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riverdog Offline
#151 Posted:
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"The Paperboy", Pete Dexter
jetblasted Offline
#152 Posted:
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Great Georgians, by Zell Miller 1733-1983
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#153 Posted:
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Bargain With The Devil, The Tragedy Behind Gone With The Wind, and the Death of Margaret Mitchell. by Gloria Gravitt Maulden
Ndill Offline
#154 Posted:
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The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson
jetblasted Offline
#155 Posted:
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On my short list is the diary of Mary Boykin Chestnut, who was highly quoted in the Civil War series by Ken Burns.

Also in the short list, but due to its expense might have to wait, is the Civil War diary by Edmund Ruffin. He is proclaimed to have fired the first shot at Fort Sumter. He also was a well credited author and was proclaimed the "Father of Soil Science". He committed suicide, rather than submit to Yankee rule. Quite the interesting fellow.

One day I'll get to the voluminous books I've colkected & want to read. They're long, but I'll get to them.

The Civil War Trilogy Narrative, by Shelby Foote. He also was often quoted in the Ken Burns series.

And, the Memoirs of Jefferson Davis, a two-part set.

The most fascinating book Ive read in the last year was, The Wartime Journal of a Georgia Girl by Eliza Francis Andrews 1864-1865.

The amount of relevant history she witnessed is astounding, and it's the number one book I recommend to my close friends who are history buffs.
danmdevries Offline
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Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
MACS Offline
#157 Posted:
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The Bible. Specifically, Leviticus.

I bought myself a study Bible and started reading it almost 2 weeks ago. I plan to go through it, and then go back and hit all the notes to try to better understand it.
teedubbya Offline
#158 Posted:
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Cigarbid.
8trackdisco Offline
#159 Posted:
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jetblasted wrote:


The Civil War Trilogy Narrative, by Shelby Foote. He also was often quoted in the Ken Burns series.



Read the series. Took a couple years. Great detail (a tad too much on the snakes that where Lincoln's cabinet)

I have Longstreet's memoirs. Haven't cracked it yet.
clickbangdead Offline
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Didn't even know we had this thread....

Reading Cibola Burn by James S. A. Correy. 4th book of the Expanse series which is pretty much the best Sci Fi series I have ever read. If you enjoy Sci Fi, you really need to check it out.

Also, if you want a very good zombie series, written by an active duty soldier, the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot series by W J Lundy is great, finished the 5th book a week or so ago.
jetblasted Offline
#161 Posted:
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Great Thread.
Mattie B Offline
#162 Posted:
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I just finished Tony Dungy's book,

QUIET STRENGTH

All I can say is that everyone should take the time to read this book.

Without giving away to much, there are messages about being a dad, growing Faith in God, building teams and more.

This read couldn't have come at a better time, as my family has really been struggling the past several months. If you need your spirit lifted check this book out.

If someone doesn't have the means to get it, I'll loan my copy.
teedubbya Offline
#163 Posted:
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^ fat ass

True story squirrel..... I was reading that book at an airport, set it down and went to the bar to get a drink. When I came back someone had taken it.


Bassards.
fiddler898 Offline
#164 Posted:
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"The American Vice-Presidency," Jules Witcover.
Mattie B Offline
#165 Posted:
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TW

Perhaps there's a lesson to your story....

I guess you didn't get to the part where Dungy was handed 2 beers as the team boarded the plane.


And yes, I'm still a Fat Ass.
8trackdisco Offline
#166 Posted:
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The Devil's Punchbowl -Greg Iles.

Murder and mayhem in Nachez Mississippi.
riverdog Offline
#167 Posted:
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Just finished Thomas Savage's "Lona Hanson"
8trackdisco Offline
#168 Posted:
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Still swimming in the Devil's Punchbowl. Decent book, but not on the same level of Quiet a Game or Turning Angel.
You?
danmdevries Offline
#169 Posted:
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Not a fan of books, cant keep enough attention to follow along. (Same goes for movies) but recently read Jim Gaffigan's Food: a love story. If you haven't seen him live, or watched the DVDs, it might be worth reading. But, it was pretty much a print version of jokes from the last 3 times he's done a show in town.

right now, reading Grassroots Motorsports magazine. I can do magazines.
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Some BS thread on CBid.



Herfing
solly Offline
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For you civil war buffs...You should read the killer angels.
solly Offline
#172 Posted:
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Micheal Shaara I think, Cant find my copy at the moment. Will make you cry if you are from new england. Itsa schoolboy book.
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Ndill wrote:
The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson


I heard this was good but didn't want to commit to a long series still being written (already have ASOIAF). I ended up grabbing the two reckoners books to try him out and they were good easy reads, though a little young adult oriented.
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8trackdisco wrote:
Still swimming in the Devil's Punchbowl. Decent book, but not on the same level of Quiet a Game or Turning Angel.
You?



That one is in the queue of books to be read. Just finishing "The River of Doubt: Teddy Roosevelt's Darkest Journey" by Candace Millard
GD320 Offline
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About 1/2 way through "Theodore Rex" We could use Teddy and the Bull Moose Party...........
8trackdisco Offline
#176 Posted:
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solly wrote:
For you civil war buffs...You should read the killer angels.


Yep. Had an audio book of that one. Excellent.
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Parts of the first draft of my first novel. I'm about 37,000 words into it, and about halfway done with the first of many drafts. History and fact-based fiction...taking historical events where a trail went cold, then picking it up in present day for the fictional part. I've written a ton of things over the years. Term papers, freelance articles, legal briefs, etc. I can't even think of the millions of words I've written for one reason or another. I've never had as much fun writing anything as I have this novel. I have to stop from time to time to double-check some of my research (don't want some large gaping glare in the factual bases, something I've already avoided now 3x by researching thoroughly), but I still have to stop some times because my hands are aching. I'll look up and see I've been writing for five hours straight (Rush and Iron Maiden help the pace).

