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What's everyone reading?
Thought I'd get my thread started here on what's everyone reading? I'm currently
reading John Grisham's "The Summons". It's very interesting and I hope to finish it
sometime today. What's on your coffee table, nightstand or end table?
I am reading two books for pleasure and one for work- so I am an economics tutor and some of the folks that i teach have an important exam coming up and i have come to realise that students are more afraid of opening that text and 'failing' to understand than of failing the test or assignment itself. So my role as a tutor, now i have realized, is to read the textbooks- in this case amazing Prof Mankiw's Principles of Macroeconomics - and be able to deal with that fear of student's even before they attempt to access it. For my own pleasure i am reading Little Prince and this new release with the themes of corporality, illness and trauma called The Body Myth by R Mukherjee. Very, very interesting.
Everyone is reading Atlas Shrugged and the Bible judging by the number of selling:D
I'm okay with the Bible, but the Atlas is an epitome of a bad taste the collective human consciousness has. The thing inspiring people here is that that book has the page count of more than a thousand and all this labor was performed by a WOMAN. I'm convinced that after the last chapter, she rolled the pages and set on it, releasing the tension:D And the hypocrisy of it just so good. It is supposed to be about the woman who was able to climb the social ladder all by herself. And what do we see in the story. She succeeded, yes, but by having sex with guys. That's just crazy, isn't it? And the division into a definitely bad and good guys is so talented and up to date:D
As for good books I've "Making money" by Terry Pratchett. It's a masterpiece in terms of storytelling, humor and the ability of comprehensive explaining of micro and macroeconomics by the means of stories.
The other I would recommend is "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. It wraps the huge number of historical, religious, linguistic concepts into a greatest detective story of all times.
Highly recommending both of them. And as for the lists of books, please stop reading all the books from the lists like "100 one must read before they die" I won't explain why, just stop:)
So far the best list of contemporary books I've found is this one, сheck a review, for example https://readsreviews.com/32/Madeline-75th-Anniversary-Edition. And it seems that the general public hadn't spoiled the review are written by intelligent people so far.
Apparently @MarkL426001 has a problem with women who write books. Or maybe he just has a problem with women... who knows/cares?
In any case, I'd have to say that his talent for reviewing books likely equals his talent for comedy.
I am thrilled to announce that my new book was released last Thursday, The Winning Mindset That Saved My Life, has already achieved #1 seller in 3 categories on Amazon! It is the inspirational story of my journey from overcoming cancer to crossing the finish line at the most difficult, one-day endurance race in the world and becoming a leading advocate for cancer research and finding a cure for this horrible disease.
As Michael Sokoloff, M.D., F.A.C.S. writes in the Foreword of the book, “This is an inspirational journey and one that any patient with cancer or other life-threatening or life-altering obstacle should read and incorporate into their daily routines and rituals. I highly recommend it for my patients and my colleagues as every person confronts tribulations, impediments, and challenges that can be overcome with a winning mindset.”
All net proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to cancer research and education.
The Winning Mindset That Saved My Life has a second bottom line; an impact where the book is leverage, a tool for visibility; a means of expressing a higher message and platform. The larger purpose or calling of the book will enable me to educate and again fundraise for ZERO Cancer. ZERO’s pedigree continues to increase. It is ranked a four out of four-star philanthropic organization by Charity Navigator. A key financial performance metric is the percent of a charity's total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers – ZERO’s is 94.4%.
It is widely reported that cancer mortality rates have dropped; down nearly two percent since 2015. On the surface, it’s a good step toward minimizing the pain and suffering endured by many families, but one important detail that the media and medical advisors have glossed over is that prostate cancer deaths jumped 10 percent last year. It’s the largest jump in prostate cancer deaths in a decade, according to the American Cancer Society. A man dies every 18 minutes from prostate cancer. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (1 in 6 African American). To put that in perspective, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This is very much a grass roots endeavor, e.g. self-published, no agent, social media.
