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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading? (Non-Fiction Edition)
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:20 pm 
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Would a Gulp be a light distraction? I'm bogged down in my current non-fiction books.

It seems light-ish so far, although there's some mention of animal and other medical experiments so might not be everyone's cup of tea. I'm slightly irritated about the way she introduces her subjects too, there's more focus on their looks than really seems necessary.

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I'm reading The Man Who Sold the World : David Bowie and the 1970s. I thought it was going to be a straight bio but it gives the story behind each song between 1969-1980. I thought it would be boring and except for the parts that deal with musical notation it's interesting so far.


This sounds right up my alley--- I love stories behind songs.

Just finished Morrissey's Autobiography, which contains zero stories behind songs.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:29 am 
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I'm reading Man Walks into a Pub, which is a social history of beer and pubs in Britain. It's interesting, but it veers more towards the male experience of beer and pubs/drinking.

I started reading Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, but I had to stop reading when the author implied that US college student codes of conduct that require enthusiastic consent with people who aren't intoxicated or mentally impaired were overzealous and talked about Roman Polanski being convicted of "having sex" with a 13-year-old. The rest of the book might have been good, and I very rarely stop reading books, but I couldn't get past that part.

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lavawitch wrote:
Would a Gulp be a light distraction? I'm bogged down in my current non-fiction books.

It seems light-ish so far, although there's some mention of animal and other medical experiments so might not be everyone's cup of tea. I'm slightly irritated about the way she introduces her subjects too, there's more focus on their looks than really seems necessary.

It's chatty and fun like all of her books. Unless tales of poop, farting, and digestion gross you out, I think you would like it. I read it on a flight.

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I'm giving it a try. I liked Packing for Mars.

Did I ever recommend. My Beloved Brontosaurus? If not, I should have!

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading? (Non-Fiction Edition)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:56 pm 
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I'm trying to think of other fun-ish nonfiction I've read. My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock. She mixes anecdotes about Eleanore Roosevelt with stories of her year of following Eleanor's advice to do one thing every day that scares you.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1032 ... th-eleanor

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Has anybody read Empty Mansions? I've been almost buying it for a couple months.

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I decided to go with this book on Italian. It sounds interesting and a bit whimsical. I took three semesters of Italian years ago and remember enough to get a very basic gist of a newspaper article, and I know just what to say when about to dramatically fling oneself off a cliff, save one's lover from being hung, be burned at the stake, or after stabbing ones fiancé after the wedding.

http://www.amazon.com/La-Bella-Lingua-E ... _kstore_50

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading? (Non-Fiction Edition)
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So glad someone here mentioned Far From the Tree, because that reminded me that I'd wanted to read it. I just checked it out from the library, and it's so interesting!


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I'm reading Man Walks into a Pub, which is a social history of beer and pubs in Britain. It's interesting, but it veers more towards the male experience of beer and pubs/drinking.

I finished this yesterday. It was pretty blokey and kinda put booze/drinkers in a hierarchy that was obviously based on stereotypes (drunks and teenagers drink cider, women drink wine, men drink beer, cocktails are non-existent). But overall, I really liked it. I mean, to the point where I wish I could tolerate beer and want to try home brewing*.

*Of cider, because I can't tolerate beer

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading? (Non-Fiction Edition)
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I'm trying to read something that translates as "The History of Psychiatry", just for fun.
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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading? (Non-Fiction Edition)
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I finished Here's Looking At Euclid. Parts of it were boring, but parts blew my freaking mind. And it's written so you can understand it but it's still challenging. I kind of want to read about math more now!

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I'm reading Joseph Anton right now.

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Finished Bad Pharma: I thought it was fairly interesting, but a little dry in places.

Just finished the first chapter of Paleofantasy, and finding it absolutely fascinating!

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Please pardon the double-post. I didn't see this non-fiction thread until now.

The Edge Effect by Eric Braverman, MD - awesome book about optimizing your brain.

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I am currently reading My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Atlantic editor Scott Stossel. It combines tales of his own struggle with a crippling form of anxiety with a history of how philosophy, psychology, and medicine have dealt with the condition.

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morrissey autobiography!

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Well, I read a review for this book today: With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others by Kathleen Spivack and now I wants to read it.

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Just starting Neanderthal Man: Search for Lost Genomes.

I'm not very deep in yet, but it seems pretty great. I've always come at paleoanthropology from the archaeology angle, so this is a new one for me. I got to take some paleoanth courses at U Chicago and have heard Johannsson and Leakey speak, so it's really amazing to me how much the discipline has changed in just 20 years. Back then, I think scientists were much more anthropologists and/or paleontologists as opposed to today when they really have to be evolutionary biologists. It is sort to neat to now see all of those fringes merge into a much more interdisciplinary approach. I'd say this is true for Egyptology too. Back then, I didn't need any science beyond basic core for my degree, I suspect that would be unheard of (or at least very unwise) today.

http://www.amazon.com/Neanderthal-Man-S ... st+genomes

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Just starting Neanderthal Man: Search for Lost Genomes.

I'm not very deep in yet, but it seems pretty great. I've always come at paleoanthropology from the archaeology angle, so this is a new one for me. I got to take some paleoanth courses at U Chicago and have heard Johannsson and Leakey speak, so it's really amazing to me how much the discipline has changed in just 20 years. Back then, I think scientists were much more anthropologists and/or paleontologists as opposed to today when they really have to be evolutionary biologists. It is sort to neat to now see all of those fringes merge into a much more interdisciplinary approach. I'd say this is true for Egyptology too. Back then, I didn't need any science beyond basic core for my degree, I suspect that would be unheard of (or at least very unwise) today.

http://www.amazon.com/Neanderthal-Man-S ... st+genomes

That sounds interesting.

I've been thinking about reading the new book about amazon but it will maybe depress me too much

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I don't normally read a lot of non-fiction because I need my escapism fiction fix. But I've been re-reading "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and getting angry all over again about U.S. history.


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I've just got a notification from the library that my reserved copy of Eat and Run has now arrived. Looking forward to picking it up this weekend!

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I just started reading Chuck Klosterman's I Wear the Black Hat. Its a pop culture/sociology book examining villians and what makes a villian. As with all of his books for me, its fun and a fast read.


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I finished Orange Is the New Black last night. I really liked it. It's very different from the show, so if you can read it and not be even remotely spoiled either way.

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