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Weebcentral Library
The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology, Pier Luigi Luisi, Weebcentral Library. 'The origin of life from inanimate matter has been the focus of much research for decades, both experimentally and philosophically. Luisi takes the reader through the consecutive stages from prebiotic chemistry to synthetic biology, uniquely combining both approaches. This book presents a systematic course discussing the successive stages of self-organisation, emergence, self-replication, autopoiesis, synthetic compartments and construction of cellular models, in order to demonstrate the spontaneous increase in complexity from inanimate matter to the first cellular life forms. ' Kindle. Read 2017-04-16.

Weebcentral Library
I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong, Weebcentral Library. 'For most of human existence, microbes were hidden, visible only through the illnesses they caused. When they finally surfaced in biological studies, they were cast as rogues. Only recently have they immigrated from the neglected fringes of biology to its center. Even today, many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us - the microbiome - are invaluable parts of our lives. I Contain Multitudes lets us peer into that world for the first time, allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. While much of the prevailing discussion around the microbiome has focused on its implications for human health, Yong broadens this focus to the entire animal kingdom, giving us a grander view of life.' Hardback. Read 2017-04-14. Gift from Jon and Amanda

Weebcentral Library
The Ministry of Special Cases, Nathan Englander, Weebcentral Library. In The Ministry of Special Cases Nathan Englander tells a story of the Dirty War of Argentina as if in the guise of Isaac Bashevis Singer. The tale is steeped in irony, told through the eyes of a Jew, Kaddish Pozsnan, even outcast from the Jewish community of Buenos Aires. His very name connotes the praise of God, a sentiment hardly visible in Kaddish's life and experience. When his son Pato the unversity student disappears, his daily battles with his son are replaced with his family's desperate and disparate attempts to locate their los desaparecido, even with appeals to the Ministry of Special Cases, the Kafkaesque government ministry which might well just disappear you for inquiring about a loved one. Englander's considerable novelistic skills are employed here to provide a glimpse of what it would it be like to experience the family's devastation over a child 'missing in action,' in a society which is frozen by the fear of being the next victim. Paperback. Read 2017-04-10. A gift from Jon and Melinda, and Benn and Jenn. An author recommended by Jenn.

Multnomah County Library
When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, Multnomah County Library. 'For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student 'possessed by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life' into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. ' Kindle. Read 2017-04-08.

Weebcentral Library
Jesus: a very short introduction, Richard Bauckham, Weebcentral Library. 'Award-winning religious scholar Richard Bauckham here explores the historical figure of Jesus, evaluating the sources and showing that they provide us with good historical evidence for his life and teaching. To place Jesus in his proper historical context, as a Jew from Galilee in the early first century of our era, Bauckham looks at Jewish religion and society in the land of Israel under Roman rule. He explores Jesus' symbolic practices as well as his teachings, looks at his public career and emphasizes how his actions, such as healing and his association with notorious sinners, were just as important as his words. Bauckham writes that Jesus was devoted to the God of Israel, with a special focus on God's fatherly love and compassion, and like every Jewish teacher he expounded the Torah, but did so in his own distinctive way. After a discussion about the way Jesus understood himself and what finally led to his death on a Roman cross, Bauckham concludes by considering the significance Jesus has come to have for Christian faith worldwide.' Kindle. Read 2017-04-03.

LA Public Library
Seven Brief Lessons On Physics, Carlo Rovelli, LA Public Library. 'In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides readers with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This playful, entertaining and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major bestseller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes. This is a book about the joy of discovery. It takes readers to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds.' Hardcover. Read 2017-03-26.

Clackamas County Library
Royal Flash, George MacDonald Fraser, Clackamas County Library. 'Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent. In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beauiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting-fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while, the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-15.

Multnomah County Library
The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Haller's first foreclosure client, Lisa Trammel, is fighting hard to keep her home, maybe too hard. The bank has gotten a restraining order to stop Trammel's protests, and she becomes the prime suspect when Mitchell Bondurant, a mortgage banker, is killed with a hammer in his office parking lot. A ton of evidence points to Trammel, but Haller crafts an impressive defense that includes 'the fifth witness' of the title. Connelly has a sure command of the legal and procedural details of criminal court, and even manages to make the arcane, shady world of foreclosure interesting. While the prose may lack some of the poetic nuance of his early novels, the plot is worthy of a master storyteller. ' Kindle. Read 2017-03-14.

Weebcentral Library
The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Atkins, Weebcentral Library. Peter Atkins, a bona fide chemistry professor, takes a shot at summarizing the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics it for the million. He claims that when he is done explaining, you will understand how all change of any kind occurs, why death itself must come, even how the unfolding of the very thoughts you are employing to read his book is a consequence of the 2nd Law. And if that isn't enough to tease you into reading the book, he quotes C.P. Snow as saying that not knowing the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is the same as not having read Shakespeare; you are culturally backward if you don't take a crack at his book. Unfortunately, he could not resist the formalism of the subject, and produced a mediocre explanation which did not approach the enlightenment he promised. There are better and more succinct explanations elsewhere. Kindle. Read 2017-03-13.

Weebcentral Library
Religion and the sciences of origins, Kelly James Clark, Weebcentral Library. 'This concise introduction to the treatment of origins, physical and biological, by both science and religion focuses on Christianity and modern Western science (the epicenter of issues in science and religion in the West) with a concluding chapter on Muslim and Jewish Science and Religion. This book also invites the reader into the relevant literature with ample quotations from original texts.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-03-10. Gift from Jon and Amanda

Clackamas County Library
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, Clackamas County Library. 'The 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-09.

LA Public Library
Six Days Of The Condor, James Grady, LA Public Library. This is the book that was the basis for the excellent Cold War spy movie, Three Days of the Condor. More often, the book is more substantial than a subsequent movie based on the book. In this case, the book is more of a slightly expanded screenplay, with thinly sketched characters, a quickly-moving plot, and clumsy sex scenes. The bones of the film are here, although the changes made for the sake of the movie dramatically improved the story, making the film much superior to this book. Kindle. Read 2017-03-06.

Multnomah County Library
The Gods Of Guilt, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.' eBook. Read 2017-03-05.

LA Public Library
The Reversal, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he and LA Detective Harry Bosch set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-02.

Weebcentral Library
When You Are Engulfed In Flames, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. David Sedaris has mellowed just a bit in this collection of essays, but hasn't lost his acute ability to observe and report his and others foibles. Paperback. Read 2017-01-05. Christmas 2016

Weebcentral Library
Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories, Terrence Holt, Weebcentral Library. Internal Medicine captures the 'stark moments of success and failure, pride and shame, courage and cowardice, self-reflection and obtuse blindness that mark the years of clinical training' (Jerome Groopman, New York Review of Books), portraying not only a doctor’s struggle with sickness and suffering but also the fears and frailties each of us - doctor and patient - bring to the bedside. One of our sons is a physician who completed his residency in internal medicine a few years ago, and I was curious about the kind of experiences he might have shared with other residents. Kindle. Read 2017-01-03.

Multnomah County Library
The Glass Universe: How The Ladies Of The Harvard Observatory Took The Measure Of The Stars, Dava Sobel, Multnomah County Library. Dava Sobel's account of women's contributions to astronomy, particularly the contributions made by the computers and burgeoning astronomers of the Harvard Observatory from 1850. Kindle. Read 2016-12-27.

Multnomah County Library
The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?' Hardcover. Read 2016-12-07. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Multnomah County Library
The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey, Multnomah County Library. 'Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-12-01.

Clackamas County Library
The Flame Bearer, Bernard Cornwell, Clackamas County Library. 'Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed on a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned over a lifetime of war to make his dream come true.' Hardcover. Read 2016-12-01.

Weebcentral Library
The Other Solzhenitsyn, Daniel J. Mahoney, Weebcentral Library. A Solzhenitsyn scholar's making a case for the misunderstood author, who has been treated with relative contempt by Western intellectuals after first embracing him as an anti-Communist when his first works, such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich were published in the early 1960's. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-11-28. A gift from my wife Cindy

Multnomah County Library
Social Security For Dummies, Jonathan Peterson, Multnomah County Library. Getting to that age ... Kindle. Read 2016-11-27.

Weebcentral Library
The Russian Question At The End Of The Twentieth Century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Solzhenitsyn's political point of view has been skewed in the West, many making him out to be an Slavophile and hard-core Russian Nationalist. Solzhenitsyn's Russian Question essay shows that his political understanding centered on his experience in the Soviet Union and his desire to see post-Soviet Russia to develop a political system that was better for its people. He was not a Slavophile. He was a Russian nationalist, but this work makes clear that his view of nationalism was a limited and healthy one. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-11-26.

Multnomah County Library
Death's End, Cixin Liu, Multnomah County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part III. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Hardcover. Read 2016-11-22.

Multnomah County Library
The Big Picture, Sean Carroll, Multnomah County Library. How do we gain knowledge from the world? The physicist Sean Carroll examines the big ideas in science, and to a lesser degree, some outside of science, and probes the structure of the knowledge we have built up in pursuing those ideas. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-11-17.

Weebcentral Library
The Joy of Reading, Charles Van Doren, Weebcentral Library. I have been slowly reading this book by Van Doren, one of the acolytes of Chicago's Mortimer Adler, who along with Robert Hutchins built the Great Books program at the University of Chicago, which some think over-emphasize 'great' literature of the past while replacing needed practical education. The Joy of Reading introduces some of the books on or associated with the Great Books list, and is fascinating reading. Van Doren summarizes each book, describing how to read it to get the most from it. He is clearly enraptured by these books, and his joy is infectious. I have been sampling portions of the books that he has seeded some interest. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-10-11.

LA Public Library
The Laws of Medicine, Siddhartha Mukherjee, LA Public Library. Modern medicine began embracing scientific methods during the last couple of centuries, and in the past one hundred years this has produced an explosion of medical technologies that have aided physicians in significantly controlling some diseases and in particular, extending lives. Today in developed countries, many tests are available for diagnosis and many drugs are available for possible treatment. So why can't physicians today just run a comprehensive battery of tests for every sick patient and spit out a clear diagnosis, and with that, a clear prognosis and plan for a cure? Siddhartha Mukherjee proffers an answer via his Laws of Medicine. Kindle. Read 2016-10-10.

LA Public Library
Pietr the Latvian, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-09-15.

LA Public Library
The Vital Question, Nick Lane, LA Public Library. The Vital Question is a stimulating set of ideas around an elusive subject: abiogenesis and early evolution. The author offers a well-thought out set of hypotheses regarding the origins of the eukaryotic cell, and he does so through the lens of his discipline: bioenergetics. Kindle. Read 2016-09-07. Gift from Jon and Amanda

Along the Way, Britt Towery, . Britt Towery is a very American thinker, who's opinion columns from a West Texas newspaper are collected here. I warmed quickly to his direct and sometimes folksy Texas style. He holds strong opinions on many subjects, but has a particular emphasis regarding the importance of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which safeguards our freedom of speech and religion. Paperback. Re-Read 2016-08-10.

LA Public Library
The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-07-13.

Weebcentral Library
Asimov's Guide To The Bible, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. This is an excellent reference for historical, geographical, and biographical aspects of the events described in the Old and New Testaments. Asimov does provide some basic discussion of the Bible's many obscure, mysterious passages, also. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-07-11.

Weebcentral Library
Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, Robert Burnham Jr., Weebcentral Library. This handbook is well-known among star-gazers for its wealth of information on stellar objects observable by the naked eye or a low-magnification telescopes. I re-read the introductory chapters because they provide a succinct but relatively thorough description of the basis for astronomical inferences. Paperback. Partially-Read 2016-07-11. A gift from Scottie, who is an inveterate observer of the night skies.

Multnomah County Library
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Jim Wallis, Multnomah County Library. Jim Wallis is a progressive Christian writer, and has held my interest for many years. He is a welcome diversion from the hard-hearted right wing Christian fundamentalists that seem to dominate Republican politics. Here Wallis, a veteran of the Civil Rights movement, examines the problem of racism in America, past and present. In particular, he asks what the appropriate Christian attitudes should be towards racial justice. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-07-04.

Weebcentral Library
Bicycle, DK, Weebcentral Library. A beautiful history of the development of the bicycle, including a history of cycling and of the technological innovations that have produced the modern bicycle. Hardcover. Read 2016-07-03. A gift from my Jon and Amanda.

Weebcentral Library
Relativity Simply Explained, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner is among my favorite writers, in part because he has a facility for explaining mathematics and science. He has done a creditable job here describing Einstein's works, both special and general relativity. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-07-02.

LA Public Library
The Carter of 'la Providence', Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-05-11.

Clackamas County Library
Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible, David Plotz, Clackamas County Library. The author, a journalist, reads the entire Bible and records his interpretations and responses to it. He attended Hebrew school, and a Christian high school, so his responses include references to what he was taught about the Bible and compared to what he learned in his adult effort to read through the whole book. His take is irreverent in the sense that he allows no theology to dictate his own responses to what he reads. Kindle. Read 2016-04-29.

Weebcentral Library
Performing in Extreme Environments, Lawrence E. Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. The chapter on Heat and Humidity was the source of interest here, to get a better understanding of strategies for water and electrolyte replacement while exercising, particularly while cycling. Paperback. Partially-Read 2016-04-08. Recommended by my son Jon. This was one of his textbooks for Sports Medicine.

Weebcentral Library
Shut Up, Legs!, Jens Voigt, James D. Startt, Weebcentral Library. Jens Voigt was a wonderful cyclist to watch in the Tour de France. He was an aggressive rider, willing to attack in breakaways with few odds of success, friendly and available before and after a race. His motto, 'Shut Up, Legs!,' can be appreciated by anyone who rides bicycles long distance, or any endurance athlete for that matter: Muscular pain from exertion must be ignored in the pursuit of endurance feats. Hardcover. Read 2016-04-04. A gift from my Jon and Amanda.

Multnomah County Library
The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu, Multnomah County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part II. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Kindle. Read 2016-04-03.

LA Public Library
Feynman, Jim Ottaviani, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-03-24.

Weebcentral Library
DNA: The Secret Of Life, Andrew Berry, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-03-11.

Multnomah County Library
Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) (rough edge), Matt Ridley, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-03-11.

LA Public Library
The Grand Banks Cafe, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-03-09.

Weebcentral Library
Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud, Peter Watson, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2016-03-06. A gift from my son Jon, Christmas 2013.

Clackamas County Library
The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics, Clifford A. Pickover, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-03-04.

Weebcentral Library
A Jewish Journey Into Night, Jim Chapman, Weebcentral Library. I read this because the author is a friend of mine. It was a pleasure reading his thoughts. Kindle. Read 2016-03-01.

LA Public Library
Letter to my daughter, Maya Angelou, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-02-28. Recommended by my friend Sue

Clackamas County Library
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Clackamas County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part I. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Kindle. Read 2016-02-27.

Weebcentral Library
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2016-02-11.

Weebcentral Library
All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2016-02-11.

Clackamas County Library
The System Of The World, Neal Stephenson, Clackamas County Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Kindle. Read 2016-02-06.

Weebcentral Library
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, Sir James George Frazer, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-02-04.

Clackamas County Library
Warriors of the Storm, Bernard Cornwell, Clackamas County Library. 'A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred's son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed. Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrior, controls the northern parts from the strongly fortified city of Chester. The Northmen, allied to the Irish, come in force under the cover of night, up the Mersey, perhaps to attack Chester, perhaps to rage and pillage through Mercia, perhaps to take the troubled kingdom of Northumbria. With his passionate determination, Uhtred will stop at nothing to take back his corner of Northumbria and secure the future of Bebbanburg. But for Aethelflaed and the Mercians, doubt must arise to where his loyalty lies. In the struggle between family and loyalty, between oaths given and political demands, there is no easy solution.' Kindle. Read 2016-01-26.

Weebcentral Library
The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-01-16.

Multnomah County Library
The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital, Samuel Shem Md, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 2016-01-11. Loaned by my physician son, Jon

Weebcentral Library
Bike snob, Eben Weiss, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-01-08.

Weebcentral Library
The givenness of things, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-01-07.

LA Public Library
Confusion, Neal Stephenson, LA Public Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Paperback. Read 2016-01-07.

Weebcentral Library
The Flight of Peter Fromm, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2015-12-20.

Clackamas County Library
Apricot jam, and other stories, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. Read 2015-12-15.

Clackamas County Library
In the Woods, Tana French, Clackamas County Library. Rather than mainly a rational whodunit, Tana French's In the Woods is a psychological drama, an intricate set of well-executed character studies embedded in the story of a police investigation into a child murder. Hardcover. Read 2015-12-08.

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The Crossing, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.' Kindle. Read 2015-11-16. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Night Soldiers: A Novel, Alan Furst, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2015-11-11.

The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko, . The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the Emerald Mile, through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river. My brother Craig is an inveterate river rafter, who invites me along on some of his river adventures with he and his friends. This is a tremendous story of river adventure, and also tells the story of the Grand Canyon well, particularly how the river was 'tamed' by John Wesley Powell, and how it has come to be managed today. We have applied to run the Colorado River throught the Grand Canyon, but it is immensely popular, and alas, we have not won that lottery yet. Paperback. Read 2015-11-11.

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Being mortal, Gawande Atul, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-11-11.

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Napoleon: A Life, Andrew Roberts, LA Public Library. My early view of Napoleon was as a cartoon figure: A megalomaniac who tried to take over the world. I recall looking down at Napoleon's tomb in Paris in the company of my brother Craig, the two of us mocking his immense sarcophagus and elaborate surroundings, wondering aloud why the French would semi-deify such a bloody tyrant. The typical American republican conceits aside, we were woefully uninformed about much of the life of Napoleon. Napoleon, perhaps more than any other European leader, built the foundations of modern Europe. Hardcover. Read 2015-11-11.