If this book impacts just one person; that’s my definition of success. As the widow of a prostate cancer victim says, “As a caretaker, fellow advocate, and recent widow of one of Tom Hulsey’s brothers in the fight against Prostate Cancer, Tom’s book uplifted me and showed me the road to begin overcoming my grief and loss. His inspiration is helping heal my anger and face my denial as I learn to live without the love of my life. I will be forever thankful to know Tom, and to have gained from his story of hope and perseverance.” - Casey Fults
I’ve grown to appreciate the value of serving a greater cause than my own self-interest; making a positive impact on Humankind! To quote Jackie Robinson, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Evangelizing & Advocating for Men’s Health,
"The Addiction Spectrum" This book just came out a few weeks ago and I've just started reading it. It is written by a pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas who I follow on You Tube. I have no addiction that I know of... unless its a food addiction. Which is what Im exploring. The main reason I got this book is because I really like Dr. Thomas and as a nurse I like reading and learning. https://www.harperacademic.com/book/9780062836885/the-addiction-spectrum/
"A Bridge Of Clay" by Narkus Zusak. It just came out, so I don't even have it yet,but will order soon. This is the author who wrote the great story "The Book Theif" (one of the best books I ever read).
It has taken the author 13 years to write this book!! Am really looking forward to it.
Sure Supergirl – I’d be happy to do that.
Here is a partial synopsis (don’t want to give too much away):
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.
At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins...more
Here is a link: www.goodreads.com/book/show/7767276-bridge-of-clay
The style is really indescribable; don’t know that I’ve ever encountered this style … Maybe – eclectic?
And – it is fiction.
RE -READING "BRAVE NEW WORLD" BY ALDOUS HUXLEY-IT IS AMAZING HOW SOME SCIENCE FICTION (& OTHER) WRITERS SO APTLY PREDICTED THE FUTURE IN THEIR FICTION. MARSHALL MCLUHAN WROTE SOMETHING TO THE EFFFECT THAT ARTISTS & WRITERS ARE OUR TRUE PROHETS, FOR ONLY THEY CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE.
THIS BOOK PREDICTS WIDE-SPREAD ANTI-DEPRESSANT USE( SOMA),& VIRTUAL REALITY("FEELIES"), ETC.
I follow a pediatrician on you tube, I love his videoes and he is quite likable. I recently learned that he has a past history of alcoholism and also has a recovery center he established in Callifornia. It is for all kinds of addictions. He recently hosted and "Addiction Summit" online which I found to be very interesting. During the summit I learned that he had a new book coming out. Since I was impressed with his knowlege and already liked him, I pre-ordered his book. It arrived today.
The doctor's name is Paul Thomas, MD. (check him out on you tube). The book is titled "The Addiction Spectrum". I just started reading it, Within the first 20 pages I am already determining that this will be a good read.
It is described as "A compassionate, hollistic, approach to recovery.
I do not have an Addiction (that I know of) but the book covers all kinds of addictions (drug, alcohol, gambling, ,eating, screens etc)
Im looking forward to learning more about these addictions and approaches for interventiions, and prevention.
I'm a retired RN and I love learning new things.
I'm not familiar with Stephen White. Do you recommend or not?
Just started Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It's been in my bookcase for so long that I figured it was about time. 7 pages in I'm hooked. It's a trilogy so I'll have to look into getting the others.
Re Stephen White - I go beyond recommending - he is my favorite writer.
His history is uncannily similar to that of Jonathan Kellerman. Both are educated (with Phds), trained and licensed as Psychologists. Both attended top schools (UCLA and Berkeley) - graduating in early 70s. Both spent some years successfully practicing, before becoming mystery writers. Both created characters that nearly exactly mimic their professional selves.
In real life – White maintained a private practice as a clinical psychologist in Boulder Colorado. His main character – Dr Alan Gregory, is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Boulder Colorado.
By all means – do take a look at Stephen White’s books. I think you will be glad you did.
I think I've read all Kellerman's books and never got bored with them. I'm not that taken with his wife's books (Faye Kellerman) although she has taught me a lot about Jewish customs.
For some reason Kellerman's books always seem like new stories unlike James Patterson who, to me, has become mystery's Danielle Steel.
Jonathan Kellerman writes mysteries (usually murder) with the main recurring character being a psychologist who occasionally consults with the LAPD. Interestingly, the author is a psychologist in real life, so the character's actions are totally believable. The character - Dr Alex Delaware has a police detective as a best friend. The first story came out in 1985 and are continuing now. Night Moves (book #33) is the title of the book I'm reading now. All of Kellerman's books have been good reading.