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Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Nov 16, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
Have recently read The Mountain by Viesturs and Roberts, Six Frigates by Ian Toll, Vanished by Wil S. Hylton, and Past All Dishonor by James Cain.

All pretty good, although I think I enjoyed Six Frigates the most.

I reviewed The Mountain for the WSJ a few weeks ago, I think you can link to the article by clicking the top link in this google search. (If I link directly, it gets caught by their paywall.)
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Working through the Truman biography by David McCullough, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Amazing to consider the momentous issues where the buck stopped at the desk of this reluctant president: dropping the bomb, the Potsdam conference with Stalin and Churchill, the Marshall Plan, massive labor strikes post war, the birth of the civil rights movement, the creation of Israel, the Berlin airlift, and the very real possibility of another European war with the Soviet Union.

Greg, enjoyed your review in the WSJ and I have also read Six Frigates. I became interested in the War of 1812 ship to ship engagements between the American and British navies through the magnificent Patrick Obrian novels, Master and Commander and the others. Six Frigates was a nice, non-fiction supplement to them.

Sully, your ambitious reading list is inspiring. But I'm leaning toward sampling some dinosoar erotica after I finish Truman.:)
sullly

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Another confirmation that Melissa has great taste.

Thanks for the confirmation on Lahiri and Lamb. Heard Lahiri on NPR last week and love her short stories. Lamb's She's Come Undone was spectacular. My mom will get the new Richard Rodriguez and the Lahiri for x-mas.

Glengary, Glenross wowed me. This compact play had me stuck inside their real estate office with f-bombs flying, laughing all the way.

Rick A.: I'm taking three night lit. classes, so the list reflects the readings. I jump in salary with six more units. Tell your friend that my students are eating up Into the Wild as a companion to the Transcendentalists.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 17, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
Rope Burns (boxing - the source material for Million Dollar Baby). Great read.

JL
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 17, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
"American Scoundrel"
The Life of the Notorious
Civil War General Dan Sickles.

~Thomas Keneally
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:35pm PT
Pete Aguereberry, Death Valley Prospector, George Pipkin

We are so weak.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 17, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
COMMANDER -Stephen Taylon
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Nov 17, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
this is a great thread. The last few books I've read have been suggested here. I keep looking back here every time I'm ready for new read. Right now finishing up "The Wave" as suggested up thread. Thanks everybody.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Nov 17, 2013 - 09:05pm PT

The Outpost.

Combat Outpost Keating, Nuristan Afghanistan. Excellent!
Credit: guido
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 22, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Solid rock.
Solid rock.
Credit: mouse from merced
Planet Largo.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 26, 2013 - 07:52am PT
Yer just a pinkneck if you have read the sequel.
And Jane said, "Run some more."  "Spot, run some more."  "Forrest, run...
And Jane said, "Run some more." "Spot, run some more." "Forrest, run after Spot," Jane said.
Credit: mouse from merced
sullly

Trad climber
Nov 27, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Page 643 - at last the final one - ends with "yes" in James Joyce's Ulysses. Finished it. YES!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Nov 27, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Blood, Iron and Gold
Credit: guido
Fascinating, excellent read.
adam d

climber
CA
Nov 27, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 27, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
A Short History of Nearly Everything
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Nov 27, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

first of a trilogy-subtle amazing book about an end of the world.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 27, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

How to land an A330 Airbus

Next up: Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Nov 30, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Vanished, by Wil S. Hylton, which I reviewed for the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Good book.

I can't link you directly to the review, you'll catch the WSJ paywall if I do, but I think I can link you to a google search, and by clicking the top link you'll get past the paywall to the full text of the review.

Here's the search that should do it.

And yes, I'm a bit miffed that they spelled my name wrong. Also, Ghoulwe gets a tip of the hat for some hilarious fact checking on this one.
sullly

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2013 - 11:36am PT
August Wilson's play, Fences.
Dickbob

climber
Westminster Colorado
Nov 30, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The story takes place in Alaska in 1920. Its a novel about a couple homesteading and discover a mysterious little girl who calls herself Faina. She is mysterious and appears after the couple create a little snow girl that they decorate with mittens and a scarf. She is a child of the woods and was inspired by a classic Russian fairy tale of a snow maiden.

I am half done with it and I find it hard to put down.


Credit: Dickbob
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