What BOOK are you reading right now?

Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2014 02:54 pm
I'm reading "Rembrandt" by Gladys Schmitt. Excellent writing comparable to some of Irving stone's biographical works.
Can anybody recommend other biographies in the art field besides these two authors?
Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2014 03:03 pm
My favorite is Cellini's Autobiography. It's a good read, even after all these years.
Also, pretty interesting, Vasari's Lives of the Artists.
I liked at the time, Canaday's series on artists (Norton, the publisher)
Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2014 06:27 pm
started reading this while I was sitting outside (brrrrrrrrrrrrrr) waiting for the trick or treaters

Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2014 10:58 am
Not reading, but I just bought a small collection of School SCience books from the mid to late 1800's an early 20th century. Several of the books hve "FOXING" damage to the illustrations (illus were mostly separate engravings tht were set into blank pages0. I need to treat the foxing an wonder whether theres DIY method.
I know they use Sodium borate in the pro shops but I have no idea in what fashion.
These books are gems bout how e saw the world in the 1800's USA and Canda (one book is printed in Mon REEAL.) and I suppose it is before confederation. (1857)
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 04:27 am
i'm starting reading Casual Vacancy. i'm not spoiling it, but it's a good book.
Lustig Andrei
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 10:07 pm
Harty wrote:

i'm starting reading Casual Vacancy. i'm not spoiling it, but it's a good book.

Who's the author?
Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 11:15 am
Two recent books, I've just bought from Amazon and which I am now reading are:

1. The Meaning of Human Existence by E.O. Wilson(2014)

2 Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, A Biography
By John Lahr (2014)
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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 12:26 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Lustig Andrei wrote:

Harty wrote:

i'm starting reading Casual Vacancy. i'm not spoiling it, but it's a good book.

Who's the author?

The Harry Potter series author, J.K. Rowling.
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Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2014 01:52 pm
This is a good place to post a list of "food" books that I found. I lost one in translation. Not all come to mind when thinking about food fiction but it is interesting.

the Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen

The Dinner, Herman Koch

Pow!, Mo Yan

The Book of Salt, Monique Truong

The Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester

Ulysses, James Joyce

Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Eli Brown

John Saturnall’s Feast, Lawrence Norfolk

Redwall, Brian Jacques

The Belly of Paris, Emile Zola

Chocolat, Joanne Harris

The Flounder, Günter Grass

Gargantua and Pantagruel, François Rabelais

My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki

The Devil’s Larder, Jim Crace

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Fannie Flagg

Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Heartburn, Nora Ephron

Cooking With Fernet Branca, James Hamilton-Paterson

The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood

Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto

Edible Stories, Mark Kurlansky

The Hundred-Foot Journey, Richard C. Morais

Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen

The Food of Love, Anthony Capella

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Babette’s Feast, Isak Dinesen

White Truffles in Winter, N.M. Kelby

Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust

Saturday, Ian McEwan

Gourmet Rhapsody, Muriel Barbery

The Last Chinese Chef, Nicole Mones

La Cucina, Lily Prior

The Food Chain, Geoff Nicholson

Bone in the Throat, Anthony Bourdain

The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman

The Lives of Notorious Cooks, Brendan Connell

The School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermeister

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth

The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Pomegranate Soup, Marsha Mehran

Appetite, Philip Kazan

The Chef’s Apprentice, Elle Newmark

Crescent, Diana Abu-Jaber

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Hunger, Jane Ward

Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2014 02:48 pm
No Hunger by Knut Hamsun?
Reply Sun 30 Nov, 2014 06:55 am
I won an uncorrected, prepublification copy of Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh. A sci-fi tinged crime thriller that takes place in the near distant future of NYC a couple of years after a series of terrorist attacks on the city that pretty much empty out more then half its population. It's on schedule to be published sometime around January 2015.

Since I finished that book, I decided to tackle the author's first book which also is centered around his antiheroic protagonist, Spademan, called Shovel Ready.
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:51 am
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Wonderful characters. Wonderful mood.
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 12:38 pm
Virtual DJ Version 8 manual
Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 01:43 pm
Is there a happy ending Bear?
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:03 pm
Zealot by Reza Aslan. He sounded fascinating when he talked to Jon Stewart. When the book came out in paperback, I bought it. Great literary stylist with an interesting view on Jesus of Nazareth.
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:12 pm
I goodwill shopped two books this week:

Julia Alvarez, iyo

T.C. Boyle, Friend of the Earth

I've read and liked both of them before. Haven't started reading yet, other things to read and do.
Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:20 pm
I really admire Boyle.
Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:41 pm
Only one I've read was Tortilla Curtain..
but I've read about him for a million years.
Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 09:51 pm
That is my favorite by him. I have to admit that I only like some of his writing, after that.
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 09:59 pm
I put it to the give pile fairly recently, which of course now I regret, re myself. But maybe someone else will get it and like it.


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