What was the last book you bought?

Haggis McBagpipe
#1
What is the last book you bought, and why?

Today I bought David Sedaris's latest book, 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim'.

Reason? I have read all of his books, the man is the God of Wit. Reading Sedaris should come with a warning, 'Caution. Uncontrollable laughter. Do not read in bed if others trying to sleep.'
 
researchok
#2
Another good thread!

I just started reading an excellet book-- can't put it down and HIGHLY recommend-- The Moral Basis of a Backward Society, by Edward C. Banfield.

Haggis, GET THIS BOOK.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by researchok

Another good thread!

I just started reading an excellet book-- can't put it down and HIGHLY recommend-- The Moral Basis of a Backward Society, by Edward C. Banfield.

Haggis, GET THIS BOOK.

I have written the name and author down, and will check it out. Just the title alone is alluring!
 
researchok
#4
Haggis, you'll FREAK!

It's superb-- it's a study of a backward region in Italy.

The conclusions are universal and the extrapolations you can make to current realities are uncanny.
 
Diamond Sun
#5
Well, my most recent purchase was nothing as exciting as backward religions or hilarity. I bought "A Fine Balance" which was an excellent read.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Diamond Sun

I bought "A Fine Balance" which was an excellent read.

A Fine Balance - my number one favourite book (although I must confess, I am terribly fickle about such things, and call any great just-read book my favourite).
 
American Voice
#7
Benjamin Franklin: an American life by Walter Isaacson

I bought it for my Father last Christmas. He finished it, then my brother walked off with it before I could read it. I don't know where it is now, I think my sister has it. Maybe I should go get it from the library?

David Sedaris is great. He's an occasional guest on the radio show "This American Life," produced at public station WBEZ, in Chicago. I don't know if reading him would be as good as hearing him read.
 
researchok
#8
AV, superb book.

If need be, pull your sister's hair like you did when you were a kid to get it back!
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#9
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Incredible book, an eye-opener if e'er there was one. An absolutely must-read for anybody who wants to know a more realistic version of American history. This book was selected by Harvard University as one of the best 100 reads, and for good reason.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by American Voice

David Sedaris is great. He's an occasional guest on the radio show "This American Life," produced at public station WBEZ, in Chicago. I don't know if reading him would be as good as hearing him read.

I found that to be true with Garrison Keillor, I didn't like his books as much as his radio/television shows. On the other hand, Stuart Maclean is brilliant at both. Sedaris, well, I've never heard him so cannot compare, but his books leave me with tears pouring down my face from laughing so hard.
 
researchok
#11
Yup.

More than enough screws loose.

Hysterical.
 
American Voice
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe

Quote: Originally Posted by American Voice

David Sedaris is great. He's an occasional guest on the radio show "This American Life," produced at public station WBEZ, in Chicago. I don't know if reading him would be as good as hearing him read.

I found that to be true with Garrison Keillor, I didn't like his books as much as his radio/television shows. On the other hand, Stuart Maclean is brilliant at both. Sedaris, well, I've never heard him so cannot compare, but his books leave me with tears pouring down my face from laughing so hard.

You gotta hear him read. I'll PM you the program link.

A Prairie Home Companion, yes. I remember the show back in the 80's, when Cargill was the sponsor. I would listen to the live broadcast Saturday night, and then again the re-broadcast on Sunday morning, after breakfast. The Adventures of Buster, the Show Dog. That's where I first gained an appreciation of country music, i.e., Emmylou Harris. I read a piece he wrote in response to a listener a while back, who asked him why he doesn't do shows in Canada. He wrote a scathing reply, citing the irritatingly officious behavior of Canadian customs officers.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by American Voice

You gotta hear him read. I'll PM you the program link.

That's where I first gained an appreciation of country music, i.e., Emmylou Harris.

He wrote a scathing reply, citing the irritatingly officious behavior of Canadian customs officers.

8-) Canadians. Nothing if not irritatingly officious! And don't forget smug....

I would love the link, thanks.

I have always been a fan of Emmylou Harris. She definitely 'did it her way', never bought the party line, as it were. The voice of an angel, too.
 
peapod
#14
I can see that I am going to become addicted to this forum. What a great bunch of people...knock on wood

Haggis you are right about a fine balance being a great book, but I find his books so sad...sniffle sniffle.
The last book I read was Blue Latitudes, had to read the whole thing in two days could not put it down.

I have to admit that I read and re-read all of thomas wolfe's books. I have never read such beautiful writing. Interesting that he and the fellow who wrote Cold Mountain are from the same town. And of course I have to keep re-reading Richard Brautigan.
 
Numure
#15
Mao Tse-Tung

7 volume collection on his work. I'm currently at the 4th, with great intrest I must add
 
American Voice
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Numure

Mao Tse-Tung

7 volume collection on his work. I'm currently at the 4th, with great intrest I must add

You're kidding? I never got through The Little Red Book.
 
Numure
#17
heh I'm not. A Friend in Hong Kong maneged to send me a copy, one not published here or in the US.
 
researchok
#18
You nkow numure, I've actually read some of that.

While I can't say I wasn't impressed, I just couldn't shake the reality from the theoretical.

In my opinion, the Cultural Revolution pretty much negated the credibility of his intent.
 
Numure
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by researchok

You nkow numure, I've actually read some of that.

While I can't say I wasn't impressed, I just couldn't shake the reality from the theoretical.

In my opinion, the Cultural Revolution pretty much negated the credibility of his intent.

If he didnt do the cultural revolution, then his foes within his own party, would of destroyed "yellow china" as he dreamed it. His foes (from his own party), wanted a stalinist type of communism... Mao couldnt live with that...

The cultural revolution wasnt the best solution, but it was the best solution for China. I doubt china would be, what it is today, if it wasnt for that.
 
Lisa
#20
The Woman Warrior - Memoires of a Girl among Ghosts.

I have to read it for my literature classes for next year in England. Seems like a good novel. I am curious, can't wait till next week, when I have more time, no exams or anything.
 
Darkgrammer
#21
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

I love Potterlore and Quidditch.

 
American Voice
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Lisa

The Woman Warrior - Memoires of a Girl among Ghosts.

I have to read it for my literature classes for next year in England. Seems like a good novel. I am curious, can't wait till next week, when I have more time, no exams or anything.

Maybe . . .when you have finished your reading, you could give us a book report? Initialize a Book Reports thread?
 
Lisa
#23
Book reports threat good idea. As long as there are no rules to the size or contents of the report; just what you thought of the book in question!

Really good idea!
 
researchok
#24
Quote:

As long as there are no rules to the size or contents of the report;

Boy, i'll you can type 230 wpm.....
 
Lisa
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by researchok

Quote:

As long as there are no rules to the size or contents of the report;

Boy, i'll you can type 230 wpm.....

What? I'll? You mean you think I can? Or you can?
(and yes I am blonde and not too bright *lol*
 
researchok
#26
i'll bet you can....
 
Lisa
#27
Hahaha, well no. Probably not. You?
 
researchok
#28
lol...Im lucky...I get to use speech to text software.

Otherwise, I wiz along at 30 wpm!
 
American Voice
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by Lisa

Book reports threat good idea. As long as there are no rules to the size or contents of the report; just what you thought of the book in question!

Really good idea!


When you put yours up, you have my commitment--I'll have re-read Caroline Alexander's book, "Endurance," and support you. It's the best thing I've read in many a year. And, it will get me away from the television!
 
Lisa
#30
owkeej, I am now reading Orlando from Virgina Woolf. It is a bit boring so, it can take a while to finish it. I will make a report as soon as I finished it.
 

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