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The Zone Of Interest, Martin Amis, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. Read 2015-10-11.

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Randall Herbert Balmer, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. Read 2015-10-11.

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Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson, Weebcentral Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Kindle. Read 2015-09-11.

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, . Paperback. Partially-Read 2015-09-02.

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The Martian, Andy Weir, Weebcentral Library. This 21st century Robinson Crusoe tale works because the lone marooned astronaut's effort at survival on Mars is framed around the question: how would a dogged but highly knowledgeable engineer solve the existential crises that cropped up, and live yet another day? Paperback. Read 2015-08-11.

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Scientific Genius and Creativity (Readings from Scientific American), Owen Gingerich, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2015-07-03.

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Penguin Classics), Joseph Conrad, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-06-12.

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The island of knowledge, Gleiser Marcelo, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2015-06-11.

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The Messenger, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Recovering from a showdown with a master terrorist in Jerusalem, art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is enlisted by a ruthless papal secretary to assist in the investigation of a murdered Swiss guard whose killer may be targeting the pope. By the author of Prince of Fire.' Hardcover. Read 2015-05-25.

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Trent, John W. Malley, Weebcentral Library. Trent: What Happened at the Council, is a well-researched and well-told history of the Council of Trent, the mid-sixteenth-century Counter-Reformation centerpiece which produced the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation.  This account is carefully grounded in the complex politics of its times, placing the history of the Council in the balance- of-power tug-of-war, not just between reform movements within and without (Protestants) the Church, but among the nascent Ottoman Empire, the English Reformation, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papal States and the French monarchy. Hardcover. Read 2015-05-13. A birthday gift from Thomas and Bonnie.

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Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, LA Public Library. In Joseph Conrad's classic novella, Heart of Darkness, the sailor Marlow serves as the author's version of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, compelled to tell his story of conscience to whatever audience he finds. The story he tells is indeed dark, and indeed about the heart, albeit mostly the lack thereof. Conrad takes apart the European colonial enterprise, particularly the carving-up of Africa in the nineteenth century, and strips bare all of the tales of adventure from those times and places, along with the high-flown language of imperialism which was used to mask the utter barbarity of the undertaking. Hardcover. Read 2015-05-03. Thanks to my brother Craig and my friend Tim, who were recently telling me how much they admired Joseph Conrad’s writing.

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The Secret Servant, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'In Amsterdam, a terrorism analyst named Ephraim Rosner lies dead, brutally murdered by a Muslim immigrant. The Amsterdam police believe the killer is a deranged extremist, but others know better. Just twenty-four hours before, Rosner had requested an urgent meeting with Israeli intelligence. Now it is Gabriel Allon's job to find out what Rosner knew, and when he does, it confirms his worst fears: a major terrorist operation is in the works. But not even Allon could have predicted what it is. In London, a young woman vanishes. She is the daughter of the American ambassador-and goddaughter of the president of the United States-and the kidnappers' demands are at once horrifically clear and clearly impossible to meet. ' Hardcover. Read 2015-01-20.

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The Empty Throne, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'In the year 911, the forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain's kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals to fight for the throne. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mercia's greatest warrior, has always supported Athelflaed to be Mercia's next ruler, but will the aristocracy ever accept a woman as their leader? The Saxons desperately need strong leadership, but instead they are fighting each other to fill an empty throne. They threaten to undo the unity and strength that underlies Englaland.' Hardcover. Read 2015-01-03.

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Redeployment, Phil Klay, LA Public Library. Kindle. Read 2014-12-11.

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The American Heritage New History of World War II, Ambrose, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-12-11. A gift from Richard Ducharme

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Echo Park, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Fearing the worst, the case was elevated by LAPD commanders from the missing persons squad to the Homicide Division, where Harry Bosch was assigned the case. But the 22-year-old woman never turned up - dead or alive - and it was a case Bosch couldn't crack. Thirteen years later Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit when he gets a call from the DA's office. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean in regard to several other murders in a deal to avoid the death penalty. One of those murders, he says, is the killing of Marie Gesto. Bosch struggles as he realizes that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1993 that could have led them to the killer, and prevented 9 other subsequent murders.' Kindle. Read 2014-12-06. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Burning Room, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. ' Kindle. Read 2014-12-06. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Was America Founded As A Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction, John Fea, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2014-11-07.

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Getting schooled, Garret Keizer, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2014-10-17. A birthday gift from my Benn and Jenn.

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, Flannery O'Connor, Weebcentral Library. Within Flannery O'Conner's short story collection, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories, a good man is not just difficult to find, but impossibly so. Thank God I am not Flannery O'Connor. I would not trade her ability to tell a story, and she was uncommonly good in some ways, for her brutal and dismissive view of the world. Harshness, of circumstance and character, formed her viewpoint; what is also redeeming found little place in her stories. It appears in O'Connor one can only find redemption outside of humanity, and that is dispensed grudgingly, with the great violence of the Old Testament God. Kindle. Read 2014-09-30. A gift from my brother-in-law, Scottie.

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The River Caught Sunlight, Katie Andraski, Weebcentral Library. Fictionalized account of working with Francis Schaeffer to help publish his books. Kindle. Read 2014-09-24. A birthday gift from my Benn and Jenn.

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Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-09-24.

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City of Thieves: A Novel, David Benioff, Weebcentral Library. This is a fast-paced novel of war-time friendship and adventure against the brutal backdrop of Leningrad under siege by the Germans during the Great Patriotic War. The novel succeeds in fleshing out the terrible conditions and inverted values in the besieged city while describing the kind of mind-set that helps someone to stay alive in such a hopeless situation. Paperback. Read 2014-09-21. A birthday gift from Thomas and Bonnie.

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The Futurological Congress (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy), Stanislaw Lem, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-18.

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The Constitution Of The United States Of America, United States, Weebcentral Library. In one good hour the U.S. Constitution can be read from front to back. It is written in relatively clear language and still has the capacity to surprise. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-13.

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The Sot-weed Factor, John Barth, LA Public Library. The Sot-Weed Factor is a satirical tour-de-force with so much going on that I could hardly follow it all. The style is bawdy, witty, and often funny, a full-fledged imitation of a 17th century novel, complete with the full English vocabulary of the times, which by itself is a welcome challenge to parse. It has been described as a picaresque novel, and the main character is Eben Cooke, an over-educated and under-employed poet and virgin, a Candide-like character constantly bewildered by the world, swept along by events, too curious to make a decision about anything. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-13. Highly recommended by my brother Craig; immediately after his recommendation I went directly to the library and started reading this book.

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The Woods, Harlan Coben, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-11.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. Every few odd years Marilynne Robinson has produced a book of essays, notably Absence of Mind and The Death of Adam, with the latest arrival When I was a Child I Read Books: Essays. The best of Robinson shines in these latest essays: In them she lays out her vision of the American Dream, celebrating the strengths of the American way of life, marked by its liberality (individual freedom), sense of community, and generosity, each informed by a non-sectarian respect for the soul. Kindle. Read 2014-09-03.

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Before the beginning, Martin J. Rees, Weebcentral Library. This book is much better than average in both describing current cosmology and particularly in carefully differentiating between the evidence for current theories and the more speculative aspects of particularly early cosmology. Most books in this genre fall too easily into the overly authoritative pose, as if it is all but figured out; this author is much more respectful of his subject and his audience. Paperback. Read 2014-08-20.

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Year zero, Ian Buruma, LA Public Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-08-20.

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What Paul Meant, Garry Wills, LA Public Library. In What Paul Meant, Garry Wills translates the authentic Pauline letters himself, and combines a careful translation of the koiné Greek with modern scholarship to suggest that Paul, who is the modern intellectual's favorite whipping boy as the man who distorted Jesus' message, is in fact a faithful interpreter of the Jesus of the Gospels. Hardcover. Read 2014-08-10.

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The Global Public Square, Os. Guinness, Weebcentral Library. Os Guiness' The Global Public Square oscillates between a Utopian call for a universal human rights and a sectarian application of those rights, as if the author was of two minds, wrestling with the views of Roger Williams and James Dobson. Kindle. Read 2014-08-07.

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The Black Box, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue Bosch searches for the 'black box.' the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-19. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Drop, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD. Impossibly, DNA from a 22-year-old rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist, Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Nine Dragons, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Harry Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation - not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, and the case takes him to Nine Dragons in Hong Kong as the triad makes things very personal.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-14. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Francis Schaeffer: Fundamentalist Warrior, Evangelical Prophet (Library Of Religious Biography), Barry Hankins, LA Public Library. This is an even-handed biography of Francis Schaeffer by a fellow Evangelical which breaks Schaeffer's life into three major segments: Early and uncompromising fundamentalist, then gentle missionary to the young European intellectual, and finally leader of the politicization of Evangelical Christians and their problematic embrace of the modern U.S. Republican party. Hardcover. Read 2014-07-11.

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The Overlook, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Near Mulholland Drive, Dr. Stanley Kent is found shot twice in the back of the head. New to the coveted Homicide Special Squad, he discovers that Kent had access to dangerous radioactive substances. Bosch is soon in conflict with not only his superiors but the FBI, which thinks the case is too important for just a cop. Complicating his job even more is the presence of Agent Rachel Walling, his onetime lover.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-10. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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A Little History of the World, E.H. Gombrich, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2014-07-08. A gift from Ben and Jenn and Cindy, Christmas 2013.

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Hitler's uranium club, Jeremy Bernstein, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-07-03.

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The Church of the Comic Spirit, Paul Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2014-06-24. A gift from my brother-in-law, Scot, Christmas 2013.

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Trunk Music, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. ' B-movie producer Tony Aliso is found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls Royce, in what looks like a mob hit. Detective Harry Bosch, just back from an 'involuntary stress leave,' is not so sure. And when he finds the money trail, he follows it ... all the way to Vegas. where his one-time lover, Eleanor Wish now works as a pro poker player and is somehow connected to the world of Tony Aliso.' Kindle. Read 2014-06-15. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Origins of Modern Science, Herbert Butterfield, Weebcentral Library. Herbert Butterfield, in his book The Origins of Modern Science, tells the story of the development of modern science by focusing on the ideational changes in what is now referred to as science from the late Middle Ages until the advent of the French Revolution, with primary emphasis on the development of the modern understanding of motion. This is a brilliant choice, as it was the development of a robust physical and mathematical model of motion that allowed Newton to unite terrestrial and astronomical physics into a universal set of physical laws describing mechanics. Paperback. Re-Read 2014-06-03.

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Isaac Newton, James Gleick, LA Public Library. Kindle. Read 2014-05-25.

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The Closers, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch ends a three-year retirement and rejoins theL.A. Police Department, where he is assigned to the new Open-Unsolved Unit. and assigned the 17-year-old abduction and slaying of a mixed-race teenager.Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other - now a police commander - is helping to keep the lid tight on the case.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-21. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien, LA Public Library. O'Brien's Vietnam combat experience and facility as a writer helped to illuminate the pervasive fear he and other combat veterans experienced, and the resulting distortions it had on their behavior. I found it difficult and compelling reading. It is a set of related vignettes, short-story-like, that explore the short bursts of violence and the long periods between fighting that weighed upon the soldiers of this combat infantry platoon. The loss of a comrade produced deep and long-lasting emotional effects for these men, including fantasies inspired by perhaps mis-placed guilt: 'If I only had done this, my comrade would still be alive.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-20. A gift from Jon and Melinda, Christmas 2013. Melinda recently recommended this novel by O'Brien, as part of a conversation about what books were being read recently in high school.

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Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'The death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. Hes playing by Moscow rules now. This is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where power resides once more behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealerand he is about to deliver Russias most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda.' Hardcover. Read 2014-05-16.

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Lost Light, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD, and begins to re-investigate the 4-year old murder of a film production assistant which occured during a movie set robbery. The LAPD, now operating under post 9/11 rules, think the stolen money was used to finance a terrorist training camp. Thoughts of the original murder victim were lost in the federal zeal, and when Bosch decides to re-investigate, he quickly falls fouls of both his old colleagues and the FBI.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-15. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Narrows, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'FBI agent Rachel Walling picks up the trail anew on the Poet, a serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call too, from an old friend whose husband has recently died. The death appeared natural, but this mans ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-12. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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City of Bones, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills - and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. For Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-03. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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A Darkness More Than Night, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Terrence McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller Blood Work, is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate a series of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings that McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-29. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Concrete Blonde, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch thought he'd stopped the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. Now the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for shooting the wrong man - an accusation that rings true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-19. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Black Ice, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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What Is Life?, Erwin Schrödinger, Weebcentral Library. I recently re-read portions Erwin Schroedinger's amazing little book What is Life?, which was a post-war stimulus for a number of physicists to switch from physics to biology and look hard for a physical understanding of living organisms. Some of the people who gave birth to molecular biology claim to have been stimulated to move into the field by this book, such as Watson, Crick, Perutz, and Wilkins, Cavendish scientists all. The book was intended as at most a heuristic exploration of the application of physical models to living systems, and given the responses of early molecular biologists, this is indeed how it was received. Schrödinger, the great quantum physicist, is at his best with his accessible explanation for the application of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics to living systems and to evolution, and a thought-provoking discussion on the statistical vs. the dynamical approach to physical modeling. Kindle. Re-Read 2014-04-17.

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The Piano Tuner: A Novel, Daniel Mason, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-04-15. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'At the onset of the tenth century, Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg. Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.' Hardcover. Read 2014-04-06. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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The Big Nowhere, James Ellroy, LA Public Library. Recently I decided to read one of James Ellroy's gritty L.A. noir detective novels. His Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential were both made into films, the latter a very good one. Unfortunately, The Big Nowhere turned out to be not just gritty, but pornographically cruel and soulless. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-03-26.

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Angels Flight, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosche takes on the case of an activist attorney who is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive.' Kindle. Read 2014-03-21. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'LAPD detective Harry Bosch is down on his luck - his house is condemned in the aftermath of the earthquake, his girlfriend has left him, and he has been suspended for attacking his superior officer. To occupy time he examines the old case files covering a murder which took place on October 28th 1961. The victim was Marjorie Phillips Lowe - his mother...The case forces Bosch to confront the demons of the past, and as he digs deeper into the case, he discovers a trail of cover-ups that lead to the high-ups in the Hollywood Hills...' Kindle. Read 2014-03-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Discoveries And Opinions Of Galileo, Stillman Drake, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 2014-03-14.

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Black Echo, The, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'For Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal ... because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam 'tunnel rat' who had fought side by side with him. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer.' Kindle. Read 2014-03-09. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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Guide to the World's Religions: New Edition of a Classic Work, David G. Bradley, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-02-23. Gift from my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

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Protestantism and Progress, Ernst Troeltsch, Internet Archive. Ernst Troeltsch was a fin de siècle Protestant theologian who wrote Protestantism and Progress: A Historical Study of Protestantism and the Modern World. This work, along with his friend Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, both written just before World War I, are reasoned historical treatments of the influence of Protestantism on the perceived and potential progress of Western society. They provide effective contrast to the often simplistic and one-sided efforts by Protestant Evangelicals to do the same, such as Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live? e-Book. Read 2014-02-22.

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Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Weebcentral Library. Douglas Hofstadter took over Martin Gardner's Scientific American column Mathematical Games for a couple of years, and wrote some fine essays in his own column, Metamagical Themas, an anagram of Gardner's column. His best were on the subject of self-referential sentences, and his explanation of the mis-application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle to things other than the microcosm is the best I have read, including the most succinct description of the application of wave mechanics beyond atoms. His breakdown of molecular genetics in terms of basic information theory is excellent, even though he does not answer his own question as to whether the genetic code is arbitrary or not. Paperback. Read 2014-02-22. Gift from my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

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The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-02-13. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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How Should We Then Live?, Francis A. Schaeffer, Weebcentral Library. I first read parts of this book in 1976, when Francis Schaeffer was a humble missionary to the intellectually curious, and not active in politics, or so it seemed. Several recent histories have described Schaeffer as a primary actor in the post-Roe-v-Wade shift of U.S. Evangelical Christians into high gear politically, who married themselves to the Republican party to return a morally corrupted secular society to the absolute moral certainty of Christian culture. This prompted me to re-read this book, to answer the question: What did Schaeffer have to say that influenced so many Evangelicals to become more politically active? Paperback. Re-Read 2014-02-12.

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How Now Shall We Live?, Charles Colson, Weebcentral Library. By the time Charles Colson got out of prison in the mid-70's, having been convicted for acts of political skullduggery during the Watergate scandal, he had converted to Evangelical Christianity. How Now Shall We Live was his best-seller, an homage to Francis Schaeffer's view of Western history. Schaeffer was a presuppositional millennialist who in the 1970's left the quiet life of a Christian intellectual to help lead the evangelicals to the heights of political activism we see today in the U.S. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-02-09.

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Undiluted hocus-pocus, Gardner Martin, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner is one of my favorite authors, so when I heard that his autobiography had been recently been published, posthumously, I was interested. For a Gardner fan it is a delight; his plain-spoken mid-West style is well in evidence. Gardner was indefatigably curious, and this book gives some idea of the life he lived while pursuing so many ideas. Gardner met and befriended some of the great intellects of his time; the book is sometimes a bit tedious in its name-dropping, while giving evidence of the joy Gardner felt spending time in the company of brilliant minds. Gardner explores some of his favorite subjects beyond detailing what was by all appearances a full intellectual life. A gift from my wife Cindy, Christmas, 2013. Kindle. Read 2014-02-06.

