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    I just ordered three books from Jhumpa Lahiri that were highly recommended. They should be here in a few days. I'm stoked to have something new to read!
    "That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!" ~Calvin and Hobbes

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    my book club is reading: Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Per Petterson

    have not purchased it yet but I will this week -

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    I was in the mood for something light, so I picked up one of the Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries by Lawrence Block at the library. This one is The Burglar on the Prowl. Block is a terrifically talented writer. He autographed one of his books for me when he read from his latest work at a local bookstore years ago.

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    Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. It's an amazing book.

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    Dreams from my father is an excellent book.

    I am reading

    The Endless City - Huge and Expensive, but it's amazing none-the-less
    Unaccustomed Earth - yes, another Lahiri fan, she is amazing
    Who's your City - Interesting, first half is for planning and economics, second is a how-to guide for where to live
    The Concrete Dragon - I haven't cracked this one yet but it looks promising

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    Read two of Brad Thor's action thrillers. Interested in picking up his latest.

    Been reading off and on Mark Stein's How the States Got Their Shapes.
    A must read considering our thread about Map Trivia http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showt...highlight=maps

    Was given Bernard Lewis' What When Wrong Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response.
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    Quote Originally posted by corncob06 View post
    Dreams from my father is an excellent book.

    I am reading

    The Endless City - Huge and Expensive, but it's amazing none-the-less
    Unaccustomed Earth - yes, another Lahiri fan, she is amazing
    Who's your City - Interesting, first half is for planning and economics, second is a how-to guide for where to live
    The Concrete Dragon - I haven't cracked this one yet but it looks promising
    I just finished Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. I'm getting started on Unaccustomed Earth.
    "That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!" ~Calvin and Hobbes

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    I'm reading: Sprawl Kills: How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health, and Money

    It's an easy read and very informative.

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    Quote Originally posted by corncob06 View post
    Who's your City - Interesting, first half is for planning and economics, second is a how-to guide for where to live
    I'm too reading this book. I'm only at the fifth chapter so far.

    I wonder if it will get me thinking about which parts of the world I want to live in...

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    I am currently reading American Psycho. I had seen the movie years ago and loved it so I decided to finally get around to reading the book.

    For it being so dense, it is a suprisingly quick read. And so far, the book is about 1,000 times funnier than the movie... in a dark, dark sort of way.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Just finished Kathy Reichs' Bones & Ashes (with forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan) in 2.5 days. It would have been quicker if I didn't have work to do.

    Then I received a very timely phone call from the library telling me that the new Nevada Barr book (which I had put in a request for) was being held for me. I know several of you have already read it... it's finally my turn.

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    I started Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior last week after my wife finished it. I'm about 3/4 through it. I'm still holding off judgment until I'm done, however I will say this: I'm not used to such a casual writing style.

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    The classic tale of vengeance, 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexander Dumbass Dumas.

    I'm a bit disappointed so far with the book. Already half way through and it has yet to make even an oblique reference to sandwiches.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. Pretty enjoyable read actually.

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    For $1 at our annual library book sale I got the hardback edition of

    Cornelia Dean's Against The Tide The Battle for America's Beaches.

    On Amazon.com the hardback is listed at $83.50
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Well. a very interesting book over India

    by Gurcharan Das "India Unbound"................... A very nice book written to explain the policies defined in Indian Economies and their pros and cons

    Also, it shares the life and steps taken by very famous business Entrepreneurs

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    Just finished the planner's epic "The Power Broker" about Robert Moses. Now I am reading the more recent book about Moses that is more sympathetic to him by Jackson, etc. with lots of great photos.

    Putting aside the Moses debate (and as an aside I didn't think that Caro was as harsh to Moses as some have said.), its a fascinating study in the balance between getting "things done" and making sure everyone is happy with what you are doing. Moses clearly went way too far but the issue is a real one nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally posted by Masswich View post
    Just finished the planner's epic "The Power Broker" about Robert Moses. Now I am reading the more recent book about Moses that is more sympathetic to him by Jackson, etc. with lots of great photos...
    As I think I have mentioned before, that book inspired me to get into this field in the first place... but I haven't given it a 2nd read, or if I did, it was a long time ago. I wonder if I would feel the same, reading it again 25 years later.

    Was this the first time you read "The Power Broker"?

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    Has anybody read the The Drunards's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow ?

    a readable crash course in randomness and statistics
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/bo...hnson-G-t.html
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    As I think I have mentioned before, that book inspired me to get into this field in the first place... but I haven't given it a 2nd read, or if I did, it was a long time ago. I wonder if I would feel the same, reading it again 25 years later.

    Was this the first time you read "The Power Broker"?
    It is the first time. Its a much more nuanced perspective than I thought- although clearly Caro thinks that Moses lost it after Roosevelt was guv. The new book "Robert Moses and the Modern City" is a series of essays - the general theme is that he did a lot more good than he is given credit for, and also that much of what he did wrong (building freeways instead of transit, for example) was more an issue of what the conventional wisdom was at the time, not just Moses.

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    a whole bunch of pure and utter SciFI crap, and enjoying every minute of it.

    LAst serious read was Kurt Vonnegut's Armageddon in Retrospect.

    Only 2 more weeks of fun then back to school.
    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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    I always keep something in the car in case I get stuck at the docs'. Currently, it's "The Best Laid Plans," by contrarian/libertarian Randal O'Toole.
    Also reading "Washington: The Making of the American Capital," by Fergus Bordewich.
    Deb, in southern NJ

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    what are we reading right now?

    Half Broken Things by Morag Joss (Scottish novel)

    The Hill Bachelors by William Trevor (Irish short fiction, unsurpassed!)

    The Masks of God by Joseph Campbell (four volumes...all done before, but worth revisiting over and over)

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    What am I reading?

    Last three were "Micro Trends", The Art of the Long View" and the "Rise of the Creative Class" of any value. All interetsing and helpful at work. Outside reading was a book on John Newton ("Amazing Grace") and "When God Whispers at You" both good.

    H2O Planner

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    my September book club book was The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry - it's an excellent book and I highly recommend it - it's riveting but I will warn you the ending is not what it seems and I think there are holes the author should have filled in - but it kept me riveted this past weekend in Vermont, I had to see what happens next

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The...1624766/?itm=1

    I meant to add that I am leaving my book club - it's a long and sordid story of its own as to why that I will spare you the details of - but I am cheating and still will read their books because they pick great books!

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