I hope this flies. I'm having a lot of fun with it, especially character development and little bits of mischief I can drop in when it furthers the story and because I just effing feel like doing so. I'm setting up the characters, title, everything so that if this succeeds, I can write this in a serial manner, ala Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, etc. Also currently trying to decide whether to self-publish or not. Apparently it's becoming more and more of a choice. I told my wife I was thinking of writing a book, and gave her two different story lines. After a couple days, she says "A", and I was already leaning that way. It isn't until SIX WEEKS later, after she knows I've already started writing, having been working at it hard, sweating about whether I can even get it published, etc., she then *happens* to tell me for the first time EVER that our newest neighbors, two doors over, are book publishers.

BTW, working on the book b/c I haven't been able to practice law b/c I've finally accumulated enough maladies that I can't sit in court like I used to, hours on end, and at least one ailment leaves me sick for 2-4 days at a time. I have, for the moment (knock on wood), had the opposite of writer's block. Turns out it's writer's cramp. I have to rest them a day or two most weeks. Having had writer's block, I know to keep writing like hell as long as I can. I already have the central idea for the next novel's main characters' next adventure.
pacman357 Offline
#178 Posted:
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#5 Don't tell me how it turns out! No spoilers!

#49-50 If Wheel could suppress or repress anything, he wouldn't hump my leg every time he sees me. I mean, I do have the legs of a god, but still....
teedubbya Offline
#179 Posted:
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My 9 year old asked me to begin reading the bible with her last week. She's been thinking about it since we went for a walk on Easter.
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clickbangdead wrote:
Didn't even know we had this thread....

Reading Cibola Burn by James S. A. Correy. 4th book of the Expanse series which is pretty much the best Sci Fi series I have ever read. If you enjoy Sci Fi, you really need to check it out.

Also, if you want a very good zombie series, written by an active duty soldier, the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot series by W J Lundy is great, finished the 5th book a week or so ago.


As a Sci Fi fan, on the strength of your recommendation, I downloaded the first 2 books onto my tablet.

Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)
GD320 Offline
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Anyone read "Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" aka the Jefferson Bible?
Best of luck on your writing. Anything short of illegal activity or viral immorality that you enjoy that much is what defines us.
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#182 Posted:
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"Doc" by Mary Doria Russell
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#183 Posted:
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#179. OK, this isn't a suggestion. I draw the line at my sense of humor when it comes to messing with little kids' minds, especially if they might need years of therapy. But...um, how funny would it be if someone ELSE's kid's father read her the Quran instead. Sooner or later, I'd bet the teachers would FREAK OUT. Of course, I suppose the fun and games are over once the kid puts a fatwa on the lunch lady for last week's meatloaf.

Did I mention this is some really choice herb? It's probably important to remember that I'm not a father, I'm 51, my wife is...well, she's done with those years, so the planet is safe from my breeding.

Ahhh, the Seattle area. The fishing is varied and great around here, and herb is legal. If you can't get behind fishing while stoned, well, then I guess we're just never going to agree on anything.

#181 I read the "George Jefferson Bible". It's pretty much like the KJV, but substitute every reference to Jesus to Weezie.
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#184 Posted:
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Ramona, Helen Hunt Jackson. Not so much for the love story of Ramona and Alessandro, but for the rich descriptions of Californio life circa 1855.
drnos Offline
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Pac: Any chance I could get my hands on a copy of your book? Would love to read it. I finished Ramona and I love historical fiction.
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Fear & Loathing in La Liga. Sid Lowe.
8trackdisco Offline
#187 Posted:
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Fahrenheit 451.

About halfway home; reading the book and seeing many similarities to what Bradbury predicted in 1953.
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Aaron Franklins BBQ book.
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#189 Posted:
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Girl with the Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block.
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Dark Tide
the story of the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
by Stephen Puleo
ZRX1200 Offline
#191 Posted:
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Molasses flood? Sounds like they didn't make enough rum.
riverdog Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
Dark Tide
the story of the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
by Stephen Puleo

I read Dennis Lehane's version.
frankj1 Offline
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true about the rum.
I'm not expecting to learn much new regarding damages, but I am interested in understanding what really led up to it etc.

imagine a tide of molasses traveling down the street at 35 mph!
delta1 Offline
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Just finished The Escape, David Baldacci. Pretty good military espionage.
MACS Offline
#195 Posted:
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Just finished Terry Goodkind's The Third Kingdom. I'll start the next book, Severed Souls, tonight.
ARN Offline
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Wheelrite..?....Repress.?..bwahahahaha

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frankj1 wrote:
true about the rum.
I'm not expecting to learn much new regarding damages, but I am interested in understanding what really led up to it etc.

imagine a tide of molasses traveling down the street at 35 mph!


There was a show segment on History or H2 about it - maybe engineering disasters series ? they rerun them a lot.



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frankj1 Offline
#198 Posted:
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tonygraz wrote:
There was a show segment on History or H2 about it - maybe engineering disasters series ? they rerun them a lot.



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I'll look around. The librarian mentioned painting over cracks on the storage tank and stuff (she read the book).

Thanks.

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deadeyedick Offline
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Reading: No Angel by Jay Dobyns

ATF special agent who infiltrated the inner circle of the Hells Angels

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frankj1 wrote:
true about the rum.
I'm not expecting to learn much new regarding damages, but I am interested in understanding what really led up to it etc.

imagine a tide of molasses traveling down the street at 35 mph!


On a cold night in January, no less.

I don't believe (like some claim) that you can still smell it on hot days.
Probably just the local breakfast joint.
Or Drafter's breath.

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