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gingerpie
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Good Books?

Post by gingerpie » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:05 pm

I'm in the mood for some good reading material but need suggestions. I read far more non-fiction than fiction but will read on almost any topic so . . . what do you recommend?

I also read fiction so feel free to add your favorite fiction to the list as well.

Thanks in advance.

ironchef
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Post by ironchef » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:16 pm

Some non-fiction I've enjoyed:
Wild Swans - personal stories of 3 generations of Chinese women, intertwined with Chinese history.
A Thread Across the Ocean - incredible story of the first cable across the Atlantic
Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History - this is more one you dip in and out of, but really fascinating. More like a series of essays, with lovely art work.

A lot of the fiction I read is fantasy and sci/fi, which I'm not sure is your thing, so I won't recommend it. I did really enjoy The Rosie Project.

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Post by gingerpie » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:06 pm

Thanks I'll check them out. You guessed right: I'm not much of a fantasy/SciFi reader. I tend to get bored with them 1/2 way through :)

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Post by HappyHiker » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:37 am

My last non-fiction read was A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of The Kennedy Assassination by Philip Shenon. It's about the Warren Commission. I thought it was very good.

The last non-fiction I enjoyed was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It is really funny and a nice light read.

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Post by ironchef » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:27 pm

HappyHiker, that's funny that we both recommended The Rosie Project. Clearly you have good taste in books ;)

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Post by eschano » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:25 pm

If you are interested in finance:
Michael Lewis: The Big Short
and Boomerang by the same author

For Food related issues:
Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food
and The Omnivore's Dilemma by the same author

Brian Wansink: Slim By Design
eschano - Vanilla rocks!

July 2012- January 2016
Started again July 2018

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Post by bjalda » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:39 pm

I just finished 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. Unbelievable story, this one really made an impression on me. In spite of its heavy content, it is 'light' to read. I finished it in 2 days.
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