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Crane Jackson's Fountain St. Theater
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:16pm PT

Try "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson. Very thoughtful. 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:16pm PT
More Female targeted: anything Jodi Picoult - House Rules is her newest. My wife loves all of her books. They are usually suspense based.

If you like Fantasy / Sci-Fi: Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin. 1st book is Game of Thrones

Big Wall climber
Tampa, Fl
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:18pm PT
SciFi- FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer
Really good book. Well, atleast i enjoyed it. Basic Physics enough to melt your mind. Better than the show.

Science NonFiction- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
Actually just orderd this one and i hope to bend my mind again. I guess he put it in terms Non scientist can understand.

Non Fiction- In to the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
Best book i have read. May make you pack your sh#t and hit the road.

Just a few and of course. Oh and, stick to the classics you will never go wrong.


Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2010 - 04:22pm PT
This just helps me to narrow things down. I get overwhelmed walking into the library or bookstore sometimes.

Talking with Flouride about naval history last weekend.... I just realized one that is missing from my "maritime disasters collection"... just now ordered: "A Furnace Afloat: The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-mile Voyage of Its Survivors"

...but keep em' coming.

Social climber
Across Town From Easy Street
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:27pm PT
"Out of Freedom, Into Slavery" by Gerry Spence is a good read.

"The Milagro Beanfield Wars" by John Nichols is a classic if you haven't read it, as is "Desert Solitaire" or "The Monkeywrench Gang" by Ed Abbey.


Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:28pm PT
Another vote for The Big Short. Extremely well written. And infuriating.

Other good recent nonfiction:
The War that Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander (who wrote The Endurance).

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Priceless by William Poundstone

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, is pretty good so far.

Rolling Nowhere by Ted Conover. It isn't recent, but just re-reread it and it is still good.

Apr 28, 2010 - 04:30pm PT
Recently reread 'Soul of Nowhere' by Craig Childs. I love that book.
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Trad climber
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
"The Things They Carried"

An awesome collection of stories about the Vietnam War. Very visceral and full of emotion.

Apr 28, 2010 - 04:52pm PT
Excellent read!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 28, 2010 - 04:56pm PT
Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn
you'll either thank me
kill me.


Trad climber
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:15pm PT
"The River Why"

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Read it when it first came out. . . and just finished listening to it on the roadtrip up to Montana.



Trad climber
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:16pm PT
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (the first book in a series of 6)

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (a true account of the discovery of a German U boat off the Jersey coast)

Nelson Demille wrote 4 books that feature detective John Corey that are lots of fun. Plum Island, The Lions Game, Wild Fire and I can't remember the 4th.

Apr 28, 2010 - 05:19pm PT
If your into History check out Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King and Michelangelo and the Popes Cieling. The first one is probably the best history book I have read to date.

Also Armor by John Steakely is my all time fav Sci-Fi

Oh Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut! One of the best for sure.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:20pm PT
Non Fiction: Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) - an awesome examination of cognitive dissonance that will affect the way you look at a lot of things (in a good way). Super readable pop sociology ala Malcolm Gladwell but warmer and more personal.

Fiction: The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. This is actually three fat books (Quicksilver/The Confusion/System Of The World) that make up a 3000 page novel that covers the time between the execution of Charles I in England 1649 to 1714 or so. Threading the fantabulous and fictional in with stacks of real history, it takes in the life of Isaac Newton (scientist & alchemist) the Dutch invention of banking, the Siege of Vienna, development of the scientific method by the Royal Society, and a bazillion other things that will have you constantly checking to see what and who are real as compared to imagined. How can you not love a novel featuring Half Cocked Jack Shaftoe, named after a botched attempt at a cure for the French Pox administered with a red hot poker?
The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:22pm PT
River of Doubt

Lee Child's Jack Reacher series of books are great fun.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
The Baroque cycle; I'll give quarter to anyone who can get half way through just Quicksilver without skipping pages, take about someone who needs a new editor. And this from the Author of Snow crash!

Trad climber
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:51pm PT
a couple of my favorites:

Angle of Repose--Wallace Stegner
A Fine Balance--Rohintan Mistry
Reading Lolita in Tehran--Azar Nifisi

all are great! let's keep this thread going by the way, i'd love a list of more cool books to read

Mckinleyville, Ca
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:58pm PT
Adventures On The Edge (USA)2009, Edited by Jon E. Lewis. Excerpts from the original authors' stories; in effect a book of true classic climbing short stories. Includes: Bonatti: wipeout on Central Pillar Freney in 1950; Herman Buhl: solo bivouac aided by Pervitin(speed) at 26,000 ft during first ascent of Nanga Parbat in 1953. Book includes modern guys like Childs and Krakauer. Published by Running Press. If I'm depressed, these epic tales of climbing put my world into perspective. This book is a gem.
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Gym climber
Full Silos of Iowa
Apr 28, 2010 - 05:58pm PT
My recommendation:

A Genetic Switch, by Mark Ptashne

Shows the mechanistic basis of the virus lamda, and by extenstion, E. coli... and by extension, all life, all living things... I mean, if you want to know about that, how life really works. Down deep. Some don't.

Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
I just cut and pasted all the titles that I haven't already read.

The tiny used book store down the street from me owes me about $150.00 in store credit for all the books I've given him. He almost never has anything I want to buy since the place is the size about the size of a broom-closet. Now I can walk in with a list and hopefully he will cough some books up.
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