the ship raiding way after the war was over...no way to contact. It is full of unknown history and well written.
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I'd be interested in your take on Stephen King's 11/22/63.
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I just finished Herodotus' Histories, about the Persian attempt to conquer Greece (If you saw the movie 300, that's the time we're talking about), and now I'm 100 pages into Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War, about the war between Athens and Sparta after the Persians were defeated.

Both writers are eminently readable. The narrative is gripping, and there's something especially thrilling about reading the thoughts of a man who lived 2,500 years ago, in a world as strange and as far removed from our own as can be imagined.
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I just finished Herodotus' Histories, about the Persian attempt to conquer Greece (If you saw the movie 300, that's the time we're talking about), and now I'm 100 pages into Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War, about the war between Athens and Sparta after the Persians were defeated.

Both writers are eminently readable. The narrative is gripping, and there's something especially thrilling about reading the thoughts of a man who lived 2,500 years ago, in a world as strange and as far removed from our own as can be imagined.
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The Thucydides book is incredibly good. I owe myself another pass at that one before my dirt nap.
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No, but i will. Iím suddenly obsessed with JFK.
You might find this podcast interesting: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-...jfk-127000428/
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Iím with Tahiti Jack on the Wide Wide Sea. Didnít read the whole thread but recently finished Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude, loved that I didnít find any. Also recently liked Toni Morrisonís Sula, Isabelle Allendeís The Japanese Lover, a curious San Francisco story, and Ruta Sepetysí Salt to the Sea a gripping WWII migration tale. Read all I can get my hands on and appreciate the reccs here.
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