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    What book(s) are you reading?

    I know, its been done before but you're all such a bright and interesting bunch I'd just like to survey what you're voluntarily stimulating your Cerebral Cortex with. This is just one of those threads that seems ok to repeat every so often. I'm reading

    Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels

    and

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.

    Accompanied by The Oxford American Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus, 2nd edition

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    I'm reading the Alexander Valley Resort Administrative Draft EIR. Hope to get back to some real reading soon.

    I didn't know Elaine Pagels had a new book. No doubt it's been out a while and I'm behind the loop. She is one of my favorite authors, as was her husband before his death. He was a quantum physicist and she is a Bible scholar. There must have been some interesting discussions around the kitchen table.

    What's the gist of Beyond Belief?

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    High Hopes, The Rise and Decline of Buffalo New York at Dan's suggestion, and City of the Century about Chicago.

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    testament-john grisham
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    My reading list

    Currently reading -

    The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot

    Last three finished -

    Middlemarch - George Eliot
    Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The Stranger - Albert Camus

    Next in line -

    The Possessed - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
    The Economy of Cities - Jane Jacobs
    Exactions, Impact Fees and Dedications - Bob (Robert Freilich) and David Bushek.

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    Re: What book(s) are you reading?

    Originally posted by The Irish one
    Accompanied by The Oxford American Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus, 2nd edition
    Irish, have you every used dictionary.com? It's one of the most useful sites I've found.

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    Crazy Horse and Custer, The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors, by Stephen Ambrose.

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    I wish I had time for a book. *sigh* I read a lot of articles from professional journals and magazines (mostly planning related), but even these are starting to stack up.

    But my wife just got finished reading “Imagining Argentina” by Lawrence Thornton and she highly recommends it.

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    Blacklist by Sara Paretsky.

    I tend to stick to mysteries.

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    none at the moment...
    Last one: Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
    Next in line: Pattern Recognition - William Gibson.

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    On hiatus from reading:

    Tom Robbins Villa Incognito, need to be in the right frame of mind to read it, I'm not right now.

    Currently reading:

    cerebus - rereading issues 280-290, to get ready for the final push to 300.
    timequake - kurt vonnegut
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    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Irish, have you every used dictionary.com? It's one of the most useful sites I've found.
    You betch'a

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    Am I the only one who reads mainstream fiction?

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    no ZG, you are not the only one.

    I have read - Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, by Michael Perry.

    Waiting to read - Robert Ludlum's The Prometheus Deception.
    and bunch of books my sister gave me.

    Non-Planning magazines that I am reading is "Sea Classics" and The Sunday New York Times Magazine.
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    I'm trying to finish up The Devil in the White City by Larson.

    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showt...&threadid=7733

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    No need to be pretensious........

    .....I'm reading nothing but fashion and bridal magazines.
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    just finished "Lullaby" by Chuck Palinauk (sp?)

    beginning "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer

    after that I will probably pickup Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Originally posted by mendelman
    after that I will probably pickup Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs
    I've got it waiting in the wings. Amazon had a special on Jane Jacobs paperbacks, which I took advantage of. "Cities and Wealth of Nations", "The Nature of Economics" and the "Economy of Cities" are patiently waiting on my bookshelf.

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    "Moo" by Jane Smiley

    also a generic book on how to do yoga at home

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    Originally posted by mendelman
    beginning "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer
    I tried to read that book when it first came out, but could never get into it. I hope that it goes better for you.

    I am currently reading "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.

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    I just completed Al Frankin's book, Lies, Liars...etc.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    ZG: I like mysteries (and science fiction), too. My favorites tend to be rather dour (Andrew Vachs, James Lee Burke-who transcends the genre novelist label, imo, Ian Rankin (I want to visit Edinburgh) But, I've even read the Stephanie Plum series (its amazing-the principal planner, a "guy's guy if I've ever seen one, also likes Stephanie Plum novels)

    I enjoyed Snowcrash,

    The new William Gibson book is on my bookshelf right now.

    First, I am rereading what I consider one of the most fascinating science fiction/fantasy series written: The Werwolves of London trilogy (The Angel of Pain is the second volume). It posits a world where "angels," beings with the creative force to change the perceptions of reality. have awoken after millenia of sleep. They are confused about the nature of modern reality and need to inhabit "cold-souled" human instruments to help them understand the nature of the current (Victorian England) era. Of course, these "angels" are at war with one another Its not a quick read, but some fo the ideas are simply fascinating.

    I am addicted to architecture/photography books, so I am perusing The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain (a fantastically photographed series) and the teNeues series of interior architecture books on San Francisco and Sydney houses.

    I also just finished Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House, but damn it, I still like modernist design, including "That Apartment"

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    "Age and Guile Beats Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut.," by P.J. O'Rouke.

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    BKM, if you like photography books try and find

    First Son:PortraitsbyCD Hoy

    Awesome images of the early 1900's gold rush towns and its inhabitants.

    I saw the plates at the Museum of Civilization and was fascinated by the quality of photography. You could see the reflection of the smoke from the flash in the people's eyes.

    I have From Bauhaus to our house on my bookshelf here in the office, maybe time for a reread.

    I have a hard time reading gibson, can never figure out what is going on.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Niall Ferguson: Empire - The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

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