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Main Currents of Western Thought: Readings in Western Europe Intellectual History from the Middle Ages to the Present, Fourth Edition, Baumer, Weebcentral Library. A course of study regarding Western Civilization is often accompanied by a book such as this, a collection of excerpts from historical influential thinkers. This is the best I have come across, with strong short summaries of many of the excerpts, and excellent multi-page summaries of specific eras. Paperback. Partially-Read 2014-02-04. A gift from my wife, Cindy, for Christmas 2012.

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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right & Wrong, Steve Wilkens, Weebcentral Library. Even-handed overview of major systems of ethics, which points out the strengths and weaknesses of each. Useful book, as it makes the point that there are no completely consistent systems of ethics, and to reach a mature ethical philosophy requires acknowledgement of the truth of human limits in their ability to define an absolute point of view. Paperback. Read 2014-02-04. A gift from my buddy Tim.

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The Ascent Of Man, J. Bronowski, Weebcentral Library. Bronowski's take on the history of science is informed by his knowledge of the arts. This is a humanistic history of man's construction of himself through invention and adaptation. Hardcover. Read 2014-01-31.

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-01-22. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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Selected Tales, Nikolai Leskov, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-01-18. A gift from Melinda Miles, Christmas 2013.

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The orchardist, Amanda Coplin, Weebcentral Library. This is a well-structured novel of grief and solitude and of the damage of indifferent manipulation and violence, balanced against the friendship and care that can heal. The author depicts the inner life of people who are mostly isolated, via the point of view of an orchardist, as lonely, sometimes peaceful, and sometimes self-delusional or unaware. Paperback. Read 2014-01-15. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel, Jacob Bronowski, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-01-15.

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Great Essays in Science, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. This a a superb collection of science essays, in part because the essays are chosen for their broad range, typically beyond just science and touching literature, poetry, culture, religion, philosophy and other of the intellectual arts. Gardner's knowledge across many disciplines informs his choices, including the brilliantly mocking voice of GK Chesterton, who is unlikely to be found in any other collection dedicated to things scientific. Paperback. Partially-Read 2014-01-09. A gift from my Ben and Jenn, Christmas 2013.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-01-01. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks, Weebcentral Library. Geraldine Brook's historical novel, People of the Book, tells the fascinating and uplifting story of how people of different faiths created and protected a Jewish book of worship known as the Sarajevo Haggadah for over five hundred years, a period marked by much religious conflict. Hardcover. Read 2013-12-29. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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In Search Of The Double Helix: Quantum Physics And Life, John Gribbin, Weebcentral Library. Superb quantum chemical history of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Gribbin provides one of the best layman's introduction to the modern approach to chemical bonding, based on Pauling's application of quantum mechanics to chemistry. He provides a consistent and lucid conceptual description of the major types of chemical bonding: Ionic, covelant, hydrogen and van der Waal's. He then applies them to the molecules of life, culminating in a history of the discovery of the DNA structure. Paperback. Re-Read 2013-12-22.

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The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA, Robert Olby, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 2013-12-18.

League of Denial, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Website. There is new understanding that concussive injuries from football can cause life-long brain-damage, and can seriously shorten and distort the lives of those whose brains have been damaged in such fashion. The new book League of Denial, which addresses these problems primarily at the NFL level, points out that everyone ‘knew that football was violent and dangerous, that one hit could break your neck or even kill you. No, what the researchers were saying was that the essence of football — the unavoidable head banging that occurs on every play, like a woodpecker jackhammering at a tree — can unleash a cascading series of neurological events that in the end strangles your brain, leaving you unrecognizable.’ ‘The devastating symptoms produced by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, a neuro-degenerative disease that had been detected in the brains of many deceased football players: depression, dementia, even suicide.’ Excerpted in the ESPN magazine. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2013-12-09.

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The Eighth Day of Creation, Horace Freeland Judson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 2013-12-06.

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Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson, LA Public Library. e-Book. Read 2013-12-06.

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Azincourt, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. Cornwell's historical fiction on the subject of the Hundred Year's War, specifically an account of the battle between the English and the French in Normandy at Azincourt, as the village of Agincourt was known at the time of the battle, where Henry V led the English to an improbable victory over a vastly superior French force. Cornwell does an excellent job of fleshing out the antecedents and then the terrible clash between French cavalry and the English longbow, a weapon that helped them to win a number of other battles during their ascendant phase of the Hundred Year's War. Kindle. Read 2013-11-27.

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A History of Warfare, John Keegan, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-11-19.

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The Enlightenment, Anthony Pagden, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2013-11-15. A gift from my son Jon, on the occasion of Father's Day 2013.

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In The First Circle, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. This is one of my all-time favorite novels, and only recently has this new English translation become available. It is more than a new translation, actually; the version that reached the West and was the source of all English translations heretofore was a version bowdlerized by the author himself while trying to get the book past Soviet censors during the all-too-brief literary thaw in the 1960's when Ivan Denisovich was published inside the Soviet Union. This is the full work as the author intended it, with more chapters, a slightly different plot. The biggest difference I see between the versions is the amount of time devoted to the character Josef Stalin (no slip here; Stalin is a fully fleshed out character in this version, and sharply drawn), and Innokenty Volodin. It was a real pleasure reading the extended version, and this novel remains one of my favorites. Hardcover. Read 2013-11-11. A gift from my Cindy, Christmas 2012.

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A Christian Manifesto, Francis A. Schaeffer, LA Public Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-11-05.

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Ricky Jay, . Paperback. Read 2013-10-28.

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A Brief History Of Time, Stephen W. Hawking, Weebcentral Library. A Brief History of Time is the single best popularized science book I have read to date on the subject of modern physics. It has been held that kind of regard since it has been published in 1988, but I resisted reading it, because I had formed the opinion that quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity, and their application to cosmology, was simply too difficult to convey to the non-practitioner. Hawking does a superb job for most of the book in conceptualizing these theories, his departure point classical physics. His pithy description of the major points of development of classical physics is masterful, and his treatment of QM, the general theory and modern cosmology is accessible. As he is winding down with a description of unified theories it finally becomes a bit of a slog, but all in all, a tremendous achievement. Paperback. Read 2013-10-05.

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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox, Weebcentral Library. Rosalind Franklin was one of the primary actors in the search for the structure of the DNA molecule.

In 1968 James Watson published The Double Helix, his personal account of the elucidation of the structure of DNA, in which he de-emphasized Rosalind Franklin's critical contributions during the period of discovery, while drawing a negative portrait of her.  Franklin did not receive the Nobel Prize for this discovery, but Watson and Crick did. Why not? Rank villainy?

Brenda Maddox does a superb job of sorting out Franklin's complex story.

Paperback. Read 2013-09-28.

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Introduction To The Russian Mennonites, Wally Kroeker, Weebcentral Library. Excellent short history of the Dutch Mennonite migrations from Holland to Prussia to Russia to all points on the compass, particularly North America. Paperback. Read 2013-09-17.

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The One World Schoolhouse, Salman Khan, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2013-09-05. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

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The new Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, Weebcentral Library. Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is an important and tightly argued treatise on the mass incarceration of black and brown people in the United States since the acceleration of the War on Drugs in the mid-1980's. Most of the incarcerations have been for low level possession, and have disproportionately affected minorities: According to federal figures, blacks and whites use drugs at a roughly equal rate in percentage terms, yet black men 12 times likelier to be jailed for drugs than white ones. Hardcover. Read 2013-09-01.

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Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2013-08-25.

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The annotated and illustrated double helix, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2013-08-23. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

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The second creation, Robert P. Crease, Weebcentral Library. This is a history of the development of the Standard Model of particle physics, circa 1986. It is well regarded by physicists for its sociological treatment, as well as its attempt to record the false starts and uncertainty that accompany leading edge science; certainly the personalities and their various collaborations and squabbles are vividly rendered. As to the science, it is particularly good in providing a pithy description of how a unified theory of electromagnetic, strong and weak forces gives rise to our description of the early events of the Big Bang theory. Paperback. Re-Read 2013-08-22.

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Relativity: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...), Bruce Bassett, Clackamas County Library. This book summarizes Einstein's special and general theory of relativity using cartoon drawings to illustrate every concept. It does not shy away from physical formulae, neither does it provide in depth discussion of same. My own physics background included the special theory of relativity, and so the explanations were familiar ones, and just OK. I never attempted the general theory, as the mathematics and the physics were too daunting, but was familiar with the consequences, history and major tests of the general theory, which this book covered. Overall, the subject is simply too dense for anyone not on the proper physical and mathematical footing, but the book does a decent job of explaining some of the concepts of Riemannian geometry, the curvature of space, the important observations, basic conondrums and current models of modern astrophysics, the successful applications of the general theory in addressing some of those, and where the general theory either falls short or is as yet untestable. It is OK as a 50,000 foot view of, for a non-physicist, an otherwise unapproachable subject. Paperback. Read 2013-08-12.

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The Brass Verdict: A Novel, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Mickey Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait.' Hardcover. Read 2013-08-05. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

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The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson, LA Public Library. Audio Book. Read 2013-07-29. Recommended by my sister-in-law Bonnie.

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Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2013-07-04.

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Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan, LA Public Library. A mostly excellent collection of essays, that are, at their best, a capable blend of the personal and the arcane, studded with knowing cultural observations and wit. Sullivan has his own distinct style, but a couple of his essays are somewhat reminiscent of the best of Tom Wolfe's New Journalism. Most of the essays revolve around his fascination with his Southern heritage, with enough remove perhaps engendered by his growing up in Indiana to cleanse his writing of the nostalgic, mournful, forgetful and defensive tone that can come from native Southern writers. Hardcover. Read 2013-06-15.

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Martin Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis, Weebcentral Library. A novel reputed to describe the world of science practitioners with acuity, it is considered an early and rare novelistic attempt at describing the motivations and considerations of a professional scientist, overlaying the usual research goals with the more ordinary maneuverings of ambition and career, or, to extend the point, a more sociological treatment of scientific research. I found this description of the novel to be accurate, but found the Arrowsmith character less interesting than I had hoped. Paperback. Read 2013-06-01.

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Why Evolution Is True, Jerry A. Coyne, Weebcentral Library. This book has been hailed by some as a clear-eyed exposition of modern evolutionary biology. I found it strong on the science, and disappointingly weak on the intellectual discipline: Coyne, along with Dawkins and other evolutionists, spend way too much time and emotion on their ongoing battle with New Creationists. Too many emotional jabs at New Creationism are interspersed throughout the book (hint: when Creationist arguments are countered, the New Creationist side of the argument is often presented with colored, negatively weighted adjectives), which creates an unneccessarily defensive posture, and makes their overall arguments sometimes appear rhetorically weak and less rigorous. We get it: New Creationism is not science. The best defense of evolution comes from making the case for its science, and being forthright about the holes in evolutionary theory and knowledge. The Theory of Evolution has some elements that are necessarily difficult to test, and it has some inconsistencies, not unlike other well-established scientific theories, to include the Standard Model of particle physics and General Relativity. This should be embraced as typical of the workings of science. Creationists seem to seek the security of an absolute model. There is no such thing in science, which is ultimately why it is more realistic and valuable than religiously based stories which purport to describe our world. Coyne is both brilliant and embarrassing, as it would appear sometimes that he holds the Theory of Evolution closer to an absolute model than he knows it to be. Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-05-15.

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Prince of Fire, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Gabriel Allon faces his most determined enemy-and greatest challenge-in the stunning novel from the world-class practitioner of spy fiction.' Paperback. Read 2013-05-12.

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Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, LA Public Library. Historical fiction following the life of Thomas Cromwell, the most able of Henry VIII's counselors. Part II. Hardcover. Read 2013-04-28.

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Notes On The State Of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, UVa. Jefferson's only book, an answer to French inquiries regarding Virginia while our allies during the Revolutionary War. Reluctantly published by Jefferson first in France. While showing the amazing range of Jefferson, it also reveals both his conscience and lack thereof. Jefferson knew his standing in France amongst the intellectuals was precarious due to his slave ownership, and in these Notes he provided both a stiff condemnation of slavery (not because it was cruel or unfair or against his otherwise heartfelt Enlightenment principles, but because it caused painful pangs of conscience for sensitive slaveowners like himself), and reasons for why he did not divest himself of slaves, the basis for which was unadulterated racism: Blacks were difficult to free because they were not citizen material (too stupid, too ugly, too dangerous because they might take revenge for their ill-treatment, too hard to remove them from America where they could not be allowed to remain, etc.) All in all, much more revealing than Jefferson intended, and never intended for an American audience. e-Book. Read 2013-04-02.

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Michel De Montaigne: The Complete Essays, Michel De Montaigne, Project Gutenberg. Read selected essays in support of my reading of Bakewell's ambitious overview and history of the Essais. e-Book. Partially-Read 2013-04-01.

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How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, Sarah Bakewell, Weebcentral Library. Excellent book, which I had hoped would give me a good introduction and some understanding of the historical impact of the Essais, and which provided just such. Kindle. Read 2013-04-01. A gift from my son, Jon, on the occasion of Father's Day.

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Iron Curtain, Applebaum Anne, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2013-03-19. A gift from Benn and Jenn.

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Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, William Manchester, Paul Reid, Weebcentral Library. I have been waiting for fifteen or more years, along with many others, for the last volume of Manchester's Churchill biography; the first two were excellent, particularly the first. Manchester became ill, and never finished it, but passed it on to Paul Reid, who did finish the third and final volume. Very good effort, but one cannot but wonder how much better it would have been had Manchester completed it himself. Hardcover. Read 2013-03-02. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

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Wars of the Roses, Elizabeth Hallam, Weebcentral Library. Re-read portions recently, particularly the early and late eras that comprised the War of the Roses. This book is well-written, and includes not only some description of the dynastic conflict but of the general history of the time, and important events and works of literature and art. Hardcover. Read 2013-02-22.

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Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, LA Public Library. Historical fiction following the life of Thomas Cromwell, the most able of Henry VIII's counselors. Part I. Hardcover. Read 2013-02-15.

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White Noise (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century), Don DeLillo, LA Public Library. Paperback. Read 2013-01-29. Recommended by my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

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A Death in Vienna, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'During the later stages of WWII, Sturmbannfuehrer Erich Radek's job was to erase all evidence of the Holocaust. Radek, now known as Ludwig Vogel, is chairman of the Danube Valley Trade and Investment Corporation and lives quietly in Vienna. A bombing at the Austrian Wartime Claims and Inquiries office leaves chief investigator Eli Lavon near death. Undercover Mossad agent Gabriel Allon, protagonist of the two previous novels, is ordered by Israeli spymaster Ari Shamron to ferret out the perpetrator. Allon is reluctant-he's working as an art restorer on one of Bellini's great altarpieces in Venice-but Eli is an old friend from the secret service, and duty calls.' Paperback. Read 2013-01-07.

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The Beautiful and the Damned, Siddhartha Deb, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-12-01. A gift from my brother-in-laws, Scot and Greg.

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Story: Substance, Structure, Style And The Principles Of Screenwriting, Robert McKee, Weebcentral Library. Found it very slow going, with way too much pre-amble. Probably good if you are an actual screenwriter, looking for additional practical approaches to the craft. Kindle. Partially-Read 2012-11-29. Recommended by Matt Merkovich. 'If there is one book to be read about screenwriting, this is it.'

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Napoleon Dynamite: Final Shooting Script, Jared Hess, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-11-16.

The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era, Thomas Schatz, . Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-11-13. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

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Solo Faces: A Novel, James Salter, LA Public Library. Reputed to be the best novel about rock climbing; I would agree with that assessment, for the most part. The ending is on the weak side, but the body of the story is taut, well-informed about the world of rock climbing, and tells a believable tale about the driven and obsessive behavior of elite climbers. Paperback. Read 2012-11-04.

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The Princess Bride (Ballantine Reader's Circle), William Goldman, LA Public Library. The movie was much better (a rare event). Within the fairy tale told in the film is interspersed the thoughts and maneuverings of a screenwriter, which are maybe interesting to other screenwriters . . . Hardcover. Read 2012-11-01.

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Juno: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts), Diablo Cody, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-10-15.

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Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York, Adam Gopnik, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-10-14.

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Slinging Mud, Rosemarie Ostler, LA Public Library. Web Page. Partially-Read 2012-10-10.

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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-10-01. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

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Walk The Talk, John Gaskin, Weebcentral Library. e-Book. Read 2012-09-25.

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Unpopular Essays, Bertrand Russell, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2012-09-20.

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Why Vietnam matters, Rufus Phillips, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-09-09.

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The movie business book, Jason E. Squire, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-08-22.

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From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film, Dov Simens S-S, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-08-15.

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Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson, Weebcentral Library. This is a long historical novel that dares to write with some depth around the subjects of cryptoanalysis, mathematics, computers, and operating systems. It is full of insights about the technology, about those who live that technology, and about the cultures they inhabit. Kindle. Read 2012-08-03. A gift from my brother-in-law, Greg.

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Heritage, Abba Solomon Eban, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-07-26.

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The Confessor, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Art restorer Gabriel Allon is trying to put his secret service past behind him. But when his friend Benjamin Stern is murdered in Munich, he's called into action once more. Police in Germany are certain that Stern, a professor well known for his work on the Holocaust, was killed by right-wing extremists. But Allon is far from convinced. Not least because all trace of the new book Stern was researching has now mysteriously disappeared . . . Meanwhile, in Rome, the new Pope paces around his garden, thinking about the perilous plan he's about to set in motion. If successful, he will revolutionize the Church. If not, he could very well destroy it . . . In the dramatic weeks to come, the journeys of these two men will intersect. Long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds will come to light, and both their lives will be changed for ever . . .' Paperback. Read 2012-07-26.

