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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 24, 2013 - 07:48pm 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 - 12:54am 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:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/09/how-chris-mccandless-died.html

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.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 25, 2013 - 01:53am 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

climber
Good Question...
Sep 25, 2013 - 03:45am 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?

cheers
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Sep 25, 2013 - 03:51am 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
sullly

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:28am 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.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:43am PT
Reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison




Sullly, that's some pretty hefty reading!
sullly

Trad climber
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:48am PT
Leggs, I love The Bluest Eye! Can Morrison write or what?!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2013 - 06:53am PT
Sullly, she is such a great writer! She is quite lyrical, it's mesmerizing.

:)
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 25, 2013 - 11:29am PT

Command and Control by Eric Schlosser.

All about atom and hydrogen bombs and why we don't need them . . .
Bluelens

climber
Pasadena, CA
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Untold: The Stories Behind the Photos by Steve McCurry. Nat Geo photographer, traveler, storyteller.
Bluelens

climber
Pasadena, CA
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Credit: Bluelens
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks,


more Beat stuff from Burroughs and Kerouac, audio of course,

tried Tale of Two Cities but got bored,
sullly

Trad climber
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Steve W., Schlosser is fantastic! Saw him speak just when Fast Food Nation came out. He put out a great series of essays that I once owned. Topics include everything from migrant strawberry workers to the business end of pornography. Last I heard he was writing about the prisons.

Almost finished The Little Foxes. Decline of the South never gets old.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Oct 18, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
Currently Stephen King's The Shining.

Can't seem to put it down !


Edit:
A recent re-read I highly recommend:
Credit: pud
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. A really good mystery which
is poetically written. The movie "Uncovered" was based on it.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Love King or hate him you must admit that you are curious what has become of little Danny Torrance over the last 35 years. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. The sequel to the Shining.

This is the reason I picked up my current read. Doctor Sleep is on it's way.(25% off on ebay)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
"Spillover" by David Quammen.....great read.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
Alice ! Alice ! Alice .............MUNRO !!!
:-D


And hey she won the Nobel prize for REAL!!!
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Studs Terkel, "Hard Times" raaaad.
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