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My latest is "The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World"

Much of it I already know after years of textile crafting..But it is nice to see it all in print in one place.


Clearly I am diving back into history here to see this post, but I’m going to check this out! Thanks!


Dol, I think you will like it! I knew much of it, but there is other history I had no knowledge of. This is one book I will keep on my shelf. And another of my favs was referenced in it is The Perfect Red: Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire


I’ve been having a hard time focusing on reading, but have been loving audiobooks while I sew so I picked it up that way! I have heard of The Perfect Red but haven’t read it. I will look at that one, too! Thanks!


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I guess I should also answer the question! I’m reading (audio) Hail Mary by Andy Weir (author of The Martian). While it isn’t as good as The Martian it is way better than his second book, Artemis, IMO.


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Started reading this one tonight.

 
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I got it to learn about the Spanish Flu epidemic but there is a lot more to the book than that.

The first several chapters are mostly about the development of medical knowledge worldwide. The next few are about the struggle for power between physicians, lab scientists, religions, university boards and politicians prior to 1918; a struggle that continues today. Next is WW1 and how various government/military programs set the stage for what was about to come. Woodrow Wilson figures prominently in these chapters and I'll have to read up on him. Interesting guy.

By chapter 16 the virus really gets going. Eeker


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I read Barry's book when it came out; scared the hell out of me.

Probably worth reading again.


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I think the near elimination of personal freedoms during the run up to the war and after it got started might be scarier than the virus.


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I think I posted this in the old thread resurrected..

I just finished "The Overstory"...brilliant.

Not sure I mentioned it in the other thread. I have learned so much from this book. Heard the local author on the radio and picked it up. Facts from it have now helped me in my genealogy and in exploring the history of my city, Lowell Mass.

Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission

About to start, "My Journey to Lhasa" by Alexandrea David-Neel. 1927


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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. It’s the fourth in the Wayfarers series and it’s some of the most spectacular sci fi I have ever read. Her character development (and her description of non-humanoid sentient characters) is phenomenal. I highly recommend the series.


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I just finished “Factfulness”.

Not the best writing but I learned some things and I feel better about the world. ThumbsUp


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I just finished "The Overstory"...brilliant.



Also by Richard Powers:
“ The Time Of Our Singing”. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time.

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. It’s the fourth in the Wayfarers series and it’s some of the most spectacular sci fi I have ever read. Her character development (and her description of non-humanoid sentient characters) is phenomenal. I highly recommend the series.
Thanks Dol, I've got it on my library hold list now and will check that out. I love a good sci-fi read.

Just finished off "The Gone World" by Tom Sweterlitsch. It's sci-fi like I've never seen before. Worth checking out if you're a fan of time-travel fic. Pretty dark at times, so be prepared.

Finished off the latest Maisie Dobbs release by Jacqueline Winspear. Absolutely a brilliant series combining murder mystery with history from a Brit perspective starting with WWI. Highly recommended!!

Nick Hornby's "Just Like You" is also a great read. Nick is one of my go-to authors and I keep up with his new releases pretty closely.

Working on several right now as I always do.

Where the Crawdads Sing - this one really captured my attention at the beginning, but has kind of turned into a reading slog in the middle. Not sure why it lost my attention. I'll definitely finish at some point, but it has dropped down to third on my current reading list.

Started The Nightingale again. I really enjoy practically everything I've read by Kristin Hannah. Check her out if you haven't already.

I'm also working through the books written by Duane Boehm. These are light weight westerns set in Colorado. Kind of a blend of Zane Grey and Louis L'amour style wise. There's nothing particularly redeeming or enlightening about them, but they're a good read when you want diversion, not thought.

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. It’s the fourth in the Wayfarers series and it’s some of the most spectacular sci fi I have ever read. Her character development (and her description of non-humanoid sentient characters) is phenomenal. I highly recommend the series.
Thanks Dol, I've got it on my library hold list now and will check that out. I love a good sci-fi read.

Just finished off "The Gone World" by Tom Sweterlitsch. It's sci-fi like I've never seen before. Worth checking out if you're a fan of time-travel fic. Pretty dark at times, so be prepared.

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Thanks for this recommendation! Just placed a hold for the audiobook at my library! You may also enjoy Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and The Fold by Peter Clines.


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Just finished Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. One of the most interesting memoirs I've read. He is definitely a man who marches to a different drummer and even the structure of the memoir is different, with what look like scraps of paper, type-written notes, hand-written reflections, on other ephemera interspersed with the text.

I really appreciated how hard he has worked at self-realization and how much he has achieved along the way. I didn't know much about him, other than seeing a few movies he played in, but left with a greater appreciation for him as a person.

Big Al


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I just finished "The Overstory"...brilliant.



Also by Richard Powers:
“ The Time Of Our Singing”. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time.

J


I loved The Overstory, too, so I’ve just added “The Time of Our Singing to my holds at the library. Thanks, JF!


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Also by Richard Powers:
“ The Time Of Our Singing”. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time.

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I loved The Overstory, too, so I’ve just added “The Time of Our Singing to my holds at the library. Thanks, JF![/QUOTE]

You will love it.

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