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Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, Osterwalder Alexander, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-07-21. Recommended by my nephew Jean-Michel.

Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect, Bill Maher, . Paperback. Read 2012-07-04.

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Annotated Ancient Mariner: The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Re-Read 2012-07-03.

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories, Nathan Englander, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2012-07-02. A loan from my daughter-in-law, Jenn. Nathan Englander was one of her professors at Columbia.

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Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore, LA Public Library. Paperback. Read 2012-06-29. Recommended by my brother Craig.

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Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, Paul Finkelman, Weebcentral Library. Compact and well-reasoned monograph on Slavery and its primal influence on the formation of the United States and its Constitution, slavery's heavy hand in the early shaping of its laws and customs, and clear-headed analysis of slave-owning founding fathers, particularly Jefferson. Compares and contrasts Jefferson's speech vs. his actions (lack thereof) as regards slavery without the usual hagiographic blithering about Jefferson being a man limited by his times, made particularly obvious by the actions of men of his time and place, in positions just like him, who did free their slaves, etc. e-Book. Read 2012-06-24.

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Weebcentral Library. An overview of the new science of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'Evo Devo.' Kindle. Read 2012-06-18. A gift from my son Jon.

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Bad Religion, Douthat Ross Gregory, Weebcentral Library. Since all other than orthodox is heretical by definition, it is thereby 'Bad Religion.' Ross, a practicing Catholic, argues that Christianity is a highly paradoxical religion whose orthodox views provide a necessary and hard won narrative: The one true synthesis of those paradoxical elements. The argument is not a very compelling one to me, but the book is nonetheless valuable for its summary of those paradoxes, as well as a survey of various Christian trends like Evangelical fundamentalism, prosperity gospel, liberation theology, revival of Gnosticism, etc., all of which he labels as heresies, and finally as an 80 year history of the intersection of politics and Christianity in America. Kindle. Read 2012-06-06. A gift from Jon and Melinda.

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The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science, R. Douglas Fields Ph.D., Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2012-05-14. A gift from my son Jon. Recommended by my friend Ralph.

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The Autobiography of Mark Twain (Perennial Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2012-05-01. A gift from my wife Cindy.

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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories, Yiyun Li, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-04-25.

Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, . Paperback. Read 2012-04-17. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

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Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed cross the road?, Brian D. McLaren, Weebcentral Library. Thoughtful and candid discussion of Christianity's violence, hostility, imperial roots, and drift away from the primary ethics of Christ, by a Christian pastor. McLaren provides a pragmatic approach for Christians to move towards multi-faith acceptance and a return to the heart of Christs's message: Love for one another trumps all. McLaren provides a welcome contrast to men like Francis Schaeffer, Os Guinness, or Ross Douthat, whose books I have also read recently, and who are so certain that their faith traditions are the only ones. Kindle. Read 2012-04-09. A gift from Jon and Melinda.

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The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero, Robert Kaplan, Weebcentral Library. Diddly squat is as close to squat as makes no nevermind.' This is a superb and far-ranging essay on the apparently mundane zero. While it might be expected to be predominantly mathematical, it is much more, an erudite and masterly exposition that touches many disciplines without slighting its mathematical roots. It has an exponential arc. Paperback. Read 2012-03-24. A gift from my wife Cindy.

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Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'As the ninth century wanes, King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.The Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred's dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-16. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-03-12. A gift from my buddy Tim.

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The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'By now, Alfred the Great is old and feeble, unwilling and unable to repel the Danish invaders. He relies on trusty pagan warlord Uhtred, but Uhtred's temper and an unexpected violent act force Uhtred to break his oath of loyalty to Alfred and flee north with his men, intending to reclaim his ancestral home. En route, they face marauding Danish armies, betrayal, battles for a pirate treasure, and the curse of a vicious Danish witch, only to eventually be manipulated back into fighting for Alfred. ' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-11. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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American Sphinx, Joseph J. Ellis, Weebcentral Library. Joseph Ellis provides us with an ambitious analysis of the compartmentalized mind of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was extraordinarily adept at saying and writing, apparently believing, and doing things that were paradoxical and often diametrically opposed to each other. Ellis suggests that this helps to explain his enduring following by just about every political persuasion in the United States, and even abroad: Anyone can find in Jefferson something that supports one's ideology, especially if they studiously ignore, in perfect Jeffersonian fashion, the things Jefferson said or did that would negate their ideology. Paperback. Read 2012-03-03. A gift from my wife Cindy.

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Sword Song, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help. Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. ' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-01. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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The Pale Horseman, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. A dispossessed young nobleman, Uhtred is tied to the imperiled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invaders - and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country's staunch defender - the fugitive King Alfred.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-22. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut, Weebcentral Library. Had some great Vonnegutian bursts of imagination. Highly uneven dystopic novel, but readable. Paperback. Read 2012-02-22. Recommended by my friend Ralph Wiser.

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Apostles of Disunion, Charles B. Dew, Weebcentral Library. It has always been for me somewhat of a puzzle as to why many in the South up to today insist on the idea that slavery was not a primary cause of our Civil War, but that states rights, economic warfare, etc. or anything but slavery were the deep and the proximate cause of that war. Charles Dew, born and raised in the South, writes this monograph on that very subject. He comes at the subject by researching the various documents created and speeches made by the politicians and government officials of Southern states prior to the start of the Civil War for the purpose of justifying, insisting upon, and finally enacting the secession of the various states from the Union. Paperback. Read 2012-02-16.

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Lords of the North, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The year is 878, and as Lords of the North begins, the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister, who was taken prisoner by Kjartan the Cruel, a Danish lord who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines, where fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes have formed a desperate alliance to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of England, as the English and Danes fight against each other, but also find common cause and create a common language.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-15. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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the English Assassin, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore a painting owned by a reclusive millionaire banker, art expert and sometime Israeli agent Gabriel Allon discovers his would-be employer murdered and finds himself back in the espionage game, tangling with a rogue assassin he had trained. Reprint..' Paperback. Read 2012-02-14.

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The Subject Steve, Sam Lipsyte, Weebcentral Library. Is the Subject Steve dying? Aren't we all dying? Is the Subject Steve actually Steve? Hardcover. Read 2012-02-12. A gift from my Ben and Jenn.

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The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England - and the course of history - depended upon one man, one king. From New York Times bestselling storyteller Bernard Cornwell comes a rousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddled two worlds.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-05. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

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The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt, Weebcentral Library. Stephen Greenblatt's book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is an excellent tale of the influence of Epicurus on the modern way of thinking. Epicurus spoke of change in terms of a 'swerve'; the author's allusion to a swerve otherwise is to the narrow and chance survival during the Renaissance of Lucretius' poem De Rerum Natura, a rumination and celebration of all things Epicurean, and whose influence in subsequent Western thought represents a giant swerve in cosmology, religion and natural philosophy away from Plato and Aristotle and towards Epicurus. Hardcover. Read 2011-12-29.

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Eve's Diary, Complete, Mark Twain, Project Gutenberg. e-Book. Read 2011-12-09.

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Three Cups of Deceit, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. e-Book. Read 2011-12-01.

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Molecular Cell Biology, Harvey Lodish, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2011-11-30.

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The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview, Iris Fry, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-11-15.

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Love of Life, Jack London, Project Gutenberg. e-Book. Read 2011-11-02.

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Complications, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-10-04.

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The Kill Artist, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Former Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon is drawn back into the game to take on a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree, a Palestinian zealot who played a dark part in Gabriel's past. And what begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by both political intrigue and deep personal passions...' Paperback. Read 2011-09-02.

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The Hamlet, William Faulkner, Weebcentral Library. I asked my brother Craig to recommend a good introduction to Faulkner, and he suggested I start with one of the Snopes family sagas. I have avoided Faulkner since a small introduction to his writing in high school, but became curious recently: Faulkner is often described as one of America's great writers, so there must be something to that. Alas, I struggled once again difficult to stay awake reading his dense, overly florid prose, particularly as the writing is describing Southern culture. I find that when reading Southern writing I still favor Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and other more direct expositors. Kindle. Partially-Read 2011-08-13. A gift from Melinda Miles.

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Spandau: The Secret Diaries, Albert Speer, Weebcentral Library. Albert Speer, Hitler's personal architect and Reich Armaments Minister, kept a diary while he was in Spandau prison following his conviction at the post-war Nuremburg trials. These diaries provide a fascinating, hooded glimpse of the 'smartest man' in the Nazi leadership. At least, smart enough to evade the death penalty at the Nuremberg Trials ... Paperback. Re-Read 2011-07-22.

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San Fernando Valley, Marc Wanamaker, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-07-07. A gift from my wife Cindy.

New York Times book of science questions and answers, C. Claiborne Ray, . Hardcover. Read 2011-07-02.

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The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-06-28.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James, Project Gutenberg. Paperback. Partially-Read 2011-06-08.

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Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches, Lynda Obst, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-05-11.

From Harvard to Hell And Back, Eric H. Sigward, . A book by one of several seminary interns from Peninsula Bible Church all of whom lived in my parent's house on and off during the mid-70's. Of all of the interns, I only met one, and it was not Eric, but the stories I heard about Eric made him the only interesting one (unless you count the notorious Bryan Fischer, but that kind of 'interest' I can do without), stories like: Eric, out of the blue, asked another intern, Tina, to marry him (they had no romantic relationship), and when she emphatically replied, 'No,' he responded, 'Well, how about tennis?' So when I ran across this book, I was able to determine it was the same Eric Sigward, and decided to read it. The book is an autobiographical account of a young phenom who attended Horace Mann, Harvard, where he rowed on the crew and joined the Porcellian Club, Cambridge, Stanford, and several divinity schools. Crazy book, of hubris and wild youth, drugs, sex, the occult, and finally Jesus. Paperback. Read 2011-05-05.

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Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2011-05-01.

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Absence of Mind, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. In her collection of essays entitled Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of Self, Marilynne Robinson sails the still uncharted territory of consciousness, or perhaps, the territory of charting consciousness. She fires an immediate broadside in her very first sentence: 'These essays examine one side in the venerable controversy called the conflict between science and religion, in order to question the legitimacy of the claim its exponents make to speak with the authority of science and in order to raise questions about the quality of thought that lies behind it.' The 'absence of mind' the title appears at least a double entendre: The removal of the mystery of the mind by sloppy, imprecise parascience (a word Robinson uses more in the sense of scientism) and a poke at those who would arrogantly misuse the authority of science as being absent of mind. Hardcover. Read 2011-04-14.

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Thomas Jefferson, R.B. Bernstein, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 2011-04-12.

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Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-04-08.

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The Diary Of Adam And Eve, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-04-01.

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Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries) (Great Discoveries), Barbara Goldsmith, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-03-29.

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Endgame, Frank Brady, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2011-03-21.

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Divided by Faith, Benjamin J. Kaplan, Weebcentral Library. The ensuing religious fragmentation of Western Christendom following the advent of the Reformation created fissures in the fabric of European society so large that, after a century of warfare, borne by the exhaustion of bitter hatred and its accompanying destructiveness, the only option left for a more peaceful existence was the grudging co-existence of groups with religious differences. This is an account of the aftermath of the European Wars of Religion, and the rise of religious tolerance in Europe after the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation hell-on-earth, described so because all Western Christendom stood ex-communicated and bound to perdition, at least according to one or another of the warring Christian sects, Protestant and Catholic. Hardcover. Read 2011-03-21.

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The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine, Weebcentral Library. Thomas Paine was perhaps the most persuasive of those proponents of revolution in the American Colonies of Great Britain, and well after his influential pamphlet Common Sense he continued to write about 'revolting' things (tongue well in cheek) in the following period of the French Revolution. His pamphlet Age of Reason is a fiercely argued defense of freedom of religion, an argument against organized religion and an argument for deism, written between 1794 and 1797 from Revolutionary France. 'All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish(Muslim), appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.' e-Book. Read 2011-02-19.

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Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-02-11.

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I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. Dave Barry never disappoints; his comic perspective is a joy. Here Dave takes on, or perhaps eschews his middle-agedness. Hardcover. Read 2011-01-28.

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Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time, Peter Galison, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-01-14.

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Sister Wendy in Conversation with Bill Moyers, Bill D. Moyers, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-12-29.

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale. II: And Here My Troubles Begin, Art Spiegelman, Weebcentral Library. If you were looking for just one book that would give you some sense of the personal impact of the Holocaust on its victims, survivors and their families, this is it. Spiegelman's cartoon version of his father's life before, during and after the Holocaust, of which he was a survivor, provides a more direct, complete and highly visual means of telling the story. Maus draws you close, and with each panel, you feel the emotional impact of this terribly difficult and sad world. Paperback. Read 2010-12-14. Recommended by my brother Peter.

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale. I: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman, Weebcentral Library. If you were looking for just one book that would give you some sense of the personal impact of the Holocaust on its victims, survivors and their families, this is it. Spiegelman's cartoon version of his father's life before, during and after the Holocaust, of which he was a survivor, provides a more direct, complete and highly visual means of telling the story. Maus draws you close, and with each panel, you feel the emotional impact of this terribly difficult and sad world. Hardcover. Read 2010-12-14. Recommended by my brother Peter.

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Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacs, Weebcentral Library. Steve Jobs recent demise brought out many encomiums having at least one thing in common: An agreement that he was a genius. Jobs' genius (a notoriously fickle word) would appear to be in the realm of practical design. His early Apple computer was easier to use and more accessible to its consumers than those of his early competitors, and that was true of most of the subsequent devices produced by Apple on his watch, including the Macintosh windowing and mouse-driven operating system, the seductively simple iPod, the iPhone marriage of mobile phones with a personal digital assistant and its deft employment of touch screen technology, and the iPad tablet offshoot. Hardcover. Read 2010-12-03.

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The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers [7th Edition], Robert L. Heilbroner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-11-29. Inherited from my father-in-law Burt.

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The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2010-11-25.

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The Great Terror: A Reassessment, Robert Conquest, Weebcentral Library. Thorough history of the Great Terror of the Soviet Union. Read the sections emphasizing kulakization, anti-Semitism, intellectual suppression, and the disastrous weakening of the Soviet military in the run-up to WWII. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-11-07.

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The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce, Project Gutenberg. Ambrose Bierce is one of America's most celebrated cynics, along with Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken, and others too various to mention. His Devil's Dictionary provides ample dollops of irony, much of it directed seemingly at others while instead pointing directly at one's self. e-Book. Re-Read 2010-10-04.

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Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2010-10-01. A gift from my son Benn.

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The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine, Robert Conquest, Weebcentral Library. Definitive account of the policies and consequences of kulakization and collectivization in the Soviet Union in the 1930's, which resulted in mass terror, murder, and starvation. Russian Mennonites were among the victims of these policies. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-09-30.

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Bel Canto (P.S.), Ann Patchett, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-09-26. Recommended by my brother Peter.

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Angler, Barton Gellman, Weebcentral Library. Bart Gellman's book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency is a competent and sometimes surprising look at Dick Cheney's vice-presidency. The most surprising revelation? Cheney's fall from W.'s grace. Hardcover. Read 2010-09-25.

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Paris To The Moon, Adam Gopnik, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-08-16.

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-07-21. Recommended by my sister-in-law Bonnie.

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What Jesus Meant, Garry Wills, Weebcentral Library. Garry Wills, who is a believing Catholic, attempts to extricate the Jesus of the New Testament from the 1,700 year edifice of organized Christianity by doing his own translation of the koiné, or marketplace Greek ,in which the New Testament was originally written. Paperback. Read 2010-07-13.

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American ground, unbuilding the World Trade Center, William Langewiesche, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-07-03.

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Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern, Weebcentral Library. Pungent humor is the outward appeal of this loving and candid portrait of Dad; that it is often poignant and contains a surprising amount of insight is the hidden delight. Hardcover. Read 2010-07-01.

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1776, David McCullough, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-06-25.

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Come Let Us Stand United, Vernon Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-06-19.

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Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, Gary L. Roberts, Weebcentral Library. Robert's book Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend is a solid effort to document the life of one of the main participants of the shootout at the OK Corral, and provides a dramatic rendering of that famous event. I found it a nice diversion. Hardcover. Read 2010-06-19. A gift from my son Benn.

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Relentless Pursuit, Donna Foote, Weebcentral Library. Donna Foote's book Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America describes the controversial teacher program, following five of its young college graduates who immediately out of college and just after a short training stint, are teaching for the first time, and in failing inner city schools. Hardcover. Read 2010-05-14.

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Flash for Freedom!, George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-04-23. Recommended by my brother Craig.

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Lost Christianities : the Battle for Scripture And the Faiths We Never Knew, Bart D. Ehrman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-04-15.

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The Counter-Creationism Handbook, Mark Isaak, Weebcentral Library. Excellent. Use as a reference to research Creationist and Intelligent Design claims regarding the Theory of Evolution. Well-organized, complete, and carefully argued. The source of all assertions are fully documented. The entire book has been published on an open website here. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-04-13.

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From Babel To Dragomans: Interpreting The Middle East, Bernard Lewis, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2010-04-11.

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Master of the mountain, Henry Wiencek, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2010-04-02. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

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Up In Honey's Room, Elmore Leonard, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2010-04-01.

