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    Some suggestions for reading in the new year, please be aware should you accept the challenge of reading a few of the books listed below you will be changed. Proceed with caution. Great Holiday gifts too.

    “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

    Alpha order. Various topics.

    'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett
    'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J. D. Vance
    'House of cards : psychology and psychotherapy built on myth' by Robyn M. Dawes
    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman
    'Merchants of Doubt' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
    'On Human Nature' by Edward O. Wilson
    'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
    'One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath' by Seierstad, Åsne and Sarah Death
    'Paul Farmer: Servant to the Poor' by Jennie Weiss Block
    'Prehistory: The Making Of The Human Mind' by Colin Renfrew
    'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan
    'The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century' by Peter Watson
    'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
    'The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science' by Will Storr
    'Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West' John Ralston Saul
    'World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech' by Franklin Foer
    'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' By Robert Pirsig

    Check Goodreads for reviews, many of the books are challenging and they will change you and change the way you see.


    "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
    Essential read: https://www.justplainpolitics.com/sh...-Republican-II

    Wanna make America great, buy American owned, made in the USA, We do.

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    No suggestions or complaints?

    Now to fiction:

    "It's fun to tease people about where fiction and life intersect." Dorothy Allison

    Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Wolfe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, James Baldwin, Robert Pirsig, Arthur Koestler, Susan Sontag, Wallace Stegner, Ralph Ellison, André Malraux, Theodore Dreiser, Graham Greene, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf.

    Modern writers worth reading, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, William Vollman, Richard Powers, Don Delillo, Richard Ford, Paul Auster, and the books below are all excellent.

    'The Brothers Karamazov' Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky - New translation

    An American Tragedy By Theodore Dreiser
    Angle Of Repose By Wallace Stegner
    Darkness At Noon By Arthur Koestler
    Go Tell It On The Mountain By James Baldwin
    Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley
    Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison
    Man's Fate, André Malraux
    Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre
    Sophie's Choice By William Styron
    The Echo Maker, Richard Powers
    The Fall, The Plague, Albert Camus
    The Heart Of The Matter By Graham Greene
    The Sound And The Fury By William Faulkner
    To The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf


    Note: If you have read any of the above, comments welcome, or add some favorites.


    "Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning." Dorothy Allison
    Essential read: https://www.justplainpolitics.com/sh...-Republican-II

    Wanna make America great, buy American owned, made in the USA, We do.

    Support American workers: http://american.edu/kogod/research/autoindex/index.cfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Some suggestions for reading in the new year, please be aware should you accept the challenge of reading a few of the books listed below you will be changed. Proceed with caution. Great Holiday gifts too.

    “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

    Alpha order. Various topics.

    'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett
    'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J. D. Vance
    'House of cards : psychology and psychotherapy built on myth' by Robyn M. Dawes
    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman
    'Merchants of Doubt' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
    'On Human Nature' by Edward O. Wilson
    'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
    'One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath' by Seierstad, Åsne and Sarah Death
    'Paul Farmer: Servant to the Poor' by Jennie Weiss Block
    'Prehistory: The Making Of The Human Mind' by Colin Renfrew
    'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan
    'The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century' by Peter Watson
    'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
    'The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science' by Will Storr
    'Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West' John Ralston Saul
    'World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech' by Franklin Foer
    'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' By Robert Pirsig

    Check Goodreads for reviews, many of the books are challenging and they will change you and change the way you see.


    "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
    I strongly recommend reading Hillbilly Elegy. I'm very, very familiar with the area and the culture of the people the author is writing about and the book, though I don't think the author intended it as such, is strong evidence that a wall should be built on the North Shore of the Ohio River to keep these immigrants out of our State. One only has to visit Middletown for a few hours to see what these Hillbilly's have done to our communities in Southwest Ohio. We need a wall!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Some suggestions for reading in the new year, please be aware should you accept the challenge of reading a few of the books listed below you will be changed. Proceed with caution. Great Holiday gifts too.

    “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

    Alpha order. Various topics.

    'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett
    'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J. D. Vance
    'House of cards : psychology and psychotherapy built on myth' by Robyn M. Dawes
    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman
    'Merchants of Doubt' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
    'On Human Nature' by Edward O. Wilson
    'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
    'One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath' by Seierstad, Åsne and Sarah Death
    'Paul Farmer: Servant to the Poor' by Jennie Weiss Block
    'Prehistory: The Making Of The Human Mind' by Colin Renfrew
    'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan
    'The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century' by Peter Watson
    'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
    'The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science' by Will Storr
    'Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West' John Ralston Saul
    'World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech' by Franklin Foer
    'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' By Robert Pirsig

    Check Goodreads for reviews, many of the books are challenging and they will change you and change the way you see.


    "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
    Oh...and I've already read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and it would be hard to believe that any book on that list would be better. It's probably the best book on your list. Great read!
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    One writer I missed in the list above is Robyn M. Dawes' 'House of cards : psychology and psychotherapy built on myth'. Fascinating read on a topic that enters the lives of so many families.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ouse_of_cards_

    Also check out 'Rational Choice in an Uncertain World: The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making' Reid Hasti / Robyn M. Dawes. If that topic is of interest.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ncertain_World

    And humor is a must if we are to remain human. I liked George Saunders early stuff but later work seems strained. Saw this today, Sam Lipsyte, 'Hark' may check it out. Kurt Vonnegut is still funny and readable too. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...om_search=true

    I love books on life and work different from ours, may check this out, Doug Bock Clark, 'The Last Whalers'.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...e-last-whalers

    This site was inspiration for repost: https://lithub.com/13-books-you-shou...-this-january/

    Advice - Read: https://lithub.com/whats-needed-is-m...ruki-murakami/

    PS see advice thread in app.
    Essential read: https://www.justplainpolitics.com/sh...-Republican-II

    Wanna make America great, buy American owned, made in the USA, We do.

    Support American workers: http://american.edu/kogod/research/autoindex/index.cfm

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    I am currently reading three books which is often my wont. I do the same with movies on Amazon Prime. Wanna see a fascinating movie, watch 'Don't worry he won't get far on foot'. Joaquin Phoenix is amazing in his role as John Callahan. But back to books, I read Szasz long ago, as well as Arendt and both create a hard question mark on human behavior and acts of evil. Check out this OP and see books below, you won't be able to put down 'One Of Us'.

    "It taught me, at an early age, the lesson that it can be dangerous to be wrong, but, to be right, when society regards the majority’s falsehood as truth, could be fatal. This principle is especially true with respect to false truths that form an important part of an entire society’s belief system. In the past, such basic false truths were religious in nature. In the modern world, they are medical and political in nature." Thomas Szasz

    https://aeon.co/essays/the-psychiatr...mental-illness


    "You know the left think that I am conservative, and the conservatives sometimes think I am left or I am a maverick or god knows what. And I must say I couldn’t care less." Hannah Arendt


    'One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway'
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22237163-one-of-us

    'Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil'
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...n_in_Jerusalem
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    Essential read: https://www.justplainpolitics.com/sh...-Republican-II

    Wanna make America great, buy American owned, made in the USA, We do.

    Support American workers: http://american.edu/kogod/research/autoindex/index.cfm

    FD: I don't have time to read quotes and reply, PM me if you think you have countered any of my comments or threads. Tx

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