What Book Are You Reading Now, Round 2.


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SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Feb 5, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Soul of an Octopus based on a recommendation from Nancy Mc (Guido’s admiral)

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2018 - 07:28pm PT
Excellent follow-up to The Little Book &#40;which I've read twice alre...
Excellent follow-up to The Little Book (which I've read twice already) but seems able to stand on its own. Lots of history here.
Credit: mouse from merced
I liked Devil In the White City, now being filmed by Scorcese with DiCaprio as the butcher/doctor.

Feb 6, 2018 - 07:32pm PT
Stone Junction -Jim Dodge

Westminster Colorado
Feb 26, 2018 - 06:51pm PT
My Absolute Darling by Tallent is brutal. Just brutal. It is a story about Turtle. A 14 year old girl that is raised by her father in a dilapidated house on the coast of northern California. She is both physically and sexually abused by him repeatedly during the entire novel. She is a survivalist and a hero. Very well written. We have a young daughter and my wife had to skip a good portion of it. This is a great novel if you can stomach it. We all teared up in the end. Turtle is a bad ass.
David Knopp

Trad climber
Feb 27, 2018 - 07:39am PT
i read My Absolute darling a little while ago-had mixed feelings, thee was something wrong with the story-the father was too insidious, there was no way he coulda kept on doing what he did to the kid...But if you take it as her sort of creation myth it really works.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2018 - 08:03am PT
The Tudors, and you thought these were turbulent times?
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Feb 27, 2018 - 10:41am PT
There's a really gripping old book by Fritz Bechtold originally published in German (the old script) in 1935. Deutsche am Nanga Parbat. I found a tattered old copy in a book store, and was so fascinated by the superb black and white photos that I looked for and found an English translation, Nanga Parbat Adventure, published by Dutton in 1936. The story of Willy Merkl's 1934 disastrous expedition in which they lost 4 "sahibs" and 6 porters. The photos, probably taken with an old folding Leica, are amazing, and the story is gripping.

This was of course when the swastika was everywhere and everything was politicized (like today - and the US seems to be on the same path), but while it is obvious that while the Nazi party must have supported the effort, the climbers are not politicized - they are just climbers, who were obligated to have a small swastika on some of their shipments but didn't mention politics on the mountain. It is from the library of Sepp Bernard, whom I believe was the brother of an expedition Dr. It has a penciled note which I can't quite make out, but appears to deal with Merkl's mother. (Merkl was killed.) Either version is hard to find, but worth the read.

Ice climber
great white north
Apr 7, 2018 - 04:21pm PT

Ever wonder why you have trouble making ends meet?

It's because you are getting ripped off 24/7/365

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 7, 2018 - 05:52pm PT
Just finished "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" - Sullivan. Epic true story of an young Italian man during the Nazi occupation of Milan. Interestingly enough Pino Lella was a climber and skier who later in life had early connections with Mammoth. The hardship he endured as a spy for the allies and as a driver for a Nazi general is both heartbreaking and inspirational......."if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed" - Pino Lella. The author Sullivan lives in Bozeman.

Another fantastic book I finished last month, "All the Light We Cannot See" - Doeer. Another life epic during WWII as experienced from the vantage point of a blind girl living in Paris with her father who later....well I don't want to spoil it for anyone. The author Doeer lives in Boise.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 7, 2018 - 06:50pm PT
The Raven Steals the Light, by Bill Reid, in case you really want to know about creation.

The Wastelands
Apr 7, 2018 - 06:58pm PT

*Better to Have Never Been...

by David Benatar

Trad climber
Apr 7, 2018 - 07:25pm PT
Directorate S by Steve Coll
About the CIA, Pakistani ISI and Afghanistan post 9/11
How come all the big US adventures turn out to be a clusterf**k?
This may give you a few clues
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