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Windows 7: The Missing Manual, David Pogue, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2010-03-11.

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The Blue Mountains of China, Rudy Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. The Blue Mountains of China is compelling and candid historical novel that tells the story of a set of Mennonite immigrations from the Ukraine SSR to Siberia, Canada, Paraguay, and briefly, China. The novel begins with a series of loosely connected chapters which move forward in time, and focus on individual and interior responses to the privations endured by Mennonites, who either are being forced from their land or are seeking that next elusive place on earth where Mennonites can be Mennonites. Paperback. Read 2010-03-04.

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Empire Falls, Richard Russo, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-02-19.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson, Weebcentral Library. 'Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.' Kindle. Read 2010-02-17.

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Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-01-22.

Your Brain on Music: The Science of A Human Obsession, Daniel J. Levitin, . Hardcover. Read 2010-01-18.

The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose, . I picked this book up on whim, to fill the hours of a long plane ride, mostly because of my admiration of the The Band of Brothers HBO series. I had read that the new HBO Spielberg-Hanks production The Pacific was also excellent, but I do not have access to HBO and was waiting for the series to be published in blue-ray.  So I thought, the book The Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, upon which the HBO series was based, was very good, so why not just read the Pacific in anticipation of that TV series? Hardcover. Read 2010-01-12.

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The Death of Adam, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. Marilynne Robinson's The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought could just as well have been entitled 'Modern Jeremiad', as its tone is often bleak, accusatory, and angry, sure that the world, and America in particular, has taken a set of massively wrong turns in terms of both its thinking and its behavior. This is a book that marks modern thought as empty of spiritual meaning, and continually contrasts secular (mostly failed) ideas and behaviors with Christianity's spirituality and ability to offer meaning and moral structure in a modern human's life. The essays are wildly uneven, and the variation in quality is quite wide; most are readable, but several are nigh on unreadable. If you were to read this book from back to front, you would, roughly speaking, be reading from the best essays to the worst. Paperback. Read 2009-12-28.

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Easy Company Soldier, Don Malarkey, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-11-18.

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The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, Ilan Stavans, Weebcentral Library. Many great modern Jewish writers are collected here. One especially thought-provoking story wasThe Conversion of the Jews, by Philip Roth, whose main character Oscar simultaneously pleads with and admonishes us: 'You shouldn't hit about God.' Hardcover. Read 2009-11-05.

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Algebra and Elementary Functions, H.S. Bear, Weebcentral Library. It may seem odd to include a textbook on a favorites list, but this relatively small pre-calculus text has remained my source for understanding or reviewing algebra and trigonometry. It is a little light on derivation, but makes concepts clear with judicious examples, and contains all of the main mathematical concepts needed to support a jaunt into mathematical analysis. Paperback. Re-Read 2009-10-26.

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A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, Weebcentral Library. Bryson has produced a brilliant exposition on fundamental science that is highly accessible and engrossing for any good reader. The author covers many topics of physics and astrophysics, including the origins of the universe, nuclear physics, and the origins and geological development of the earth. Paperback. Read 2009-10-12. Recommended by my brother Peter.

Get Shorty, Elmore Leonard, . Paperback. Read 2009-10-07.

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Negro president, Garry Wills, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-10-04.

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The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, Bethany McLean, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2009-10-04.

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Flashman at the Charge, George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. 'Very entertaining, tongue in cheek but accurate historical fiction, centered around the all-time bounder, Harry Flashman. ' Paperback. Read 2009-09-18. Recommended by my brother Craig.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, LA Public Library. 'Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age - and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it - assists Blomkvist with the investigation of a family matter for the wealthy Vangers. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism - and an unexpected connection between themselves.' Kindle. Read 2009-09-01.

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A Place of Greater Safety: A Novel, Hilary Mantel, Weebcentral Library.

Today we stormed the Bastille; I got there late; I heard it was bloody. Then I went home and had an argument with my mistress about the laundry. And she spends too much time gossiping with the concierge. Hmmm, what's that I smell for dinner?'

Such parody is a little harsh, but it serves to underline the overall pedestrian nature of this novel; the rich subject deserved much better. That subject is a tale of the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of its three major characters: Camille Desmoulins, Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, two of whom were members of the decidely unsafe Committee for Public Safety, all three of whom were consumed via the guillotine in the most unsafe year of 1794.

Paperback. Read 2009-08-11.

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The Flashman (The Flashman Papers), George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. Very entertaining, tongue in cheek but accurate historical fiction, centered around the all-time bounder, Harry Flashman. Paperback. Read 2009-07-18. Recommended by my brother Craig.

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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, Francis S. Collins, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-06-28.

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Lies My Teacher Told Me, Dr. James W. Loewen, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2009-06-26. Recommended by my brother Craig.

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Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2009-06-17.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn : A Century in His Life, D.M. Thomas, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-06-12.

Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest , Rudy Wiebe, . Paperback. Read 2009-04-04.

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The Meaning of it All, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2009-03-16.

The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin: A Novel, Richard Lourie, . Paperback. Read 2009-03-13.

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Europe Central, William T. Vollmann, Weebcentral Library. William Vollman's Europe Central is a layered novel that provides various perspectives of World War II through the thoughts and activities of selected historical actors from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, including Käthe Kollwitz, Kurt Gerstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, General Paulus and General Vlasov, among others. Each character carries their particular tragedy forward within the context of the times and the two totalitarian regimes. Paperback. Read 2009-03-02.

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Molotschna Historical Atlas, Helmut Huebert, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-02-22.

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An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin, Weebcentral Library. Of interest because it provides a decent explanation of complex geometry. Paperback. Read 2009-02-15.

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Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2009-01-26.

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Schaum's Outline of Geometry, Barnett Rich, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-11-05.

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Life Stories: Profiles From The New Yorker (Modern Library Paperbacks), David Remnick, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-11-05.

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Double Whammy, Carl Hiaasen, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-09-22. Recommended by my Brother Craig. He continues to guide me to the lighter side of reading, thank goodness, knowing my proclivity to ponderous books.

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Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development (Sams), Alison Balter, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-09-12.

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If You Can't Say Something Nice, Calvin Trillin, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2008-08-22.

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The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century, Peter Watson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-08-21.

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Empires Of Sand, David Ball, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-08-10.

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2008-07-03.

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A Peace To End All Peace: The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire And The Creation Of The Modern Middle East, David Fromkin, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-07-01.

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The Rider, Tim Krabbe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 2008-06-17.

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The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson, LA Public Library. 'Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story. Mikael Blomkvist - crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium - has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander. Now, as Blomkvist - alone in his belief in her innocence - plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Salander is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.' Kindle. Read 2008-06-08.

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The Truth of Science: Physical Theories and Reality, Roger G. Newton, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2008-05-05.

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The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, George Packer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-04-30.

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Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 2008-04-18.

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An Introduction to Mennonite History: A Popular History of the Anabaptists and the Mennonites, Cornelius J. Dyck, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-04-18.

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Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2008-04-04.

Starting a Yahoo! Business For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance)), Rob Snell, . Paperback. Read 2008-03-25.

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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom, Weebcentral Library. This is a great companion book for the appreciation of Shakespeare. I have been fortunate enough to see about half of Shakespeare's plays in my life, and fell into the habit of reading his plays before going to see it, because some of the wordplay I would otherwise have missed or misunderstood or not understood at all without a 'preview' to bring understanding to each scene, and a familiarization with not only the specific Elizabethan English, but the sometimes bewildering uses to which Shakespeare puts language. Of late, I have also added the habit of reading Harold Bloom's take on the same play, as he in particular focuses on Shakespeare's great skill in creating characters, and helps illuminate the characters of each individual play, highlighting the memorable speeches, and preparing me for a more rapt night at the theater. It is for me a reference book, in the sense that I will unlikely see all of Shakespeare's plays, and so will unlikely read all of Bloom's book. Paperback. Partially-Read 2007-12-01.

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Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before, Alastair Fothergill, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2007-11-04.

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The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Weebcentral Library. A great and rambling adventure, still readable even though written in 1844. Paperback. Read 2007-10-11.

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Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2007-09-26.

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Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-08-12.

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We Are Not Afraid, Homer Hickam, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-08-01.

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Roadside Geology of Oregon (Roadside Geology Series), David D. Alt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-07-24.

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Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-06-02.

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Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-05-24.

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Bushwhacked, Molly Ivins, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-05-17.

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Democracy In America (Penguin Classics), Alexis De Tocqueville, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2007-05-07.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré, Weebcentral Library. 'The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between 'what is right and what is easy,' and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise. ' Hardcover. Read 2007-04-14.

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Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber, Steve Roper, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-04-04.

The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, . Hardcover. Read 2007-03-03.

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Prufrock And Other Observations, Professor T.S. Eliot, Weebcentral Library. e-Book. Re-Read 2006-12-29.

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Collapse, Jared Diamond, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2006-11-07.

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On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2006-09-14.

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The New York Times Guide To Essential Knowledge, New York Times editors, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2006-09-03.

Doubt, John Patrick Shanley, . Paperback. Read 2006-09-02.

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Plato And A Platypus Walk Into A Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, Thomas Cathcart, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2006-07-17.

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A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D, Simon Schama, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2006-06-06.

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MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero, Stanley Weintraub, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2006-05-12.

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In Suspect Terrain, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2006-05-07.

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Gardner's Whys & Wherefores, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2006-05-01.

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Biggest Brother: The Life Of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led The Band of Brothers, Larry Alexander, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2006-04-04.

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Gulag, Anne Applebaum, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2006-03-02.

The Constant Gardener, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 2006-02-20.

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The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World, James Shreeve, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-09-03.

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book), Jon Stewart, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2005-07-07.

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Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, Ron Rosenbaum, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-07-01.

Excel Hacks, David Hawley, . Paperback. Partially-Read 2005-06-03.

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Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time, David Edmonds, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2005-05-25.

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.' Paperback. Read 2005-05-22.

The Honourable Schoolboy, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 2005-05-17.

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, Richard Feynman, . Paperback. Read 2005-05-01.

Naked, David Sedaris, . Paperback. Read 2005-04-03.

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Why Not Me ?, Al Franken, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-04-02.

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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, Lance Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-03-02.

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Band of Brothers, Stephen E. Ambrose, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-01-12.

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A River Runs Through It And Other Stories, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, Norman Maclean, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2005-01-06.

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Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans And the Holocaust, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-11-14.

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La Belle France, Alistair Horne, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-08-21.

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Tour de France/Tour de Force: A Visual History of the Worlds Greatest Bicycle Race, James Startt, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2004-07-23.

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Snow, Orhan Pamuk, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-07-03.

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Reflections of a physicist, P.W. Bridgman, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2004-07-02.

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Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality, Chet Raymo, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2004-05-30.

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-05-05.

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The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-05-01.

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Three Cups Of Tea, Greg Mortenson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-04-18.

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John Adams, David McCullough, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-04-18.

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Absolute Friends, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-04-01.

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Unto death, Amos Oz, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-02-19.

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Harry is in his fifth year at Hogwarts as the adventures continue. There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a defense against the dark arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the ordinary wizarding level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of he-who-must-not-be-named-a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop. As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice. His fate depends on them all. The book that took the world by storm. In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of he-who-must-not-be-named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.' Paperback. Read 2003-11-12.

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Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2003-08-15.

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Fingerprint of God: Recent Scientific Discoveries Reveal the Unmistakable Identity of the Creator, Hugh Ross, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2003-08-09.

Nicholas and Alexandra, Robert K. Massie, . Paperback. Read 2003-08-08.

Flags Of Our Fathers, James Bradley, . Paperback. Read 2003-06-01.

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The Merely Personal: Observations on Science and Scientists, Jeremy Bernstein, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 2003-05-23.

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Dark Sun: The Making Of The Hydrogen Bomb, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2003-04-12.

Straight Man: A Novel, Richard Russo, . Paperback. Read 2003-04-02.

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The Motley Fool Investment Guide: How The Fool Beats Wall Street's Wise Men And How You Can Too (Motley Fool), David Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2003-04-01.

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Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2003-02-01.

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts (Perennial Classics), Thornton Wilder, . Paperback. Read 2002-12-01.

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The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, David Berlinski, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-11-01.

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The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, H.W. Brands, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-09-22.

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The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing, Jason Kelly, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-07-01.

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Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-06-12.

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Astronomy Today (4th Edition), Eric Chaisson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 2002-06-03.

Proof: A Play, David Auburn, . Paperback. Read 2002-05-30.

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The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-04-24.

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Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts--The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution, Steve Lohr, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-04-04.

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The Gardens of Light (Emerging Voices - New International Fiction), Amin Maalouf, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-04-01.

Rosalind Franklin and DNA, Anne Sayre, . This is a good biography of the experimental physicist Rosalind Franklin by her friend Anne Sayre, but the subsequent book by Brenda Maddox, The Dark Lady of DNA is much better. Sayre had real difficulty separating her feelings about her friend from a more careful assessment of Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. Hardcover. Read 2002-03-29.

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises, Joseph Cummins, . Paperback. Read 2002-03-22.

Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle, . Paperback. Read 2002-03-02.

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Secret Knowledge, David Hockney, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2001-12-28.

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The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Robert K. Massie, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2001-11-01.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, . Hardcover. Read 2001-09-24.

Demon Box, Ken Kesey, . Paperback. Read 2001-08-19.

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Heirs of General Practice, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2001-06-06.

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Gertrude and Claudius, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2001-04-04.

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Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (Enhanced and Expanded Edition), Wendy Beckett, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2001-03-12.

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A Brief History of Science, Gribbin John, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2001-03-12.

East of the Mountains, David Guterson, . Paperback. Read 2001-03-06.

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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2001-03-01.

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Confessions Of Saint Augustine (61 Edition), Saint Augustine, Project Gutenberg. Paperback. Partially-Read 2001-02-12.

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The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2000-11-12.

52 Pick Up, Elmore Leonard, . Paperback. Read 2000-11-10.

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A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Read 2000-10-03.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.' Paperback. Read 2000-08-14.

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A History Of Knowledge, Charles Van Doren, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 2000-07-14.

Geological field guide, Kilauea Volcano, Richard W. Hazlett, . Hardcover. Read 2000-07-12.

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A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2000-07-01.

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The Best American Short Stories of the Century (The Best American Series), John Updike, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2000-06-12.

Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo, . Paperback. Read 2000-06-01.

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How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2000-05-15.

Pieces of the Frame, John McPhee, . Paperback. Read 2000-05-05.

The Stranger Beside Me (Revised And Updated): 20th Anniversary, Ann Rule, . Paperback. Read 2000-05-03.

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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (P.S.), Matt Ridley, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2000-05-03.

Recombinant DNA, James D. Watson, . Paperback. Partially-Read 2000-05-02.

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The Night Is Large: Collected Essays, 1938-1995, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner was a serious thinker and polymath, most famous for his mathematical puzzles and his Annotated Alice, and less well known for his excellent essays and expositions on science, mathematics, philosophy and even poetry. This collection of 47 broad-ranging essays spans physical science, mathematics, social science, the arts, philosophy and religion, and pseudo-science; all of these were written over a period of 57 years. Gardner was a clear writer, a fair one, and deeply curious about the world. Paperback. Re-Read 2000-05-01.

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Uncommon Carriers, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 2000-04-04.

Handcarved Coffins, Truman Capote, . Paperback. Read 2000-04-04.

Small Death In Lisbon, Robert Wilson, . Paperback. Read 2000-03-13.

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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.' Hardcover. Read 1999-12-11.

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-10-10.

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Inward Bound: Of Matter And Forces In The Physical World, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-09-30.

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Alan Turing: The Enigma, Andrew Hodges, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-09-17.

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Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), Thomas Pynchon, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-08-01.

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France in Modern Times: (Fifth Edition), Gordon Wright, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-07-22.

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Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-07-14.

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Fall of the Phantom Lord, Andrew Todhunter, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-07-09.

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Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-07-03.

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A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 1999-06-23.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré, Weebcentral Library. 'The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself?' Hardcover. Read 1999-06-15.

Cosmos, Carl Sagan, . Paperback. Read 1999-06-04.

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Betrayers of the truth, Broad William, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-05-04.

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The Making Of The Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1999-05-03.

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THE MAN WHO LOVED ONLY NUMBERS: THE STORY OF PAUL ERDOS AND THE SEARCH FOR MATHEMATICAL TRUTH, Paul Hoffman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-05-01.

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The data model resource book, Silverston Len, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-11-25.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-10-07.

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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-09-09.

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High: Stories Of Survival From Everest And K2 (Adrenaline), Clint, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-08-23.

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Before Their Time: A Memoir, Robert Kotlowitz, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-08-03.

Death of a Salesman (Heinemann Plays), Arthur Miller, . Paperback. Read 1998-07-20.

Ever since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould, . Hardcover. Read 1998-07-12.

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To the Best of My Ability, James M. McPherson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-07-04.

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The Feynman Lectures On Physics, Volume 3, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume 2, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume 1, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. This volume contains Newtonian dynamics, mechanics, gravitation; special theory of relativity; optics; theromdynamics; waves; sound. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe, . Paperback. Read 1998-07-02.

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Longitude, Dava Sobel, Weebcentral Library. I originally read this, mostly on a transcontinental plane trip, just prior to visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, to answer the question: Why does an accurate clock allow you to reckon longitude at sea? I recently re-read it to absorb the role Galileo played in the the use of the periods of Jovian moons as another method to determine longitude for the purposes of navigation. Kindle. Re-Read 1998-06-19.

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Citizens, Simon Schama, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-04-04.

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Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-04-02.

