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Trad climber
Sep 23, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
Elcap, I got it from the National Library Association. They update it every year. Maybe the missing numbers are titles no longer challenged. I'm shocked The Kite Runner isn't listed. So many schools assign it. The assault of Hassan is pretty graphic.

If you like Updike, look into Cheever. Love those guys: mid century WASPs stuck in suburbia.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Sully, you mean those are the books that librarians are most asked to jerk
from the shelves? The Great Gatsby, are you kidding me? Yawn...

Now, I can see that it would be hard to keep The Satanic Verses on
the shelves in Teheran, Amsterdam, or Detroit, but here?

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
Just finished this one. Pretty interesting if you like Bodie and the East side of the Sierra

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:11am PT
That looks like a good one Stahlbro. Will have to buy that one on Ebay today, thanks.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:18am PT
DC, if that excites u check out Death Valley to Yosemite: Frontier mining Camps & Ghost Towns - well written and focuses more on the people - some amazing stories. We're sooo weak!

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Reilly, the list signifies titles most frequently challenged or banned by communities and school boards.

Gatsby is probably banned due to the Tom/Myrtle affair, the Daisy/Gatsby affair, the anti-Semitic depiction of gangster Meyer Wolfsheim and the references to Blacks as "Bucks."

Gatsby "Yawn"= sacrilege; I adore that book

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Sully, I wasn't yawning in reference to the book's merits but rather at
the notion that it is 'controversial'. I guess it was in 1925. ;-)

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Plus, Reilly, Fitzgerald is one of us. Old sod, Guinness, "Danny Boy"...
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 24, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Awesome, thanks Reilly. Got three great books on order now, can't wait till they get here :)

Who's read this one? just ordered this one as well.
Credit: dirt claud

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Sep 24, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Helmet for My Pillow
(From Parris Island to the Pacific)
Robert (Lucky) Leckie

For the 4th or 5th time.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
A Course in Miracles! Total flashback to high school, my mom's post-alcoholic post-druggie AA and NA card toting get-it-together phase, complete with positive phrases and mantras on top of every doorway. For many years I rejected new-agey spiritual stuff because it was wrapped up in my unresolved mother issues. At the time I wished I could just hate her for the ways in which she screwed me up and mistakes she made as a mother. Her efforts to improve her life was like taking away the tangible object toward which I could target my resentment, but leaving the rats' nest of unresolved crap still stuck in me and needing an outlet. With several decades of reflection, I'm glad to have that rather than an incorrigible belligerent drunk/druggie parent who never changed. I had the example of a person changing, making efforts to improve, and that was a lesson I deeply internalized and it ultimately helped me resolve a lot of crap. Of course, it would still have been nicer to not have the crap to get rid of in the first place.

Oh wait, this was the book thread...

I'm reading "A World Without End" by Ken Follett. I read Pillars of the Earth a few years ago, took a while to start on this one but it's tough to put down. Epic saga, historically insightful, but a few minor plot defects where characters do uncharacteristic things to help move the plot along. Overall a very enjoyable book though.

I actively seek out anything written by Ken Follett.
David Knopp

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Just finished Billionaire's Apprentice by Anita Raghavan-great story of the rise of S. E. Asians at the highest levels of finance and how they too can be greedy bastards.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
I've got 3 (maybe more) going.

"Songbird Journeys" Miyoko Chu Science behind bird migration.

"The Autistic Brain" Temple Grandin Science and history behind autistic brain research by our most famous Autistic American.

"Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona" by Ken Kaufman and the SE AZ Audubon group.
Planning several SE AZ birding trips in the next year.

I need something light and easily entertaining. I've got mucho reading time in the next 2 weeks.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 03:54am PT
Rereading Into the Wild by Krakauer. First read it in the late 90s.

I got curious and googled for updates and found this New Yorker article by Krakauer posted earlier this month:

It appears that it was not a case of simple starvation. It is highly probable that McCandless was poisoned by a neurotoxin ( ODAP) in the wild potato seeds he was consuming.
This neurotoxin results in a condition termed Lathyrism which is a type of progressive paralysis of the lower extremities. This condition rendered McCandless too weak and immobilized to either effectively food gather or walk out.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 25, 2013 - 04:53am PT
Big Sur by Kerouac, audio book,

if you feeling down due to booze, this is the book for you, an inside look at the neurosis and pain caused by the deadly juice,
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:45am PT
Some great suggestions as always, thanks folks.

"I actively seek out anything written by Ken Follett."

I agree. In the epic novel genre Follett is quite the story teller as are James Clavell and Wilbur Smith. Look them up if you haven't. And, fairly easy reading too.
I enjoy the connections they create from story to story. I wasn't sure how he'd do it but even King Rat and Shogun have a connection though subtle compared to others of Clavell's.

When I travel I like to read about the places I visit (before, during, and after). I have an upcoming Morocco trip planned as well as Laos...anyone have suggested readings for either of those two places?

Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:51am PT
Almost forgot.
I'm reading this. Just started so no opinion yet but Sickles was quite the controversial figure BITD.

American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles by Thomas Keneally

Credit: Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 09:28am PT
Reading three works for classes I probably can't afford:

Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill
Ulysses by James Joyce
Sophocles I

Each prof. is of the tweed coat with leather patches on elbows variety. Seamless, enlightening lectures. For me a college classroom with a sage up front is church.

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2013 - 09:43am PT
Reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Sullly, that's some pretty hefty reading!

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 09:48am PT
Leggs, I love The Bluest Eye! Can Morrison write or what?!
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