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french, spider, cheater
Dec 1, 2012 - 04:22am PT
more of
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 1, 2012 - 05:09am PT
I wish the Steve House book chronicled his 2010 accident and subsequent recovery. That would be a wild couple of chapters indeed!

french, spider, cheater
Dec 1, 2012 - 05:18am PT
check the "Speaking" Tab

Social climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
Good read; whether you have any interest in the Klamath or not.
Credit: Tobia

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 4, 2012 - 02:11am PT
Dispatches by Michael Herr, for the 7th or 8th time.
First published in 68 and considered at the time one of the finest pieces on the Vietnam experience.
It's evident that Coppola and Stone lifted entire scenes intact out of this book for Apocalypse Now and Platoon.
Herr's writing style seems to break all the rules and capture the sociopolitical paradigm of an era.
This work belongs with other Vietnam war must reads such as:
Vietnam (Stanley Karnow)
A Bright and Shining Lie (Neil Sheehan)
Chickenhawk (Rober Mason)
About Face (Dave Hackworth)
We Were Soldiers Once and Young (Moore and Galloway)
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 08:53am PT
Just received an amazon copy of Flight Behavior the latest Kingsolver novel.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:17am PT
John Lawrence. non fiction.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Feb 6, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:

Collected Short Stories of Saki:

These are both excellent. I'm most amazed that Robinson Crusoe is so readable from the year 1719. You don't have to be a "classics" major to enjoy it.

Trad climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Just finished "The New Jim Crow" or why there are 2.3 million mostly black men in prison in the USA. Important book.

Now I'm back on "Theology for the Third Millenium" by Hans Kung. Progressive (some might say heretical I suppose) catholic and highly interllectual theology. Loving it. For me it hits the sweet spot where the intellect and faith converge.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Julian by Gore Vidal. Early Christianity and its politics. Fascinating

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 22, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Right now?



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The great state of advaita
Mar 22, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Just finished watching Showtimes's The Tudors and found this book via a Twitter connection. Very good so far. The court of Henry the VIII via the eyes of Thomas Cromwell.

Henry was one heck of a horndog!


Trad climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Just finished "Old Man's War," by John Scalzi. Great stuff! Not much of a sci-fi guy, but my son is, and he insisted I read it. Dang I have to continue with the series.

The top of the back cover reads something like: "John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday: he visited his wife's grave, and he joined the army."

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 22, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
A fascinating book about Henrietta Lacks whose cells were the foundation of cell cultivation in clinical research for all types of diseases. They were harvested unbeknownst to her and her family. There are all types of connections to segregation and medical services in the early 50s. Really astounding book!

Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Credit: Thank you Amazon


Mckinleyville, Ca
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Credit: rrider
Kind of a tangled-up presentation of a huge subject. Some good history to ponder plus the usual dialectics. The author's original ideas are in la-la-land sometimes; but other times he has a few valid points to make as well. My opinion is that humans are nowhere near the end that the author rhapsodizes about; and we will constantly evolve new forms of "good" political/economic systems which will in turn become corrupted in new unforseen ways. Freedom does that.
97 reviews@:

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Hi Susan,

There is a well done (as usual) RadioLab podcast on Henrietta Lacks:


Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher. Highly worthy.

(book that inspired Robert Redford's character Jeremiah Johnson)

Westminster Colorado
Apr 12, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
The summit was a corniced crest of ice, and the precipices on the far side which plunged vertically down beneath us, were terrifying, unfathomable. There could be few mountains in the world like this. Clouds floated halfway down, concealing the gentle, fertile valley of Pakhara, 23,000 feet below. Above us there was nothing!

My wife gave me a first edition Annapurna by Maurice Herzog for Christmas. I had never read it before.

You also should check out Benediction by Hent Haruf. It is his new novel that takes place in his fictional, eastern Colorado town of Holt that his previous work was set in. Its a story of a character known simply as "Dad" who finds out he will die of cancer. Incredible dialog with fantastic character development


Trad climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
Plenty of David Sedaris fans on the Taco. Above is a link to his upcoming lectures and bookstore appearances. Bummed San Jose is sold out, but Bookshop Santa Cruz is hosting him again. Saw him there about ten years ago where he did his Billie Holiday imitation. Anyone read Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls?

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Interesting you brought up David Sedaris, as I just read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and I LOVED IT!

Also, check this out, on NPR today (a very good listen):
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