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August 1914: The Red Wheel / Knot I, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'August 1914 transports us to the battlefield at Tannenberg in the early months of World War I. Each command of the generals brings the hapless Russian army closer to humiliating defeat by the Germans, a critical loss that hastens the Bolshevik Revolution. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn depicts a turning point in Russian history with brilliant clarity. He offers unforgettable portraits of Nicholas II and Lenin, and shows us the individual characters--army colonels and peasant soldiers, politicians and bourgeois wives--whose quotidian actions are gathered into the inexorable movement of history. Annotation. In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill-fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written a dramatically new interpretation of Russian history. The assassination of tsarist prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, a crucial event in the years leading up to the Revolution of 1917, is reconstructed from the alienating viewpoints of historical witnesses. The sole voice of reason among the advisers to Tsar Nikolai II, Stolypin died at the hands of the anarchist Mordko Bogrov, and with him perished Russia's last hope for reform. ' Paperback. Read 1998-03-21.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.' Paperback. Read 1998-03-18.

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Streets Of Laredo : A Novel, Larry McMurtry, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1997-11-02.

Sackett's Land: The Sacketts (Sacketts, No 1), Louis L'Amour, . Paperback. Read 1997-11-02.

Flint, Louis L'Amour, . Paperback. Read 1997-09-03.

Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry, . Paperback. Read 1997-08-12.

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Borges: Collected Fictions, Jorge Luis Borges, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1997-08-02.

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Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations, Al Franken, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1997-07-08.

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Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940, William Manchester, Weebcentral Library. 'The long-awaited second volume of the best Churchill biography reveals the true portrait of this ambitious world leader. Discussion centers on the alarm he sounded about the terrible plot being hatched inside Hitler's deranged mind. Two 8-page photos inserts.' Paperback. Read 1997-07-02.

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Plainsong, Kent Haruf, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1997-06-21.

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The Tailor of Panama, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1997-06-06.

A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe, . Paperback. Read 1997-04-02.

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The Trial of Socrates, I.F. Stone, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1997-01-23.

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Distant Mirror, Barbara W. Tuchman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-08-22.

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Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-08-12.

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-08-03.

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Goldbug Variations, Powers, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1996-07-15.

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Wonderful Life, Stephen Jay Gould, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-07-07.

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Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-07-02.

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The Tao of Objects: A Beginner's Guide to Object-Oriented Programming, Gary Entsminger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-06-28.

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Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-04-15.

The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, . Paperback. Read 1996-04-12.

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For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies, Pauline Kael, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-04-01.

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Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1995-09-02.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 7: The Age of Reason Begins, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1995-06-15.

The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History, Stephen Jay Gould, . Paperback. Read 1995-06-06.

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One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko, Mike Royko, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1995-06-04.

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An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1995-06-03.

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Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, William Manchester, Weebcentral Library. 'Describes the early life and political career of the British prime minister.' Paperback. Read 1995-05-01.

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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, Jeffrey Kluger, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1995-04-05.

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Forever Flowing (European Classics), Vasily Grossman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1995-03-05.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 11: The Age of Napoleon, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1995-01-11.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 8: The Age of Louis XIV, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1994-12-01.

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The First World War, John Keegan, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1994-09-04.

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Simenon Omnibus: No. 12 (Penguin crime fiction), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1994-05-22.

Mexico, James A. Mitchner, . Paperback. Read 1994-05-14.

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Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories (Hilarious Stories), P.G. Wodehouse, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1994-05-08.

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A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1994-05-03.

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Einstein:: The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1994-04-04.

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Impressionism, The Editors of Realites, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1993-09-02.

The Ivankiad, Vladimir Voinovich, . Hardcover. Read 1993-07-05.

I, Claudius, Robert Graves, . Paperback. Read 1993-05-09.

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All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1993-05-05.

In a Free State: A Novel, V.S. Naipaul, . Paperback. Read 1993-04-08.

The Night Manager, John le Carré, . Hardcover. Read 1993-04-07.

The Making of a Surgeon, Dr. William A. Nolen, . Paperback. Re-Read 1993-03-15.

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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1993-02-04.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 10: Rousseau And Revolution, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1992-11-12.

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The Mauritius Command, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. 'During the Napoleonic wars, British naval captain Jack Aubrey, charged with capturing the French islands of Reunion and Mauritius, must first cope with his fellow commanders' Paperback. Read 1992-10-01.

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions), Robert Frost, . Paperback. Read 1992-09-09.

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The Tragedy of King Richard III (Oxford World's Classics), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1992-09-01.

O Pioneers! (Vintage Classics), Willa Cather, . Paperback. Read 1992-08-02.

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The crofter and the laird, McPhee John, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1992-07-07.

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Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. 'This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultless rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.' Paperback. Read 1992-06-07. Recommended by my brother Craig.

Trinity, Leon Uris, . Paperback. Read 1992-06-04.

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Kolyma Tales (Twentieth-Century Classics), Varlam Shalamov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1992-06-03.

The Control of Nature, John McPhee, . Paperback. Read 1992-05-05.

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Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics), Robert Graves, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1992-05-05.

Rain and Other South Sea Stories, W. Somerset Maugham, . Hardcover. Read 1992-04-12.

Hotel, Arthur Hailey, . Paperback. Read 1991-09-03.

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The Madman of Bergerac, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1991-08-22.

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Andersonville (Plume), MacKinlay Kantor, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1991-08-16.

The shock of the new, Robert Hughes, . Paperback. Read 1991-07-12.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 9: The Age of Voltaire, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1991-06-30.

Airport, Arthur Hailey, . Hardcover. Read 1991-06-12.

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What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery, Francis Crick, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1991-04-23.

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H.M.S. Surprise, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1991-04-03.

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Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1991-03-12. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

Goodbye, Columbus And Five Short Stories, Philip Roth, . Paperback. Read 1990-08-01.

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Bolt, Dick Francis, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1990-07-07.

Clear and Present Danger, Tom Clancy, . Paperback. Read 1990-06-06.

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Uncertainty: Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg, David C. Cassidy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1990-05-18.

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Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, Lewis Thomas, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1990-05-16.

Papillon (P.S.), Henri Charrière, . Paperback. Read 1990-05-07.

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The Russia House, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1990-05-03.

The World According to Garp, John Irving, . Hardcover. Read 1990-04-12.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 6: The Reformation, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1990-04-01.

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The Lessons of History, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1990-02-05.

The secret life of Walter Mitty, Thurber James, . Paperback. Read 1989-11-04.

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Life Itself, Francis Crick, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1989-08-20.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 4: The Age of Faith, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1989-08-06.

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Solzhenitsyn: A Biography, Michael Scammell, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1989-07-16.

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Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (Penguin Modern Classics), Werner Heisenberg, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1989-07-05.

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Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics), Mavis Gallant, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1989-07-03.

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The Periodic Table, Primo Levi, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1989-05-01.

Patriot Games, Tom Clancy, . Hardcover. Read 1989-04-04.

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The Story of Civilization Vol 3: Caesar and Christ, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1989-03-03.

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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, Neil Sheehan, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1989-02-01.

Fatal Vision, Joe McGinniss, . Paperback. Read 1988-11-13.

The Hunt For Red October (Special 15th Anniversary Edition), Tom Clancy, . Hardcover. Read 1988-11-02.

Fatal decisions, , . Paperback. Read 1988-10-05.

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Europeans, Jane Kramer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1988-09-09.

War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk, . Paperback. Read 1988-08-23.

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Flanagan's Run, Tom McNab, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1988-08-12.

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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, Lewis Carroll, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 1988-08-03.

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Einstein: His Life And Universe, Walter Isaacson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1988-07-01.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1988-06-30.

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The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1988-06-21.

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Dispatches, Michael Herr, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1988-06-03.

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The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1988-05-02.

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Chaos: Making a New Science, James Gleick, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1988-05-01.

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A Perfect Spy, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1987-12-27.

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The Fractal Geometry of Nature, Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Weebcentral Library. I read the first few chapters of this book, and the concept of the fractal was fascinating; it describes a partial dimensionality. The early chapter on the coastline of Britain was very stimulating - the idea that the perimeter of an object can have a significantly different length depending on the scale it is measured was surprising. The remainder of the book delved into various mathematical structures that can describe fractal states, something that put me rapidly to sleep. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1987-09-12.

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The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm, Matt Dickinson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1987-07-23.

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Maigret And the Gangsters, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1987-07-06.

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Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1987-07-01.

Leaves of Grass (Enriched Classics), Walt Whitman, . Paperback. Read 1987-07-01.

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The Mind Of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report, Walter C. Langer, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1987-06-04.

The Flight Of The Falcon, Robert Lindsey, . Hardcover. Read 1987-05-27.

The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author, Norman Mailer, . Paperback. Read 1987-05-03.

QB VII, Leon Uris, . Paperback. Read 1987-05-01.

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As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1987-04-12.

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The Annotated Shakespeare: The Comedies, Histories, Sonnets and Other Poems, Tragedies and Romances Complete (Three Volume Set in Slipcase), Shakespeare William, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1987-04-06.

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Boule de suif and other stories, Guy de Maupassant, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1986-08-25.

Sophie's Choice, William Styron, . Hardcover. Read 1986-08-18.

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Gödel, Escher, Bach, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-08-04.

The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton, . Paperback. Read 1986-07-01.

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Khrushchev: The Years in Power (Norton Library), Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-07-01.

Mila 18, Leon Uris, . Paperback. Read 1986-06-07.

The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike, . Paperback. Read 1986-06-06.

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Selected Short Stories (Penguin Classics), Guy de Maupassant, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-05-12.

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Tonio Kröger, Thomas Mann, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-05-01.

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Survival In Auschwitz, Primo Levi, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-04-12.

Berlin Game, Len Deighton, . Paperback. Read 1986-04-01.

Lolita (Penguin Classics), Vladimir Nabokov, . Paperback. Read 1986-03-02.

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Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1986-03-02.

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The Holocaust, Martin Gilbert, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-09-09.

The Falcon And The Snowman, Robert Lindsey, . Paperback. Read 1985-09-03.

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Men at Arms (Penguin Modern Classics), Evelyn Waugh, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-08-04.

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Candide: or, Optimism, Voltaire, Weebcentral Library. Rire et faire rire.' - To laugh and to make laugh. 'Écrasez l' Infame!' - Crush the Infamy! Voltaire, the pen-name for François Marie Arouet, was perhaps the greatest writer of satires in Western literature. His best works are imminently readable today, particularly his satire Candide. Paperback. Re-Read 1985-08-03.

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Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-07-30.

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A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-07-12.

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The Golf Omnibus, P.G. Wodehouse, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1985-07-12.

The Search for Noah's Ark, Steve Boggess, . Paperback. Read 1985-07-07.

Educational psychology, Herbert J. Klausmeier, . Hardcover. Read 1985-07-02.

Broca's Brain, Carl Sagan, . Paperback. Read 1985-06-11.

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Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

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The Tie That Binds, Kent Haruf, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

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Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend, Thomas Mann, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain (Bantam Classics), Mark Twain, . Paperback. Read 1985-04-12.

Uhuru, Robert Ruark, . Hardcover. Read 1985-04-07.

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The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-04-04.

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The Far Side ®, Gary Larson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-11-04.

The Bodley Head Leacock, Stephen Leacock, . Hardcover. Read 1984-09-09.

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La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1984-08-08.

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The Character of Physical Law (Modern Library), Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1984-07-12.

The Gambler (Modern Library Classics), Fyodor Dostoevsky, . Paperback. Read 1984-06-17.

The Europeans, Luigi Barzini, . Paperback. Read 1984-06-13.

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The Taming of the Shrew (New Folger Library Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-06-01.

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Man's Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-05-01.

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Andropov, Zhores A. Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-04-21.

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The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945, Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-04-12.

Death in Venice, Thomas Mann, . Paperback. Read 1984-04-03.

The Decameron (Penguin Classics), Giovanni Boccaccio, . Paperback. Read 1984-03-02.

The Osterman Weekend, Robert Ludlum, . Paperback. Read 1983-11-06.

Nana., Emile Zola, . Paperback. Read 1983-10-05.

The Scarlatti Inheritance, Robert Ludlum, . Paperback. Read 1983-10-04.

Doonesbury's Greatest Hits, G.B. Trudeau, . Paperback. Read 1983-09-03.

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Friend of Madame Maigret (Inspector Maigret Mysteries), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1983-08-03.

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Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters, Jean Shepherd, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1983-08-01.

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King Henry IV, William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1983-06-05.

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Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories (A Harvest Book), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1983-05-16.

A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (Dover Thrift Editions), Jonathan Swift, . Paperback. Read 1983-04-04.

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The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1983-04-02.

Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith, . Paperback. Read 1983-04-02.

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After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, Aldous Huxley, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1982-11-11.

Elements of Statistical Reasoning, Edward W. Minium, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 1982-09-04.

The Winds of War, Herman Wouk, . Paperback. Read 1982-07-23.

Structured COBOL, Mike Murach, . Hardcover. Read 1982-06-03.

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The Snows Of Kilimanjaro And Other Stories, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1982-05-21.

Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett, . Paperback. Read 1982-05-05.

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Maigret in Montmartre, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1982-04-18.

Texas: A Novel, James A. Michener, . Paperback. Read 1982-04-06.

The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever, . Paperback. Read 1982-04-03.

A Course on Group Theory, John S. Rose, . Paperback. Partially-Read 1982-03-12.

Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien, . Paperback. Read 1982-03-03.

Centennial, James Michener, . Paperback. Read 1982-02-03.

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The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, Project Gutenberg. Hardcover. Read 1981-11-15.

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Elementary linear algebra, Stanley Grossman, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1981-11-03.

Smiley's People, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 1981-11-02.

The Double Helix: A Personal Account Of The Discovery Of The Structure Of Dna (Norton Critical Editions), James D. Watson, . In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug. Background materials include reproductions of the original scientific papers in which the double helical structure of DNA was first presented in 1953 and 1954. In Criticism, other scientists and scholars reveal their own experiences and views of Watson's story. There are reviews by Philip Morrison, F. X. S., Richard C. Lewontin, Mary Ellmann, Robert L. Sinsheimer, John Lear, Alex Comfort, Jacob Bronowski, Conrad H. Waddington, Robert K. Merton, Peter M. Medawar, and André Lwoff; as well as three letters to the editor of Science by Max F. Perutz, M. H. F. Wilkins, and James D. Watson. Paperback. Read 1981-10-04.

Fields of Fire, James Webb, . Paperback. Read 1981-09-22.

Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth, . Paperback. Read 1981-07-12.

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The First Rumpole Omnibus, John Mortimer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1981-07-08.

The Boys from Brazil, Ira Levin, . Hardcover. Read 1981-06-12.

The Great Train Robbery, Michael Crichton, . Paperback. Read 1981-06-12.

Developmental psychology today, Elizabeth Hall, . Hardcover. Read 1981-06-03.

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Following through, Herbert Warren Wind, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1981-05-14.

Introduction to the Theory of Statistics (McGraw-Hill Series in Probability and Statistics), Alexander McFarlane Mood, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 1981-05-06.

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Rabbit, Run, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1981-05-01.

Physics of Musical Sounds, John Askill, . Paperback. Read 1981-04-02.

Introduction to computer science, Paul W. Murrill, . Hardcover. Read 1981-03-15.

A Small Town in Germany, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 1981-03-03.

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Evolutionary biology, Douglas J. Futuyma, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1981-02-24.

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A History Of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-11-14.

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Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-10-19.

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General Climatology, Howard J. Critchfield, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1980-09-11.

Principles of general psychology, Gregory A. Kimble, . Hardcover. Read 1980-09-02.

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Lenin in Zurich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-07-21.

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The Earth's dynamic systems, William Kenneth Hamblin, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1980-06-12.

General ecology, Samuel J. McNaughton, . Hardcover. Read 1980-06-12.

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Flora of the Pacific Northwest, C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Weebcentral Library. Excellent dichotomous key of indigenous Pacific Northwest flora, although a little on the large and heavy side to use as a quick reference field guide. This served as one of my texts for a college class in Systematic Botany, which I feared would be deathly dull (and so proved the lectures), but the laboratory was a certain kind of heaven. I spent every spring weekend while taking the course wandering through various ecosystems Oregon offered, accompanied and assisted by my fiancée, Cindy, learning to identify various families of flowering plants. We examined multitudes of flowers together, mostly just taking in the beauty, especially acute since we were tasked with focusing on the details. Prior to that experience, I could identify a daisy and a rose, but not even a petunia, much less the various indigenous members of the Rose family in Oregon, like apple, pear and cherry trees, or blackberries! This book brought the rigor of classification to the gift of observing abundant nature. Hardcover. Read 1980-05-15.

Aspects of biophysics, William Hughes, . Hardcover. Read 1980-04-01.

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A World Split Apart: Commencement Address Delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-03-22.

Ordinary Differential Equations, V.I. Arnold, . Paperback. Partially-Read 1980-03-21.

Fundamentals of Number Theory, William J. LeVeque, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 1980-03-13.

Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock, . Paperback. Read 1980-01-13.

Rumor of War, Philip Caputo, . Paperback. Read 1979-11-24.

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Niels Bohr's times, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-09-17.

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The call-girls, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-08-04.

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A New Life, Bernard Malamud, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-07-22.

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The Sleepwalkers, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Arthur Koestler's book Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe is an ambitious attempt to describe the development of Western cosmology and astronomy from the Greeks to Newton, with particular focus on Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo. Koestler did not see science as a linear and unbroken line of rational progression; instead he viewed the course of the history of ideas as somnambulant: Many ideas were stumbled upon by men with goals and mindsets alien to the very ideas they uncovered. Paperback. Read 1979-07-14. Read as part of the coursework for a class on the History of Science.

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Concepts of Modern Physics, Arthur Beiser, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1979-06-13.

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Henry Iv (Pt. 2) (Classics Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-06-12.

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Twelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-06-01.

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The watershed, Koestler Arthur, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1979-05-18.

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Mainstreams of Modern Art, Canaday, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-05-12.

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Principles of biochemistry, Abraham White, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1979-05-04.

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The Birth of a New Physics, I. Bernard Cohen, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-05-01.

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Warning To The West, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-04-22.

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Vascular Plant Families, James P. Smith, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 1979-04-15.

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-04-12.

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The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought, Thomas S. Kuhn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1979-03-12.

Manual of clinical microbiology, Edwin H. Lennette, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 1979-03-12.

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Hamlet (Cambridge School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-01-10.

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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Benvenuto Cellini, Weebcentral Library. Benvenuto Cellini was a master Florentine goldsmith and sculptor who lived and worked during the time of the High Italian Renaissance, and was also, by his lights, tougher and craftier than anyone around him, could take on many men with a sword and live to tell the tale, was a great lover, and so on. His is the most ebullient autobiography I have read, and so wonderful, and so full of life! Paperback. Read 1978-11-07.

On Watch, Elmo R. Zumwalt, . Hardcover. Read 1978-09-02.

A Streetcar Named Desire., Tennessee Williams, . Paperback. Read 1978-08-21.

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Anchor Atlas Of World History Volume 1, Gary Kinder, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 1978-08-12.

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Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, John Willard Toland, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-07-12.

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Anchor Atlas Of World History, Volume Ii, Hermann Kinder, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 1978-07-08.

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Calculus: one and several variables, Saturnino L. Salas, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-06-24.

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The oak and the calf, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-06-18.

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Fundamentals of Physics, David Halliday, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-06-15.

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Hope Against Hope: A Memoir, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-06-04.

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Microbiology, Michael J. Pelczar, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-06-01.

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Physical chemistry, Ira N. Levine, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-05-25.

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The Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (New York Review Books Classics), Osip Mandelstam, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-05-14.

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Solzhenitsyn, Gyorgy Lukacs, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-05-01.

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Solzhenitsyn: a documentary record., Labedz Leopold, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-04-20.

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The notebooks of Sologdin, Dimitrii Mikhailovich Panin, Weebcentral Library. This is a sharp-eyed memoir of Dmitri Panin, model for one of the major characters in Solzhenitsyn's book In the First Circle, the engineer Sologdin, Sohzhenitsyn's masterwork and semi-autobiographical novel drawn from his experiences in the Marfino sharashka prison outside Moscow after WWII. If you find In the First Circle as compelling as I did, this memoir will fill in much about the character and the world of the sharashka. Hardcover. Read 1978-04-12.

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Physics and beyond, Werner Heisenberg, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1978-01-25.

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Tai-Pan, James Clavell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-12-01.

Genetics, A.M. Winchester, . Hardcover. Read 1977-12-01.

Noble House, James Clavell, . Paperback. Read 1977-11-13.

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Selected Short Stories: El Verdugo;Domestic Peace;A Study in Feminine Psychology;an Incident in the Reign of Terror;the Conscript;the Red Inn;the Purse;La ... Mass;Facino Cane;Pierre Grassou (Classics, Honore de Balzac, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-11-03.

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Hitler, Joachim C. Fest, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-09-11.

Dune 03 - Children Of Dune, Frank Herbert, . Paperback. Read 1977-09-06.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 1977-09-02.

Fortran, Donald S. Macnab, . Hardcover. Read 1977-07-31.

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Shogun, James Clavell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-07-13.

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History--meaning and method, Donald V. Gawronski, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-07-07.

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Organic Chemistry, Robert Thornton Morrison, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1977-06-02.

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The Western heritage, Easton Stewart Copinger, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1977-05-14.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré, . Paperback. Read 1977-05-09.

Russians, Hedrick Smith, . Paperback. Re-Read 1977-05-05.

General biology, W.C. Beaver, . Hardcover. Read 1977-05-04.

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Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory, George Gamow, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-04-01.

A Bridge Too Far, Cornelius Ryan, . Hardcover. Read 1976-12-10.

The Frogs, Aristophanes, . Paperback. Read 1976-10-14.

Ragtime: A Novel, E.L. Doctorow, . Paperback. Read 1976-10-14.

Born Again, Charles W. Colson, . During his years as a Republican political operative, Charles Colson prominently displayed an old Marine Corp saying in his home: 'When you’ve got ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.' Colson described those years and the hard crash that followed in his book Born Again as a mid-life autobiography precipitated by a mid-life crisis. After his role as a self-described 'hatchet man' for Nixon White House was slowly exposed during the Watergate scandal, he converted to Evangelical Christianity, and after being convicted of obstruction of justice, he spent some time in prison. Hardcover. Read 1976-10-04.

Where Eagles Dare (Adrenaline Classics Series), Alistair MacLean, . Paperback. Read 1976-07-23.

The Complete Uncollected Stories, J.D. Salinger, . Paperback. Read 1976-07-21.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, . Paperback. Read 1976-06-12.

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The Curve of Binding Energy: A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1976-06-06.

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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts V-VII, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag's victims by Soviet authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn's own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press. Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.' Hardcover. Read 1976-05-18.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, Vincent Bugliosi, . Paperback. Read 1976-05-07.

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Night, Elie Wiesel, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1976-05-05.

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Maigret and the Bum (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1976-04-22.

Ice Station Zebra, Alistair MacLean, . Paperback. Read 1976-04-14.

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The Return Of The King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive - now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.' Paperback. Read 1976-04-01.

The Search for Amelia Earhart, Fred Goerner, . Paperback. Read 1976-03-28.

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The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them. Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin -- alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.' Paperback. Read 1976-03-25.

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The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.' Paperback. Read 1976-03-18.

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Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1976-03-16.

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Something of Value, Robert Ruark, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1976-03-03.

The Colditz Story, Patrick R. Reid, . Paperback. Read 1976-01-28.

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Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1976-01-24.

As Good As Gold, Joseph Heller, . Paperback. Read 1975-12-22.

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Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), Franz Kafka, Project Gutenberg. Striking in its alien premise and its portrait of alienation, but most surprising in its psychology of usefulness and mundane and practical application of the work ethic. e-Book. Re-Read 1975-12-15.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Critical Essays and Documentary Materials, John B. Dunlop, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-11-29.

Gardner's Art through the ages, Helen Gardner, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 1975-11-09.

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Inside the Third Reich, Albert Speer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-08-22.

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Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology, C.W. Ceram, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-08-15.

The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam, . Paperback. Re-Read 1975-08-03.

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The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (European Classics), Vladimir Voinovich, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-08-01.

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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex, Anne Frank, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-07-09.

Soldier, Anthony B. Herbert, . Hardcover. Read 1975-07-01.

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The Hotel Majestic, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1975-06-23.

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Anna Karenina (Signet Classics), Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-06-01.

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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts III-IV, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-25.

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway, . Paperback. Read 1975-05-24.

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Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-18.

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Ten Years After Ivan Denisovich, Zhores A. Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-18.

Affluence and anxiety, Carl N. Degler, . Paperback. Read 1975-05-12.

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Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin, Leon Uris, Weebcentral Library. This novel about post World War II occupation and administration of Germany is one of Uris's best novels. It characters provide a spectrum of the responses to the horror of the German crimes of war, the most basic being that it started the war. The novel is reasonably accurate historically; the account of the Berlin airlift, which ends the novel, is alone worth the effort to read it. Hardcover. Re-Read 1975-05-12.

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, . Paperback. Read 1975-04-19.

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Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Classics), Hannah Arendt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-04-06.

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For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-03-23.

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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts I-II, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims -- men, women, and children -- we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the 'welcome' that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.' Paperback. Read 1975-03-15.

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Germany 2000 Years, Kurt F. Reinhardt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-01-02.

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Treblinka, Jean-Francois Steiner, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1974-12-05.

The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth, . Paperback. Read 1974-11-06.

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The Dust of Death: The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever, Os Guinness, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1974-11-05.

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Maigret and the Killer (Maigret Mystery Series), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1974-11-04.

Pere Goriot (Norton Critical Editions), Honore de Balzac, . Paperback. Read 1974-09-13.

The Odessa File, Frederick Forsyth, . Paperback. Read 1974-09-12.

East Of Eden, John Steinbeck, . Paperback. Read 1974-08-09.

Tales of the South Pacific, James A. Michener, . Paperback. Read 1974-08-03.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful, James Herriot, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1974-07-13.

King Rat, James Clavell, . Paperback. Read 1974-07-13.

Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth, . Paperback. Read 1974-07-03.

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War and Peace (Oxford World's Classics), Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1974-07-02.

Future Shock, Alvin Toffler, . Paperback. Read 1974-06-05.

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All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1974-05-23.

Ball Four, Jim Bouton, . Paperback. Read 1974-05-12.

The Implosion Conspiracy, Louis Nizer, . Hardcover. Read 1974-04-24.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, . Paperback. Read 1974-04-04.

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Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1974-03-23.

The Onion Field, Joseph Wambaugh, . Paperback. Read 1974-02-06.

Tortilla Flat (Longman Literature Steinbeck), John Steinbeck, . Paperback. Read 1973-12-06.

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A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (Penguin Classics), James Joyce, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-11-04.

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Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-10-05.

Moll Flanders (Wordsworth Classics), Daniel Defoe, . Paperback. Read 1973-09-18.

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Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-09-15.

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Dubliners (Oxford World's Classics), James Joyce, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-09-06.

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The Human Brain: Its Capacities and Functions, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-08-03.

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Green Hills of Africa (Vintage Classics), Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1973-07-13.

Anthem, Ayn Rand, . Paperback. Read 1973-06-18.

Dog Years, Gunter Grass, . Paperback. Read 1973-05-21.

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Life on the Mississippi (Signet Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-05-14.

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Richard Brautigan : A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed), Richard Brautigan, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-05-12.

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The Overcoat and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions), Nikolai Gogol, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-05-01.

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The Idiot (Modern Library Classics), Fyodor Dostoevsky, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-04-18.

Drifters, James A. Michener, . Hardcover. Re-Read 1973-04-13.

The Kreutzer Sonata (Modern Library Classics), Leo Tolstoy, . Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

Something Happened, Joseph Heller, . Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

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Taras Bulba, Nikolai Gogol, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

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Watership Down, Richard Adams, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-04-03.

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The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-03-15.

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The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-03-02.

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The sorrow and the pity;, Marcel Ophuls, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-03-01.

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The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-11-07.

Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics), Edgar Allan Poe, . Paperback. Read 1972-11-04.

The Godfather, Mario Puzo, . Paperback. Read 1972-10-16.

Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov, . Hardcover. Read 1972-09-15.

Time And Again (Fantasy Masterworks), Jack Finney, . Paperback. Read 1972-09-12.

Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov, . Hardcover. Read 1972-08-31.

Foundation, Isaac Asimov, . Hardcover. Read 1972-08-21.

White Fang, Jack London, . Paperback. Read 1972-08-14.

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Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-08-12.

Lardner: Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics), Ring Lardner, . Paperback. Read 1972-08-07.

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The Merry wives of windsor, William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-08-01.

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The Screwtape Letters (Gift Edition), C.S. Lewis, Weebcentral Library. Human nature as seen from a devil's point of view. Written by the 20th century Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, and his best work, witty, insightful and readable regardless of your religious persuasion. Hardcover. Re-Read 1972-07-21.

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The First Circle, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has remained my favorite writer for many years, and his best book in my reading is The First Circle. The newest English translation is entitled In the First Circle, which is the full novel, as the original English translations were all of an abridged copy smuggled out of the USSR (9 less chapters, with some re-writing to try to satisfy the Soviet censors), which I recently acquired to read. The novel is in the tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, a large tale with many characters and a philosophical fabric, and plays out like a detective story, albeit within the Gulag prison system, in this case in a sharashka, a special prison where technical research and development took place. Solhzenitsyn himself was a young Communist serving as an artillery officer during WWII, when he became disillusioned with Stalin and his disastrous leadership of the USSR, and was imprisoned for sharing these thoughts, placing him in the vast Gulag from whence most of his writings were drawn, certainly all of his great works, which include the aforementioned In the First Circle, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Cancer Ward, and the Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn is still the best Russian writer of the 20th century, despite his fading reputation in the West, a rather pathetic chapter: Solzhenitsyn was seen by many Western politicians and intellectuals as a validation of their Cold War views of the USSR, and these people became rapidly unhappy with him after he was exiled to the West in 1974, when he showed some open disdain for aspects of Western culture and voiced unpopular political ideas, and abandoned him. Lost in all of this rather tawdry political and emotional ballet was the quality of his his best writing, superb then and no less so now. His work serves more than a historical elucidation of the repressive behavior of the USSR, in and of itself an important contribution, but has the strengths of the great 19th century Russian literary tradition, where each novel builds an extended world, broad and deep, of myriad characters into which a reader can immerse themselves, in doing so becoming part of a world of not just events but of complex ideas and emotions. Paperback. Re-Read 1972-07-17.

The Call Of The Wild (Scholastic Classics), Jack London, . Paperback. Read 1972-07-15.

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Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. Hardback. Read 1972-07-07.

To Build a Fire, Jack London, . Paperback. Read 1972-06-24.

Caravans, James A. Michener, . Hardcover. Read 1972-06-17.

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The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1972-06-03.

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A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-06-03.

Nightfall, Isaac Asimov, . Paperback. Read 1972-05-04.

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Stories and Prose Poems, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-04-18.

Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), O. Henry, . Paperback. Read 1972-03-01.

Farnham's Freehold, Robert A. Heinlein, . Paperback. Read 1972-02-06.

Methuselah's Children, Robert A. Heinlein, . Paperback. Read 1971-12-02.

Nick Adams Stories, Ernest Hemingway, . Hardcover. Read 1971-11-15.

Weebcentral Library
Understanding Physics: Volume 2: Electron, Proton, and Neutron (Understanding Physics), Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-10-15.

The Time Machine and The Invisible Man (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), H.G. Wells, . Hardcover. Read 1971-09-23.

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The Love-Girl and the Innocent, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-15.

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Understanding Physics: Volume 2: Light, Magnetism and Electricity, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-14.

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Life and Energy, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-05.

Multnomah County Library
The Tell-Tale Heart (Bantam Classics), Edgar Allan Poe, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1971-08-12.

Love Story, Erich Segal, . Paperback. Read 1971-08-12.

Weebcentral Library
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Weebcentral Library. Re-read portions, particularly the infamous chapter 7, Galt's extremely long speech detailing Rand's Objectivism philosophy, because I wanted to understand why the Republican Party, and especially the Christian evangelicals, embrace her philosophy, which would seem completely at odds with their professed creed. Paperback. Read 1971-08-03.

Weebcentral Library
The House of the Dead (Dover Thrift Editions.), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-07-21.

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Understanding Physics: Volume 1: Motion, Sound and Heat, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-07-06.

Multnomah County Library
The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1971-06-13.

The Golden Rendezvous, Alistair MacLean, . Paperback. Read 1971-06-12.

Weebcentral Library
Madame Bovary (Oxford World's Classics), Gustave Flaubert, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-06-12.

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein, . Paperback. Read 1971-06-07.

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General Chemistry, Linus Pauling, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1971-06-02.

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On the Road, Jack Kerouac, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-06-01.

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Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-05-18.

Lady Chatterley's Lover (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), D.H. Lawrence, . Paperback. Read 1971-05-05.

The tin drum, Gunter Grass, . Paperback. Read 1971-04-18.

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Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1971-04-01.

Dune 02 - Messiah, Frank Herbert, . Paperback. Read 1971-03-17.

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1971-03-12.

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Great Dialogues of Plato (Signet Classics), Plato, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-03-02.

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Universe from Flat Earth to Quasar, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-11-30.

Hawaii: A Novel, James A. Michener, . Paperback. Read 1970-11-04.

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, . Paperback. Read 1970-10-13.

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Hell's angels, Hunter Stockton Thompson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-10-03.

The Body Has a Head, Gustav Eckstein, . I read this book while working as a teenager for a summer on a cattle ranch in Condon, Oregon. It is an excellent introduction to human brain. It took me six weeks to read it, though, as I would invariably fall asleep sooner than later during my post-supper reading, from the long and arduous work days. Hardcover. Read 1970-09-12.

Dune, Frank Herbert, . Paperback. Read 1970-08-24.

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom, . Paperback. Read 1970-06-12.

100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings, . Paperback. Read 1970-06-03.

Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Sophocles, . Paperback. Read 1970-06-01.

The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, . Paperback. Read 1970-06-01.

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Animal Farm: Centennial Edition, George Orwell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-05-24.

Couples, John Updike, . Paperback. Read 1970-05-01.

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Too Late The Phalarope, Alan Paton, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-04-19.

Iberia, James A. Michener, . Paperback. Read 1970-04-15.

Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman, . Paperback. Read 1970-04-01.

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, . Paperback. Read 1970-03-30.

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics), Thomas Hardy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-03-09.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-03-03.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1970-01-15.

The Return of the Native (Modern Library Classics), Thomas Hardy, . Paperback. Read 1970-01-02.

Weebcentral Library
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-11-06.

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Matryona's House and Other Stories, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-11-04.

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1984, George Orwell, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-09-14.

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Cancer Ward, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-09-14.

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The Double Helix, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-08-15.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1969-08-13.

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-08-04.

The Jury Returns, Louis Nizer, . Paperback. Read 1969-07-12.

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The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-07-07.

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Tales from a Troubled Land, Alan Paton, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-06-30.

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Best Short Stories of Jack London, Jack London, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-06-10.

The Death Of A President, William Manchester, . Hardcover. Read 1969-06-06.

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Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-06-01.

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The Stranger, Albert Camus, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 1969-05-14.

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Once An Eagle, Anton Myrer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-05-13.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, . Hardcover. Read 1969-05-01.

Fahrenheit 451 (Spanish Language Edition), Ray Bradbury, . Paperback. Read 1969-05-01.

Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton, . Hardcover. Read 1969-03-15.

Tartuffe (Drama Classics), Martin Sorrell, . Paperback. Read 1969-03-12.

The Mouse that Roared: A Novel, Leonard Wibberley, . Paperback. Read 1969-03-10.

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Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-03-03.

Multnomah County Library
Colditz, the German Story, Reinhold Eggers, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-02-19.

Weebcentral Library
Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-02-14.

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Franny And Zooey, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1969-01-23.

No Exit and Three Other Plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, . Paperback. Read 1968-12-05.

PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II, Robert J. Donovan, . Paperback. Read 1968-12-02.

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Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1968-11-07.

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes, . Paperback. Read 1968-11-04.

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The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1968-11-04.

A Separate Peace, John Knowles, . Paperback. Read 1968-11-03.

Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy, . Paperback. Read 1968-08-11.

Weebcentral Library
Catch-22, Joseph Heller, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1968-07-06.

88 Men and 2 Women, Clinton Duffy, . Warden Clinton Duffy of San Quentin prison wrote about the 90 people who were executed at San Quentin under his watch. He sought to personalize these condemned people and make a humanistic case for the abolition of capital punishment. Hardcover. Read 1968-07-04.

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, . Paperback. Read 1968-06-02.

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, . Paperback. Read 1968-05-24.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce, . Paperback. Read 1968-05-21.

Weebcentral Library
King Richard II (Oxford School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1968-05-12.

Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin, . Paperback. Read 1968-05-11.

Weebcentral Library
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1968-03-18.

Weebcentral Library
Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics), Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1968-03-03.

The Crucible (Penguin Classics), Arthur Miller, . Paperback. Read 1968-02-12.

The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk, . Paperback. Read 1968-02-02.

Steinbeck John : Red Pony (C20) (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics), John Steinbeck, . Paperback. Read 1967-11-02.

Weebcentral Library
The Old Curiosity Shop (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-11-01.

Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, . Paperback. Read 1967-10-08.

Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses Old Man The Bear, William Faulkner, . Paperback. Read 1967-10-02.

Weebcentral Library
Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Classics), Jonathan Swift, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-09-09.

Weebcentral Library
The acts of King Arthur and his noble knights, John Steinbeck, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-09-01.

Thunderball (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . Paperback. Read 1967-08-23.

Longest Day: The Classic Epic Of D Day, Cornelius Ryan, . Paperback. Read 1967-08-05.

The Lottery and Other Stories, Shirley Jackson, . Paperback. Read 1967-06-06.

Goldfinger (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . Paperback. Read 1967-06-04.

From Russia With Love (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . Paperback. Read 1967-05-03.

Weebcentral Library
Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl, Anne Frank, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1967-04-22.

Weebcentral Library
To Brooklyn W Love, Gerald Green, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1967-04-15.

Weebcentral Library
Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich, William L. Shirer, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-04-12.

Weebcentral Library
Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-04-12.

Weebcentral Library
The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress (Modern Library Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-04-04.

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The Civil War (American Heritage Books), Bruce Catton, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1967-02-16.

The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, . Paperback. Read 1967-02-05.

God Is My Co-Pilot, Robert L. Scott, . Paperback. Read 1966-11-07.

Multnomah County Library
Lord of the Flies (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century), William Golding, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1966-11-04.

Weebcentral Library
A Christmas Carol (Great Stories), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1966-10-10.

The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson, . Paperback. Read 1966-08-14.

Funeral in Berlin (1960s A), Len Deighton, . Paperback. Read 1966-07-03.

Weebcentral Library
Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan, Robert Leckie, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1966-07-03.

The Bible as History, Werner Keller, . Paperback. Read 1966-07-01.

Intern, X. Doctor, . Hardcover. Read 1966-06-07.

Travels with Charley in Search of America: (Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, . Paperback. Read 1966-06-06.

Weebcentral Library
A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Folger Library Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1966-05-05.

Weebcentral Library
My Life in Court, Louis Nizer, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1966-04-15.

The man who never was, Montagu Ewen, . Paperback. Read 1966-04-13.

Weebcentral Library
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Bantam Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1966-04-12.

Weebcentral Library
King Lear (New Folger Library Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1966-04-04.

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the merchant of venice, William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1966-04-04.

The Ipcress File, Len Deighton, . Paperback. Read 1966-03-12.

The Great Escape (Cassell Military Paperbacks), Paul Brickhill, . Paperback. Read 1966-03-01.

The Education of Hyman Kaplan (Prion Humour Classics), Leo Rosten, . Hardcover. Read 1966-03-01.

Status Seekers, Vance Packard, . Paperback. Read 1965-11-01.

Weebcentral Library
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1965-09-22.

Memoirs Of An African Hunter, Terry Irwin, . Web Page. Read 1965-08-13.

Around the World in Eighty Days (Penguin Classics), Jules Verne, . Hardcover. Read 1965-08-12.

Multnomah County Library
Man-Eaters Of Kumaon (Oxford India Paperbacks), Jim Corbett, Multnomah County Library. As a middle schooler, I was fascinated by large cats, and read several accounts of hunting big game. One of the best was Jim Corbett's Man-eaters of Kumaon, written around 100 years ago. Corbett killed tigers and leopards in India when the cats began to attack human populations. Corbett explained that most big cats were uninterested in humans as prey, typically becoming a man-eater because they were injured in some way that made it difficult to hunt their usual prey. The best of this account is the detailed understanding of the animals and the environment in which they lived. In the latter part of his life, when big cats no longer turned rogue, Corbett turned to photo safaris. Paperback. Read 1965-08-10.

Weebcentral Library
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1965-08-03.

THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Ted W. Capt Lawson, . Hardcover. Read 1965-08-03.

Tales from Shakespeare, Lamb Charles, . Hardcover. Read 1965-07-01.

Weebcentral Library
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1965-06-12.

Weebcentral Library
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jules Verne, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1965-06-12.

Weebcentral Library
Guadalcanal Diary (Modern Library War), Richard Tregaskis, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1965-05-05.

No time for sergeants, Mac Hyman, . Paperback. Read 1965-05-04.

Weebcentral Library
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1965-05-01.

The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling, . Paperback. Read 1965-02-07.

Weebcentral Library
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics), Harper Lee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1964-08-13.

The FBI Story: A Report to the People, Don Whitehead, . Hardcover. Read 1964-07-12.

The Living Sea, Jacques Yves Cousteau, . Paperback. Read 1964-06-12.

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories, Rudyard Kipling, . Paperback. Read 1964-06-06.

Weebcentral Library
Little Men, Louisa M. Alcott, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1964-05-01.

Weebcentral Library
Treasure Island (Kingfisher Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1964-04-04.

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, Agatha Christie, . Hardcover. Read 1964-03-12.

The Prince and the Pauper (Signet Classics), Mark Twain, . Paperback. Read 1963-07-07.

Weebcentral Library
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1963-07-07.

Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition), J.M. Barrie, . Hardcover. Read 1963-06-01.

The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford, . Paperback. Read 1962-08-12.

Weebcentral Library
Kidnapped (Scholastic Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1962-07-04.

Weebcentral Library
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Penguin Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1962-06-06.

Weebcentral Library
Fighting Auschwitz, Garliński, Józef, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1962-05-05.

Weebcentral Library
A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1962-05-04.

Auschwitz, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, . Paperback. Read 1962-05-02.

The Making of the President 1960, Theodore H. White, . Hardcover. Read 1962-04-12.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, . Paperback. Read 1961-10-08.

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm, . Paperback. Read 1961-07-03.

Weebcentral Library
Escape from Warsaw (Original title: The Silver Sword), Ian Serraillier, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1961-04-03.

Weebcentral Library
The tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1961-04-03.

Weebcentral Library
Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1961-01-23.

Weebcentral Library
Heidi, Johanna Spyri, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1960-07-07.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Penguin Popular Classics), L. Frank Baum, . Paperback. Read 1960-04-02.

Weebcentral Library
Pooh Library original 4-volume set (Pooh Original Edition), A.A. Milne, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1959-04-11.

Weebcentral Library
The Wind in the Willows (Penguin Classics), Kenneth Grahame, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1959-04-04.

LA Public Library
The Gene: an intimate history, Mukherjee Siddhartha, LA Public Library. Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family - with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness - cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation - from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome Kindle. Partially-Read

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Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A. Blackmon, LA Public Library. In this groundbreaking historical exposé, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Kindle. Partially-Read
 
 

Books to Read


LA Public Library
The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, LA Public Library. An oncologist describes the history and the progress made in fighting cancer. Kindle. To-Read 2016-11-08.

Weebcentral Library
Truth: Philosophy in Transit, John D. Caputo, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read 2016-04-18.

Weebcentral Library
The Common Sense of Science, J. Bronowski, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories, Charles R. Larson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

LA Public Library
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon, LA Public Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Eric Foner, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

LA Public Library
Assembling California, John McPhee, LA Public Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The Origins Of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Gratitude, Sacks Oliver, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality (Vintage), Pauline W. Chen, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Home Land: A Novel, Sam Lipsyte, . Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Four Laws That Drive the Universe, Peter Atkins, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Made in the USA, Vaclav Smil, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my son Jon, Christmas 2013. Recommended by Bill Gates.

LA Public Library
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick, LA Public Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, . Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript, Robert K. Merton, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read A gift from my Benn and Jenn. Christmas 2015.

Multnomah County Library
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Frank Close, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
The Origins Of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide, JusticeLearning Org, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
Reality Is Not What It Seems, Carlo Rovelli, Multnomah County Library. 'Making sense of modern physics can be hard, very hard, for the non scientist. For many years I have read many books grappling with the subject, some good and some not so good. Rovelli's book is a game changer The title of my review refers to the shining of light in dark places because that's how I felt when I read it. Concepts and theories that I'd struggled with through many of those previous books suddenly made sense. The descriptions of Quantum theory and Quantum mechanics were wonderful. I experienced at least three genuine aha moments, moments when you close your eye, lay the book on your lap and breathe slowly with the shear joy of understanding.' Hardback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Common Sense (Penguin Great Ideas), Thomas Paine, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read

LA Public Library
How Jesus Became God, Bart D. Ehrman, LA Public Library. Kindle. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
The education of a true believer, Kopelev Lev, Multnomah County Library. Autobiography of the person upon whom Solzhenitsyn modelled the Rubin character, the brilliant linguist and ironically committed Communist somewhat reminiscent of Koestler's discarded intellectuals in Darkness at Noon , in his novel In the First Circle. Hardcover. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman: Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (Penguin Classics), Laurence Sterne, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71, Sir Alistair Horne, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Waiting for the Barbarians, J.M. Coetzee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
From Under The Rubble, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Solzhenitsyn edited a set of essays on the state of the Soviet Union in 1975, after he was involuntarily exiled to the West. He authored several essays himself. These essays are still relevant to understanding the disconnect between many Western intellectuals and Solzhenitsyn. Hardcover. To-Read

Camel Xiangzi, Lao She, . Hardcover. To-Read Recommended by Britt Towery.

Weebcentral Library
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics), Alistair Horne, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Richard Hofstadter, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my brother-in-law, Scottie.

Weebcentral Library
The Signal And The Noise, Nate Silver, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my wife, Cindy.

Multnomah County Library
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, Adam Hochschild, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. To-Read Recommended by Bonny Tennant.

Weebcentral Library
Nick the Saint, Anthony Szpak, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A birthday gift from my Benn and Jenn.

Clackamas County Library
Freeman, Leonard Pitts, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
Those who have borne the battle, Wright James Edward, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my brother-in-law, Scottie.

Clackamas County Library
Logicomix: An Epic Search For Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. To-Read Recommended by Jean-Moo

Weebcentral Library
The drunken botanist, Amy Stewart, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from Melinda Miles, Christmas 2013.

Weebcentral Library
The Meursault investigation, Kamel Daoud, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

Clackamas County Library
Notes Of A Native Son, Baldwin James, Clackamas County Library. 'Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in 'The Harlem Ghetto' to a sobering 'Journey to Atlanta.' This book inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. ' Kindle. To-Read

Weebcentral Library
The autistic brain, Temple Grandin, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my son Jon, on the occasion of Father's Day.

Clackamas County Library
Burning the days, James Salter, Clackamas County Library. Autobiography of James Salter. Recommended by Rich Cohen, in the Jewish Review of Books. Paperback. To-Read

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It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis, Weebcentral Library. 'It Can't Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler's aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. ' eBook. To-Read

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Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

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What Is The What, Dave Eggers, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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Life, animated, Ron Suskind, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

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How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, Chad Orzel, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. To-Read

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Walker's Appeal, Henry Highland Garnet, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

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The Circle, Dave Eggers, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

Small Boat of Great Sorrows, Dan Fesperman, . Paperback. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
The Letter Writer, Dan Fesperman, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. To-Read

Clackamas County Library
Suspended in Language, Jim Ottaviani, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. To-Read

Modern Physics, Kenneth S. Krane, . Web Page. To-Read

Introductory Nuclear Physics, Kenneth S. Krane, . Hardcover. To-Read

Physics, Volume 2, David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Kenneth S. Krane, . Hardcover. To-Read

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The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. To-Read

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The Meaning of Human Existence, Edward O. Wilson, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

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November 1916: The Red Wheel / Knot II, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'The month of November 1916 in Russia was outwardly unmarked by seismic events, but beneath the surface, society seethed fiercely. In Petrograd, luxury-store windows are still brightly lit; the Duma debates the monarchy, the course of war, and clashing paths to reform; the workers in the miserable munitions factories veer increasingly toward sedition. At the front all is stalemate except for sudden death's capricious visits, while in the countryside sullen anxiety among hard-pressed farmers is rapidly replacing patriotism. In Zurich, Lenin, with the smallest of all revolutionary groups, plots his sinister logistical miracle. With masterly and moving empathy, through the eyes of both historical and fictional protagonists, Solzhenitsyn unforgettably transports us to that time and place--the last of pre-Soviet Russia.' Paperback. To-Read

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Prairie Fire, Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

On politics, Ryan Alan, . Kindle. To-Read

Theoretical Physics, Georg Joos, . Paperback. To-Read

Clackamas County Library
The Story of Art (Gombrich, Ernst Hans Josef//Story of Art), E.H. Gombrich, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. To-Read

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The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy, Anthony Gottlieb, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read Gift from Jon and Amanda

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Between Friends, Amos Oz, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. To-Read

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The Age of Revolution: 1749-1848, Eric J. Hobsbawm, Clackamas County Library. Paperback. To-Read

UVa
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Dover Value Editions), Max Weber, UVa. e-Book. To-Read

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Ulysses, James Joyce, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read

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Peace Shall Destroy Many, Rudy Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

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Sweeter Than All The World, Rudy Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

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Capital In The Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty, Weebcentral Library. This essay is in some ways representative of the best of Andrew Sullivan, a Oxford-educated conservative Brit who has become a US citizen. He explicates what I consider his admirable moderation in the face of virulent U.S. partisan politics. Moderation provides room for working political solutions. Kindle. To-Read

Clackamas County Library
The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason, Charles Freeman, Clackamas County Library. Kindle. To-Read

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The kings county distillery guide to urban moonshining, David Haskell, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read A gift from Melinda Miles, Christmas 2013.

The Ghost Writer, Philip Roth, New Yorker Archive. Some think this is Roth's best novel, in part because of the editing. Published in full in the New Yorker in the June 25 and July 2, 1979 periodicals. e-Book. To-Read

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You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read Recommended by my wife Cindy.

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What's the Matter with White People?, Joan Walsh, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read

King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild, . Paperback. To-Read

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Who Is Fourier?: A Mathematical Adventure, Transnational College of Lex Tokyo, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read A gift from Jean-Mi, Christmas 2013.

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Strom Thurmond's America, Joseph Crespino, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my brother-in-law, Scottie.

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Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, Harvey J. Kaye, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read A gift from my wife, Cindy.

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The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry, Ilya Ehrenburg, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. To-Read

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Lukács and Brecht, David Pike, Weebcentral Library. Found in the bibliography of Applebaum's book Iron Curtain. David is an old friend from my youth, so I am curious to read deeper than I ordinarily would on this subject. Hardcover. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
Galileo's Commandment, Edmund Blair Bolles, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. To-Read A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

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Poetics (Dover Thrift), Aristotle, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. To-Read Recommended by Charles Van Doren in his Joy of Reading, p. 54.

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The politics of culture in Soviet-occupied Germany, 1945-1949, David Pike, Weebcentral Library. Found in the bibliography of Applebaum's book Iron Curtain. David is an old friend from my youth, so I am curious to read deeper than I ordinarily would on this subject. Hardcover. To-Read

LA Public Library
The Hunters: A Novel, James Salter, LA Public Library. James Salter's first novel. Based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it is a classic of wartime fiction. Kindle. To-Read

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The Russländer, Birdsell Sandra, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. To-Read

Multnomah County Library
How To Teach Relativity To Your Dog, Chad Orzel, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. To-Read